James T. Strother Jr. named SMACNA’s 2023 Chapter Executive of the Year

Executive Director of SMACNA of Western Pennsylvania recognized for his decades-long service to SMACNA at both the local and national level.

James T. Strother Jr., Executive Director of SMACNA of Western Pennsylvania, is this year’s Chapter Executive of the Year. Announced at SMACNA’s 79th Annual Convention in Phoenix, this award is given to the person who has positively and significantly impacted SMACNA as a national association and the local chapter.   

Strother joined SMACNA of Western Pennsylvania in 2001 as their Executive Director, a role he’s held since. During his 22-year tenure, he’s championed a strong working relationship with SMACNA’s partners at SMART Local 12. James also has assisted members through labor relations and contract negotiations. Strother has also been crucial in SMACNA’s legislative work in both the Keystone State and nationally.  

Before joining SMACNA of Western Pennsylvania, Strother was the Director of Safety and Health for SMACNA National and Assistant Director of Safety and Health for the AFL-CIO, where he helped update OSHA 40-hour construction safety programming. 

In addition to his job as Chapter Executive, Strother is also the co-chair for SMART 12’s healthcare and retirement plans management. He is

also a Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania member and a National Joint Adjustment Board Arbitrator.