The SMCI office has recently undergone a facelift and the 1990’s are now gone. The wood paneling throughout the offices and the blue fixtures in the women’s bathroom have been replaced and there is now new paint, carpet, cabinets and furnishings throughout the whole office. Staff returned to the offices at the end of October after working out of their offices for the past couple months. While there are still some things that need to be done to finish off the project, the staff is happy to be back. Stop in anytime to see the updates.
Congratulations to the following members who were appointed to SMACNA committees and task forces for the upcoming year:
Guy Gast – New Horizon Foundation Chairman
Jim Hall – SMACNA Board of Directors
John Ilten – Labor Committee, National Joint Adjustment Board, Convention Committee, and iTi Board of Trustees
Randy Novak – iTi Board of Trustee Co-chairman, Nominating Committee Director
Mark Watson – SMACNA/SMWIA Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force
Ryan Kelly – Safety and Health Committee
Mitch Golay – Industrial Contractors Council Steering Committee, Food Grade Task Force
Matt Jesson – Infectious Control Risk Assessment Task Force
Corey Chestnut – Food Grade Task Force
Dan Hampton – HVAC Contractors Council Steering Committee
Jeff Alkema – Architectural Sheet Metal Council Steering Committee
Bill Johnson – TAB Task Force
Kim Best – Women in Construction Leadership Committee Steering Committee Steering Council
The 75th Annual SMACNA Convention was held October 14-17, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis in San Diego. Attendees had many seminars to choose from and a big product show to attend. The meet and greet on Sunday night was held at the Midway Museum which is on the aircraft carrier Midway docked in the San Diego marina. The highlight of the night was when a trio of skydivers parachuted onto the deck of the aircraft carrier carrying not only the American flag but the SMACNA flag. The entertainment for the last night was pop singer Andy Grammer who put on a high energy show. Chapter night was held in conjunction with the Kansas City Chapter at the Harbor House Restaurant on the harbor. The convention was a great time to celebrate 75 years of SMACNA. Make plans to attend next year in Austin, Texas October 20-23rd.
The Annual Associate and Contractor Golf Outing was held at Riverside Casino and Golf Resort September 18-19. Dinner and team selection was held the night of the 18th with golf the next day at 9:00 am. Golfers were met with cloudy skies and light rain but marshalled through and started play just a half hour late. All in all, the golfers got rained on 3 times throughout the day but they got all 18 holes in. There was a 1 ½ hour delay with everyone meeting in the cart barn where the beverage cart workers made sure everyone had a good time. Winners of the tournament were Scott Impens, Brandon Snitker, Jim Kent and George Grosvenor. Last place went to Rob Wentzel, Paul Hartke, Karen LaGrange and Jeff Alkema who received toilet trophies and their names on the pig trophy. The golf outing is always a good opportunity for contractors and associates to get together in a fun setting. Make plans to attend in 2019.
Maria Seymour was awarded one of the SMACNA College of Fellows Scholarships in 2018. This scholarship is a four year $4,000 per year scholarship which Maria will use to attend Iowa State University in the fall of 2018 in engineering. Maria’s two brothers were previous winners.
Congratulations goes out to Maria and her parents Gary and Cynthia Seymour. Gary is employed by Baker Group of Ankeny Iowa.
Welcome to our new contractor member The Prull Group. The new Cedar Rapids company is owned by Jamie Prull and will be doing commercial HVAC in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.
Welcome to our new associate member Mercedes Benz/Sprinter of Des Moines. They are an automotive and commercial van/truck retailer in Des Moines. Dan Duwelius is the Commercial Fleet Sales Manager. Welcome to SMCI Dan and Mercedes.
For over 30 years, SMCI has awarded scholarships to ISU students studying in the area of Construction Engineering with over $75,000 awarded. This year’s recipients shared a total of $4500. Congratulations to Natalie Buschelman, Tamera Rouse, Brittany Gronewold, Riley McLaren, and Henry Fischer.
This year’s Annual Membership meeting was held in Savannah, Georgia April 19-21, 2018. The contractors and the associate members enjoyed the rich history and southern hospitality along with seminars by SMACNA Technical Director Eli Howard and also SMACNA President Jack Knox.
Leisure activities included golf, a trolley ride, a couple cocktail receptions and enjoying the historic district of Savannah. Everyone loved Savannah and there is talk of going back there in the future. Next year’s meeting will be in Nashville, Tennessee April 4-6, 2019. Mark your calendars, grab your cowboy boots and plan to attend.
In a change of pace from previous years, the annual Winter Party was held at the West End Architectural Salvage in Des Moines. Guest enjoyed a laidback evening of cocktails and food while socializing with both members and associate members. Everyone was allowed the run of the building to look at the merchandise for sale.
Giveaways included gift certificates for local establishments and the grand prize of $500 which was won by Mark and Alysun Bower of Air Con Mechanical. Congratulations Mark and Alysun!
The annual SMCI, SMCI Board, Industry Fund and Labor Relations Council meetings were held February 16th in the SMCI offices. Lunch was provided and attendees heard an update from Lobbyist David Adelman on the current legislative session. Outgoing board of director Guy Gast was presented with a plaque from SMCI for all of his hard work thru the years for SMCI and SMACNA.
Central Iowa Chapter hosted a social event at the new Range Grill and Golf where members and
associate members enjoyed food, drink and golf on a chilly January night. The attendees had access to three golf simulators to participate in a little friendly competition and to just get some swings in. Non-golfers enjoyed heavy appetizers and drinks plus some great socializing. Everyone had a great time and suggested we do it again.
Local 263 foreman, general foreman and new project managers attended a half day seminar on January 16, 2018 at the Local 263 apprentice school presented by Maxim’s Stephane McShane and sponsored by the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Chapter of the Sheet Metal Contractors of Iowa.
Attendees learned keys to improving productivity and time management. McShane brought real world experience to the meeting with her background of being a former journeyman electrician in the construction industry.
SMACNA’s Chapter Supervisory program “Growing and Developing Supervisors” was presented by Consultant, Speaker and Author Kevin Dougherty on January 10, 2018 from 7:00 to 3:00 to Local 45 journeymen and project managers at SMART’s union hall.
Dougherty covered topics like how to take control of the job from the start, establishing effective productivity habits, coaching and mentoring and how to deal with difficulty people along with other topics. After he was done presenting to the journeymen and project managers, Dougherty conducted another seminar with the 3rd and 4th year apprentices on how to be a better worker. Both seminars were very informative according to the reviews.
A special thanks to Kevin for traveling from Florida to chilly Iowa during January!
Bill Johnson from Berglund Sheet Metal was presented with a certificate from SMACNA for his work on the SMACNA Legislative Committee, SMAC PAC Committee and the iTi Apprentice Contest Committee at the SMCI Board meeting on November 29th. Congratulations Bill and thanks for your contribution to SMACNA and SMCI.
The SMCI Associate members met on December 15th in the SMCI offices to review 2017 and look at 2018. Thanks to all that attended.
The Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Chapter held their annual Christmas party at the Cedar Rapids Country Club on November 30th. Over 50 members and associate members enjoyed a social time with a wonderful dinner and piano music from Julia West. Thank you to John and Roni Ilten for hosting this annual event.
With record attendance, the 74th Annual SMACNA Convention was held at the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui October 22-25, 2017. SMCI had 10 attendees along with spouses and children who attended seminars, SMAC PAC Night, a product show and saw entertainment including a Hawaiian drum performance and an amazing Queen Tribute band.
In spite of 3 days of rain and one day with no power to the island, everyone managed to have a good time. Tuesday’s planned chapter night with Kansas City on a sunset cruise had to be canceled due to rain but everyone seemed to roll with the bad weather.
What else can you do?
The beautiful view from the Grand Wailea Resort.
SMCI had a presence on stage with awards and responsibilities.
Angie Simon from the New Horizons Foundation presented Ron Rogers, Mark Watson and Guy Gast with plaques recognizing their contributions to the New Horizons Foundation fundraising efforts. Thanks to Guy, Mark and Ron for their efforts to the Foundation and their years of support.
Guy Gast from The Waldinger Corporation was honored as outgoing past president.
SMCI’s Jim Hall of Systems Management & Balancing was elected to a 4-year term on the SMACNA Board of Directors. Congratulations Jim!
SMAC PAC night at the convention
Deana Gast REALLY enjoyed the night as she was the winner of the $5,000 grand prize. Way to go Deana!
Guy, Deana and Giavanna Gast enjoy the table decorations that everyone was wearing by the end of the night.
Dinner and the Queen Tribute Band on the final night.
Tom, Emily, Paula and Ryan Wengert
Dan and Amy Hampton
Christine and Shane Brandon, Bob and Laurinda Darling
Jen and Mitch Golay
Sean and Shelby Kubik, Donna and Randy Novak
What do you do when the photographer says “Act crazy”?
SMCI held its annual Associate and Contractor Golf Outing on September 27th at the Riverside Casino and Golf Resort in Riverside, Iowa. This annual event pairs contractors with associate members for 18 holes of fun and networking. This year 50+ golfers enjoyed golf, food, prizes and raffles along with a lot of laughs.
45+ people came the night before the golf outing for cocktails, dinner and team selection. It’s a very scientific process picking the teams between balancing contractors and associates and A, B, C and D players. Everyone participates and joins in the fun. A big thank you to our golf commissioners Tom Wengert and Dana Kever.
Big winners this year were Gary Chappell, Ductmate; Matt Moulton, Products; and Tom Wengert, Baker Group. The proud losers who were awarded pig trophies were Pat McCabe, L & L Insulation; JR Senn, Waldinger Corporation; Bob Darling, Baker Group; and Don Gibson, Sheet Metal Connectors.
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:
SetPoint Mechanical – Cocktail reception
DPT Mechanical – Breakfast sandwiches
Millennium Technology – Beverage cart
Sheet Metal Connectors – Pin events
Kapaun Consulting Engineers– Awards ceremony
And to all associate members that brought raffle items.
Welcome to Federated Insurance who became new associate members recently. Federated is a Premier Associate Member of SMACNA and now are associate members locally. Welcome aboard Federated.