PHOENIX ─ Robert B. Gawne, CEO of Stromberg Metal Works Inc., Beltsville, Md., received the SMACNA Career Legislative Achievement award at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 73rd annual convention.
“The Career Legislative Achievement Award is one of the most esteemed legislative honors a contractor or chapter executive may earn within the organization,” announced 2016 SMACNA President Guy Gast. “This award recognizes Bob’s long-standing, dedicated legislative and political leadership since entering our industry as a sheet metal contractor. For many decades Bob has been a major player providing national SMACNA with invaluable practical assistance encompassing the legislative and political spectrums,” President Gast said.
“His service to SMACNA dates back to the mid-seventies and includes outstanding contributions as a member of SMACNA’s Board of Directors, SMACNA’s Legislative and SMAC PAC Committees, and the Congressional Insiders Club, including the Political Pacesetters, SMAC PAC’s top donor club. Bob also was a leader of the Pacesetters, reaching out to grow the club’s membership from the first year of its existence,” President Gast noted.
Few firms have been as high profile in the legislative, political and policy field as Stromberg Metal Works with nationally noted visits by U.S. presidents, senators, and representatives, and a long list of state and local officials from governors to council members. In addition, Gawne’s firm has always been available at critical times during legislative hearings to represent SMACNA on Capitol Hill to voice our membership’s concerns on pension reform, procurement rules, construction tax incentives, infrastructure investment, worker misclassification, and general contractor accountability.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s class of 1950 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Gawne also served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1953. A past president of the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB), Gawne is also a former member of SMACNA’s Testing, Adjusting, Balancing (TAB) Council Steering Committee. He proudly serves on the SMACNA College of Fellows and served on the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) Local 100 apprentice committee and board of trustees.
Gawne and his wife Patricia reside in Beltsville, Md., and have six children, 20 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
SMACNA, an international trade association representing 3,500 contributing contractor firms, is dedicated to promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., as well as on Capitol Hill.
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