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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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.
Closing General Session & Changing of the Guard
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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.
Bob Snyder, Jr.
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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.
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