2024 Partners in Progress Conference

February 27-28, 2024   |   Orlando, FL


**IMPORTANT: The Conference Block is now closed and the Swan and Dolphin is SOLD OUT over the conference dates.**

Alternative hotel options are listed below. Please book your hotel reservation directly and as soon as possible due to the popularity of Disney over the weekend prior to the conference with the Princess Half Marathon and other events taking place.

Hilton Buena Vista Palace 
Drury Plaza Hotel Disney Springs 
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs

The Future Is Now

The 2024 Partners in Progress Conference is an exceptional opportunity for all SMACNA member contractors and chapter executives, SMART local unions and regional councils, and future leaders to come together. It provides a collaborative environment where labor and management can strengthen existing relationships and discover innovative strategies to shape a more prosperous future.

The 2024 Conference will feature valuable educational sessions where the knowledge you acquire can be transferred back to the staff at your business immediately. The future is now.

JATC Trustee Conference

We are pleased to announce that the JATC Trustee Conference will be held on February 29th, 2024, immediately following the Partners in Progress Conference. This special event is designed exclusively for JATC Trustees and will provide a platform to share experiences, discuss essential topics, and contribute to the advancement of apprenticeship programs.

Registration for the JATC Trustee Conference will be available through the PiP Conference registration portal. There is no fee to attend the JATC Trustee Conference. Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday.

Keynote Speakers


Victoria Labalme

Victoria Labalme is a master at helping people at all levels dramatically elevate their ability to communicate, connect, come alive . . . and win over the people they serve. Her results-driven approach offers a strategic blend of art and business that taps into her decades of performing arts experience: HBO, Caroline’s on Broadway, comedy clubs, television, one-woman shows and documentary films. Her creative projects have received critical acclaim from The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, BBC, CBS, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Good Morning America.




Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. He grew up in
Muskegon, Michigan where his blue-collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. With a streetwise aptitude and a never quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom.

Kevin understands what drives organizational excellence and customer loyalty. He knows first-hand how great brands think, feel and act. He is a branding and culture expert with a 30+ year career in franchise development. He spent the last 20 years of his corporate career as part of a leadership team that built a little known family business into the #1 franchise in their industry with annual revenues exceeding $2 billion dollars. Since 2016, he has traveled the world pursuing a mission to share The HERO Effect® message with as many people and organizations as possible.

The HERO Effect® is a simple philosophy that separates worldclass organizations and high-performance people from everybody else. Kevin is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential, and grow their results. And, as the father of a child with autism he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life.

Conference Hotel

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

1500 Epcot Resorts Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Conference Fees

  • Attendee pricing (SMACNA & SMART Members):
    • Early bird (valid Sep. 6, 2023 through Dec. 15, 2023) – $725
    • Regular (after Dec. 15, 2023) – $975
  • Non-SMACNA contractor pricing:
    • Early bird (valid Sep. 6, 2023 through Dec. 15, 2023) – $975
    • Regular (after Dec. 15, 2023) – $1,225

Your registration fee includes conference materials, daily continental breakfast and lunch Tuesday and Wednesday, break refreshments, and Meet & Greet Reception.


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