I’d like to welcome a new member to the Snips family: Audrey LaForest is now our associate editor. She formerly worked at Ambassador magazine, a lifestyle publication aimed at southeastern Michigan’s residents, and a publication put out by the Detroit Regional Chamber, a business organization. 

LaForest says she spent her time copy editing, fact checking, writing and handling editorial production tasks — which is why we thought she’d make a great addition to Snips. 

Prior to joining BNP Media, she also worked as a freelance journalist and editor for various metro Detroit publications, including Crain’s Detroit Business. She earned a bachelor’s in journalism and apparel design from Wayne State University, where she received a full-tuition presidential scholarship. While at Wayne State, she interned at several metro Detroit publications, including Hour Detroit and Grosse Pointe Today.

In the weeks since she started, she’s been working her way through the alphabet soup of sheet metal industry abbreviations and associations. 

If you’d like to quiz her on what “BIM” stands for, send her any press announcements or just say hello, you can reach her at laforesta@bnp media.com. 

There’s some sad industry news to report. Readers recently told me about a couple deaths in the sheet metal community. Phil Meyers, the owner of Bright Sheet Metal in Indianapolis, passed away June 2. Meyers was president of the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association in 2000-2001, and he and his company were featured in a July 2000 Snips article (“Bright sheet metal, bright future”) written by former editor and publisher Ed Bas. Meyers was 69. 

Also passing away was John A. Brue, 82, of Bloomington, Illinois, the founder and owner-operator of HVAC firm Balancing Precision Inc. He died June 12.
Brue was born April 4, 1934, in Pontiac, Illinois. He graduated with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1956 and was a licensed professional engineer.

Brue was a past president of the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s Illinois chapter, and a member of its board of directors.
A licensed pilot, he logged more than 2,000 flight hours and was a member of an experimental aircraft association.

Condolences from the Snips staff to their families.