Meet Our Team
It’s All About Relationships
We enjoy building relationships with people. Our company culture is built on honesty, integrity, teamwork, service, fun, fairness, and looking out for each other. We extend that to our customers.
We are more than just order takers. We strive to be the first place to go to for answers, where we know your name and anticipate your needs, where we only carry the best product lines, and where you’ll be wowed by our outstanding customer service. Meet the people who come to work every day to fulfill that promise.
Dennis O’Shaughnessy – Founder and President
After 12 years as the Central Regional Sales Manager for PERMA-PIPE, a company that makes pre-insulated piping systems for direct buried, heating and cooling distribution systems, an opportunity presented itself to become the Manufacturer’s Representative for PERMA-PIPE in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. I jumped at the chance to launch my own business. I opened the doors in 1999 and have successfully grown this business building on the industry knowledge of my mentors and fellow workers at PERMA-PIPE and putting that business acumen to good use. I am very proud that I have been able to build a company and hire the right people to make Mechanical Equipment a recognized leader in our market place.
With over 20 years’ experience building successful companies, Jan began her career with an engineering firm working her way up to VP of Finance and Administration, managing a corporate headquarters and three branch offices. She also led a company in the design industry. She brings her expertise in strategic planning and execution, financial analysis, operational management and process improvement to the ME team.
A dedicated salesperson through and through, Mike has tremendous experience solving customer challenges and opening new markets. After winning numerous sales awards in the food industry, he switched his focus to the HVAC industry in 2000 where he was equally as successful. Mechanical Equipment was lucky enough to get him for our customers in 2010 where he has made a huge difference in meeting our customers needs.
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Ed started his career with a small engineering firm working his way from pump design engineer to Vice President gathering valuable experience in design, production, sales and marketing. He then switched to the plumbing side of the business before joining Mechanical Equipment in sales. Our customers (and us) are lucky to have access to his knowledge.
Tom comes to us with 30+ years’ experience in the industry. After growing up the son of a Chicago Reznor distributor, Tom went to work for a manufacturer’s rep in Arizona representing B.A.C. cooling towers, TACO pumps, IEC fan coils, ClimateMaster heat pumps and Reznor, in addition to many other leading HVAC manufacturers. After moving back to Chicago, Tom continued his career of representing many of those same lines. When Tom is not working, he loves spending time with his wife and three young daughters.
Dean began his successful career in the heating business in 1973 as a sheet metal worker. Working in a variety of positions and companies, he was promoted several times over 40 years up to Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President. He retired in 2013 before Mechanical Equipment convinced him to un-retire and bring his management and industry expertise here. Dean handles Inside Parts Sales and Customer Service, as well as provides leadership and management to the warehouse and distribution team.
Amanda started her career with Mechanical Equipment as the lead estimator for project bidding. She helped prepare submittals and served as the main communications coordinator between Mechanical Equipment, our clients, and the manufacturers we represent. As Contract Administrator she now uses her tremendous product knowledge to coordinate orders with our manufacturers. She is a tremendous resource to our customers, able to answer almost any question related to the quality products and brands we carry.
Jessica has 9 years of hydronic heating and plumbing experience.
Robert joined Mechanical Equipment in 2015 after a strong career with various companies as an inside sales manager both with HVAC and restaurant supply and design industries. His career has grown tremendously starting as a warehouse employee in charge of inventory and pump assembly to working his way into purchasing, inside sales, and estimating. Robert really enjoys building proposals for Mechanical Equipment’s customers. He feels turning a drawing or specification into a finished proposal is a rewarding experience.
Debby got her start in the HVAC business in 1990 as an Inside Sales Assistant. She joined the Mechanical Equipment team in 2013. Debby assists with inside sales for parts and pumps, and provides customer service to that area too. Debby’s is the friendly voice you’ll hear when you call our office.
Debbie graduated from Northeastern University in Chicago in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. In 1996, she began working for Perma-Pipe and worked there for 20 years where she became a Project Manager for the Midwest and Canada region. Debbie joined Mechanical Equipment in 2016 and works in their accounting department. She enjoys working for us and looks forward to growing with the company.
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