Our Management Team
At Bell & Blaire, we credit our success to the skill and dedication of our workforce. Our management staff alone has about 100 years of combined experience in mechanical contracting.
Our management team takes a hands-on approach to ensuring that your project is completed to the highest quality standards, on time, and on budget, and to your satisfaction.
President & Owner
John manages the overall business operation of Bell & Blaire and his priority is to create quality products and provide creative solutions for his customers. John’s interest in HVAC began as a teenager while working at his grandfather’s HVAC business. After spending over a decade as an apprentice, foreman, and eventually project manager and estimator for other companies, he decided to launch his own business in 2012. John founded Bell & Blaire as a way to forge relationships with customers by providing excellent services. Bell & Blaire started as a Sheet Metal Contractor with four employees and has grown into a full service mechanical contracting company with over 50 employees.
Under John’s leadership, Bell & Blaire has developed a respectable reputation in the industry which he measures by the number of satisfied customers with repeat business. John holds a state’s license in HVAC and several manufacturer installation and service certifications. He also has training in mechanical engineering and completed ABC’s Project Management Program at Purdue University. John is a NCCER certified instructor and enjoys teaching incoming tradesman. On his days off you will find John spending time with his family, reading, or watching sports.
Chief Financial Officer
Chip Bailey has served as the Chief Financial Officer at Bell & Blaire since 2015. Prior to joining Bell & Blaire, he spent 10 years as accounting and treasury manager in the powder coating industry and 5 years as staff accountant in the health care sector. Chip’s main responsibilities include strategic planning, budgeting and financial reporting. Other responsibilities include managing payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable as well as treasury management. Chip is dedicated to helping Bell & Blaire achieve and maintain success through practical and sound financial processes. Chip holds a BS in Accounting from Heidelberg University, Tiffin, Ohio. Outside of work, Chip enjoys spending time with his three daughters.
Ray Morrison stands at the forefront of every project and has extensive knowledge and experience in the sheet metal industry. Ray has over 25 years of shop management experience and oversees the processes of design and fabrication from product conception to delivery. Ray is recognized for the production of quality metal fabrication with the ability to create designs unique and functional for each project.
Most recently, Ray was awarded the Bell & Blaire Manager of the Year Award for 2017 as a result of his commitment and dedication to his work, safety, and his team as well as his leadership in implementing lean construction principles in the sheet metal shop which has resulted in increased production and efficiency. Ray directed our safety program when Bell & Blaire was awarded the Associated Builders and Contractors National Safety Award in 2016 and continues his commitment to teaching and leading as our NCCER certified sheet metal instructor. When Ray is not busy producing quality sheet metal, he is busy with projects at home and spending time with his family and dog. Ray’s guiding principle for himself and his family is that “hard work and honesty will get you anywhere you want to go.”
Construction Manager – Plumbing and Piping Division
Brian Burns, Construction Manager for our Plumbing and Piping Division, has over 14 years in the construction industry and was instrumental in creating the Plumbing and Piping Division at Bell and Blaire. Brian’s experience includes plumbing design and installation of mechanical, heating, cooling and process piping systems on large commercial, institutional, and industrial projects. Brian’s responsibilities consist of on-site project planning, coordination, supervision, and labor management. His additional responsibilities include estimating and quality control for the Plumbing and Piping Division. Brian is a certified Pipe Welder and is certified in Uponor PEX and Aquatherm piping systems. Outside of work, Brian most enjoys spending time with his family. Brian’s life motto is “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established” (Proverbs 15:3).
Construction Manager – Sheet Metal Division
Robert has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry and has managed various projects in sectors to include healthcare, education, hospitality, and assisted living. As Construction Manager in the Sheet Metal Division, he ensures the smooth and effective daily operation of each project. Robert’s responsibilities include on-site project planning, coordination, supervision, and labor management. Robert is also responsible for our safety program and ensures that projects are completed safely. Robert appreciates the opportunity as NCCER certified sheet metal instructor to share his industry knowledge. He enjoys helping younger generations grow personally and professionally as they discover a career in HVAC. Robert enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and enjoys weekend getaways on his motorcycle.
Mat is an active leader of our team and is recognized for making effective decisions. He has over 20 years of experience in HVAC and oversees our HVAC Service Department which includes refrigeration, controls, startup, and service warranty. Mat is responsible for ensuring that all HVAC systems installed at Bell & Blaire meet our quality standards. As part of this process, Mat works closely with both vendors and customers long after a project is completed. In 2017, Mat was awarded the Bell & Blaire President’s Award for his professionalism, positive attitude, and eagerness to help others. Mat is always willing to dedicate extra time and effort to ensure the quality of his work while simultaneously managing several projects and leading our team of journeymen and apprentices. Mat is a former Motocross Pro and enjoys golfing during his free time.
Justin has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry and has a vast understanding of construction in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. Justin started as an Assistant Project Manager at Bell & Blaire and evolved quickly into the Project Manager position where he oversees multi-million-dollar construction projects. In his role as Project Manager, Justin is responsible for complete project oversight and in ensuring that projects remain on schedule and within budget through communication with the project team as well as our clients. Justin was awarded the Bell & Blaire Rookie of the Year Award in 2017 for his leadership and exceptional effort in his first year and whose dedication and ambition has set a benchmark for other project managers to attain. Justin finds peace on his days off by sitting on his back deck while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Director of Marketing
Claudia is Director of Marketing at Bell & Blaire, with responsibility for marketing, branding, social media, website development as well as event planning and management. Prior to joining Bell & Blaire, Claudia was a registered and licensed dietitian and decided to pursue new challenges by shifting her focus to developing the communications capacity of the family business. Her experience in the area of nutrition has provided valuable skills useful in her role as Director of Marketing, some of which include the design and creation of marketing material and educational handouts, radio guest appearances, and research development. Other skills include public speaking, web content development, and event planning.
Claudia earned a B.S. from Ohio University and an M.S. from Kent State University. Bell & Blaire’s marketing efforts are led by Claudia where her passion and creativity are essential in helping our company brand itself as a leader in the mechanical contracting industry. Claudia’s proudest achievement is her family. She is also an avid runner and enjoys running in the Akron Marathon every year.