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Thomas C. Schleifer, Ph.D., of Scottsdale, Ariz. Recognized by SMACNA’s College of Fellows

Nov 01, 2016

TSchleifer-nameCHANTILLY, VA. — Thomas C. Schleifer, Ph.D., of Scottsdale, Ariz., was inducted into the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) prestigious College of Fellows during the association’s 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix on Oct. 19.

Through his energy and leadership, Dr. Schleifer has made a difference in the business success of SMACNA’s members due to his popular educational programs and thoughtful, in-depth keynote sessions. In the 1980s he worked with SMACNA and its Business Management Committee to develop the framework for SMACNA’s flagship educational program, Business Management University. Its continuing popularity more than three decades later proves its enduring value to the industry.

A lifelong friend of SMACNA and SMACNA contractors, Dr. Schleifer’s general sessions at numerous annual conventions consistently draw standing-room-only crowds.

He has undertaken many research projects for the New Horizons Foundation, including authoring the recent, “A New Era of Customer Service: How to Manage Customer Relationships.”

He has been dubbed the “turnaround expert” because he has rescued countless companies from financial distress.

Dr. Schleifer holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in construction management. Recently, he retired as research professor at Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction. He lectures on construction and business management at universities, professional organizations, and trade associations.

He is author of the books “Construction Contractors’ Survival Guide” and “Managing the Profitable Construction Business.” He is the founder and past president of the largest international consultancy firm serving the contract surety industry. He has served as foreman, field superintendent, project manager, and vice president of a construction company that he co-owned with his brother.

Membership in SMACNA’s College of Fellows is reserved for top industry professionals who have made significant contributions to advance the sheet metal industry, capping years of committed service and dedication.

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