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Thomas J. Gunning of Boston, Mass. Recognized by SMACNA’s College of Fellows

Nov 01, 2016

Thomas GunningCHANTILLY, VA. — Thomas J. Gunning, executive director of SMACNA Boston in Braintree, Mass, was inducted into the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) College of Fellows during the association’s 73rd Annual Convention in Phoenix on Oct. 19.

Representing a lifetime of dedication to the industry, Gunning has served his chapter and the industry with distinction. Currently he serves on SMACNA’s Labor Committee and the National Joint Adjustment Board, and has served on the SMAC PAC Committee.

An active leader of the Boston chapter for nearly three decades, he has led the way, particularly in the labor-management and legislative arenas. For his leadership, SMACNA twice recognized him as Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate of the Year (2008, 2015), and named him SMACNA’s Chapter Executive of the Year in 2001.

He has led the chapter’s activities from labor relations and government affairs to recruiting in schools and colleges and the Helmets to Hardhats program. Serving as a management trustee for the Local 17 Annuity Fund for years, he has led the chapter’s local Pension Fund, the Legislative and Labor Committees, and co-chaired the labor-management committee, the Construction Safety Alliance.

In 2000, he was appointed to the Massachusetts State Apprenticeship Council, which guides apprenticeship policies throughout the state. Later that year, he received the prestigious Cushing-Gavin Award for excellence in labor relations from the Catholic Labor Guild of the Archdiocese of Boston. He is a member of the Massachusetts Building Congress.

SMACNA Boston is one of seven trade associations that Gunning and his staff manage on a daily basis. SMACA of the BTEA is the SMACNA affiliate for five New England states: Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. They take part in five different collective bargaining agreements throughout New England with the Sheet Metal Workers Local 17.

Taking the helm of SMACNA Boston in 1996 when his father, Thomas S. Gunning, retired as executive director, Gunning maintains his father’s legacy through the Thomas S. Gunning Scholarship Fund. Prior to coming on board with the chapter in 1988, he was a crew foreman with Turner Construction Co. out of Laborers’ Local 223 in Boston.

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.

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