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Seattle Executive Receives SMACNA's 2017 Chapter Executive of the Year Award

Oct 24, 2017

Chapter Exec of the Year 2017 -1-300x291MAUI, HAWAII — Julie Muller-Neff Esq., executive vice president of the SMACNA Western Washington chapter, received the Petersen-Dunn Award as Chapter Executive of the Year at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 74th 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.

“Julie elevates this award to a new level,” said 2017 SMACNA President Joseph Lansdell. “She delivers exceptional service providing her members with a competitive advantage in the marketplace. They are very lucky to have her.” 

“She recognizes that contractors who can rapidly develop younger, high-caliber employees, both craft and non-craft, will have the upper hand in the coming years,” Lansdell explained. Her intense focus to to pursue workforce development on behalf of her members sets her apart from her peers and qualifies her for this special recognition.

Her strategic involvement, from start to finish, in the first SMART Heroes Program at Joint Base Lewis-McCord (Tacoma, Wash.) set the Program on a solid foundation and established it as a role model for future Programs. The SMART Heroes Program is designed to help veterans transition out of the military and find a place in the sheet metal industry.

Her oversight and coordination of the SMART Heroes Program first graduation ceremony attended by a distinguished audience of military representatives, politicians, and SMACNA and SMART leaders received substantial local media coverage and accolades from all who attended. 

To further address the industry’s workforce needs on behalf of her members Ms. Muller-Neff created an intern program to help bright young people find their way to deserving contractors. 

Her enthusiasm to elevate the caliber of craft and non-craft people began several years ago when she started working with other like-minded construction industry women and and established the Women in Construction Leadership Council where today she continues to play a leadership role.

In 2009, Muller-Neff, a Loyola Law graduate, received the Chapter Executive Legislative Advocate award for directing an aggressive and sophisticated legislative agenda at the local, state, and national levels, drawing upon the Association’s strengths as an industry of small business legislative activists. 

For the past seven years, the Chapter Executives' Institute Board has benefited from her experience and leadership. She served as the chair in 2012 and vice chair in 2011. 

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