SMACNA Names Colorado Leader Nathan Cooper as 2022 Chapter Executive of the Year

Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 12, 2022) — The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), the leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, today announced that Nathan Cooper, Executive Director of SMACNA Colorado, is this year’s Chapter Executive of the Year. Announced at SMACNA’s 78th Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this special award is given to the person who has made a positive and significant impact on SMACNA as a national association and the local chapter. 

“Nathan is a tireless advocate for the industry and is someone who builds bridges between management and labor in a way that benefits all,” said Aaron Hilger, SMACNA’s chief executive officer. “His leadership skills are unparalleled, as is his compassion and thoughtfulness for those around him. I am thrilled to honor SMACNA Colorado’s own Nathan Cooper with the 2022 Chapter Executive of the Year.”

Cooper has served as the Executive Director of SMACNA Colorado, the local chapter representing more than 75 contactor firms across the Centennial State, since 2018. In the role, he’s been instrumental in supporting initiatives most important to his contractors, including workforce development and infrastructure. Cooper also plays an important role on SMACNA’s Legislative Committee and the SMACNA PAC Committee. He is a top PAC and administrative fund contributor, with nearly a decade as a Diamond CIC.

Prior to joining SMACNA Colorado, Cooper worked in the Iowa Senate and spent six years with the Sheet Metal Contractors of Iowa as the association’s education director. There, he sharpened his skills in political persuasion, leadership, and workforce development. Nathan leverages all of these traits on a daily basis in his current role.

Cooper is also an active member of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Chamber’s Construction & Trades Industry Action Committee. He has also participated as a member of the Colorado WORK Act Grant Review Committee. Cooper and his wife Laura enjoy traveling around Colorado and the world, and assisting with the Faith Lutheran Church’s Youth Group.


SMACNA is an international trade association representing 3,500 contributing contractor firms and is a leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA members are responsible for effectively delivering the clean air Americans breathe in offices, homes, and hospitals; for many of the attractive facades you see on today’s stadiums and office buildings; and for the comfortable, healthy, and safe living environments in which our citizens live out their daily lives. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit

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