It is a great privilege to serve as SMACNA’s president and to have seen so many of you at SMACNA’s National Convention in Colorado Springs. As I mentioned on stage, one of my favorite sayings to live by is, “If it's worth doing, it’s worth doing right,” and that applies to the work ahead of us this year.
In my role as SMACNA’s president, I am seeing so many opportunities to win new business and build relationships with broader audiences. Our government’s response to COVID-19 has created unprecedented opportunities for SMACNA contractors to capture new work, including mega projects, energy efficiency projects, retrofits, and school HVAC systems installation and upgrades. Even in the residential and commercial office sectors, the focus on air quality is an important opportunity for SMACNA contractors.
SMACNA is working to heighten indoor air quality awareness among consumers, real estate owners and school superintendents to the point where they are motivated to contact SMACNA contractors directly about new projects. In fact, SMACNA has reached more than one million people, with 5,500 school officials, including superintendents and other stakeholders visiting SMACNA’s online resources to learn more about indoor air quality.
Our member contractors are uniquely positioned to provide private and public stakeholders with indoor air quality solutions that ensure comfort and cleaner air. There are a wide range of solutions our members offer, including testing, adjusting and balancing air systems, servicing HVAC systems and full-scale retrofits or new builds.
As the overall importance of indoor air quality grows in the public consciousness, it is more important than ever for us to communicate with consumers and building owners about the positive impacts our industry has on indoor air quality.
It was a proud moment in August when the White House cited SMACNA as a subject matter expert, highlighting our resources and how SMART and SMACNA can help the public address existing challenges with dynamic solutions. That credibility goes a long way in fueling new work for our members.
This achievement marks the beginning of a multi-tiered effort to heighten consumer awareness about indoor air quality. SMACNA will be rolling out new initiatives to shine a spotlight on the issues of greatest concern to consumers and building owners to further illustrate how critical air quality is to health.
It's going to be an exciting and productive year for SMACNA filled with opportunities and challenges, but I am committed to seizing the moment that stands before us.
Tony Kocurek, SMACNA President