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.
At the September board meeting, longtime director Guy Gast from The Waldinger Corporation resigned his position on the board. Guy has served for many years in many capacities with SMCI and also with SMACNA. Thank you Guy for all you have done for both of those organizations and for the sheet metal industry
Dan Hampton from The Waldinger Group was appointed to the board to serve out Guy’s term.
Welcome aboard Dan!
The annual Central Iowa Chapter and Local 45 baseball night was held July 21, 2017 on a VERY hot night (98 plus degrees). Iowa Cubs played the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a 3 – 4 loss. Hamburgers, hot dogs, beer and lots of water was served to those in attendance. Thanks to all those that attended.
The annual Cedar Rapids Chapter and Local 263 Baseball night was held June 9, 2017 at the Veterans Stadium. The Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Burlington Bees 15-5 with over 250 contractors and Local 263 members and family watching. A picnic dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs (not to mention free beer) were enjoyed by all.
The younger kids enjoyed competing in the pie eating contest with everyone
getting money for participating. The fishing game was also a big hit with the kids where they could fish for prizes. Adults enjoyed the to-go cup giveaway which included some cups having money in them. There was a little something for everyone! Thanks to all that attended.
Berglund’s Bill Johnson, Ilten’s John Ilten and SMCI’s Kim Best attended the CEA National Issues
Conference in Washington DC May 2 – May 4, 2017. As it has been for the last few years, issues included pension reform, Infrastructure investment, Davis-Bacon/Project Labor Agreements, misclassification of workers, and energy efficiency. Attendees heard various speakers on these subjects and then had appointments with Hill staff to discuss. Highlights of other events at the conference included a SMACNA dinner at Tony and Joe’s Seafood Place on the Georgetown waterfront and a cocktail reception on the SMART International rooftop.
A big welcome to Winger Contracting Company of Fort Dodge that joined SMCI this year. Winger was established in 1942 and is also a member of Illowa in the Local 91 area. Please welcome Tom and Brian Keck to SMCI.
It’s Vegas baby!! This year’s annual meeting was held at Mandalay Bay Resort on the Las Vegas Strip March 23-25. Both contractors and associate members gathered in Vegas for seminars and fun and of course some networking. Mike McCullion, Safety Director at SMACNA conducted a safety class for attendees on how to have a safety culture in your company and what are the hot topics in the safety industry today. Eli Howard, Technical Director for SMACNA presented on code updates and changes to the SMACNA manuals plus added updates to the industry. Contractors having Iowa licenses were able to get their needed CEUs to renew their licenses this year from the presentations.
A welcome reception was held on Thursday night at the hotel with drinks and appetizers. A special thank you to Jim Myers and Sheet Metal Connectors for sponsoring this event.
On Friday night, attendees were entertained at TopGolf. Some golfed, some just ate and drank and socialized but all had fun. There were many requests to do it again anytime the annual meeting is near a TopGolf. A special thank you to Millennium Technology, Setpoint Mechanical Solutions, Mechanical Sales and Daikin for sponsoring bays at the event.
Next year’s annual membership meeting will be in Savannah, Georgia April 18-22. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend for some southern hospitality and fun times.
SMCI and Central Iowa Chapter Annual Winter party theme was a luau with 85 plus people there. Plenty of grass skirts and hats given out. Men and women’s hula contest. Women’s hula hoop contest, drum contest, limbo. DJ for entertainment. Hawaiian themed meal.
Here are photos from the event.