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Opening General Session

Featuring MCAA President Robert M. Bolton and the Dirtiest Man on TV Mike Rowe

 

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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Brunch

Featuring Dana Perino

Sponsored by Ferguson

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. 

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Awards of Excellence Breakfast

Featuring David Feherty

Sponsored by CNA and MILWAUKEE TOOL

A successful former pro golfer, David Feherty was a regular on the European Tour and the winner of 10 world-class tournaments. Since then, Feherty has become a nationally-recognized golf commentator for CBS Sports and NBC Sports, providing unparalleled insight and analysis for nearly 20 years. He has written several bestselling golf books and is the host of the Golf Channel's most popular program, Feherty, which features one-on-one interviews with the world's most notable figures in golf. 

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Closing General Session & Changing of the Guard

Featuring UA General President Mark McManus and American Ninja Warrior Host Matt Iseman

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. 

Adam Wallenstein

President, Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co. Read the Bio

Adam Wallenstein

President, Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co.
Adam Wallenstein is President of Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co., a third generation plumbing contractor in Cleveland, Ohio. He serves on the MSCA Board of Managers as well as the MSCA Education Committee and MCAA Technology Committee. Adam was recognized as one of Ernst & Young’s 2019 Entrepreneurs of the Year. 

Andy Bennett

Former Deputy CISO, State of Texas Read the Bio

Andy Bennett

Former Deputy CISO, State of Texas
Andy Bennett is an award-winning cyber veteran and former Deputy CISO for the State of Texas. He served as Commander for the largest cyberattack on local government in United States history. 

Anirban Basu

Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc. Read the Bio

Anirban Basu

Chairman & CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland that provides strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies and real estate developers among others.  

Bob Snyder, Jr.

CEO, Binsky & Snyder
Bob Snyder, Jr. is a fourth-generation owner and CEO of Binsky & Snyder whose experience spans all aspects of the business including sales, estimating, project controls and management, engineering, drafting, purchasing, information technology and financial management. Bob currently sits on the board of the MCA of New Jersey as well as the national MCAA Board and Technology Committee.  

Brian Helm

President and CEO of Helm Group, Inc. Read the Bio

Brian Helm

President and CEO of Helm Group, Inc.
Brian Helm is President of Helm Group, Inc., President of the association’s John R. Gentille Foundation, an MCAA Past President and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, MCAA’s highest industry honor, in 2022.
 

Brian Hughes

President, Hughes Environmental Engineering Read the Bio

Brian Hughes

President, Hughes Environmental Engineering
Brian Hughes is President of Hughes Environmental Engineering, headquartered in Mahwah, New Jersey and is now in its fourth generation of continuous family ownership. Hughes has a significant presence in the commercial and industrial HVAC and refrigeration market. Its offerings include service, maintenance, retrofit, and design-build in the greater New York City region. Additionally, Brian serves as Vice President/Assistant Treasurer on MCAA’s Executive Committee and Vice President of the John R. Gentille Foundation Board of Trustees.

Captain David Marquet

Author, Turn the Ship Around! Read the Bio

Captain David Marquet

Author, Turn the Ship Around!
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

Charles “Chuck” Andrews

Author, YES S.I.R. - Security Influences Guide to Success Read the Bio

Charles “Chuck” Andrews

Author, YES S.I.R. - Security Influences Guide to Success
Chuck Andrews is a retired Global Chief Security Officer who has 40 years of law enforcement, corporate security and business risk experience. He is the author of YES S.I.R. - Security Influences Guide to Success. 

Chris Weaver

Director of Technology, Andy J. Egan Read the Bio

Chris Weaver

Director of Technology, Andy J. Egan
Chris Weaver is the Director of Technology at Andy J. Egan and ensures the company is on the forefront of construction technology at a national level. He serves as Chair of MCAA’s Technology Committee, is currently the LCI Michigan CoP Leader and is a Past President of the American Subcontractors Association of Michigan. 

Colene Rogers

Leadership and Motivational Speaker Read the Bio

Colene Rogers

Leadership and Motivational Speaker
Colene Rogers is a leadership and motivational speaker who speaks and trains within organizations on effective leadership to advance organizational goals by using her 25 years of combined experience in sales, human resources, executive coaching and leadership training. Colene has worked for Walt Disney, Hyatt and in HR in the nonprofit, private and government sectors. With heartfelt authenticity and enthusiasm, Colene shares stories to deliver time tested principles of valuing other people that lead to organizational success. 

Eric Truskoski

Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Bradford White Read the Bio

Eric Truskoski

Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Bradford White
Eric Truskoski joined Bradford White as a design engineer in 2006 and is now senior director of government and regulatory affairs representing the Bradford White organization throughout North America and select other countries. Eric is also heavily involved in several key industry/trade organizations such as the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), American Supply Association (ASA) and the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC).

John Geiling

President and CEO, JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services Read the Bio

John Geiling

President and CEO, JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services
John Geiling is the President and CEO of JPG Plumbing & Mechanical Services, based in Jessup, Maryland. JPG is a plumbing, HVAC and industrial vacuum truck service and construction company serving the commercial, industrial, municipal and institutional markets. He is a member of MCAA’s Board of Directors and Audit Committee, as well as PCA's Board of Directors.

Jonathan Marsh

CEO, SteelToe Consulting LLC Read the Bio

Jonathan Marsh

CEO, SteelToe Consulting LLC
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 businesses. He has a background in MEP construction and engineering and over two decades of experience in the AEC industry. 

Mark Rogers

President, West Chester Mechanical Contractors Read the Bio

Mark Rogers

President, West Chester Mechanical Contractors
Mark Rogers is President and Founder of West Chester Mechanical Contractors, as well as Co-Chair of the UA/MCAA Strategic Planning Committee, an MCAA Past President and the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, MCAA’s highest industry honor, in 2017.? 

Matt Radicelli

Entrepreneur
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, he recently exited his largest venture yet and is now focused on helping executives and business owners ‘level up,’ making better decisions faster and becoming the best versions of themselves. 

Sponsored by Baltimore Aircoil Company

Michael Wallenstein

Co-President, Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co. Read the Bio

Michael Wallenstein

Co-President, Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co.
Michael Wallenstein is Co-President of Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co., a third-generation plumbing contractor in Cleveland, Ohio. He serves on the PCA Board. Michael was recognized as one of Ernst & Young’s 2019 Entrepreneurs of the Year. 

Rick Gopffarth

Vice President of Preconstruction, Dynamic Systems, Inc. Read the Bio

Rick Gopffarth

Vice President of Preconstruction, Dynamic Systems, Inc.
Rick Gopffarth is VP of Preconstruction in Dynamic Systems’ North Texas Division and oversees business development, estimating and engineering activities. He manages mechanical projects within the semiconductor, pharmaceutical, mission-critical, healthcare, laboratory and large commercial industries. Additionally, Rick serves as Senior VP and Treasurer on MCAA’s Executive Committee and Chair of MCAA’s Education Committee.  

Robert Beck

CEO, John W. Danforth Company Read the Bio

Robert Beck

CEO, John W. Danforth Company
Robert Beck is CEO of the John W. Danforth Company, one of the largest mechanical contractors in the North East United States that provides turn-key solutions for any HVAC, refrigeration, plumbing, process mechanical, critical environment, custom metal fabrication, energy support or specialty mechanical project. Additionally, Robert serves as President-elect on MCAA’s Executive Committee and Chair of the Project Managers Education Committee.  

Robert Bolton

CEO and President, Arden Building Companies LLC and MCAA President Read the Bio

Robert Bolton

CEO and President, Arden Building Companies LLC and MCAA President

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.

Sean McGuire

Director of Innovative Technologies, MCAA Read the Bio

Sean McGuire

Director of Innovative Technologies, MCAA
Sean McGuire is MCAA’s Director of Innovative Technologies and works with MCAA’s Technology committee to create research and education on new technology, tools and processes that can impact MCAA members. He is also the liaison for the MCAA Fabrication Committee and the Plumbing Contractors of America.

Valorie Burton

CEO, Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute Read the Bio

Valorie Burton

CEO, Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute
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 and has served clients in all 50 states and 20 countries on six continents. Since 1999, she has written 13 books translated into multiple languages, including Let Go of the Guilt, It's About Time, and Successful Women Think Differently.

Sponsored by SLOAN

Will Bowen

Founder, Complaint Free® Read the Bio

Will Bowen

Founder, Complaint Free®
Will Bowen is the founder of the Complaint Free® movement and has been featured on Oprah, Dr. Oz; Forbes, NBC’s Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, Fox News, People and many other news outlets. In July 2006, Will handed out 250 purple rubber bracelets inviting people to use them as a tool to stop complaining. His idea exploded around the world and, to date, more than 12 million of his Complaint Free bracelets have been distributed to people in 106 countries.

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