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Boston-Area Executive Receives SMACNA’s Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate Award

Oct 02, 2015

Gunning_200x134COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Thomas J. Gunning, executive director of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of the BTEA, Braintree, Mass., was recognized as the Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 72nd Annual Convention.

“Tom has long been a leader at the city, state, and national level when it comes to legislation, regulations, and labor management issues. He is a coalition builder with a distinguished record, a SMAC PAC program enthusiast, and problem-solver for our association and for his members in the greater New England region,” said 2015 SMACNA President Thomas Szymczak.

“He demonstrates first-rate activism for SMACNA at the national level, at Boston City Hall as well as his state capital, earning great respect with countless public officials, developers, and his Congressional delegation.

“Tom has also led on the issues of highest priority to SMACNA and the industry. These include energy efficiency, pension reform, labor management reform, building code enforcement, apprenticeship training and education, indoor air quality, and estate tax reform,” Szymczak noted. “There are but a few of the New England regional policy makers that do not know and respect the Gunning name. Simply put, Tom has made and continues to make an influential impact wherever he goes over a distinguished career. He and his skilled BTEA team represent our industry with a comprehensive policy focus few can match at the professional chapter level across the industry.”

Tom personally supports SMAC PAC at its Chairman’s Club level and has been a Congressional Insiders Club member for over 20 years. The Boston Chapter donates to SMAC PAC’s auction and to the Administrative Fund. In fact, under his leadership, the Boston Chapter has been in SMAC PAC’s Top Ten Fundraising category in nine of the last 10 years.

Tom and his chapter have taken a leadership role in legislative and political programs with impressive results. He has energized and engaged his members to take action on behalf of SMACNA’s priorities on Capitol Hill, bringing groups of members to Washington, D.C. In addition, he attends and hosts fundraisers for Congressional candidates who support the industry. His leadership has provided dividends for all members of SMACNA, not just members from the Boston region. “From early in his tenure, Tom has made a major impact in legislative and political matters, especially complex energy efficiency policies long before many other areas understood the market impact of a highly efficient commercial and industrial infrastructure.

“Along with his members, the key contacts and lasting legislative relationships with Congressional leaders have been helpful for SMACNA. He made the case for many needed national reforms, pension reforms, and tax and regulatory incentives for energy efficiency in commercial and industrial facilities. Gunning has received SMACNA’s Petersen-Dunn Chapter Executive of the Year Award, the 2008 Chapter Executive Advocate of the Year Award, and many more over the last decade and a half.

This award recognizes the important legislative and political roles played by SMACNA’s chapter executives. The winner of this award demonstrates personal involvement in the legislative and political process; and they have achieved outstanding success in mobilizing their members into action.

SMACNA, an international trade association representing 3,500 contributing contractor firms, is a leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. Visit


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