SMACNA’s 2019 Annual Convention kicked off in true Austin, Texas fashion with taco food trucks, cornhole, and full size Jenga at the opening Meet and Greet reception. This is the first time SMACNA has held its convention in Austin and the event continued to be successful with more than 1,000 members in attendance.
This year was also the grand finale of SMACNA’s 75th Anniversary and included an interactive exhibit with highlights from SMACNA’s history. SMACNA members were invited to join in by adding their own milestone to the timeline. The earliest milestone was from 1878 when SMACNA member Schoppe Co., Inc. was founded. SMACNA will be reviewing all the milestones and possibly adding them to the digital timeline on our website.
On Monday, following the morning educational sessions, SMACNA president Nathan Dills welcomed members and participants to the convention. He recognized SMACNA’s Executive Committee, members of the College of Fellows, and the Congressional Insiders Club. Dills also announced the 2019 award recipients, including: Joseph Lansdell, president of Poynter Sheet Metal as Contractor of the Year; Chris Walker, executive vice president of CAL SMACNA as Chapter Executive of the Year; Melissa Barbour, chapter executive at SMACNA of Long Island as Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year; and Carmen Koo, president of Applied Air Conditioning, Inc. as Contractor Legislative Advocate of the Year.
Convention highlights included a sold-out SMACNA PAC reception and dinner, more than 30 educational sessions with industry thought leaders and keynote speakers, the Labor Forum, and the Product Show (see recap). Stay tuned for more coverage of many of these events in SMACNews.
At the conclusion of the convention, Nathan Dills turned the responsibilities and duties of the president to Angie Simon who is now the 2019-2020 president. Simon, who is the first female president in SMACNA’s history, noted we have a lot to celebrate now and into the future. “A great economy, technology that is making work more productive, and an association that is taking proactive steps to make sure we continue to remain competitive and grow market share.”
The event closed with an exclusive concert with one of the best-selling bands of all time, Foreigner. They entertained with hits like “Jukebox Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is.”
Photos from the 2019 Annual Convention are available on SMACNA’s Flickr account.
SMACNA invites everyone to mark their calendars for the 2020 Annual Convention, Sept. 27-30 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.