New President Lansdell: Focus on developing future leaders
Good afternoon, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen! You are an amazing group and I am honored to be part of this tremendous organization. When I was 18 and told my father, I was going to forego college and work my way through school, I never imagined I’d be standing here today.
Angela Simon honored as Contractor of the Year
For her years of active, dedicated leadership, Angela Simon, president of Western Allied Mechanical, Menlo Park, Calif., was honored with SMACNA’s Contractor of the Year award at the annual convention in Phoenix.
New rules to play by for federal contractors
The rules for federal contractors are changing. If you work with the federal government, you may have to comply with two new requirements—the new rules on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” and “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.”
College of Fellows welcomes new members
In recognition of their service in advancing the sheet metal industry, SMACNA’s College of Fellows inducted five individuals at this year’s convention in Phoenix. Election to the College is a high honor, recognizing years of dedication and service.
Quotable quotes: Nuggets of wisdom from 2016 Annual Convention
“Time to make hamburger out of sacred cows.”| “It’s time to modify the way to go to market. Remember, change ain’t easy.” | “Accidents are caused by people looking for stuff—tools, materials, information.” – Michael McLin on Transforming Your Organization for the Future (HVAC Contractors Forum)
Comic Ryan Hamilton opens convention
Ryan Hamilton riffed on the perils of being single, hot air ballooning in a wicker basket, losing his contacts while skydiving, growing up in an Idaho small town, and his childhood adventures at the convention’s opening session.
SMACNA recognizes safety achievers
Congratulations to SMACNA’s first-place 2016 Safety Excellence Award winners, who were recognized for their outstanding safety and health performance and chapter participation at the 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix. In addition to its U.S. companies, SMACNA is proud to recognize the safety excellence of SMACNA members in Canada.
SMART General President: Looking to future growth
SMART General President Joseph Sellers’s Labor Forum remarks provided an update on the pension fund, the new SMART Heroes program, Helmets to Hardhats, women in the trades, capturing new markets, industrial market opportunities, regional health-care plans, the Code of Excellence, and the Peer-to-Peer Member Assistance Program at SMACNA’s convention in Phoenix.