Accelerate Your Impact

Accelerate Your Impact is designed to arm new and existing Chapter Executives with the industry, business, labor, and legal knowledge to successfully serve their contractors members, promote the industry and represent their contractors with labor and before law makers.

About The Program

Accelerate Your Impact is program is structured around the many essential areas of knowledge for an effective chapter operation. Programmed to span a 12-month period to be delivered via monthly zoom seminars in conjunction with 3 to 4 in-person events, the subject matter to be covered include:

Construction Industry: the contractor business, sheet metal industry, construction trends

  • Association Management: meetings and events, industry promotions basics, finances, insurance, HR practices, 501(c)(6) laws and regulations, antitrust considerations
  • Labor: NLRA and LMRA overview, Union structure and politics, maintaining a labor-management relationship, multiemployer trust funds
  • Legislative Advocacy: Lobbying to local, state, and federal legislative bodies, political donations and legislation types most likely to impact the sheet metal contractor.

Additional resources for self-study, as well as educational events to expand their knowledge base will be provided with each seminar.

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Apr 17 2024

Construction Trends

Guy Gast, with the New Horizons Foundation, will explore trends in the construction industry and future trends that are predicted that chapter executives need to be aware and potentially provide education on to their contractors.

March 6 2024

Fringe Benefit Funds

A multiemployer plan is a foreign concept to most people who come from a world of single employer health plans and 401ks.  This seminar will help executives understand the basic functions of multiemployer retirement, health and training funds.  Additionally, the seminar will cover the fiduciary role of the chapter as a benefit fund sponsor.

Feb 15 2024

What You Need to Know About the Rapid Response Protocol

This Protocol is intended for use by businesses and chapters to help prepare for and respond to incidents of bias, discrimination, and harassment. It contains best practices and recommendations for the entire industry, and a version of this Protocol has also been developed for use by local unions, regional councils, and JATCs. It is acknowledged and underscored that creating respectful workplaces is a responsibility shared by everyone in our industry, however, it’s contractors who face the greatest liability exposure when this does not occur.

January 2024

Maintaining a Labor-Management Relationship

A panel of experienced chapter executives will discuss methods for maintaining a working, and preferably good labor-management relationship with the union during the life of the collective bargaining agreement.  Panelists will discuss how to approach both the union official who is open to a good relationship as well as those where the relationship is more challenged and how they may have changed the relationship overtime.

Dec 07 2023

Sheet Metal Industry Introduction

SMACNA’s Executive Director of Technical Services, Eli Howard, explains what the sheet metal industry is for those who have not worked for a contractor or in the field.  This session will introduce chapter executives to common terms, systems, and technologies within the sheet metal industry as well as an overview of the major sectors that most sheet metal contractors work within.

November 14 2023

Insurance Policies

SMACNA Premiere Partner, Federated Insurance, will  detail the types of insurance every association should have in place as well as the factors the association should consider when determining coverage levels.  Federated will also discuss optional coverage lines and when they should be strongly considered.  Finally, Federated will also give a brief overview of common construction business coverage and answer common questions a chapter executive may be asked.

November 17, 2023

Politics and Structure: Working with Your Union Partners

Former SMART Local 80 Business Manager, Mark Saba, will describe the inner workings of a local union.  To truly work effectively with a local union, one must understand the interplay between the business manager, the local’s executive board and the local’s members, both active and retired.  SMART International’s structure and relationship with its locals will also be covered.

Oct 05 2023

Association Law

Chapter executives must concern themselves with not only non-profit, association, and tax laws but be familiar with the complex legal concepts around inurement and antitrust to keep their association out of trouble.  This seminar led by Dan Kelly, of Felhaber Larson, will cover these laws and the best practices for operation that will safeguard an association from potential liability.

Aug 10 2023

Labor Law 101

Labor law expert, Tom Trachsel, from Felhaber Larson, will provide the legal framework within which unions and associations must operate.  Topics covered will include common terms and phrases explained, unfair labor practices (ULP), communicating with union members, hot cargo provisions and more.

June 29, 2023

Understanding a Contractor's Business Webinar

This seminar presented by Western Allied former CEO, Angie Simon, will cover the primary factors impacting the profitability of sheet metal contractors’ business. From change orders to labor costs, this session will give chapter executives a working knowledge of what generally makes or breaks a contractor’s business.

May 17, 2023

An Association’s Books and Records

An introduction to the basics of bookkeeping, taught by an accounting professional, Dawn Minemier of The Bonadio Group, will cover how to prepare an association budget and track expenses against budget line items. Additional items to be covered are Form 990’s, understanding a financial statement and common financial mistakes of small associations.