James Smith, VP of Operations of Heritage Mechanical Services

James Smith

Vice President of Operations

Value Delivered

As Vice President of Operations, Jim makes sure the company meets clients’ highest expectations by completing projects that combine on-time and on-budget delivery. In the process, he works with Project Managers monitoring budgets and schedules, providing financial forecasting, walking their sites, and performing weekly project reviews. He also helps them resolve project issues and negotiate change orders.

In addition, Jim oversees the Drafting and Detailing Departments, the firm’s pipefitting and sheet metal professionals, and all commissioning activities. The result is consistent delivery of high-performance equipment and systems that enable clients to operate their facilities more efficiently and economically while providing ongoing performance and value.


Jim has over 30 years of industry experience and began working at Heritage when he was 16, performing a wide range of basic tasks. By the time he had finished studying business administration at St. John’s University and studying mechanical engineering at New York Institute of Technology, he was a Project Manager/Estimator. While in this position, he developed particular expertise in sheet metal and pipefitting systems.

He then moved up to Vice President of Sales and Estimating, expanding his expertise to include pricing strategies, client relations, needs assessment, financial management, purchasing, and administration, as well as motivation and mentoring. He has worked on a diverse range of projects, including fast-track tenant fit outs, high-rise office buildings, luxury apartments, hospitals, courthouses, and museums.

Jim is a member of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA) of Long Island.

The Personal Side

The father of one son, Jim enjoys boating, fishing, snowmobiling, and hunting. He is also a drag racing enthusiast.