Ricky Smith has over 30 years of experience in maintenance as a manager, training specialist, and consultant. Today he is a Senior Reliability Advisor for GPAllied. Ricky has worked with maintenance organizations in hundreds of facilities and industrial plants worldwide to develop reliability, maintenance, and technical training strategies.
Prior to joining GPAllied’s sister company Allied Reliability in 2008, Ricky worked as a professional maintenance employee for Exxon Company USA, Alumax (one of three plants certified with World Class Maintenance status in the world), Kendall Company, and Hercules Chemical, providing the foundation for his reliability and maintenance experience. His last assignment in maintenance management was as a US Army Reserve Maintenance Company Commander in Iraq.
In addition to authoring several books, Ricky has also written for numerous trade magazines over the past 20 years on technical, reliability, and maintenance subjects and is a frequent speaker and presenter at industry conferences and trade shows.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.