Opening General Session
Mike Rowe is a writer, narrator, producer, recording artist, Emmy-Award winning TV Host, New York Times Best Selling author and the CEO of the mikeroweWORKS Foundation. As the creator and host of Dirty Jobs, Mike is best-known as “the dirtiest man on TV.”
In his role as a perpetual apprentice, Mike has highlighted hundreds of workers in dozens of essential industries. His foundation has awarded over six million dollars in work ethic scholarships to nearly 1,500 men and women, and his commitment to reinvigorate the skilled trades is unrivaled.
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Former White House Press Secretary, political commentator, podcaster and New York Times bestselling author Dana Perino is a revered voice on current events, politics and foreign policy. Perino served as White House Press Secretary, the second woman to hold that position and the first to do so in a Republican administration. She is a mainstay of Fox News programming, previously anchoring The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, now co-hosting The Five as well as co-anchoring America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer & Dana Perino, is a featured panelist for election coverage and is known by fans as “The Voice of Reason.”
Perino, who was born in Wyoming where her family still ranches, offers unique insights from her time in the White House and as a journalist about message management during times of crisis, cultivating the qualities of powerful leadership and the key issues facing companies and organizations in today’s political climate, and skillfully moderates thoughtful conversations that get to the heart of the matter.
Awards of Excellence Breakfast
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Tennis legend John McEnroe embodies the American spirit. On and off the court, McEnroe has proven himself to be one of the most intriguing and controversial public figures of his time. Throughout his playing years, his bold and irreverent style made him, for many, a symbol for a generation of "rock n' roll" athletes. He won his first Grand Slam singles title in 1979 when he captured the first of four U.S. Open Championships. In 1981, he took the first of his three Wimbledon singles titles, becoming the youngest #1 ranked male in the history of professional tennis.
Since leaving the court, his unique commentary and style in the broadcast booth have garnered him national Sports Emmy nominations. He has written two bestsellers, all based on his trademark retort to the chair umpire: You Cannot Be Serious and But, Seriously. McEnroe is the Founder and Director of The Johnny Mac Tennis Project (JMTP), which changes young lives by removing the racial, economic and social barriers to success through tennis, and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy (JMTA).
Closing General Session & Changing of the Guard
Closing Session Speaker sponsored by Zurn Elkay Water Solutions
Life is short, do what makes you happy.” That’s the advice that Matt got from his dad, a world renowned physician, when Matt quit medicine to pursue standup comedy. And those words still guide Matt today. A regular on multiple TV programs, Matt shared his medical expertise and unique lifestyle tips on Hallmark’s Home & Family; won an Emmy Award for his hosting on Style's Clean House and combined his lifelong passions of sports and comedy to host Sports Soup on Versus (now NBC Sports Network).
Matt's ongoing battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis transformed him into a strong supporter of the Arthritis Foundation. His battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma has also made him a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society. Matt combines his winning sense of humor and unique experiences and perspective as a doctor turned comic, who also hosts a smash hit show. His dynamic remarks can cover everything from battling cancer, to overcoming obstacles, to the paramount importance of following your dreams.
Andrew Palcan graduated from the Milwaukee School of engineering (MSOE) with a B.S./ M.S. in Architectural engineering. He was a member of his MCAA student chapter for his final two years in school and participated in the student chapter competition and presented on stage in San Diego in 2017. Andrew has been with the Helm Group for five years and is currently involved with a large data center project as the schedule manager.
Anirban Basu is Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. The firm provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies and real estate developers.
Bob Snyder, Jr.
Captain David Marquet
David Marquet is a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, former nuclear submarine Commander and served in the U.S. Submarine force for 28 years. After being assigned to command the USS Santa Fe–then ranked last in retention and operational standing–he realized the traditional leadership approach of “take control, give orders,” wouldn’t work. He “turned the ship around” by treating the crew as leaders, not followers, and giving control, not taking control. This approach took the Santa Fe from “worst to first,” achieving the highest retention and operational standings in the navy.Sponsored by Apollo Valves
Eric Truskoski joined Bradford White as a design engineer in 2006 and is now senior director of government and regulatory a.airs representing the Bradford White organization throughout North America and select other countries. He is heavily involved in key industry organizations including the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Supply Association and the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association.
Jonathan Marsh is CEO of SteelToe Consulting LLC, a firm that specializes in helping construction companies integrate and implement modern construction technology and workflows to improve and streamline their business.
Kori L. Gormley-Huppert
Matt Radicelli is an entrepreneur who seeks to pounce on the opportunities a recession brings if you know what to look for. After 25 years of buying, building, managing and selling businesses, Radicelli recently exited his most substantial venture to date and is now focused on helping executives and business owners make better decisions faster and become the best versions of themselves.Sponsored by Baltimore Aircoil Company
Robert M. Bolton became President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America at the association’s Annual Convention in San Diego, California, in March 2022.
Robert is the CEO and President of Arden Building Companies, LLC, a full-service mechanical, sheetmetal and electrical contractor offering engineering design, construction and maintenance services with more than 400 union workers across all his companies. The company is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, with offices serving the greater Boston, Massachusetts, Hartford, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island markets.
His desire to stay on top of the latest industry best practices keeps him busy on both the national and local levels. Locally, with the New England MCA, Inc., He is a member of the organization’s board of directors and the Industry Improvement Fund. He also serves as a trustee for the UA Local 51 and the IBEW Local 99 Pension Annuity plan and chairs the Collective Bargaining and Labor Management Committees. Nationally, along with his activities as President of the MCAA Board of Directors, he is also the Co-Chair of the Industrial Relations Council.
As a second generation union mechanical contractor, Robert views the partnership between the UA and MCAA as a key component to the continued success of our industry.
On a personal note, Bob enjoys spending time with his family. He loves skiing, boating, fishing and biking with his sons Douglas and Connor whenever they get a chance. Bob supports many local community programs such as the Rhode Island Food Bank and Rhode Island Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and the Rhode Island Boy Scouts of America where he recently received the Senator John H. Chafee Distinguished Citizen Award.
Valorie Burton, life strategist and international speaker, is CEO of the Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute. Her life-changing message has an intriguing, research-based emphasis in the pioneering field of applied positive psychology–the study of what happens when things go right with us. Her company provides coaching, coach training, and resilience training. She has written 13 books that have been translated into multiple languages, including Let Go of the Guilt, It’s About Time and Successful Women Think Differently.Sponsored by SLOAN