Robert Lawless, CEO of Blue Diamond Sheet Metal Inc., Medford, NY, was recognized as the Legislative Contractor of the Year at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) President’s luncheon at the 64th annual convention.
“The Legislative Contractor of the Year Award is the highest legislative honor a contractor may earn within our organization and it is for Bob’s outstanding and ongoing legislative and political activism that we honor him today,” noted SMACNA President Richard J. Cramer, Sr.
“Bob has been an exemplary participant in contractor legislative and political affairs at the local, state, and national levels,” SMACNA President Richard Cramer said. “Setting high standards for legislative activism, he is a persuasive advocate for SMACNA and his industry on a number of business, economic and legislative program issues.”
Lawless has served as the SMACNA of Long Island chapter president, member of the chapter’s board of directors and the Local Public Affairs Committee as well as a trustee on several joint labor management trust funds. In his capacity as legislative advocate Bob has made countless trips to the NY State Capital in Albany and to Washington, DC. While Bob’s legislative efforts at the state and national level have served our association’s interests with significant results, he has led the Long Island Chapter’s Local Public Affairs Committee in its focus on local political and government officials so important to construction on Long Island and the surrounding area. Bob also has served on SMACNA’s national legislative and SMAC PAC committees. He currently serves on the national association’s Best Practices Market Expansion Task Force, National Change Order Task Force and the HVAC Contractors Steering Committee.