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March 13 - 17
Marriott Marquis
San Diego Marina
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Engaging Education
Grow what you know in San Diego
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An a-list of actors, advocates, athletes, and artists
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Earth, Wind & Fire
Bring their sensational sound to the sun & the sea
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In isolation, we look for reunion. With distance, we long to connect. MCAA has always created a deep sense of belonging—to an association, to an industry, to a partnership, to a family. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, we’ve just had to do it differently. Finally, we can return to each other. We can reunite and reconnect in ways that have been impossible for two years. This Convention, more than any other, can be a celebration.

It is my distinct pleasure and honor to invite you, the members of our MCAA family, to be Reunited at the MCAA22 Convention, March 13-17 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina for five days of world-class speakers and entertainment, networking and social events.

I hope to see you in beautiful San Diego for the celebration we’ve all been waiting for!


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Keynote Speakers

Marcus Lemonis

Entrepreneur, Advocate & Philanthropist Read the Bio

Marcus Lemonis

Entrepreneur, Advocate & Philanthropist
Marcus Lemonis’ entrepreneurial spirit bloomed at age 12 when he started a lawn mowing service to generate money for a candy business while enlisting his friends for their help. You know him from CNBC’s The Profit, where he tries to save struggling small businesses across America with capital, elbow grease, and tough love. He also starred in CNBC's Streets of Dreams with Marcus Lemonis, traveling to the most influential streets in the country that fuel America's business cultures. Upcoming is a new series called, The Renovator on HGTV, helping homeowners fix their most valuable personal asset—their home. Through his 3P (People-Process-Product) mantra, Lemonis helps people drive results through collaborations, partnerships, and relationships. His advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is simple: know your numbers, trust the process, and remember that he’s 100 percent IN CHARGE!

Geena Davis

Academy Award-winning Actor & Advocate Read the Bio

Geena Davis

Academy Award-winning Actor & Advocate
Academy Award-winning actor; Founder & Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media Two-time Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks, such as Muriel Pritchett in The Accidental Tourist, Thelma in Thelma & Louise, and Dottie Hinson in A League of Their Own. She is also a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls, as Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentage of female characters, and reduce gender stereotyping, in media made for children. Brunch will be served.  

Cris Carter

Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver & Broadcaster Read the Bio

Cris Carter

Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver & Broadcaster
Pro football hall of famer and longtime broadcaster Cris Carter is one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. After having grown up in a low-income family in Ohio, Carter finished his NFL career as the second all-time leading receiver and with the second-most touchdowns in league history. Carter is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s. Heralded for his ability to inspire any audience with honest and empowering conversations, Carter speaks about the challenges and triumphs of his storied career, his powerful recovery story, and how to use life's most challenging obstacles to emerge a stronger, better version of yourself. 

Mark McManus

United Association General President Read the Bio

Mark McManus

United Association General President
In August 2021, at the UA’s 40th General Convention, Mark McManus was unanimously re-elected to a second term as General President of the United Association (UA), where he will continue to lead the nation's most progressive and influential trade union, representing more than 375,000 highly skilled mechanics in the plumbing and pipefitting industry. Mark began his career with the UA in 1983 when he was initiated into Plumbers Local 24 in Newark, New Jersey. He was elected Business Agent in 1994 and Business Manager in 1997. His talents and leadership brought him to the United Association General Office in 2007, where he has served as International Representative and Administrative Assistant to the General President. He served five- year terms as General Secretary-Treasurer and as General President prior to being re-elected to a second five-year term as General President. General President Mark McManus is responsible for supervising the day-to-day affairs of the United Association and for decisions concerning internal union governance, as well as rendering decisions and adjusting disputes and other matters affecting the organization. He is the Chairman of the UA General Executive Board, UA Strategic Planning Committee, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees on multiple UA pension funds. Mark McManus supervises the development and implementation of all major policies and programs of the United Association, including the industry-leading UA Veterans in Piping®(VIP) Program. In addition, he serves as Vice President of the Executive Council of the Metal Trades Department, is a member of the Building Trades’ Governing Board of Presidents and serves on the Board of Directors of Helmets to Hardhats. In April 2020, General President McManus was appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve on his Coronavirus Recovery Team, where he worked in part to advise the Governor on the necessary steps for restarting Maryland’s economy and reopening businesses across the state. Mark and the UA are extremely active in all aspects of the political world—national, state, and local—in a bipartisan manner. Mark McManus has had a distinguished career in support of our nation's hardworking men and women and is unwavering in his commitment to a strong and mutually beneficial partnership between labor and management.

Erik Wahl

Artist, TED Speaker & No. 1 Bestselling Author Read the Bio

Erik Wahl

Artist, TED Speaker & No. 1 Bestselling Author
Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author. He discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So, Wahl set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.   His new book, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage.  
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Party Like it’s 1989! We’ll kick off the Convention by reuniting with the ‘80s at the Opening Party, featuring the dance-worthy music of The Spazmatics.

Wonder Wahl. The internationally recognized graffiti artist Erik Wahl will wow you with real-time art and insights and may just change your perspective on…well, everything.

Sun Diego. Let’s face it, you’d be hard-pressed to find better weather. The surf, the sand, the shops, the sails—we can’t think of a better place for a reunion!

Vacation for Education. Not only will you mingle, party and play... you’ll also learn. MCAA22 has some of the best education sessions ever, so relax and get learning.

Catching Cris Carter. Don’t miss the Awards of Excellence Breakfast, featuring words of wisdom from this Hall of Fame Wide Receiver.

When Life Gives You Lemons… MCAA gives you Lemonis. That’s Marcus Lemonis, entrepreneur, TV personality, philanthropist, and advocate. He’ll share life lessons and business insight at the Opening General Session.

The Kids are All Right. See the next generation of mechanical contractors vie for top honors at the Student Competition. They’re our industry’s future and both are really bright!

From Academy Award to Advocate. Meet the Oscar-winning actor who shined the spotlight on gender equality—Geena Davis. It’s brunch with an icon.

All the Elements for a Great Night. Enjoy a private concert with multi-platinum musical legends. You’ll sing, dance & party with Earth, Wind, & Fire.

REUNITE! This one’s for us… it’s been too long and we’re longing to see you again!

Join Us In San Diego

Located next to San Diego Bay, a marina, and the Gaslamp Quarter, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is at the center of many popular attractions. If you’re eager for some time in the sun, you’ll find two outdoor resort pools, two hot tubs and a kid-friendly splash zone. And, if you’re seeking a private sanctuary, spread out in the spacious outdoor garden area.

NOTE | MCAA will make your hotel room reservation for you. After completing the meeting registration information, you will be directed to the hotel reservations page where you will choose your room and bed type at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. Rooms sell out quickly so early registration is recommended. You will receive your official hotel confirmation three weeks prior to arrival. For more details, please visit our Hotel Information page.

Early Bird Registration

March will be here before you know it! Early Bird Registration ends January 14, 2022. Register soon and start planning your five days in the sun.

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