Messages from MCA-KC Executive Director Bob Looman.
Part of the MCA-KC Board of Director’s role is to support legislative changes necessary to meet our goal of competing for every single mechanical contracting job in the Kansas City market. We are working with our colleagues in St. Louis to closely monitor and influence important legislation in Jefferson City to ensure a level the playing field between union and non-union mechanical contractors.
We will share regular updates on the status of the Missouri legislation here.
The first update is available now, so please take a look!
I’m excited to announce that on January 23rd, we will be holding the inaugural meeting of the MCA-KC’s Young Professionals group.
The purpose of this group is to provide a vehicle for cultivating the future generation of leaders within the mechanical contracting industry. We are specifically targeting individuals with less than 10 years of experience in the industry and who are currently employed by contractors who are Signatory to either Local 8 or Local 533, as well as Associate Members of MCA-KC.
The MCA-KC’s Young Professionals group will aim to establish a network that allows for the exchange of ideas and sharing of information to help enhance their professional development and ultimately provide greater value to the industry and their organizations in both the short and long terms.
We will achieve these goals by providing a wide range of opportunities for young professionals to connect, share, and learn through lunch and learn meetings, jobsite visits, webinars, social media groups, and MCA-KC student chapters.
The inaugural meeting for this exciting new group will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23rd , at the Ferguson Enterprises Showroom, located at 9301 Rosehill Road in Lenexa, KS.
If you plan on joining us, please RSVP to Cathy Paulson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We held our 2012 Membership Meeting in late December, and I wanted to share some of the highlights from the event in case you were unable to attend.
The high point of the meeting was the election of our new officers. The new slate of officers serving two year terms are as follows:
President – Bill Alexander, Alexander Mechanical
Vice-President – Kollin Knox, P1 Group
Treasurer – David DeBiasse, Environmental Mechanical Contractors
Our new board member is Bryan Taylor, U.S. Engineering, who is taking over the expired term of Steve Hancock, also of U.S. Engineering. In addition, Mike Kotubey, MMC Contractors was elected for a final two year term.
The returning board members are Immediate Past President Bill Adams, The Fagan Company, and Tom Axtell, Lexington Plumbing.
We’re also excited to welcome our newest associate members, including All Temp, Inc., CNA Insurance, United Rentals, and Victaulic.
The meeting was opened with a State of the Association address from President Bill Adams. President Adams urged contractors to engage in the activities of the association, take an active role in the industry, and utilize new programs that were negotiated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He stated that negotiations for the National Residential and Light Commercial Agreement are continuing. He specifically pointed out the lack of participation by contractors in hiring pre-apprentices that can help contractors reduce total crew costs on bid day, which was an objective established by contractors prior to last negotiations. He urged contractors to call the Association office if they had questions.
Education Chairman Bill Alexander reviewed the many and varied education programs that have been offered by MCA-KC over the past year and encouraged contractors to participate in the upcoming Developing Client Relationships Training program. He also introduced Kollin Knox as the incoming Education Chairman who asked contractors to communicate their education needs to the association.
Mike Zykan, U.S. Engineering, spoke on behalf of the Safety Committee, which in the past year has become a joint effort in partnership with NECA and SMACNA chapters. Mike made the point that the safety programs being offered are designed for contractors that do not have full time safety professionals on staff and urged all contractors to have attendees at future events.
I spoke on behalf of the Associate Members, who continued to be a major player in the annual charity golf outing, which raised a new record of $18,165 for the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City.
Thanks and I hope you have a great 2013!