NORTHEAST CHAPTER MEMBER 1987 – Present (2014)
Michael Waldbillig has been a member of the Northeast Chapter since 1987. He was born and raised on a farm in Voorheesville, NY where his parents lived and he calls home today. He attended Voorheesville Schools and then to Albany Academy and Thayer School of Engineering associated with Dartmouth College in New Hampshire where he received a MS in Civil Engineering with a specialty in pre-stressed concrete. Upon leaving Dartmouth College he attended Officer Candidate School and became a Naval Officer and was first assigned to Point Hueneme, a Sea Bee base in California. Later he would be assigned to Quonset Point, RI Naval Air Station and then to the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, VA. He was the Utilities Officer in Rhode Island and Virginia and also the bombing and strafing target repair officer in Chesapeake Bay.
After four years in the Navy, Michael came home to work for his father who owned John B. Waldbillig, Inc. a general contracting company. He started as a superintendent for the Grand Union Supermarket project in Catskill, NY. In 1978 he went to work for John Picotte and he is still working for Picotte Companies today, but at 79 he is only working three days per week. Michael is Manager of Engineering, a title that was earned as the companies grew.
Mike became involved with HVAC as the company expanded. He enjoys working with the guys who operate and maintain the mechanical systems for the properties such as Corporate Woods. He enjoys working with air and water system balancing, also water treatment of the closed loops and cooling towers.
Michael joined ASHRAE in 1987 because he became familiar with ASHRAE by working with several industry people who were also members of ASHRAE. He remembers fondly from the early days, Roger Kerr, Joe Ting, Joe Derrico, Bob Peck, Ray Albecht, Scott Muench, Larry Pederson, Kirk Fazioli, Brad Fisher, John Hulst, Evan Walden and Stan Westhoff. He enjoys ASHRAE because there is always something new to learn. He also enjoys the people in the industry. Mike has never held office in the chapter because of demands on his time for Picotte Companies and having four children, 7 grand children, and one great grandchild. He lives on the same farm of his youth with his wife Annabelle.
Mike likes the outdoors and keeps active with his new chain saw cutting firewood, plowing snow with his classic 1952 Dodge Power Wagon. This truck will be featured on the back cover of the April issue of The Power Wagon Advertiser. In 1954 he built a covered bridge on his property which is listed in the world book of covered bridges. Look it up on the farm website www.vlyfarm.com.
Mike would like to be remembered as a longtime member of ASHRAE and the Northeast Chapter. He likes to promote family values of caring for each other without the help of government. The primary purpose of government, he says, is to provide for the common defense, something that is under attack today.