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SMACNA’S College of Fellows Recognizes John Comforte

Nov 06, 2017

John ComforteCHANTILLY, VA. — John W. Comforte, president of Climatemp Service Group, Broadview, Ill., was inducted into the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) College of Fellows during the association’s 74th Annual Convention in Maui, Hawaii, on Oct. 25.
An active SMACNA chapter leader for more than 15 years, Comforte has a proven track record of service to the local industry and fellow contractors. As a current board member of the SMACNA Greater Chicago chapter, he continues to work diligently to protect the future and prosperity of the chapter and its members. Previously, he served on the board of directors and in all the officer chairs, including president, for SMACNA Chicago.  
Currently, Comforte is dedicated to developing a succession plan for the future leaders of the chapter. He is highly skilled in leadership transition strategies and training thanks to his industry experience. 
Over the years, he has served as a mentor for many, taking great pride in helping his fellow contractors, whether business or personal. He is known as the "go-to" resource for difficult issues and problems.
Comforte played an important role in the consolidation of SMACNA Chicago and SMACNA of Northeastern Illinois to form the SMACNA Greater Chicago chapter in 2014. In 2013, he represented SMACNA Chicago on SMACNA’s Council of Chapter Representatives and in 2014, he served on behalf of the new Greater Chicago chapter. 
Faced with some of the toughest economic conditions in recent history, Comforte negotiated labor agreements that kept contractors and their skilled workforce competitive in an extremely difficult and demanding marketplace. He served in a leadership role on the chapter’s Joint Arbitration Board and Negotiating Committee, from 2002 to 2014.
Having grown up in the sheet metal business, John assumed the position of president of Climatemp in 1988. Climatemp was founded by his father, Victor Comforte, in 1950, who was also known for his philanthropy and dedication to the industry. 
Comforte is a proven leader with a desire to give something back, which resulted in the creation of two Mary and Vic Comforte endowed College of Fellows scholarships to help deserving you people pursue a college career. The scholarships are funded through the generous support of SMACNA Greater Chicago and are administered by the SMACNA College of Fellows. 
These scholarships were established to help students affiliated with SMACNA Greater Chicago and in recognition of the dedication and services rendered by the Comforte family to the sheet metal industry. 
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