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About Us


LAMA Books provides the best, easy-to-understand training materials for the trades, HVAC industry, and educators— and, REASONABLY PRICED! 

Our customers include a wide variety of training and educational schools, contractors, engineers, sheet metal workers, HVAC technicians, plumbers, mechanical engineers, building supervisors, maintenance mechanics, property managers, and building owners. 

We believe that knowledge is power. Your career success is based on what you know and how you use that knowledge. Our books help you master your job, avoid mistakes and solve problems. They teach the principles and short cuts known by those who have mastered the field—exactly what you need for success. Whether you are an HVAC technician or a teacher in the classroom, our books teach why things work, how things work, and what you need to know to do the job right. Teachers who use our books feel confident that they send their students into the job force with real-world skills.

When you purchase our books, you invest in your success.

We offer only those books that meet our standards:
· Clear, factual writing with easy-to-understand language 
· Job-based information, with only the necessary technical terms or equations 
· Useful and logical organization 
· Principles for solving problems and troubleshooting 

I have spent over 60 years in education and the HVAC industry in a variety of roles. I bring the unique gift of these many different perspectives to the books I write for LAMA Books.

I began my career as a sheet metal journeyman, was a Navy Seabee, and found my way into teaching as a sheet metal apprentice instructor. Teaching came naturally for me and after working as a metal shop instructor at secondary and college level, I shifted into teacher training. I have led teacher training programs at the University of California Berkeley and Ohio State University, for the Roofers International Union and many others. When Chabot College opened I became the founding Dean of Vocational Education and developed the curriculum and designed the classroom and shop set-up for the new college. I was Dean for seven years and left to focus on my writing. 

I have always been interested in sharing what I have learned, and taking complex topics and making them easily understood. Writing articles for trade magazines evolved into writing books, and Amazon is still selling used copies of my first book, Atomic Energy in Industry. Since then I have written over 60 books. One of my textbooks, Sheet Metal, published by American Technical Publishers, has sold over 100,000 copies to date. I have also written books for McGraw Hill and Cengage. My work as an educational consultant includes writing the apprentice books for NTF (Sheet Metal Industry National Training Fund) and its successor ITI (Sheet Metal Industry International Training Institute). I wrote apprentice books for the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers, and Allied Workers.

My personal job satisfaction comes from developing training materials for educators and for the HVAC industry that are easy to understand and create on-the-job success. My motto has always been to be the best that I can be and in that process to help others excel.