Leadership Team


Mark Balent, President and CEO

Mark oversees all of the core functions, operations and values of LONG Building Technologies, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1976 and an MBA from the University of Denver in 1992. Mark came to LONG in 1983 and was part of the management team that purchased the business from founder Willis Long in 1992. He became President and CEO in 1999. Since 1992, he has seen LONG grow from a $25 million manufacturer’s representative to the $70 million representative, controls and service contractor it is today. He is also the President of InsideIQ, a member of ASHRAE, a LEED Accredited Professional and a Registered Professional Engineer.


Jeff Long, Chairman of the Board and Senior Vice President for LONG Building Technologies; President of LONG Equipment Sales

Jeff leads LONG Building Environments, the company’s HVAC sales group, as well as LONG’s accounting, IT, human resources and administration teams. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration with minors in computer science and behavioral science, Jeff began his career at IBM in 1981. He held several sales and management positions before coming to work for LONG in 1989 as a sales engineer. Jeff spends a large amount of time cultivating relationships and perfecting internal systems and strategies to make sure LONG is providing world class service to its customers. When he’s not traveling between LONG’s offices, Jeff likes skiing, fishing, cycling, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Jason Nefs, General Manager, LONG Equipment Sales, Littleton, Colorado

Jason is responsible for equipment sales in the Colorado region. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in engineering and began his career as a sales engineer for Trane before coming to LONG in 2006. With expertise in all major building system technologies, Jason actively engages with major Rocky Mountain area owners, developers, property managers, general contractors, mechanical contractors and engineers in the application of HVAC and other building technology solutions.


Reid Schumacher, General Manager, LONG Building Automation, Littleton, Colorado

Reid leads sales and operations for LONG’s controls team in Colorado. He started out as a physics major at SUNY Geneseo before transferring to Colorado Technical University to study Solar Engineering Technology. Reid has more than 30 years of engineering and project management experience, starting his career at CLIMATEngineering in 1979, then helping to start the company Winner & Associates, which was purchased by LONG in 1992. Since then, Reid has worked with a number of clients and has completed several rewarding projects at LONG, including the South Pole Station in Antarctica and the Atlas V mobile cooling units project in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He spends his spare time motorcycling, fly fishing, wood working, hiking, making beer and collecting vintage guitars.


Jeff Ramsey, Service Manager, LONG Mechanical Solutions, Littleton, Colorado

Jeff manages scheduled service sales, project retrofits and repairs and technical field services for LONG’s mechanical services group in Colorado. He has an associate’s degree in business management from Arapahoe Community College, completed a sheet metal apprenticeship with Local 9 in 1986 and has a strong background in sales. From the time he was in grade school, Jeff has spent his time learning different trades from house painting, auto body repair and sheet metal to sales and service management, but has been in the HVAC industry for the past 30 years and is involved in every aspect of a building’s HVAC system. Jeff and his wife currently run a cattle ranch east of Parker, Colorado. He also enjoys mountain biking, guitar picking and fixing “stuff.”


Richard Coleman, General Manager, LONG Security Solutions, Littleton, Colorado

Richard oversees the sales and operations aspects of LONG’s security solutions team. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver and has an extensive background in electronic security. Prior to that, he owned a computer networking company that designed, installed and maintained computer networks for businesses. Richard is always looking for new ways to provide customers with cutting edge security solutions that help streamline their businesses and improve safety and profitability. He also enjoys ice hockey, collecting guitars, writing and performing music and working on his vintage car collection.


Scott Papay, Sales Manager, LONG Building Automation, Littleton, Colorado

Scott is responsible for leading all sales efforts for the controls business unit at LONG headquarters. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and served in the United States Navy as an Engineering Watch Supervisor before moving on to management positions at Bailco Service Corporation, Johnson Controls, Tiernam & Patrylo and Trane. He has been with LONG since 2009 and is LEED AP-NC, FE and Six Sigma Black Belt certified. In his free time, Scott enjoys CrossFit, spending time with his family and outdoor activities including hiking, camping, hunting and golfing.


Jake Gash, Director of Warehouse Operations, Littleton, Colorado

Jake is responsible for managing the daily Colorado warehouse operations including HVAC, Building Automation and Security parts sales as well as overseeing the Air Distribution and Hydronics Operations. During his career at LONG which began in 1994, Jake has been an integral member of, and has lead the parts team to excel with both his extensive knowledge of the industry and his exemplary customer service.


Lawrence Trifiletti, Senior Operations Manager, LONG Building Automation, Littleton, Colorado

Lawrence oversees operations and process development as well as the hiring and training of staff within LONG’s controls group  in the Colorado headquarters office. He has more than 20 years of management and information technology experience and has worked with many high profile clients including the U.S. House of Representatives, Sprint and Lockheed Martin. He has been with LONG since 2012.


Eric Nelson, Operations Manager, LONG Equipment Sales, Littleton, Colorado

Eric manages inside sales support and operations for LONG’s equipment sales group in Colorado as well as air distribution warehouse sales and inventory. He has a background in mechanical engineering and has more than 30 years of combined experience in industrial engineering, HVAC sales and consulting engineering. Eric held various positions including lead engineer and owner’s representative at Abeyta Engineering Consultants, Inc and Lockheed Martin before joining LONG in 2003. In his spare time, Eric likes to golf, swim, hike, bike and restore older cars and motorcycles.


Peter Samuelson, Operations Manager, LONG Building Automation, Wyoming

Peter is responsible for daily operations of LONG’s controls group in the Wyoming office. He completed a four year apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Pipefitter with the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters in 1982 and also has a background in control system design, programming and project management. Peter began working for Honeywell in 1983 and also held positions at Johnson Controls before coming to LONG in 1998.


Dave Rice, Operations Manager and Sales Engineer, LONG Equipment Sales, Nevada

Dave’s role at LONG is twofold in that he manages the day to day operations of equipment sales in LONG’s Nevada office and also serves as an outside sales engineer. After earning a degree in engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Dave began his career as controls project manager with LONG in 2006. Since then, he’s also been in a controls sales and operations manager role. Dave life outside of work is spent with his wife and children.


Dick Johnson, Service Manager, LONG Mechanical Solutions, Wyoming

Dick is responsible for service operations in LONG’s Wyoming office. He has an associate’s degree in refrigeration and air conditioning from North Dakota State College and has been working in the HVAC industry for nearly 30 years. Dick spent time a service technician for A&A Electric and Refrigeration and Johnson Controls before coming to work for LONG in 1998 and becoming service manager in 2000. He enjoys all outdoor activities including camping with his family, archery, fishing and four wheeling. As a youth baseball coach, Dick served on the board of directors for Youth Baseball as well as American Legion Baseball and is a long standing member of the Elks Lodge.


Brenda Herrick, Business Manager, LONG Building Automation, Littleton, Colorado

Brenda is responsible for the business side of LONG’s controls group in Colorado including job costing, contracting review, budgeting and material handling. She earned an MBA from the University of Kansas in 1984 and began working in the controls industry in 1985. Brenda was also a part of Winners & Associates when it was purchased by LONG in 1992 and stayed on the team through the addition of several service offerings.


Cheri Lingk, Office Manager, LONG Mechanical Solutions, Littleton, Colorado

Cheri manages all the internal administrative operations for LONG’s mechanical services group in Colorado. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Western State Colorado University in 1982 and began her career as a receptionist for CLIMATEngineering in 1983. She later became the accounting manager when part of CLIMATEngineering became Winner & Associates. Cheri also worked for Beardslee Holland and started her own accounting business before coming to work for LONG in 1999. She enjoys golfing, skiing, Zumba, scrapbooking and spending time with her husband, Wayne, their three children and friends.


Amy Smith, HR Director

Amy oversees employee relations, recruiting and retention, benefit administration, employee programs and compliance at LONG Building Technologies, Inc. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at University of Northern Colorado in 2003, Amy started her career in recruiting and customer service, administrative and technical arenas while pursuing her MBA from the University of Colorado Denver. Since joining LONG in 2011, Amy has worked to integrate wellness initiatives and activities into the company culture, support the company’s benefit planning and administration, and maintain a focus on compliance in LONG’s dynamic industry. She is a Colorado native who enjoys running and exercise, reading, and spending time with family including her dog, Lenny.


Steve Hansen, Vice President of Finance

Steve leads the accounting and finance department at LONG Building Technologies, Inc. After earning an associate’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in finance from Brigham Young University, Steve went into accounting at ProSteel, Inc., and ProConnect, LLC, before coming to LONG in 2003. He also completed an MBA from the University of Colorado Denver in 2012.


Mike Brown, Vice President – Wyoming & Montana

Michael oversees all of the core functions, operations and values of LONG Building Technologies, Inc. in the states of Wyoming and Montana. He let the effort in the recent expansion into Montana. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1993, from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration, Troy, Michigan. Michael has actively pursued building automations, fire and security throughout his 34 years of leadership. Michael joined LONG in 2015. Michael has previously worked with Johnson Controls, SimplexGrinnell and Simplex Time Recorder. Michael earned a Greenbelt in Six Sigma. Michael has been married to his lovely wife for over 35 years. They have five adult children and eleven grandchildren. Michael earned his Eagle Scout award as a youth and has been actively involved with youth throughout his adult live. Michael takes work live balance to heart by actively pursuing flintknapping as his past-time artistic hobby.


Paul Christiansen, General Manager, LONG Equipment Sales, Utah

degree from the University of New Mexico, followed by a MBA from the American Graduate School of Intl. Mgmt. (Thunderbird) in Glendale, AZ in 2004.  Paul began his career with Envirco Corp., promoting HEPA filtration systems for cleanrooms in Asia, and later managed the Krueger organization in the North American Air Distribution market for 6 years.  Before joining LONG in January, 2017, Paul led the PennBarry and Lau Sales, Product Development, Engineering, Customer Service and Marketing teams.  As General Manager of LONG Utah, Paul will be implementing growth strategies to strengthen LONG’s market position, as well as enhance the group’s portfolio of Mechanical Products in the Intermountain region.

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