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12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration Sabal Registration
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration Sabal Registration
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Pavilion
8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Opening General Session Sabal A-D
Why Communicate, Commit, Deliver?
Joseph Sellers, Jr., SMART General President
Jack Knox, SMACNA President
Recruiting Quality Applicants
Kevin Dougherty, Consultant, Speaker, Author
What the Future Holds for Partners
Guy Gast, The Waldinger Corporation
Angela Simon, Western Allied Mechanical
Market Sustainability and Expansion
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator
11:00 a.m. to 12 noon Regional Breakout Sessions
State of the Region – West Sabal E
Tim Carter, SMART Local Union 66  
Bruce Sychuk, SMACNA-BC  
State of the Region – East Sabal F
Joseph Demark, SMART Local Union 25  
Kenneth Kleeberg, Yankee Sheet Metal  
State of the Region – South/Southwest Sabal G
Vincent Alvarado, SMART Local Union 49  
Nathan Dills, ACP Sheet Metal Co., Inc.  
State of the Region – Midwest Pindo AB
Marc Norberg, SMART
Mark Watson, Climate Engineers
12 noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch Pavilion
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Business Sessions
Help Wanted: Get a Jump Start on Your Future Workforce! Sabal F
Jon Finch, Milwaukee Tool  
How to Compete in a Lean Construction World Sabal G
Neal Ernest, Balfour Beatty Construction
John Harris, Balfour Beatty Construction
Cary Norberg, International Training Institute (iTi)  
Market Recovery: It’s Not Just for Contract Bargaining Sabal E
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator
Team Building: Creating a Successful Labor-Management Culture Pindo AB
Stephane McShane, Maxim Consulting Group
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Business Sessions
Diversify the Workforce: Recruiting Women and Minority Workers Sabal F
Mechelle McNew, SMART Local Union 464  
Julie Muller-Neff, Esq., SMACNA – Western Washington, Inc.  
Leah Rambo, SMART Local 28 Training Center  
Angela Simon, Western Allied Mechanical
Innovative Residential Rebates: Irresistible to Home Owners Sabal G
Tony Adolfs, SMACNA Greater Chicago  
John Daniel, SMART Local Union 265  
Charles Ruegge, SMART Local Union 265
Market Recovery Funds: Can We Buy Our Way to Market Recovery? Sabal E
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator  
Negotiating Conflict Between Labor and Management Pindo AB
Stephane McShane, Maxim Consulting Group
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet Reception Event Lawn
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Conference Registration Sabal Registration
7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Pavilion
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Business Sessions  
Critical Communication Skills for the 21st Century Construction Industry Pindo AB
Stephane McShane, Maxim Consulting Group
From Combat to Construction: The Programs That Help Make That Happen Sabal F
Charlie Mulcahy, SMART
Darrell Roberts, Helmets To Hardhats
Kevin Thomas, Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC
Joshua Buckley, SMART Heroes Graduate
Market Recovery: A Whole New World? Sabal E
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator
Resilience and Suicide Prevention Sabal G
Sally Spencer-Thomas, Sally Spencer-Thomas, LLC
SMART Business Development Pindo C
Aldo Zambetti, International Training Institute (iTi)
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Business Sessions
Effective Lobbying As Partners – Learn From the Pros Pindo AB
Dion Abril, SMART Western States Council
Michael Coleman, SMART Local Union 33
Thomas Martin, T. H. Martin, Inc.
Christopher Walker, CAL SMACNA
Market Recovery Work: Which is Better – Single or Parallel Workforces? Sabal E
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator
Substance Abuse Intervention Sabal G
Chris Carlough, SMART  
Utilizing iTi, NEMI and SMOHIT Pindo C
David Bernett, National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMI)  
Randall Krocka, Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT)  
James Page, International Training Institute (iTi)  
Walking a Mile in Their Shoes: Understanding What Makes Your Labor-Management Counterpart Tick Sabal F
Guy Gast, The Waldinger Corporation
Lauri Rollings, S/M & A/C Contrs. Assn. of Milwaukee, Inc.
David Zimmermann, SMART Local Union 36
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. General Session Sabal A-D
SMACNA/SMART Leadership Forum: Hit Them With Your Best Question
Joseph Sellers, Jr., SMART General President
Jack Knox, SMACNA President
Richard McClees, SMART General Secretary-Treasurer
Vincent Sandusky, SMACNA Chief Executive Officer
11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Lunch Pavilion
1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closing General Session Sabal A-D
Where Do We Go From Here?
Nathan Dills, ACP Sheet Metal Co., Inc.
Marc Norberg, SMART
The High Performance Climb
John Foley, Retired Blue Angels Pilot


*Times and sessions subject to change. Schedule will be updated as more information becomes available.


No paper handouts will be provided onsite. Speaker handouts will be linked under the related session in the schedule above. Attendees are strongly encouraged to review, download and/or print desired handouts prior to arriving at conference. No printers will be available onsite and WiFi is not guaranteed to be available in the session rooms.