SMACNA’S 69th Annual Convention Highlights New Ideas, Market Opportunities, Innovative Business Strategies

Sheet metal and air conditioning contractors will discover fresh new business approaches, exciting new market opportunities, and promising new products at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Oct. 14-17, at the Bellagio Resort Hotel.

From the opening session with Pulitzer prize-winning humorist Dave Barry to the closing entertainment by Grammy Award-winning K.C. and the Sunshine Band, and valuable education sessions and market sector forums in between, contractors will share an unforgettable experience.

A line-up of timely business sessions—featuring top construction industry experts Ted Garrison, Kevin Dougherty, Jay Bowman, Paul Stynchcomb, Robert Windus, and Sal DiFonzo—will share their take on topics including cloud computing for HVAC contractors, residential retrofit opportunities, strategic thinking, and how not to let OSHA ruin your day.

Four market sector council forums will deliver customized sessions tailored to meet the needs of contractors in the architectural, HVAC, industrial, and residential markets. They include:

• Architectural Contractors Forum: “The Ins and Outs of Metal Rainscreen Wall Systems” with Jeff Ceruti, Simpson Gumpetz & Heger and David Wenner, N.V. Heathorn CO.

• HVAC Contractors Forum: “The Drive Towards Energy Efficient Buildings” led by Kevin Kampschroer, Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings and Peter Rumsey, West Coast Integral Group

• Industrial Contractors Forum: “Industrial Mix—Skills, Markets and Standards” with Charles Mulcahy, SMART; Jennifer Kefer, David Gardiner and Associates; and Eli Howard, SMACNA’s executive director, technical services.

• Residential Contractors Forum: “The Power of Throughput” with Richard Harshaw, Lodestar Consulting Systems.

SMACNA’s Product Show, which takes place Tuesday, Oct. 16, as part of the convention, will demonstrate the industry’s best new technologies, products, and services.

SMACNA, an international trade association representing 4,500 contributing contractor firms, is dedicated to promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, VA, outside of Washington, D.C., as well as on Capitol Hill. Visit for more information.

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