Meet Our Incredible Team

Chris Schaff – General Manager/Vice President
Chris entered the US Navy out of high school. He enrolled in refrigeration school after being discharged from the Navy. He worked for Air Controls in Bozeman as a service technician until 2002. He moved to Billings to become the General Manager of Air Controls Billings. He is in charge of day-to-day business, commercial and residential HVAC, HVAC estimating, and design assist.
Melanie Anglin – Accounting
Melanie started at Air Controls in 1987. She is in charge of all accounting, credit, payroll, AR/AP, and general office business.
Chris Stokes – Service Manager
Chris joined Air Controls in 1995 following his father Steve into the refrigeration industry. He enrolled in the apprenticeship program through the Local 30 Plumbers & Pipefitters Union. Chris began working in refrigeration construction and became a journeyman refrigeration pipefitter in 2001. He also immersed himself and Air Controls into the Energy Management and BAS fields installing DDC control systems. Chris served as foreman and project manager on many refrigeration and control projects throughout the country.
He was selected at the beginning of 2017 to take over for Steve as Service Manager and now oversees the service department, refrigeration construction department which includes estimating and project management, parts ordering, assisting field technicians and helping with the day to day operations.
Barry Scott – Sheet Superintendent
Barry grew up in the Billings area and went to refrigeration school right after high school. He started his sheet metal apprenticeship in the summer of 1973. After becoming a journeyman, he worked in several western and Midwestern states. He learned tricks of the trade from his coworkers around the country and worked as the shop foreman of an HVAC and plumbing shop in New Mexico in the early 80's. After moving back to Billings, he went to work for Air Controls in 1985. He worked for another Billings HVAC contractor as shop foreman, then general foreman. He later came home to Air Controls to be the HVAC shop foreman, then general foreman, and later to his present position of sheet metal superintendent. As superintendent he enjoys working with general contractors and commercial customers to help schedule and complete their projects. He says the best part of the job is mentoring the young journeymen and having a chance to pass on the knowledge learned from being in the industry for over forty years.
Jay Cederberg – PE Engineer
Jay Cederberg has worked as an engineer in the HVAC industry for more than 20 years. He earned his professional engineers license in 1998 while working for consulting engineering companies. In 2009 Jay left the design side of the industry and changed his focus to design build projects and construction project management. At Air Controls he is often engineer of record on projects as well as construction project manager. In addition to his design and project management activities, Jay provides professional engineering advice to Air Controls clients that have complex or difficult HVAC issues.
Ken Blakenship – Sales
Ken comes to Air Controls with past sales experience from Yuma, AZ, where he helped build a successful residential replacement department. He moved to Billings in 2012 when the economy turned south and was hired on at a small HVAC company. Air Controls approached Ken in 2013, and Ken took over the duty of sales of residential replacement, new residential, and small projects.
Laurie Lewis – Dispatcher
Laurie started working for Air Controls in 2009. She has taken the roll of dispatching and answering phones for the service department. Laurie sets up new customers, maintenance contracts, office administration, billing, and collections.
Karen Archer – HVAC/Stainless & Office Admin
Karen has worked for Air Controls since 1993. Karen is responsible for all commercial and residential HVAC, stainless, sheet metal, and new and replacement department paper work. Karen sets up new jobs, job costing, inventory, billing, and collections.
Kevin Walter – Shop Foreman
Kevin began working with Air Controls in 1987 and was hired as a shop pre-apprentice, cleaner, and grunt. Soon after starting, Kevin enrolled into a sheet metal apprenticeship program and ultimately became a journeyman sheet metal worker for Air Controls. Kevin worked many years installing residential and commercial systems. In 1998, Kevin found a new passion and took over the role of shop foreman, which primarily put him in charge of custom and specialty metal fabrication, which includes stainless steel, copper, bronze, and zinc.
Tori Collins – Office Assistant
Tori started with Air Controls in 2014. She is responsible for answering and directing phone calls and assisting with dispatching, billing, collections, social media, and the website.