MiTek-Wrightsoft Senior Trainer - Alex Meaney

Professional Bio

Alex has been training Wrightsoft's customers how to use our software since 2004. He has led over 500 residential & commercial classes to thousands of engineers, contractors and students. Alex has not only mastered the use of our software, but also has a deep understanding of the applications and advantages it brings to the HVAC industry. 

 

Alex received his BA from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA.

 

He took his education to the next level when he passed ACCA's Educational Program in Instructor Certification (EPIC) in 2014. This "train the trainer" course certifies professional vocational trainers, like Alex, to teach residential design including: Manual J, Manual D and Manual S.

Best Vacation

Alex's ideal vacation is to rent a beach house somewhere within driving distance of his home for a week. He says he travels for work so much, he prefers to stay local for vacations. With his red hair and easily sunburnt complexion, he usually avoids the beach until sunset. He mostly spends the week cooking for friends and family and coloring with his nieces and nephews.

Alex the Artist

Speaking of coloring, Alex once converted a photo he took of the Grand Canyon into artwork. It was accepted into a gallery showing at his Alma Mater, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. There’s a bit of a funny story behind it, but you’ll have to ask him about it.

Hobbies

Alex is a maker...A person who likes to tinker. He is “an amateur graphic artist with a little talent, an amateur electronics hobbyist with very little talent, and an amateur woodworker with almost no talent.” He usually spends his efforts making gifts for friends and family. Some of his recent projects include a set of custom drink coasters, a hand carved beer tap handle with an embedded chalk board, and a classic video game system made out of cardboard and a credit card sized computer. Because of this, Alex loves Christmas (not, as many assume, because he looks remarkably like a young Santa Claus).

 

Alex also loves working on and caring for his nearly 100-year-old home. His first major project was to have it weatherized and insulated, reducing its load by over two thirds! Of course, once that project was completed, it was time to replace the HVAC system. Working with one of Wrightsoft’s customers, he designed a system suited to the requirements of his small home. The furnace needed was special-ordered from Texas, because “nobody in New England needs a 40,000btuh furnace”. Alex is used to breaking the mold, and it works perfectly. He is proud to say he is able to keep the thermostat at 72° all summer and still be comfortable (even though he would keep it at 60° if it weren’t such a bad idea). But Alex does get to keep the temperature at a frigid 60° all winter unless he has company. The picture above is of Alex “after a fun hike in a little snowstorm.” We have to wonder about his uniqueness sometimes. Yet it seems this quality is just one of the many reasons our customers regularly give his training classes 5 star ratings. His classes are never boring or lacking in insight.

Favorite Book and Movie

Book: Lonesome Dove. Favorite quote: “I'm glad I've been wrong enough to keep in practice… You can't avoid it, you've got to learn to handle it. If you only come face to face with your own mistakes once or twice in your life it's bound to be extra painful. I face mine every day--that way they ain't usually much worse than a dry shave.”

Movie: Moonstruck. Favorite Quote: “Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food and I’m gonna kick you ’til you’re dead!”

Life Philosophy

"Success starts with a willingness to fail."