California Contractor Wins SMACNA Legislative Award

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) has presented its Legislative Contractor of the Year Award to James Asbury, of Bell Products Inc., Napa, CA. "When we talk about bringing our Campaign for Quality Contracting to the Hill, this contractor is one who began doing that many years ago. He was demonstrating exceptional effort and unsurpassed leadership in legislative action before we started giving awards," commented SMACNA's Legislative Committee Chairman John Ilten. "He gets personally involved in political campaigns, not just finding Congressional candidates for the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Political Action Committee (SMAC PAC) to support and building on those relationships, but also supporting local candidates as well." A member of the Congressional Insiders Club for more than 20 years, Jim was one of SMAC PAC's original supporters. He has been adamant that SMAC PAC wasn't just supporting those in power because they were in power. He wanted to know the PAC was doing what was right for the construction industry. Asbury is currently president of the Bay Area Association of SMACNA chapters and is active locally in civic and political endeavors. He was honored by the Napa Valley Chamber of Commerce as the 1999 Citizen of the Year. An active supporter of SMACNA programs, Asbury serves as an SFUA Article X Management Panelist and a member of the Change Order Task Force.

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