The Future is NOW

Partners in Progress Conference brings SMACNA and SMART members together to improve businesses and drive future growth.

The 2024 Partners in Progress Conference brought local union leaders, SMACNA member contractors, chapter executives, training coordinators and future leaders together Feb. 26 to 28 in Orlando, Florida, to provide opportunities to strengthen existing relationships and discover innovative strategies to shape more prosperous futures.

This joint venture between SMACNA contractors and SMART members reinforces the mutual goal of delivering quality workmanship for sheet metal applications and heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems to ensure accepted industry standards are used and work is performed in a productive, efficient and environmentally conscious manner. The SMACNA-SMART partnership is more than 75 years strong. 

During the conference, attendees heard from SMACNA President Carol Duncan and SMART General President Mike Coleman on the importance of how better labor-management collaboration can shape the industry’s future. They also learned ways to address future workforce needs, improve leadership and communication, address mental health concerns and use unconventional thinking to solve problems.