Presidents’ Close – All In To Succeed
Joseph Sellers, Jr., SMART General President
Joseph Sellers, Jr. is a second-generation sheet metal worker who has risen steadily in his 39 years as an industry professional and union official.
Sellers began apprenticeship in 1980 at Local 19 in Philadelphia and became a journeyman four years later. He was elected to the local’s Executive Board in 1994 and appointed to be Training Coordinator in 1996. In 2002, after serving as a Business Representative for two years, he became Local 19’s President and Business Manager.
In August 2009, Sellers was elected to the international leadership as 11th General Vice President. The General Executive Council elected him to serve as the union’s General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) in July 2011, and he was unanimously re-elected as GST by delegates to the first SMART General Convention in August 2014. Sellers became SMART’s General President May 1, 2015 and was unanimously re-elected in August of 2019.
As SMART General President and General Secretary-Treasurer, Sellers developed and led special campaigns to increase outreach and awareness for construction, production and transportation industries members, union industry officials and policy makers on key issues including pensions, health care, and apprenticeships. He implemented and continues to lead enhancements to the Union’s information technology, professional skills training and lifelong learning curricula. He has held several positions with the AFL-CIO and North American Building and Construction Trades Union at the national, state and local levels.
Angela Simon, SMACNA President
Angie Simon is currently president of SMACNA National. She is the first woman national president for SMACNA.
In addition to her executive committee role at SMACNA National, Angie also serves as the Co-Chair of the SMACNA Women in Construction Leadership Council and the Vice Chair of the New Horizons Foundation.
Angie has been a leader in the Bay Area construction industry for many years, starting in the late 80’s when there were very few women in construction. She has successfully navigated the construction industry to become the president of an $80+ million mechanical contracting firm, Western Allied Mechanical.
Angie graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is an active alumni member of the mechanical engineering program along with supporting the Cal Poly Mustangs softball team who she played for throughout her college years.
Her accolades include:
2018 – Cal SMACNA Ed Banks Member of the Year Award
2017 – Silicon Valley Women of Influence Award Winner
2016 – National SMACNA Contractor of the Year
2013 – Inducted into the College of Fellows
2010 – Bay Area SMACNA Leadership Award
Angie is married to Michael and they have two amazing sons.