Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


2020 Partners in Progress Conference Strive to Succeed Challenge


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In advance of the 2020 Partners in Progress Conference, the Strive to Succeed Challenge has officially been launched. This exciting new initiative invites local SMART unions along with SMACNA chapters and their contractors to build a collaborative labor-management relationship.

The challenge includes a simple set of tasks to be completed before, during, and after the conference. Local areas who participate can earn up to $3000 for use towards future marketing.

So, what exactly is the Strive to Succeed Challenge?

The Strive to Succeed Challenge is a fun way for all parties involved to get the most out of the 2020 Partners in Progress Conference. All chapter leaders should share this information with their member contractors and encourage them to participate in this challenge.

Working together on these tasks will help both sides develop a stronger working relationship, while at the same time earning valuable money that will go to future marketing efforts.

Plus, your local area will be able to compete against other local areas. This friendly competition is divided into two phases:

  • Phase 1 consists of four segments of easy-to-complete tasks such as: following Partners in Progress on social media, registering one person to attend their first Partners in Progress Conference, completing joint worksheets, attending 2020 PinP Conference educational sessions, and numerous other joint activities. Areas that complete the first phase of the Challenge will receive $1,000 to use towards future marketing in their local area.

  • Phase 2 requires each area to further develop upon the goals they started in the first phase and create a longer-term action plan. Local areas will only be required to complete a single task and provide proof of completion to Partners in Progress to receive an additional $2,000 to use towards future marketing in their local area.

Additionally, Partners in Progress will maintain a leaderboard that shows how each area is progressing through each stage. Participating areas will be featured and recognized for their contributions.

For additional information or to answer any questions, please contact Joye Blanscett at or 703-803-2997.