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SMACNA Announces Nominees for Board of Directors

Five of the industry’s leading professionals looking to join the association’s governing body.

SMACNA is proud to announce the 2023 Board of Director nominees.  Voting is scheduled to take place at the Annual Business Meeting.

Please take a few moments to read more about each of the nominees. 

Rick Ferguson is the Chief Estimator with Canadian contractor Black and McDonald. Originally hailing from Toronto, Rick began as an apprentice in 1978 and has risen through the ranks of the trade. Rick is an essential voice in Toronto’s sheet metal/HVAC marketplace, serving on the TSMCA Board of Directors in various capacities from 2015 to 2022, including Treasurer and Chairman of the Standard Practices Committee. Rick is involved in other aspects of the Greater Toronto community, serving as a Member Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors member and working with the Uxbridge Coalition against Poverty. In discussing his desire to serve on the board, Rick “hopes to reinforce the value of the association to all new members of our industry in my chapter and surrounding areas.”

Douglas Gudenburr is the Chief Operating Officer with DMI Companies in Charleroi, PA. A Thomas Jefferson High School graduate, Doug entered the industry in 1982, starting out in production and maintenance with DMI. By 2004, he rose to Director of Operations with the company before rising to COO in 2017. Doug has a high level of involvement in several local, state, and national construction organizations and societies, including the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Competitiveness Collaborative, the Catalyst Connection Board of Directors, the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing Institute (ARM), Manufacturing x’s Digital (MxD), the US Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council, and the Spiral Duct Manufacturers Association. Doug is a champion of the labor-management relationship, stating that “It is critical to continue the cultivation of the relationship between SMACNA and the International Union for the benefit of the trade and all associated, across the country.’

Paul Irwin is the President of Napa, California-based Bell Products. After completing his apprenticeship, he started as a residential installer in the industry. Since then, his career has taken him to several other positions, including as an estimator, chief estimator, project manager, and senior project manager, before becoming President of Bell. Paul has been involved with SMACNA for nearly two decades, having attended more than 15 SMACNA Annual Conventions during that time. He recently served as the chairman of IFUS and the Business Management Committee. He has also held several positions within state and local industry organizations, including serving as the President of Bay Area SMACNA, the co-chair of the local Apprenticeship Training Trust, and the past president of the Redwood chapter of ASHRAE. Within the community, he is involved with Ag4Youth, a nonprofit that enriches the lives of at-risk and underserved youth of Napa County through agricultural experiences and education. Paul currently serves as board president. Paul is excited to “represent not only Bay Area SMACNA members but all association members as a whole.”

Bobby McCally is the Vice President of Corporate Operations for the Brandt Companies. Bobby entered the industry after college in the 1980s, starting as a project manager before moving up to Director of Corporate Relations with the Brandt Companies. Bobby has been constantly engaged with SMACNA, having attended five national conventions since he has been a part of the association. He also serves on various committees and task forces, including a six-year tenure on the Contractor Operations Task Force and a three-year stint on the HVAC Contractors Council Steering Committee. In addition to his involvement with SMACNA, Bobby is also involved with MCAA, having spent three years on that organization’s Technical Committee. In discussing why he wishes to become a member of the Board of Directors, McCally says, “I want to use the relationships I’ve built during my time with Brandt and the SMACNA committees to better all members of this association.”

Gary Myers is the Vice President of Marketing and Business with Intech Mechanical. He attended Ferris State University and entered the industry in 1987, starting as an installer and service tech. Gary’s career has seen him take on many roles, including as a project manager for several projects across southern California and the Vice President of Construction for Airco Mechanical before joining Intech. Gary has long been involved with SMACNA on multiple levels, serving at the national level on the Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force nominating committee. Locally, he has served as the President of SMACNA Sacramento, as well as a trustee for the Sacramento JATC and as a healthcare trustee for Local 104. Gary is very thankful for the opportunities that SMACNA has given him, saying, “The Relationships and experiences I have obtained through SMACNA have made me a better Businessman and employer throughout my 20 years of SMACNA participation.”