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SMACNA Elects Four New Members to Board of Directors

Oct 20, 2016

PHOENIX — The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) elected four members to its Board of Directors at their annual business meeting Oct. 19 at SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention. The directors will serve four-year terms beginning on Oct. 19 at the close of the convention.

Following is a list of new directors along with news releases on each new director.

The newly elected directors are:

  • Brian Fluetsch
    President and CEO of Sunset Air Inc., Lacey, Wash.
  • Ken Groeschel Jr. P.E.
    Project Manager of Butters-Fetting Co. Inc., Milwaukee, Wis.
  • John Raught
    Vice President and Treasurer of Northstar Environmental Ltd., Beaver, Pa.
  • Scott Vidimos
    President of Vidimos Inc., East Chicago, Ind.

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 www.smacna.org.

 

BRIAN FLUETSCH ELECTED TO SMACNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Brian FluetschPHOENIX — Brian Fluetsch, president and CEO of Sunset Air Inc., Lacey, Wash., was elected to the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Board of Directors. His four-year term began Oct. 19 at the close of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention.

“It’s about having the opportunity to give back to an organization that has given so much to our company and my family,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn from what I consider to be the best and brightest in our industry.”

He has served as a member of SMACNA’s National Residential Council Steering Committee and on the Director Nominating Committee.

Currently vice president of the SMACNA Western - Washington chapter, he also serves on the chapter’s executive board. His local involvement includes membership on the Joint Labor Management Relations Board, the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, and the Residential subcommittee.

Devoted to the industry, he has served on many contractor advisory boards for industry organizations, including Puget Power, Honeywell, Emerson/Copeland, and Carrier Corp. A leader in his community, he has served on the board of the Thurston County Economic Development Committee, the advisory board of St. Martin’s University’s School of Business, and on the boards of the Thurston County Roundtable, the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Capital Medical Center, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts.

He graduated in 1981 from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in arts and science and entered the industry as a service manager that same year.

From its founding in 1976 in his mother and father’s garage, Sunset Air Inc. has grown into a large warehouse and showroom that offers a range of services including heating, electrical, water heaters, windows, solar services, and doors, and where they stress taking responsibility with resources like energy and water. The Sunset Air building was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-rated privately owned and operated building in Washington state.

 

KEN GROESCHEL ELECTED TO SMACNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ken GroeschelPHOENIX — Ken Groeschel Jr. P.E., project manager of Butters-Fetting Co. Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., was elected to the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Board of Directors. His four-year term began Oct. 19 at the close of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention.

“SMACNA is a great organization,” Groeschel said. “My desire is to use my engineering and family business background to contribute to the Board, keeping SMACNA at the forefront for business, labor, and technical offerings to our SMACNA members.”

Active on the national level for years, Groeschel currently is chair of SMACNA’s Technical Resources Committee and a member of SMACNA’s Testing and Research Institute Board of Directors. His longtime industry involvement includes serving on SMACNA’s Budget and Finance Committee and many years on the Director Nominating Committee. 

He has served as chair of numerous task forces including the Round Industrial Duct Construction Standard, HVAC Systems Duct Design, Double-Wall Duct, and the Steel Stack Task Force. As chair, he assisted in two updates of SMACNA’s “Round Industrial Duct Construction Standard” manual. 

Locally, he served in officer roles with several SMACNA chapters—as president and board member of SMACCA of Wisconsin, councilor for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ Association of Milwaukee (SMACCA Milwaukee), and as secretary of the East Central Wisconsin Sheet Metal Contracting Association (ECWSMCA).

For many years he represented his local chapters, ECWSMCA and SMACCA Milwaukee, on SMACNA’s Council of Representatives, where he was elected to serve as chair and vice-chair.

Dedicated to training sheet metal apprentices, he is currently chair of the Milwaukee Area Sheet Metal Joint Apprentice and Training Committee and chair of the ECWSMCA Sheet Metal Apprentice Committee and the Wisconsin Sheet Metal Apprentice Committee. He has been on the Sheet Metal Workers Local 18 Health and Welfare state fund for years.

He entered the sheet metal industry in 1982 as a project engineer and earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a professional engineer and master plumber for more than 20 years. He is active in numerous professional organizations including ASHRAE, NFPA, AWS, and NSPE.

Founded in 1924, Butters-Fetting Co. Inc. is one of the most comprehensive mechanical contracting firms in southeastern Wisconsin. State-of-the-art tools such as CAD engineering and design systems complement time-honored customs like hard work and round-the-clock service. Butters-Fetting is committed to the highest quality workmanship and the highest caliber relationships.

 

JOHN RAUGHT ELECTED TO SMACNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John RaughtPHOENIX — John Raught, vice president and treasurer of Northstar Environmental Ltd., Beaver, Pa., was elected to the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Board of Directors. His four-year term began Oct. 19 at the close of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention.

Through his longtime local chapter and national involvement, Raught has helped the industry and contractors through his efforts in the many roles he has played. “Being from a unique area of the country, which falls between the Northeast and the Midwest, I believe I can bring a valuable perspective to the Board,” he said.

On the national level, Raught currently serves on the National Energy Management Institute Trustees. In addition, he has served on SMACNA’s Director Nominating Committee, the NEMI/NEMIC International Certification Board, the HVAC Systems Commissioning Committee, and the HVAC Systems Commissioning Task Force.

Locally, he played a leadership role for the SMACNA of Western Pennsylvania chapter, serving as president, vice president, and board member. He served as co-chair of the Labor Management Cooperation Fund, Journeyman Apprentice Training Fund, and the Joint Adjustment Board. He served as chair of the Apprenticeship Committee and played a pivotal role on the Eastern Regional Apprenticeship Conference Committee.

He has been a member of the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (TABB) since its inception.

He entered the industry as a balancing apprentice in 1985. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Active in his community, he is a member and donor of the Fort MacIntosh Foundation.

Founded in 1995, Northstar Environmental Ltd. delivers testing, adjusting and balancing services. Customers include mechanical, general, electrical, and controls contactors, as well as engineering and architectural firms, developers, and building owners. With the expertise for any type of facility, large or small, each project is treated with the same level of attention to ensure a completely functional system, as the design intended.

 

SCOTT VIDIMOS ELECTED TO SMACNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott VidimosPHOENIX — Scott Vidimos, president of Vidimos Inc., East Chicago, Ind., was elected to the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) Board of Directors. His four-year term began Oct. 19 at the close of SMACNA’s 73rd Annual Convention.

“I want to give back to the industry,” Vidimos said. “With my son, who represents the fourth generation for our business working alongside me, I am reminded of the need to work hard, work smart, and work together if we expect to continue thriving as a business and an industry. As a heavy industrial contractor, I am able to offer a unique perspective within the sheet metal industry.”

On the national level, Vidimos currently serves on SMACNA’s Technical Resources Committee. He has served as chair of the SMACNA-IFUS Trustees, chair of the Director Nominating Committee, and IFUS liaison to the Budget and Finance Committee.

He has served twice as president of the Northern Indiana Sheet Metal Contractors Association as well as on the Board of Directors. He has served as chair of the JATC, Pension Fund, and Industry Fund, and on the Grievance and Negotiating Committees.

He has been involved in ASHRAE and the American Welding Society for many years as well as the Building and Construction Resource Center. He is devoted to helping children with disabilities and Down’s syndrome, and has worked with Boys and Girls Clubs, Tradewinds, and Opportunity Enterprises, which help children with disabilities.                 

He received his degree in business, accounting and finance, from Miami University and entered the sheet metal industry in 1979 as a project manager and estimator.

Vidimos Inc. specializes in custom sheet metal, plate and miscellaneous structural steel fabrications, including flame, laser, and plasma-cut steel parts for more than 60 years. Also specializing in field installation and maintenance repairs, Vidimos prides itself on the quality of its products and their skilled and experienced craftsmen.

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 www.smacna.org.

 

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