PAT KNOWLES- PRESIDENT, FOUNDER, OWNER
I grew up in Indiana and attended college at Indiana State and Purdue Universities for four and a half years. Following that I spent four years in the Navy. After being honorably discharged I then started working in the plumbing & heating trades. Myself and Danni moved our family to Alaska in 1984 and opened up our own shop in 1988.
When the shop first started the phone would ring at all hours of the day and night, Danni would answer, and if we could help, I would get dressed, start the one van, and was off to work. We wanted everyone to know that we were ?Always on Call,? and decided to make that phrase part of the business name. Life for me, 25+ years later, is different than it was in the beginning. Today I run the business from the shop, no more field work for me other than dropping in on jobs from time to time. I now enjoy golf, reading history books, doing a little hunting and fishing, and spending the weekends at our family?s cabin. Soon I?ll be retired, whatever that means.
DANIELLE KNOWLES- TREASURER, FOUNDER, OWNER
I am originally from a small town in Indiana and moved to Alaska with Pat and our two daughters in 1984. When the company first began I was only here part time and worked full time for either the Municipality of Anchorage or the State of Alaska. As the business grew I was needed here full time and left my positions with the Municipality and the state.
Since sponsoring Sonny Russell in the Iditarod in the 80?s, and housing him and his team at our home, I have volunteered in many ways. For the last several years I have volunteered in the computer room updating musher stats, times, dogs, and checkpoints. In our spare time Pat and I travel often and always pack our golf clubs. I enjoy bowling, spending time with my granddaughters and the rest of my family, and prefer to golf somewhere warm. I also enjoy going to performances such as Broadway shows, local dance performances, and taking my granddaughters to see shows like ?Peter Pan.? I also consider those who work for our business to be family as well, and can always be found at employee?s children?s birthday parties.
Retirement is near and Pat and I will likely travel more often and farther to see new things. We both have bucket lists and have already started checking things off.
EMILY KNOWLES- VICE PRESIDENT, SAFETY OFFICER, & SUPPLY MANAGER
Born in Indiana, but raised in Alaska I have always preferred the colder weather. I was out of Alaska for about five years to attend college and work as a Paramedic in Oregon, but always knew I would come back to Alaska. I graduated in Oregon with an Associate?s Degree in Applied Sciences in Emergency Medical Services.
Before coming back fulltime with Mountain Mechanical I did supply management for a local air ambulance carrier which helped me transition into my position here as the Supply Manager. It took me some time to become familiar with a whole new set of parts, equipment, and supplies for the plumbing and heating trades, with ever evolving technologies, but I am learning. Always having new things to learn when you work in trades that are constantly changing and evolving, which I have with both Plumbing, Heating, and medicine, keeps things interesting. Since we have so many experienced people/family working with Mountain Mechanical there is a lot of knowledge in the plumbing and heating trades around here, so there is usually plenty of people to answer any questions that may come up.
It is great to have been witness to the growth of this business over my lifetime and I hope that it continues to grow, is able to bring more people on, and support more families. We are all in it for the long haul.
MATT SCHUMAKER- OFFICER, VICE PRESIDENT, JOURNEYMAN TECHNICIAN
I grew up in Lafayette, Indiana and moved to Alaska in 1995. Soon after I started working for Mountain Mechanical and learning the plumbing & heating trades from my uncle Pat. In the past, as Anchorage Municipal codes came under review I served on the committees that discuss and voted on the changes. I have attended courses specifically for Weil McLain and American Standard, who Mountain Mechanical is an authorized dealer and installer, as well as many other brand specific training courses for Rinnai, Taco, Tekmar, HTP Products, Triangle Tube, Upnor/Wirsbo, and many more. In 2005 I married Gina and the next year we had our son Gabriel. In my free time I enjoy anything outdoors with my son. We golf, shoot guns, compete in archery, hunt, bicycle, go to the cabin, and play outdoor sports together. I also have two grandsons, from our older daughter.