Partners in Progress Conference: “All-In” at Partners in Progress
On February 25 and 26, over 500 representatives from SMACNA and SMART gathered at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for the 2020 Partners in Progress Conference, aptly themed “All-In,” to demonstrate the industry commitment to strengthen the partnership and identify a roadmap to success on the best ways to work and grow together.
The conference kicked off with a joint message from SMACNA President Angie Simon and SMART General President Joseph Sellers, Jr. Simon and Sellers stressed the importance of SMACNA and SMART members embracing the “All-In” slogan by working together to overcome obstacles and embrace new industry technologies.
Attendees took part in over 15 educational sessions on leadership, legislation, safety,
mental health issues, business, and technology. Programming included ideas on technology, team cohesion, and ways to strengthen the bond between signatory contractors and union workers.
Simon and Sellers outlined five steps on the roadmap to success: effective communications, understanding changes to the industry, identifying areas of shared interest, effective leadership, and adaptability to change.
The final rally was an energetic presentation by former NFL head coach and current Arizona State University head coach Herm Edwards who said, “Leaders are information gatherers. Leaders teach a skill. Leaders give information, and most importantly, leaders must give hope.”