Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


SMACNA Board approves dynamic new initiatives for 2018

Feb 26, 2018

Student chapters, women’s council summit, leadership development program

Several new and exciting initiatives were approved at SMACNA’s Board of Directors meeting on Jan. 15, 2018. They cover a wide range of topics that will benefit SMACNA members and the industry at large:

  1. SMACNA is creating a new role of Chapter Support Representative who will work with SMACNA chapter executives, labor committees, and leadership to facilitate more constructive and effective labor-management relations.

  2. SMACNA’s Women in Construction Leadership Council plans to organize and hold a summit this summer to further develop and discuss their mission and future goals.

  3. SMACNA National will partner with existing SMACNA chapters to establish student chapters in pilot areas. These new student chapters will expose college students to careers in the sheet metal and HVAC industry.

  4. SMACNA is preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary year, which begins immediately following the 2018 Annual Convention. SMACNA will be developing special communications and events to celebrate throughout the year.

  5. SMACNA will be publishing a 2018 Financial Survey Report after several years in hiatus. This year’s report will gather three years of data to provide users with year-over-year comparable information. The consultants from Henry & Horne will also provide analytical commentary to summarize all the findings.

  6. SMACNA is launching a new Leadership Development Program developed in conjunction with the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. This intensive four-day program will be offered in May 2018 and provides training for individuals identified as potential future leaders in developing leadership awareness, leading your strategy for success, talent management/acquisition, retention and succession planning, developing executive presence, leading innovation and growth, and leading change.

  7. SMACNA will be launching the next level of development in project management training, the Advanced Project Managers Institute. This two-and-a-half-day program is for previous Project Management Institute attendees (although not a prerequisite) and will focus on the impacts of productivity on profit, project tracking, accurate forecasting, becoming a person of influence, coaching and performance management, and negotiation skills.

  8. SMACNA will be revising several documents this year including several sections of the HVAC Systems–Understanding the Basics Manual, which includes updated links and resources to be more useful for construction schools and universities.

SMACNA’s Board of Directors meets three times a year to review, discuss, and help develop strategic plans, policies, budgets, and fundraising on behalf of the association. Watch for more information on these and other SMACNA initiatives throughout the year.