Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

Events & Education


2019 Chapter Executive Institute

CEI Schedule

January 27-29, 2019
Austin, Texas

Sunday, January 27
  • 8:00 am: Golf (optional) at the Golf Club at Star Ranch

  • 3:00 pm: Hotel Property Tour (optional)

  • 5:00 pm: Opening Reception – Room 209

Monday, January 28
  • 7:30 am           Breakfast Buffet – foyer of Room 205
  • 8:00 am           Welcome/Overview – Room 205
  • 8:30 am          Conversation with Vince Sandusky (Part I)
  • 9:30 am           Rap Sessions – Membership Services

    - Identifying and recruiting committee and board appointments – need vs availability
    - Apprentices ratios on public works projects

  • 10:00 am         Convention Overview with CMR
  • 10:30 am         Is There an App for That? Secret Tech Weapons for Chapter Executives

    Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend at Avenue Z, Inc.
    Discover how to use free and bargain technology tools you never knew existed, and how to create professional-level graphics and wow your members. Beth will provide new ideas to increase efficiency and get things done!

  • 12:00 pm         Lunch

  • 1:00 pm           Cyber Security Apps + Tools

    Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend at Avenue Z, Inc.
    Beth will explore apps and technology strategies to help chapters deal with high-stress incidents, event cancellations, safety and health concerns, emergency situations, and natural disasters. You will learn about apps for communication, organization, and collaboration for emergency situations.

  • 1:30 pm           Panel Discussion/Presentation – Recruiting Apprentices

    Best practices and discussions on how chapter execs can assist contractors with recruiting apprentices.

  • 3:15 pm           Presentation – Davis-Bacon Project

    Joye Blanscett, Director of Labor Services and Human Resource Management
    SMACNA is partnering with SMART to better train our chapters and contractors on how to strategically respond to Davis-Bacon wage determination surveys in their area.  This presentation will introduce chapter executives to the new project; what resources will be available to the chapter and contractors when a survey is announced in their area and highlight the strategical decision they will need to make with their local union in order have the best possible success in the survey process.  The group will explore best practices by the chapter in rolling out and responding to a survey.

  • 3:35 pm           Panel Discussion/Presentation – Social Media & Marketing Efforts

    - Discussion on how to involve younger members, new trends and benefits of social media.

  • 5:00 pm           Adjournment

  • 6:00 pm           Dine Around (optional)

Tuesday, January 29
  • 7:30 am           Breakfast Buffet – foyer of Room 205
  • 8:00 am           Conversation with Vince Sandusky (Part II) – Room 205
  • 9:00 am           Presentation – A Chapter’s Role in Well Run Benefit Funds


    Joye Blanscett, Director of Labor Services and Human Resource Management
    This session will discuss the role a chapter can play in ensuring its local benefit funds are well run.  Engaged and well-educated management trustees can make a difference to controlling fringe benefit funds as well as lower the potential liability exposure the chapter might have for fiduciary errors at the funds.  This interactive session will discuss best practices for chapters to take in overseeing benefit fund trustees, encouraging appropriate trustee training and ensuing trustee engagement.


  • 9:45 am           Rap Sessions – Chapter Management

    - Insurance – what is provided to chapter staff with regard to Health, Pension, and Disability insurance?
    -  How to hire new employees? Benefits? HR issues?

  • 10:45 am         Annual Business Meeting
  • 11:30 am         Adjournment