Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


President’s Column: I’m a firm believer that every employee needs a champion

Jul 6, 2017

Lansdell Joseph_151x225A few years ago, our firm, Poynter Sheet Metal, went through an extensive roll-out of technology from our office to our field. We anticipated multiple problems. Fortunately, the exact opposite was true. Our field staff really grabbed ahold of the new technology and began offering new ideas for using the technology to provide better results. 

Currently, we have 55 field employees using tablet technology and about six in our shop. Everyone is on the same page on a project now and many of the communication barriers have been eliminated.

What did we do to experience this level of cooperation? I believe it is because we are aggressive about being champions for our employees and their educational opportunities. 

That’s why our employees are familiar faces at SMACNA’s education programs. Each person who attends a SMACNA program realizes someone wants them to grow. As an employer, you become that person’s champion, investing time, money, and energy so they can excel both personally and professionally. When you are a young person, having that kind of champion leaves a lasting impression.

That’s why I want to emphasize that SMACNA’s 2018 programs have been announced. I hope you start planning to send a few people to next year’s programs. Visit SMACNA’s Events and Education webpage and select National Education for the 2018 list. (See related article in this issue of SMACNews.)

The 2018 National Education Programs are:

  • Business Management University, Feb. 25-March 1, 2018
  • Supervisor Training Academy, March 19-21, 2018
  • Project Managers Institute, April 22-25, 2018
  • Financial Boot Camp, May 7-9, 2018

When I became SMACNA President, I thanked a lot of people for getting me there. One group was my employees, who, as I said, “Stand beside me in making powerful decisions and are always willing to go along with me on the rollercoaster ride we know as contracting.” 

I am their champion, because every employee deserves a champion.


Joseph Lansdell
SMACNA President