Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Two Chapter Execs of the Year

Oct 25, 2018


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Two deserving chapter executives received SMACNA’s Chapter Executive of the Year award at SMACNA’s Annual Convention for their efforts in tackling one of SMACNA’s most critical initiatives: recruiting a skilled workforce.

Lauri Rollings, executive director of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Milwaukee, and Linda Jennings, executive vice president of SMACNA of San Diego, were recognized by then SMACNA President Jack Knox as co-winners.   

Lauri Rollings’ credentials include:

  • Shepherding a youth apprenticeship training program for high school students interested in getting into the trades,

  • Serving on a construction industry joint labor-management council and a county-wide workforce development board,

  • Getting labor and management actively involved in the fire-life safety marketplace,

  • Actively involved in managing twelve labor-management funds with three different unions,

  • Launching the Choose Bigger apprentice recruitment campaign involving the cooperation of the association and multiple unions, and

  • Negotiating three labor contracts with three different unions.

2018011_01694 275x222In addition, she served on SMACNA Student Chapter Task Force and was chair of the Chapter Executives’ Institute Board. She accepted the Non-Profit of the Year award from The Daily Reporter for her chapter’s strong support of labor and management.

Linda Jennings’ list of accomplishments include:

  • Teaming up with the SMART Local 206 and the J.A.T.C. to establish an active and successful recruitment program,

  • Working with veteran groups such as the Wounded Warriors Project and the Warriors to Work to educate interested veterans about the local apprenticeship program,

  • Maintaining a “direct entry” program for both veterans and non-union workers, and

  • Teaming up with industry partners to provide new veteran applicants with a tool package, ensuring they are given the best tools to succeed and are prepared from day one.

The San Diego chapter recruitment efforts have met with outstanding success because 50 percent of the current apprentice class are veterans and 15 percent are women.

Ms. Jennings has an exemplary track record in both local and national advocacy having received the Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year Award in 2001.