Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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Saturday October 21
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Saturday October 21
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Sunday October 22
6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
College of Fellows Continental Breakfast
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  • Gannon's Restaurant, Wailea Golf Club
Gannon's Restaurant, Wailea Golf Club
Sunday October 22
7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
College of Fellows Golf Outing
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  • Emerald Course, Wailea Emerald Course
Emerald Course, Wailea Emerald Course
Sunday October 22
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Sunday October 22
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Sunday October 22
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
College of Fellows Meeting
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  • Maile 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Maile 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Sunday October 22
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Meet and Greet Reception
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  • Molokini Garden, Grand Wailea
Molokini Garden, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
HVAC Contractors Forum GCs & Mechanicals: In the Building Process Together
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  • Owners and General Contractors are Looking for Expertise, not Excuses

    Sophisticated owners push the general contractor and construction manager to apply state-of-the-art delivery methods to bring the job in on time and within budget. GCs frequently scrutinize specialty HVAC and mechanical contractors to ensure overall collaborative and efficient project delivery.

    This session will reveal what GCs look for when hiring and working with specialty contractors, including the new and emerging technologies and practices required to meet growing market demands. Presenters will discuss project management solutions to address issues such as virtual building technology, tighter schedules, lean construction practices, labor shortages, and more.

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  • Richard Henry

    Richard Henry
    President, Northern Pacific Division, McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

     

     

     

    Randall Natsch

    Randall Natsch
    Director of VDC, McCarthy Building Companies

     

     

      

     

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    David Pometta
    Peterson Mechanical Inc.    
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  • Jade & Plumeria, Wailea Marriott
Jade & Plumeria, Wailea Marriott
Monday October 23
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Residential Contractors Forum: Profit Strategies for a Successful Future
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  • Profit Strategies for a Successful Future 

    Get ready to build your game plan for double digit net profits. Attend this year’s Residential Contractors Forum and discover the best ways to “mix” your revenue opportunities for the best business recipe as well as how to enhance your four legs of marketing. You’ll leave understanding the best ways to increase your revenue opportunities while generating the best profit potential. 

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  • Kerry Webb_FWDr. Kerry Webb
    President, Peak Leadership

    Dr. Kerry Webb, a business coach for Service Excellence Training, has helped owners grow their companies’ revenues by 20 percent or more annually. In fact, he helped several multimillion dollar clients grow 50 percent to 80 percent last year. He is ready to share his experience and expertise with you. The home services industry has become his favorite industry in which to work because he is energized by the contractors’ enthusiasm for learning.

    In addition to being a business coach for Service Excellence Training, Dr. Webb is a full-time faculty member as an MBA professor. He has coached three award-winning “National Contractor of the Year” companies and works with contractor companies from $600,000 to $17 million in annual revenues.

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  • Mauna Loa, Wailea Marriott
Mauna Loa, Wailea Marriott
Monday October 23
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Marketing with Digital and Social Media
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  • How does one keep up with the digital world when it is always changing? Let award-winning designer Mitch Seifert share the most effective ways to market your business in this fluid environment. He’ll show you how to critique and improve your website, ways to effectively use website content, the importance of understanding website analytics, and everything you need to know about improving your corporate visibility online. You will learn how to use web copy more effectively, including images and video.

    Attendees will leave understanding the best practices for search engine and mobile optimization in the sheet metal industry. Mitch will present ideas and concepts on how to attract potential customers online using social media and effective campaigns.

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  • Mitch Seifert_FWMitch Seifert
    Director of Web Services, Nehlsen Communications

    Mitch Seifert has more than ten years of experience in web design and development, and specializes in creating front-end website structure, navigation, layout, and design. He has worked with such companies as John Deere, SMACNA Greater Chicago, and IMAX.
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  • Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
The Thief in Your Company
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  • Fraud can happen anywhere – even in the most successful companies. The worst part? “The Thief in Your Company” is more than likely the person you trust the most.

    Session leader Tiffany Couch, forensic accounting expert, will dispel the myth that “fraud can’t happen here” and address the reasons why so many internal fraud schemes go undetected for years. With stories that will keep you interested and easy to implement steps for any size business, you will walk away with an understanding of fraud risk in your organization, steps to take to prevent these schemes, the most common red flags, and a blueprint to help you avoid the emotional and financial devastation these crimes leave behind.

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  • Tiffany Couch_FWTiffany Couch
    Founder and CEO, Acuity Forensics

    Tiffany Couch has more than 20 years in the accounting field with the last 13 focused completely on forensic accounting-related engagements. In addition, she is a resource for the New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and First Business News.

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  • Maile, Grand Wailea
Maile, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
7:45 AM - 9:15 AM
Six Million Dollar Foreman: How Smart Contractors Identify, Train, and Promote their Top Talent
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  • Many of our leaders will be retiring in the next several years. What steps are you taking to replace your talent in those critical positions? Are you hoping and praying that it all just works out and the right guys rise to the top? Or would you like to change the way you identify future leaders and change how you look at your current leaders?

    In Nic Bittle’s session, he will engage the audience and together build the bionic Six Million Dollar Foreman/woman – a play on the 70s TV show, Six Million Dollar Man. What skills, qualities, and characteristics will this person need to lead with impact, have a greater degree of influence with those they serve, and perform at their best on a daily basis?

    Just think about what would be possible if we could identify, train, and promote our top talent into Six Million Dollar Foremen/women.

     

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  • Nick Bittle_fwNic Bittle
    Founder, Work Force Pro

    Nic works with contractors who want to prepare their workforce to lead with impact, act like pros, and perform at their best every day.
     
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  • Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Architectural S/M Contractors Forum: Getting Out in Front of Virtual Design is a Smart Move
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  • Getting Out in Front of Virtual Design is a Smart Move

    Planning construction in a digital environment is about as obvious a move as a company can make to improve the bottom line and broaden market share; doing it with others is trickier. The world is moving toward collaborative digital definition for several reasons: speed of execution, effective risk management, and even environmental implications.

    Join industry expert and fellow SMACNA contractor, Tom Zahner, chief operating officer of A. Zahner Co. Inc. (ZAHNER), Kansas City, Mo., as he shares his vast industry knowledge and reveals a big picture overview of virtual design for construction (VDC) and the reality that the digital environment simply makes good business sense.

    You will become aware of opportunities to use VDC and discover how to use virtual design to identify and plan for risks and opportunities. Plus, you will learn to use digital definition for project lifecycle management.

    Leave knowing how design can be virtually connected to construction and how information can flow between them. You’ll gain valuable insight into industry trends and long-term expectations and Tom will share examples of real-world return on investment (ROI).

     

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  • TomZahner_FWTom Zahner
    Chief Operating Officer, A. Zahner Co. Inc. (ZAHNER)

    Tom Zahner has been involved in constructing complex, cost-efficient art, and architectural structures for more than 20 years. His family firm, ZAHNER, is an internationally-acclaimed engineering and fabrication company, best known for its use of metal in the world of art and architecture. They are at the forefront of digital definition for manufacturing and construction.
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  • Mauna Loa, Wailea Marriott
Mauna Loa, Wailea Marriott
Monday October 23
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Industrial Contractors Forum: Industrial Mix-Training, Technical Resources & More
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  • Industrial Mix-Training, Technical Resources & More

    The industrial market remains attractive, profitable, and robust. To assist industrial contractors in making the most of these market opportunities, the International Training Institute offers comprehensive industrial training programs.

    Jim Page, iTi administrator, will present the iTi’s newest online Lean for Construction awareness module, along with the latest in the industrial and TAB curricula. Mike Harris, iTi program director, will cover the iTi Welder Certification Program and the training support that iTi offers.

    SMACNA’s Technical Resources Department will cover updates to the newly published Round Industrial Duct Construction Standards, Thermoset FRP Duct Construction Manual, and future projects for industrial member opportunities.

    The forum will conclude with contractor members of the Industrial Contractors Council Steering Committee discussing current and unique business and work opportunities. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in this informal exchange of ideas.

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  • Jim Page Photo_fwJames Page, Administrator, iTi

     

     

     

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    Mike Harris, Program Director, iTi

     

     

     

    Mark Terzigni, SMACNA Technical Resources Department

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  • Jade & Plumeria, Wailea Marriott
Jade & Plumeria, Wailea Marriott
Monday October 23
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Reap the Reward of Tax Incentives: Federal Tax Laws That Boost Your Firm’s Bottom Line
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  • Once the President signs a law, it is up to you to take full advantage of the benefits that can boost your company’s bottom line. It’s as simple as knowing where the tax incentives that generate real tax savings are buried in the tax code. In this panel discussion, a repeat of a top rated 2016 convention session, experts will guide you in applying for over 20 tax extender provisions, including the research tax credit, bonus depreciation, enhanced Code Sec. 179 expensing, and certain other valuable tax credits.

    Learn more about key tax provisions, tax code changes under consideration and how they may affect your tax filings as well as how they may influence your tax planning. The panel of experts will explain how energy efficiency laws, regulations and tax code incentives can also significantly expand your business.

    Remember, effective advocacy by SMACNA’s leadership, members and SMACNA’s legislative team often leads to federal laws that can boost your company’s bottom line. This special session was developed by SMACNA’s Legislative Committee to help contractors see the concrete ways legislative activism can work for you and your business.

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  • Ron Eagar_FWRonald J. Eagar, CPA, CCIFP Chief Operating Officer, Grassi & Co.

    Ronald J. Eagar is an accounting, business, and tax advisor for Grassi & Co. Ronald was one of the first in the country to earn the designation of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP).

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  • Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Emerging Trends in Occupational Safety and Health
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  • Occupational safety and health is much more than OSHA compliance. Bring your questions and concerns to this presentation on the “hot buttons” in safety and health.

    The presenter, Dan Chute, has over 35 years of expert-level experience in areas affecting SMACNA members such as welding, fall protection, safety cultures, and more.

    The session will kick off with a question and answer open forum so you can ask the hard-hitting questions and get your issues addressed first thing.

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  • chute-dan_FWDan Chute, CSP, CIH
    President, Atrium Environmental Health and Safety Services

    Session leader, Dan Chute, a certified industrial hygienist, is a seasoned pro with over 35 years of experience solving problems just like these for a variety of businesses and industries.

    Throughout his career, Dan has worked on and managed a wide variety of technical programs, taking him to all 50 states and gaining hands-on field experience in health and safety aspects of construction projects, manufacturing processes, facilities management, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, and the administration of nationwide research and training programs.

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  • Maile, Grand Wailea
Maile, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Six Million Dollar Foreman: How Smart Contractors Identify, Train, and Promote their Top Talent (repeat)
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  • Many of our leaders will be retiring in the next several years. What steps are you taking to replace your talent in those critical positions? Are you hoping and praying that it all just works out and the right guys rise to the top? Or would you like to change the way you identify future leaders and change how you look at your current leaders?

    In Nic Bittle’s session, he will engage the audience and together build the bionic Six Million Dollar Foreman/woman – a play on the 70s TV show, Six Million Dollar Man. What skills, qualities, and characteristics will this person need to lead with impact, have a greater degree of influence with those they serve, and perform at their best on a daily basis?

    Just think about what would be possible if we could identify, train, and promote our top talent into Six Million Dollar Foremen/women.

     

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  • Nick Bittle_fwNic Bittle
    Founder, Work Force Pro

    Nic works with contractors who want to prepare their workforce to lead with impact, act like pros, and perform at their best every day.
     
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  • Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
11:45 AM - 1:45 PM
Keynote Presentation and Lunch
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  • Kathleen Madigan

    “One of the funniest comedians of her generation”

    The quick-witted, tongue-in-cheek comedian, Kathleen Madigan, whom The Tonight Show’s Jay Leno dubbed “one of America's funniest female comics”, performs at Monday’s Opening Lunch.

    For 28 years, comedian Kathleen Madigan has been touring 250 nights on the road and squeezing in hour-long filmed specials and performances on every late-night show ever made. From 25 appearances on The Tonight Show and multiple appearances on Letterman and Conan to recently riding around with Jerry Seinfeld in his internet series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Madigan is still having a blast and selling out theaters across the country.

    The Detroit Free Press describers her as, “the funniest woman doing stand-up right now but no gender qualifier is necessary. She’s one of the funniest stand-up comedians of her generation.”

    “I just want to tell jokes. I didn’t start doing open mic to become an actor on a sitcom or in a TV commercial,” Madigan says. “For a few of us working, telling jokes was our main goal. Our society is being driven by type-A lunatics who say you have to set more goals. Well maybe they do but we all don’t. Have a seat, grab a drink and enjoy the fact you made it to the goal. Maybe that’s the Irish in me talking though.”

    Madigan is a recipient of the American Comedy Award and the Phyllis Diller award for “Best Female Comedian.” She has done multiple USO tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and performed at festivals in theaters around the world. “I never realized how middle America I am until performing overseas. It’s a good challenge and made me a better comedian,” she notes.

    Madigan is an advocate and fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis and Autism. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she splits her time between the road, LA and her Ozark home in Missouri.

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  • Kathleen Madigan has performed on nearly every late night show ever made. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and most recently in 2015 on the new The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, and Ron White’s Salute To The Troops on CMT, her fifth appearance on the annual show. See full description.
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  • Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
The Challenging “Health” Side of Safety and Health
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  • There are a number of occupational illnesses that affect sheet metal workers. They range from chemical overexposure and soft tissue/musculoskeletal disorders, to high noise/hearing loss. Similar to employee wellness, health-related complaints and conditions can be a concern both on and off the job so contractors need to be aware of these complex issues.

    In addition, the new OSHA rule for silica in construction will be a centerpiece of discussion.

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  • chute-dan_FWDan Chute, CSP, CIH
    President, Atrium Environmental Health and Safety Services

    Session leader, Dan Chute, a certified industrial hygienist, is a seasoned pro with over 35 years of experience solving problems just like these for a variety of businesses and industries.

    Throughout his career, Dan has worked on and managed a wide variety of technical programs, taking him to all 50 states and gaining hands-on field experience in health and safety aspects of construction projects, manufacturing processes, facilities management, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, and the administration of nationwide research and training programs.

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  • Mauna Loa, Wailea Marriott
Mauna Loa, Wailea Marriott
Monday October 23
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
SMACNA Technical Services Seminar
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  • This dynamic session will cover the SMACNA/ANSI HVAC Duct Construction Standards – Metal & Flexible, 4th edition. Be one of the first to learn about the major changes in store for this industry standard for duct construction.

    Plus, you’ll get an idea about what’s coming down the pike. Discover what’s in store for SMACNA’s upcoming technical standards/education, guidelines, and productivity enhancement tools (mobile apps and software).

    These innovative products are created specifically to keep SMACNA members on the leading edge of the industry. You don’t want to miss this always popular program.

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  • Eli Howard
    Mark Terzigni

    SMACNA National Technical Staff

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  • Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Reap the Reward of Tax Incentives: Federal Tax Laws That Boost Your Firm’s Bottom Line (repeat)
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  • Once the President signs a law, it is up to you to take full advantage of the benefits that can boost your company’s bottom line. It’s as simple as knowing where the tax incentives that generate real tax savings are buried in the tax code.

    In this panel discussion, a repeat of a top rated 2016 convention session, experts will guide you in applying for over 20 tax extender provisions, including the research tax credit, bonus depreciation, enhanced Code Sec. 179 expensing, and certain other valuable tax credits.

    Learn more about key tax provisions, tax code changes under consideration and how they may affect your tax filings as well as how they may influence your tax planning. The panel of experts will explain how energy efficiency laws, regulations and tax code incentives can also significantly expand your business.

    Remember, effective advocacy by SMACNA’s leadership, members and SMACNA’s legislative team often leads to federal laws that can boost your company’s bottom line. This special session was developed by SMACNA’s Legislative Committee to help contractors see the concrete ways legislative activism can work for you and your business.

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  • Ron Eagar_FWRonald J. Eagar, CPA, CCIFP Chief Operating Officer, Grassi & Co.

    Ronald J. Eagar is an accounting, business, and tax advisor for Grassi & Co. Ronald was one of the first in the country to earn the designation of Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP).

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  • Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
The Thief in Your Company (repeat)
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  • Fraud can happen anywhere – even in the most successful companies. The worst part? “The Thief in Your Company” is more than likely the person you trust the most.

    Session leader Tiffany Couch, forensic accounting expert, will dispel the myth that “fraud can’t happen here” and address the reasons why so many internal fraud schemes go undetected for years. With stories that will keep you interested and easy to implement steps for any size business, you will walk away with an understanding of fraud risk in your organization, steps to take to prevent these schemes, the most common red flags, and a blueprint to help you avoid the emotional and financial devastation these crimes leave behind.

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  • Tiffany Couch_FWTiffany Couch
    Founder and CEO, Acuity Forensics

    Tiffany Couch has more than 20 years in the accounting field with the last 13 focused completely on forensic accounting-related engagements. In addition, she is a resource for the New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal, and First Business News.

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  • Maile, Grand Wailea
Maile, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
PAC Reception & Silent Auction
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  • Haleakala Ballroom and Garden, Grand Wailea
Haleakala Ballroom and Garden, Grand Wailea
Monday October 23
7:15 PM - 9:30 PM
PAC Dinner
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  • WE’RE ALL CASTAWAYS ON SMAC PAC ISLE
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    Monday, October 23

     

    Join your fearless crew on SMAC PAC’s special island adventure. Come dressed for fun as the Skipper or Mary Ann, your favorite member of the Swiss Family Robinson, or simply wear your most treasured Hawaiian shirt! Not to worry, you won’t starve on this deserted isle. We will have plenty of your favorite island food and tropical drinks at our fantastic open bar. We may be short on supplies but not on fun – our silent auction and wonderful entertainment is sure to delight everyone! We sank the live auction this year but we’re still putting the “fun” in fundraising with a quest for keys that will open treasure chests containing fabulous prizes. We will have more than one lucky winner plus a door prize at the end of the evening.

     

    A separate ticket is required for this event. Pay the registration and dinner fee with corporate funds but fundraising purchases must be made with personal money. As always, corporate dollars go into the Administrative Fund to help defray event and fundraising costs, while personal money raised from SMACNA members with Prior Approval goes to SMAC PAC for contributions to candidates for the U.S. Senate and House. Personal contributions to SMAC PAC are purely voluntary and are not deductible for federal income tax purposes.
    Didn’t register for the auction when you registered for convention? You can still join the SMAC PAC event by simply adding it to your online registration profile or calling CMR at (800) 336-9704.
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  • Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Tuesday October 24
6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Convention Registration (Tuesday)
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Tuesday October 24
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Product Show Continental Breakfast
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  • Aulani Ballroom & Foyer, Wailea Marriott
Aulani Ballroom & Foyer, Wailea Marriott
Tuesday October 24
6:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Product Show
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  • Aulani Ballroom, Wailea Marriott
Aulani Ballroom, Wailea Marriott
Tuesday October 24
6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
PAC Registration
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Tuesday October 24
7:00 AM - 10:20 AM
New Technology Sessions
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  • Aulani Ballroom, Wailea Marriott
Aulani Ballroom, Wailea Marriott
Tuesday October 24
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Spouse Breakfast
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  • Living a Fulfilled Life Sparked with Joy and Well-being

    Are you living a fulfilled life sparked with joy and well-being? Join Emily Boll, former educator and motivational speaker, as she shares her Real Wellness philosophy for a memorable morning filled with engagement and laughter. She will help you connect with your natural self to renew your energy and joy. Having recovered from an extensive autoimmune disorder, she will show you firsthand how embracing a wellness lifestyle is more than physical fitness alone.

    From your time together with Emily, you’ll takeaway a deeper understanding of wellness and the comforting knowledge that it comes from a deep connection with what is inside you and has been there all along. Emily will explain how you can awaken this inner joy and peace of mind within yourself.

    Her presentation will segue into a fun, 45-minute “Morning Aloha Stretch” filled with gentle movement, stretches, and restorative postures for better sleep and stress relief. Learn how to use specific poses to restore and refresh both the mind and body. All abilities are welcome to join in these gentle exercises on the tropical lawn of the Grand Wailea seaside chapel. A light, healthy breakfast will be served. Casual, light, loose-fitting clothing, yoga pants, sneakers, sandals, and bare feet are all welcome on the lawn.

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  • Emily Boli_FWEmily Boll
    Former educator and motivational speaker

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  • Chapel Lawn or Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Chapel Lawn or Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Tuesday October 24
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Labor Forum
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  • SMART General President, Joseph Sellers, will deliver an industry update with adequate time for a question and answer session. Deborah Wyandt, Esq., SMACNA Executive Director of Labor Relations, will moderate the program. Best Practices Task Force Management Co-Chair Nathan Dills will share a brief overview of the Task Force’s products and services available to members.
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  • Joseph Sellers
    General President, SMART 

    Nathan Dills
    Co-Chair, Best Practices Task Force Management

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  • Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Tuesday October 24
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Chapter Night
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Wednesday October 25
6:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Convention Registration (Wednesday)
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  • Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Ilima 2 & 3, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
SMACNA Annual Business Meeting
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  • Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Build the Business: It’s More Than Revenue
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  • When you stop and look at your company, what do you see? Are your employees driven by a sense of purpose…or are they living in survival mode, just trying to make it through the day? Are they working to do something great…or just enough to complete a project? Are they inspired by a greater vision and their role to achieve it…or just a paycheck? Are you making money but not building the business?

    This program is specifically for current or emerging leaders who have the desire and courage to pioneer their own vision, define a path, and prioritize efforts to start making progress. If you are a leader with a desire to grow a great business, but are worn out by the constant pressure of being the leader, manager, seller and doer, this session will provide you with a more effective way to build your team, infrastructure and market.

     

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  • DEWAYNE ABLES_FWDeWayne Ables
    President, Pioneer iQ

    DeWayne Ables, president of Pioneer iQ, has evolved a unique “Growth Method” for this generation of leaders with a conviction to utilize their craft and grow a construction company that serves a need and intentionally impacts their world.
     
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  • Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Effective Use of Board of Directors and Peer Groups (A New Horizons Foundation Project)
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  • Construction industry companies are seeking solutions to the challenges they face in today’s competitive business environment. Corporate leaders are frequently turning to high-functioning boards of directors, peer groups, and other external resources to provide objective input to enhance their corporate performance.

    Michael Mangum, principal of FMI Center for Strategic Leadership, will share firsthand experience from his own company about working with industry leaders to get the best results from these important resources. He will demystify using an outside board of directors and the benefits of participating in a peer group.

    You’ll leave this session understanding that the CEO does not have to function in a vacuum and how sharing new ideas with outside players can tap into powerful resources.

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  • michael mangnum_FWMichael Mangum
    Principal, FMI Center for Strategic Leadership

    As a principal with FMI’s Center for Strategic Leadership, Michael brings his 35-plus years of experience in the construction industry to tackle the challenges confronting today’s leaders. He is particularly passionate about helping drive organizational change through strategic thought and personal transformation. Michael was born into a family construction business in Raleigh, N.C., eventually serving as president and CEO of the family business.
     
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  • Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Science of Project Selection: Choosing Profitable Work
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  • The surest way to increase profitability is to screen out losing projects. Dr. Thomas C. Schleifer says that the go-no-go decisions about projects to pursue is more critical for long-term profitability than ever and, perhaps more important, knowing which to walk away from.

    An innovative, easy-to-use program to accomplish this has just been developed – the Project Selection Tool. The research that gave the construction industry the concepts of The Contractor of the Future and Flexible Overhead has advanced the science of project selection with the development of this innovative tool.

    In this session, Dr. Schleifer will demonstrate that the success of a project is directly associated with the organization’s experience with similar work. Participants will learn which aspects of a project most influence anticipated performances and exactly how to measure the impact of each.

    The Project Selection Tool provides a measurement of potential success at the project selection stage based on what is known (or not known) about the potential job and how well the project matches the firm’s experience.

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  • Tom Schleifer_FWThomas C. Schleifer, Ph.D.
    Management Consultant, Research Professor

    Tom Schleifer brings more than 45 years of contracting and consulting experience to his presentation. This combination of practical, hands-on experience as a contractor and assisting financially distressed companies has given Dr. Schleifer a unique perspective on the causes of business failure and how to avoid them.
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  • Maile, Grand Wailea
Maile, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
President's Lunch
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  • Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Attract the Attention of Influential Sponsors
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  • Would you put your reputation on the line to advocate for a protégé? That’s what a sponsor does. The Harvard Business Review reports that high-potential women can be over-mentored and under-sponsored compared to their male peers. Come and learn the difference between mentors and sponsors and then how to identify potential sponsors.

    You will discover eight steps to gaining sponsorship and leave with a personalized plan to attract the attention of influential sponsors. Participate in a discussion about what it takes to be an effective sponsor and ways to create a culture of sponsorship in your organization and industry.

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  • jo-miller_fwJo Miller
    CEO, Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc.

    Jo Miller is founding editor of BeLeaderly.com, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching Inc., and the creator of the Women’s Leadership Coaching® system, a roadmap for women who want to break into leadership positions in business. Used successfully by thousands of women worldwide, it identifies key steps women must take to advance to positions of influence and leadership.

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  • Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Plumeria, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
National Policy, Politics and Elections: 2017 and Beyond
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  • Get ready for an interactive panel discussion focusing on the Congress, federal agencies, and the White House with a review and prognosis of the upcoming mid-term elections. The panel members will feature a wide-ranging commentary on politics, economics, and issues that matter to our industry as well as those with national importance impacting contractors and construction firms in general.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions, comments, and energy to engage over issues and political developments of interest to both them and their industry colleagues.

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  • Stanley E. Kolbe Jr.
    Director, Legislative Affairs, SMACNA Capitol Hill

    Dana Thompson
    Retired Director, Political Affairs; Assistant Director, Legislative Affairs, SMACNA Capitol Hill

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  • Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Hibiscus, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Apps for Construction – Exploring the Five Workflows for Mobile Devices
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  • Rob McKinney, a self-taught construction technologist who developed a love for technology with his first Atari game machine, will demonstrate the ins and outs of the five workflows, mobile device management, app selection and implementation, plus his thoughts on the future of technology.

    Rob has developed a mobile device program centered around application used on tablets and smartphones. The program's purpose is to research and implement new apps and devices to improve workflows. The end goal is to save field staff time and money by streamlining processes and creating a more collaborative work environment.

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    Rob McKinney

    ConAppGuru, JBKnowledge Inc.

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Wednesday October 25
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
CIC Reception
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  • Chapel Lawn, Grand Wailea
Chapel Lawn, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Camp Grande
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  • The Rock, Grand Wailea
The Rock, Grand Wailea
Wednesday October 25
6:45 PM - 10:00 PM
Dinner and Show
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  • The Queen Extravaganza

    “A rock celebration in the royal tradition”

    The Queen Extravaganza, the official Queen tribute tour, features the glorious music and live experience of the legendary rock band Queen, as performed by a new generation of musical talent.

    The new band was hand-selected by original Queen band mates and songwriters—drummer Roger Taylor and guitarist Brian May—in 2011 after a talent search. Contestants submitted videos that were voted on by the public during several rounds of online auditions, generating more than 10 million views. The finalists then traveled to Los Angeles for a final audition for Taylor.

    The Queen Extravaganza made their television debut on American Idol in April 2012. The electrifying live performance of “Somebody to Love” featured appearances by Taylor and May. They began touring that summer and have played nearly 200 dates worldwide. In 2016, The Queen Extravaganza tour culminated with a sold-out show at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, a venue once played by Queen themselves in the 1970s.

    “I’m incredibly proud of these guys and it’s going to be a nostalgic and stunning night out for anyone who goes along,” says Taylor.

    The 90-minute show features more than 20 Queen classics drawn from the band’s biggest hits: “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions,” “Somebody to Love,” and “Killer Queen,” as well as other fan favorites.

    The Taylor-May hand-picked line-up is: Vocalist Marc Martel, guitarist Nick Radcliffe, bassist Francois-Olivier Doyon, drummer and musical director Tyler Warren, and keyboard player Darren Reeves.

    Capturing the design and excitement of Queen’s legendary live performances, the late, great Mark Fisher—responsible for staging The Rolling Stones and U2—created the staging and production for The Queen Extravaganza. The spectacular show is designed to enable new fans, together with fans of old, to celebrate the music of Queen.

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  • Molokini Garden or Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea
Molokini Garden or Haleakala Ballroom, Grand Wailea