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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)

CEO: Providing a robust portfolio of new tools and ideas

Each year I have the privilege of using this forum to recount some of SMACNA’s accomplishments and challenges and to also offer a few thoughts on where we are going next. I’m excited to dive right in.
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2016 President Gast: The power of passion and conviction

I’ve spent quite a bit of time with SMACNA CEO Vince Sandusky this past year, and as always, he’s done a fabulous job of highlighting SMACNA’s products and services—and the state of the industry.

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.
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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.
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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.
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Past President Szymczak receives appreciation plaque

SMACNA 2016 President Guy Gast (left) presents Past President Thomas Szymczak with a plaque of appreciation for his years of service to SMACNA.

‘Just smiling makes you feel better’

“If you ever regret being a woman, remember we got off the Titanic first,” quipped Diana Jordan, author and comedian, speaking on the healing power of laughter at the convention’s spouse brunch.
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Robert Gawne, Larry Sturgis noted for decades of legislative service

Robert Gawne, CEO, Stromberg Metal Works Inc., Beltsville, Md., received the Career Legislative Achievement award at the convention’s Congressional Insiders Club reception for his long-standing legislative and political leadership. His daughter, Kathy Bigelow, accepted the award at the convention’s Congressional Insiders Club reception.
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Retiring Board members

SMACNA 2016 President Guy Gast recognized four retiring members of SMACNA’s Board of Directors for their excellent, dedicated work.

‘Let the music play…’

The Doobie Brothers and their legendary tunes rocked the house during the SMACNA convention’s closing show.

Convention crushes it with another successful Product Show

SMACNA’s annual Product Show at the convention in Phoenix featured one of the largest collections of new innovations in the market today. SMACNA contractors had many opportunities to talk directly to vendors and suppliers about their specific needs.

Wild, wild West event tames attendees

Every year, SMACNA’s Political Action Committee hosts an event at the annual convention.

2016 Product Show supports SMAC PAC Administrative Fund

For the first time the Product Show at the Phoenix convention hosted silent and live auctions with 20 items donated by exhibitors with the proceeds to benefit SMAC PAC’s Administrative Fund.

SMACNA donates $5,000 to Arizona Equine Rescue

SMACNA 2016 President Guy Gast presented a $5,000 check toSoleil Dolce, vice president of the all-volunteer Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Scottsdale, Ariz., at the convention in Phoenix.

Convention photos free on Flickr

Capture your memories of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix and download your favorite photos on the Flickr website. All photos are free.

Welcome newest Associate Member!

SMACNA is proud to welcome its newest Bronze Associate Member, Conklin Metal Industries of Atlanta, Ga.

The best benefits come to Associate Members who join early

Become a 2017 SMACNA Associate Member now and reap the yearlong benefits that come to those who plan ahead!

Convention Photos Available Free on Flickr

Were any of your members recognized on stage during SMACNA’s 73rd annual convention in Phoenix last week? Perhaps one was inducted into the College of Fellows, received a safety award, or had their picture taken on the golf course, or at one of the social events?