Sheet metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association

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Kevin O’Dorisio is Chapter Executive of the Year

Kevin O’Dorisio, executive director of the SMACNA Southern California chapter, received the Petersen-Dunn Award as Chapter Executive of the Year at the annual convention in Phoenix.
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Convention grand slam features top industry leaders, new president

SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix exceeded all expectations, offering four exciting days of robust educational sessions, business meetings, networking, award ceremonies, an expanded Product Show, high-energy entertainment, and perfect weather.
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New President Lansdell: Focus on developing future leaders

Good afternoon, distinguished guests, ladies, and gentlemen! You are an amazing group and I am honored to be part of this tremendous organization. When I was 18 and told my father, I was going to forego college and work my way through school, I never imagined I’d be standing here today.
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Angela Simon honored as Contractor of the Year

For her years of active, dedicated leadership, Angela Simon, president of Western Allied Mechanical, Menlo Park, Calif., was honored with SMACNA’s Contractor of the Year award at the annual convention in Phoenix.
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New Executive Committee for 2016-2017

SMACNA’s new Executive Committee members.
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New Board of Directors

The newly elected members of SMACNA’s Board of Directors.
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Legislative award winners recognized

John Sickle named Legislative Contractor of the Year. Tony Adolfs is Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate.
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SMACNA recognizes safety achievers

Congratulations to SMACNA’s first-place 2016 Safety Excellence Award winners, who were recognized for their outstanding safety and health performance and chapter participation at the 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix. In addition to its U.S. companies, SMACNA is proud to recognize the safety excellence of SMACNA members in Canada.
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New rules to play by for federal contractors

The rules for federal contractors are changing. If you work with the federal government, you may have to comply with two new requirements—the new rules on “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” and “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors.”
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SMACNA donates $5,000 to Arizona Equine Rescue

SMACNA 2016 President Guy Gast presented a $5,000 check toSoleil Dolce, vice president of the all-volunteer Arizona Equine Rescue Organization, Scottsdale, Ariz., at the convention in Phoenix.
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SMART General President: Looking to future growth

SMART General President Joseph Sellers’s Labor Forum remarks provided an update on the pension fund, the new SMART Heroes program, Helmets to Hardhats, women in the trades, capturing new markets, industrial market opportunities, regional health-care plans, the Code of Excellence, and the Peer-to-Peer Member Assistance Program at SMACNA’s convention in Phoenix.
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2016 Product Show supports SMAC PAC Administrative Fund

For the first time the Product Show at the Phoenix convention hosted silent and live auctions with 20 items donated by exhibitors with the proceeds to benefit SMAC PAC’s Administrative Fund.
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Introducing SMACNA’s technical eLibrary subscription service

Annual subscriptions to SMACNA’s 37-title technical library are now available in the cloud. Sign up for individual titles, bundles of your most frequently referenced standards, or the entire eLibrary. Check it out on the SMACNA website today.
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CEO: Providing a robust portfolio of new tools and ideas

Each year I have the privilege of using this forum to recount some of SMACNA’s accomplishments and challenges and to also offer a few thoughts on where we are going next. I’m excited to dive right in.
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2016 President Gast: The power of passion and conviction

I’ve spent quite a bit of time with SMACNA CEO Vince Sandusky this past year, and as always, he’s done a fabulous job of highlighting SMACNA’s products and services—and the state of the industry.
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Wild, wild West event tames attendees

Every year, SMACNA’s Political Action Committee hosts an event at the annual convention.
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Convention crushes it with another successful Product Show

SMACNA’s annual Product Show at the convention in Phoenix featured one of the largest collections of new innovations in the market today. SMACNA contractors had many opportunities to talk directly to vendors and suppliers about their specific needs.
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‘Let the music play…’

The Doobie Brothers and their legendary tunes rocked the house during the SMACNA convention’s closing show.
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‘Just smiling makes you feel better’

“If you ever regret being a woman, remember we got off the Titanic first,” quipped Diana Jordan, author and comedian, speaking on the healing power of laughter at the convention’s spouse brunch.
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Past President Szymczak receives appreciation plaque

SMACNA 2016 President Guy Gast (left) presents Past President Thomas Szymczak with a plaque of appreciation for his years of service to SMACNA.
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Robert Gawne, Larry Sturgis noted for decades of legislative service

Robert Gawne, CEO, Stromberg Metal Works Inc., Beltsville, Md., received the Career Legislative Achievement award at the convention’s Congressional Insiders Club reception for his long-standing legislative and political leadership. His daughter, Kathy Bigelow, accepted the award at the convention’s Congressional Insiders Club reception.
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Comic Ryan Hamilton opens convention

Ryan Hamilton riffed on the perils of being single, hot air ballooning in a wicker basket, losing his contacts while skydiving, growing up in an Idaho small town, and his childhood adventures at the convention’s opening session.
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President Gast passes gavel to incoming President Lansdell

SMACNA 2016 President Guy Gast (left) transfers the responsibilities of the office of SMACNA president to incoming 2017 President Joseph Lansdell.
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Quotable quotes: Nuggets of wisdom from 2016 Annual Convention

“Time to make hamburger out of sacred cows.”| “It’s time to modify the way to go to market. Remember, change ain’t easy.” | “Accidents are caused by people looking for stuff—tools, materials, information.” – Michael McLin on Transforming Your Organization for the Future (HVAC Contractors Forum)
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College of Fellows welcomes new members

In recognition of their service in advancing the sheet metal industry, SMACNA’s College of Fellows inducted five individuals at this year’s convention in Phoenix. Election to the College is a high honor, recognizing years of dedication and service.
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