Board Member Highlight: Jeff Henderson

Jeff Henderson is our newest addition to the Board of Governors and has graciously stepped up to the plate to help out with Programs for the remainder of the year after Dan Krack stepped down from his position. Welcome aboard, Jeff!

Jeff Henderson
Jeff Henderson
  1. Name: Jeff Henderson
  2. Company and Position: Midwest Machinery, Sales Manager
  3. What does your company do/provide? We are a commercial/industrial equipment sales representative. We work with consulting engineers, contractors, and end users on projects to optimize their mechanical system design utilizing the latest technologies and products.
  4. How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? I have worked with Midwest Machinery for 8 wonderful years.  I have been in the industry for 10 years.
  5. How did you come to work in your field? After graduating from Missouri S&T (UMR at the time), I took a position as an Inside Project Engineer for York/JCI in their Houston Sales office. After about a year doing that, I made a move to Outside Sales Engineer.  In 2007, I moved back home to St. Louis to work as a Sales Engineer for Midwest Machinery. I have since become Sales Manager for the St. Louis office, overseeing our entire territory, roughly spanning the eastern half of Missouri and the southern two-thirds of Illinois.
  6. What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? Getting to collaborate with other engineers and contractors on exciting/interesting projects that don’t fit the mold of a typical job. I love being able to help an engineer do something different or difficult with the equipment we represent, and then seeing that plan put into place.
  7. What’s your least favorite thing about working in this industry? Probably just the ups and downs of the construction economy.
  8. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? I have been an Associate Member since 2007, but just in the last couple years began getting more involved.  I was on the Programs Committee last year, and was elected to the Board of Governors after a vacancy opened up back in November of 2015.
  9. What is your responsibility on the Board? I will be taking over as the Programs Committee Chair for the rest of this year.
  10. What advice would you give someone just graduating college and starting in the HVAC world? Talk to experienced engineers in this industry. There is a wealth of knowledge out there, and you can’t be afraid to ask questions. Also, get involved in ASHRAE, SMACNA, USGBC, and other organizations where you can meet other engineers with similar backgrounds.
  11. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? (Either on the board or as a regular member.) I first signed up with ASHRAE in 2007 in order to network and meet other people in our industry.  As it became more clear what ASHRAE really was, I was motivated to become more involved.  I love how ASHRAE brings our local industry together once a month where we can talk about new technologies, recent projects, and current events as they relate to us.
  12. Do you have a favorite sport or team? I love all the local teams…Rams, Blues, Cards, and try to go to many games as possible.
  13. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? I am a big fan of 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s rock music.
  14. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? I love to play golf when the weather allows it.
  15. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? My wife and I got married in 2012 in Venice, Italy. We spent a week there, and got to really explore the city.
  16. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? Lots of golf and travel.