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Chicago-Area Executive Receives SMACNA's Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year Award

Oct 19, 2016

Adolfs_x200PHOENIX — Tony Adolfs, executive director of the SMACNA Greater Chicago chapter (right), was named Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 73rd Annual Convention. The award is presented annually to the SMACNA chapter executive who has made a substantive contribution to their local association and to SMACNA as a legislative and political leader on the local, state, and national level.

“This year’s Chapter Executive of the Year is a SMACNA standout legislative and political leader,” announced 2016 SMACNA President Guy Gast. “Tony is a leader in SMACNA on critical legislative issues, pension reform, market expansion initiatives, and energy efficient construction in commercial, industrial, and public markets, labor / management opportunities, and far more. He has long been a leader at the city, state, and national level when it comes to legislation, regulations, and industry promotion issues.

“He is a coalition builder with a distinguished record, a SMAC PAC program enthusiast and industry problem-solver for his members in the greater Chicago region and the HVAC industry. His unflagging efforts to energize and engage his members materialized in 2016 with impressive results,” Gast explained.

Tony and his chapter have taken a leadership role in legislative and political matters and even beyond that 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. on many occasions to lobby for pension reform, infrastructure investment, prevailing wages, procurement reforms, and business tax issues, to name just a few.

His leadership has benefitted all members of SMACNA, not just members from the Chicago region. He has been a Congressional Insiders Club member for nearly two decades and his chapter is active at nearly every Washington National Issues Conference.

“Tony is one of only two chapter executives in SMACNA history to earn this award more than once.” Gast noted. “In 2003, he received the SMACNA Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year award for pursuing the issues of highest priority to SMACNA and his members.”

To qualify for the Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year award, candidates must actively lead in both political and legislative chapter affairs, maintain effective contacts with local, state, and national leaders, and motivate members to act on behalf of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Political Action Committee (SMAC PAC) and SMACNA National through fundraising and financial support.

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 has 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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