2018 Presentations

*Click on session titles to view descriptions, speaker bios and download presentations. Read more about what happened at the conference by reading Partners in Progress.

Opening General Session

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

General Session

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

Closing General Session

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

Regional Breakout Sessions

State of the Region – East
Joseph Demark, SMART Local Union 25
Kenneth Kleeberg, Yankee Sheet Metal

State of the Region – Midwest
Marc Norberg, SMART
Mark Watson, Climate Engineers

State of the Region – South/Southwest
Vincent Alvarado, SMART Local Union 49
Nathan Dills, ACP Sheet Metal Co., Inc.

State of the Region – West
Tim Carter, SMART Local Union 66
Bruce Sychuk, SMACNA-BC

Business Sessions

Critical Communication Skills for the 21st Century Construction Industry
Stephane McShane, Maxim Consulting Group

Diversify the Workforce: Recruiting Women and Minority Workers
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

Effective Lobbying As Partners – Learn From the Pros
Dion Abril, SMART Western States Council
Michael Coleman, SMART Local Union 33
Thomas Martin, T. H. Martin, Inc.
Christopher Walker, CAL SMACNA

From Combat to Construction: The Programs That Help Make That Happen
Charlie Mulcahy, SMART
Darrell Roberts, Helmets To Hardhats
Kevin Thomas, Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC
Joshua Buckley, SMART Heroes Graduate

Help Wanted: Get a Jump Start on Your Future Workforce!
Jon Finch, Milwaukee Tool

How to Compete in a Lean Construction World
Neal Ernest, Balfour Beatty Construction
John Harris, Balfour Beatty Construction
Cary Norberg, International Training Institute (iTi)

Innovative Residential Rebates: Irresistible to Home Owners
Tony Adolfs, SMACNA Greater Chicago
John Daniel, SMART Local Union 265
Charles Ruegge, SMART Local Union 265

Market Recovery: A Whole New World?
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator

Market Recovery Funds: Can We Buy Our Way to Market Recovery?
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator

Market Recovery: It’s Not Just for Contract Bargaining
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator

Market Recovery Work: Which is Better – Single or Parallel Workforces?
Michael Gaffney, Trainer & Facilitator

Negotiating Conflict Between Labor and Management
Stephane McShane, Maxim Consulting Group

Resilience and Suicide Prevention
Sally Spencer-Thomas, Sally Spencer-Thomas, LLC

SMART Business Development
Aldo Zambetti, International Training Institute (iTi)

Substance Abuse Intervention
Chris Carlough, SMART

Team Building: Creating a Successful Labor-Management Culture
Stephane McShane, Maxim Consulting Group

Utilizing iTi, NEMI and SMOHIT
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
Guy Gast, The Waldinger Corporation
Lauri Rollings, S/M & A/C Contrs. Assn. of Milwaukee, Inc.
David Zimmermann, SMART Local Union 36