Edward G. Banks’ Memorial Contractor of the Year Award

Created in 1996, in memory of Ed Banks, owner of Meadows Mechanical in Gardena, Ed Banks exemplified the best characteristics of association membership. He was the consummate SMACNA member at every level, local, state and national. When the situation called for leadership, he was a leader. When the situation called for collective action, he was a team player.

Ed truly believed in the value of association membership and the benefits to be derived from it. He never said no when his participation was needed. His example stands as a model for present and future members and it is with this in mind that the Ed Banks Memorial Award was established by CAL SMACNA.

The Ed Banks Memorial Award will be presented each year to the CAL SMACNA member who, in the opinion of the committee, best epitomizes the characteristics of Ed Banks who was, above all, a truly gentle man.

Ed Banks Memorial Award for Contractor of the Year 2019 – Mitch Hoppe

At CAL SMACNA’s 53rd Annual Convention President’s Luncheon, Mitch HoppeMelrose Metal Products, was awarded with the 2019 Ed Banks Memorial Award for Contractor of the Year

Mitch Hoppe has served on many SMACNA boards and committee on both the local and national levels. He serves on the Bay Area SMACNA Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, is a Local 104 Health Care Management Trustee. He has served on CAL SMACNA’s Budget Committee and currently serves on the Future Workforce Committee and Industry Promotion and Recruitment Committee. He has also served on CAL SMACNA’s Board of Directors since 2013. He continually provides Legislative shop tours and assists with grassroots letters for CAL SMACNA. 

Along with a plethora of other accomplishments, his dedication to the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning industry is evident in the time he has spent serving various organizations in order to better the industry. But his dedication to his company is indisputable in the fact that for thirty-nine years he has been involved in every aspect of the business and stays involved with all the ongoing projects. He followed in his father’s footsteps and became president of Melrose Metal Products in 1999. 

Past recipients of this award include:
2018 Angie Simon, Western Allied Mechanical Inc. 
2017 Joe Isom, California Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
2016 David Lawson, Lawson Mechanical Contractors
2015 Randy Attaway, AGC, Inc.
2014 Lonnie Petty, Strategic Mechanical Contractors
2013 Mike Pence, Control Air North, Inc.
2012 Kent Cooper, Los Angeles Air Conditioning, Inc.
2011 Rick Von Gottberg, Lemon Grove Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
2010 Lonnie Michael, III, Ray L. Hellwig Mechanical Co., Inc.
2009 Bob Vlick, ACCO Engineered Systems
2008 Jim Boone, New England Sheet Metal Works
2007 Bob Tuck, Atlas Heating & Air Conditioning, Co.
2006 Tani Poe, Western Allied Corp.
2005 Gary Moore, Air-Ex Air Conditioning
2004 Matthew Smith, Smith Heating & Air Conditioning
2003 James Asbury, Bell Products
2002 Jordan Ehrenkranz, Ideal Heating & Air Conditioning
2001 Garland Self, Jr., Selco Heating & Air Conditioning
2001 Bill Prosser, Sr., CANFAB
2000 Ken Hammill, Capital Sheet Metal
1999 Daren Weckerly, San Diego Sheet Metal Works
1998 Kurt Smith, Smith Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc.
1997 John Couts, Couts Heating & Cooling