Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


President's Column: The "Super Bowl" Event of the Year

Jul 09, 2018

Jack KnoxThere is no doubt that SMACNA’s Annual Convention is our industry’s big event each year. And like the start of playoffs for the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup, or the World Series, now is the time for SMACNA fans to get excited and focus on the trail to the convention and all it has to offer. This year in particular, I find myself filled with anticipation as we celebrate 75 years of knowledge and networking at the 75th Annual SMACNA Convention. 

As you can tell, I am looking forward to attending SMACNA’s 75th Annual Convention this October 14-17, in San Diego, California. It will be an unforgettable event that I am sure will energize all attendees and keep us all well-informed and at the forefront of our industry.

If you are like me, you value the opportunities to attend many of the informative educational sessions, including the Market Sector Forums, which are some of my favorites. These sessions focus exclusively on architectural, industrial, residential, and commercial HVAC sectors and provide me (and others) with a valuable deep dive into specific topic areas. I also enjoy exploring the Product Show to learn about new companies and emerging technologies that are sure to make a difference in our industry.

SMACNA’s Annual Convention is a game-changer for me because it takes me out of my daily routine and opens my eyes to new opportunities while motivating me to focus on the future. It shakes things up for me and that’s something I value.

I cannot tell you how many times I have walked the halls of the convention, entered a conversation with someone and walked away thinking how fortunate I was to have bumped into him or her. It’s these serendipitous moments that add intangible value to this event.

I’ll be candid, I not only look forward to the business opportunities at the convention, I also enjoy the social aspects. Whether it is a golf tournament, a concert, or a chapter-sponsored event, I enjoy every moment I get to spend with my friends, my peers, my suppliers, and of course, my family.

This year, SMACNA has outdone itself, and I am particularly excited about the awe-inspiring Meet and Greet reception on the USS Midway Museum (which I am sure will be full of fun and surprises), and the Andy Grammer concert on the last day. My family can’t wait to hear songs like Fine by Me, Honey, I’m Good, and Gotta Keep Your Head Up.

Our 75th convention promises to be extraordinary—a Super Bowl event—so to speak. This year, you don’t want to be one of those that chooses to sit on the sidelines, out of touch, and missing all the important industry and competitive trends being discussed.

Just a bit of advice based on SMACNA intel, I suggest you register and make your hotel reservations as early as possible as registrations are setting a record-breaking pace.

I look forward to seeing you at SMACNA’s 75th Annual Convention! 


Jack Knox
SMACNA President