About AEC

CORE VALUES

Our long-standing success is based on our Core Values of being Humbly Confident, Doing the Right Thing, Having a CanDo Attitude, Focused on Customer Success and Caring.

For more than 75 years, Air Equipment Company (AEC) has provided air equipment and services for nearly every HVAC application. We are recognized for groundbreaking innovation and tackling the most challenging projects. Our manufacturer list includes over 45 manufacturers most of which are leaders in their class, including: AAON, ABB, Aircuity, ClimateMaster, Condair, JCI, LG, Multistack, Phoenix Controls and York.

Our product line offers a variety of equipment, which is designed to create comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient environments. Our sales engineers have extensive experience in HVAC equipment and systems design and application. With the wide array of technologies we offer, we can make certain you have the right equipment to fit your needs.

LINE CARDS:

AIR EQUIPMENT COMPANY TEAM

Meet Our Experts

ALL
Finance
Leadership
Parts/Warranty
Sales
Service

Chip Summers, PE

Owner Sales Team Leader (President 2014 – 2023)

Luke Powell, LEED and WELL AP

Executive VP of Sales

John Thompson

President

Scott Bryant, PE

VP of Industrial Sales

Miles Murphy

VP of Controls Prodcuts

Carrie Conklin

Human Resources Manager

Cale Hensel

Sales Director

Will Spiller

Sales Engineer

Jeremy Sheaffer

Sales Engineer

Will Perkins

Sales Director

Preston DeBord

Service Sales Manager

Katie Graviss, CPA

Controller

Jamie Lawson

Sales Engineer

Randy Gesell

Sales Engineer

Tim Linn

Applications Engineer

Scott Mammolenti

Parts Team Member

Sandy Stickel

Staff Accountant

Tony Andrew

Dispatch Coordinator

Bradley Kathman

Applications Engineer Admin

Adrian Kam Diaz

Applications Engineer

Simon Schmitt

Applications Engineer

Eric Devins

Sales Engineer

Lexy Mefford

Owner Sales Account Executive

Larry Hall

Owner Sales Account Executive

Our History

Air Equipment Company was founded in 1946 by Hank Lutes as the Kentucky Representative for AAF & Buffalo Forge.

AEC TIMELINE

1950

Bob Haragan joins company

1950
1969

Bob Haragan purchases AEC from Hank Lutes

1969
1986

Chris Haragan joins the company to succeed Bob

1986
1988
  • Chris Haragan (BSME, University of Kentucky) opens office in Nashville to manage Buffalo Air Handling $18 million project at Saturn Plant
  • Chip Summers (BSME, University of Kentucky) joins company from Staggs and Fisher to increase AEC presence in the commercial Custom AHU market
1988
1992

Chris and Chip purchase AEC from Bob Haragan

1992
1994

Under their leadership, the increased focus on specialty mechanical equipment and controls leads to representation of ABB, Phoenix Controls, Air Monitor and others.

1994
2001

Luke Powell (BSME, Purdue University) joins company as a sales engineer to cover the Louisville and Western Kentucky markets.

2001
2010

Miles Murphy joins AEC as Controls Service Technician.

2010
2011

Kevin Campisano (CPA, BA, Centre College) joins company as CFO.

2011
2012

AEC opens an office in Lexington, Kentucky.

2012
2013

AEC becomes the exclusive representative for LG, ClimateMaster, Trox, Lennox and Griswold.

2013
2014
  • Chip Summers is appointed President and Luke Powell Vice President of Sales.
  • Linda Campisano joins AEC as Customer Service Manager.
2014
2015

AEC is appointed exclusive representative for AAON.

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2015
2016

AEC Grows parts team and begins to stock parts.

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2016
2017
  • Miles Murphy appointed Service Manager (Controls).
  • Will Spiller (BSME, University of Louisville) joins AEC as a Sales Engineer in the Louisville office.
  • Will Perkins (BSME, University of Kentucky) joins AEC as a Sales Engineer in the Lexington office.
  • Christy Hinton joins AEC as a customer service specialist.
2017
2018
  • Cale Hensel (BSAE, Georgia Institute of Technology) joins AEC as a sales engineer in the Louisville office.
  • Jeremy Sheaffer (BSME, University of Kentucky) joins AEC as an applications engineer in the Lexington office.
  • Katie Graviss joins AEC as a controller.
  • Preston DeBord joins AEC as a service manager (Equipment)..
  • AEC Louisville moves into new office on Payne Street.
2018
2019
  • Mark Dail joins AEC as a project manager.
  • Tim Linn joins AEC as an applications engineer in the Louisville office.
  • The AEC service team adds field technicians to support all equipment lines and provide maintenance and audit offerings.
2019
2020
  • Jonathan Smith joins AEC as a project manager / outside salesman in the Lexington office.
  • AEC service team continues to add field technicians to support all equipment lines and provide maintenance and audit offerings.
2020
2021
  • John Thompson joins AEC as director of business development & sales engineer.
  • Jonathan Smith moves into a service salesman position.
  • Scott Bryant joins AEC as vice president of industrial sales.
  • AEC becomes JCI/York equipment agent.
2021
2022
  • Sam Poynter joins AEC as a project manager.
  • Randy Gesell joins AEC as an outside sales engineer.
  • Carrie Conklin joins AEC as a human resources generalist.
  • AEC expands service offering to 12 service trucks.
  • Recognized by Louisville Business First as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Louisville Metro Area.
2022
2023
  • Chip Summers appointed as CEO
  • John Thompson appointed as President
  • Luke Powell appointed as EVP of Sales & Marketing
  • Miles Murphy appointed as VP of Operations & Customer Satisfaction
  • AEC opens Evansville, IN office
  • Bradley Kathman joins AEC as AE Team Admin
  • Tony Andrew joins AEC as Dispatch Coordinator
  • Scott Mammolenti joins AEC as a member of our Parts Team
  • Recognized again by Louisville Business First as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Louisville Metro Area.
2023
2024
  • AEC enters partnership with Meriton
2024

Industry Affiliations

Air Equipment Company is a proud member of the following professional organizations: