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The Next Qualified Level Arc Flash Safety Training Webinars are September 19, 2019

Make sure your service techs have the up-to-date safety training they need to protect themselves from arc flash and electrical shock hazards while working on equipment pushing 480 volts or less. The session covers all applicable OSHA requirements, NFPA 70E provisions, best practices, and real-world accident information.

Take advantage of the MCAA/MSCA member discounted webinar prices. The next two webinars are being presented on September 19, 2019. The first is from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time, and the second is from 10:00 a.m. to Noon Eastern Time.


# of trainees from

your company

1-5 $200/person
6-10 $175/person
11-25 $150/person
26-50 $125/person
51-100 $ 100/person
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If you can’t make it in August, the webinar will be taught again twice on October 17, 2019.

Questions? Contact Pete Chaney.

reEVALUATE and reESTABLISH Your Financial Health at MSCA19

This year at MSCA19, being held October 13—16 in Colorado Springs, CO, we are honing in on financial health — both personal and business.

reEVALUATE Your Personal Finance

We invite you to reEVALUATE the tenets of Personal Finance with Innovest Vice President and Certified Financial Planner® Jared Martin. Jared will outline aspects of personal finance and ways to reinforce your finances through estate planning, education planning, investing and retirement planning and will identify best practices that can maximize efficiencies for retirement. You’ll leave with tools to ensure your money is working for you!

reEVALUATE the Financial Health of Your Service Business

The key to financial health and sustainability is knowing what financial benchmarks you should be measuring and why. Join Leah Gutmann, owner of First Forward Consulting, LLC, to reESTABLISH and sustaining the financial health of your service business. Leah will share results from the 2019 MSCA Benchmark Survey and explain what these findings mean to you!

MCAWW Service Connections Panel

MSCA Chair, Kip Bagley was a special guest at the first “Service Connections” event, hosted by the MCA of Western Washington Service Committee on July 25th. Approximately 50 people attended the event, which connected labor and management over industry trends and challenges. The panel, including Kip Bagley (MSCA Chair), held a lively discussion on topics that included recruiting, the “uberization” of the service industry, self-diagnosing equipment, training and industry growth.

The full of panelists consisted of John Payne (Auburn Mechanical), Joel Crabtree (Local 32), Duane Bjornsen (Seattle Area Pipe Trades), Matthew Barnes (MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions) and Kip Bagley (EMCOR Services Mesa Energy Systems and MSCA Chair), held a lively discussion on topics that included recruiting, the “uberization” of the service industry, self-diagnosing equipment, training and industry growth. MCAWW’s Executive Director, Ed Kommers, served as moderator.

reIMAGINE Your Recruiting Pipeline at MSCA19

Your business relies on the best people to get the work done. As generations change, we need to rethink our methods to recruit people into our industry. Join Jon Finch, Vice President of Training, MILWAUKEE TOOL and Tim Herbert, Lead Organizer, Washington State Pipe Trades, at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2019, to discuss how you can proactively target and engage your future workforce. During this session you will reFRESH your recruiting perspective and leave with actionable steps to increase your hiring potential. This session will cover tactics on where to target to reINVIGORATE your candidate pool. You will leave the session knowing how to tell your story in a way that will reDESIGN your recruiting pitch, as well as solutions to increase your impact and network reach so that you can reENGAGE your connection strategy.
Both Jon Finch and Tim Herbert have been highly successful in recruiting the next generation of workers and ensuring that their company’s and local contractor’s manpower needs are fulfilled in a timely and efficient manner. This dynamic duo will share their best practices with you and open your eyes to new possibilities.

reBRAND: Learn How to Talk Like a Leader at MSCA19

MSCA19 is being held in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2019. The old adage, ‘what people perceive, is what they believe,’ has never been truer than in today’s superficial society. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly being judged by others, often subconsciously. How you communicate in everything from casual conversations to formal business meetings can be the difference between success and failure.
During this highly interactive session, Anthony Huey, owner of Reputation Management Associates, one of the nation’s leading communications training and crisis consulting companies, will demonstrate effective ways to leave a positive perception on a wide variety of audiences you deal with every day, including customers, prospects, internal staff, boards of directors, management, community partners, the news media, elected officials, investors and many others. Never again miss your only opportunity to connect and leave a lasting impression that others will remember.

2019 MSCA Sales Leadership Symposium – Coming to the East Coast!

Due to popular demand, MSCA is holding a second Sales Leadership Symposium on September 17 – 18, 2019!  Taught by in-the-field industry experts, the Sales Leadership Symposium will teach sales leaders how to drive revenue growth and enhance profitability through a structured sales approach. Attendees will take home innovative ideas, crucial skills and the invaluable SALES LEADERSHIP TOOL KIT, which includes over 90 pages of resources to be an effective sales leader in the HVACR/Plumbing industry

The Toolkit Covers Topics Including:


reENGAGE and Turn Corporate Culture Into a Competitive Advantage at MSCA19

Ryan Estis will be joining us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2019. Ryan has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. He will refresh participant’s perspectives on how to cultivate a high-engagement, high-performance work culture. As we prepare for the next growth cycle in business, leaders need to understand the needs and expectations of the modern workforce. Ryan pushes back on conventional thinking with new research and case studies from category-leading companies that succeed at maximizing human potential and elevating performance.
To win in today’s market, you need a healthy organization: tuned-in employees, authentic leadership, open communication and trust. Leaders are called to cultivate the kind of workplace where people come first and performance and profit follow. Most organizations leave too many opportunities on the table and waste a huge amount of their people’s potential. This session will offer practical advice to help companies reverse that trend.

Need Help Combatting Unsafe Driving Behaviors? This Video Has It!

Fleet safety is getting a lot of attention because motor vehicle fatalities, which are the leading cause of deaths in America, continue to increase each year. Most vehicle accidents are caused by unsafe driving behavior, substance abuse, insufficient driver training, or inadequate vehicle condition/maintenance. MCAA’s Fleet Safety for Mechanical Service and Construction Supervisors Video will help you combat unsafe driving behaviors by teaching your supervisors:

  • How to properly screen their drivers
  • The components of effective driver training
  • How to monitor driver behavior and
  • How to ensure proper inspection and maintenance of the company’s fleet

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Want More Safety Resources?

MCAA has you covered, with a full range of resources to help you protect your workers from injury and comply with applicable safety regulations. Here’s where to find them:

On our Direct Links to MCAA & MSCA Safety Resources page, where they’re listed by category with links.

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In the Resource Center, where you can use the blue Refine Your Search bar to pinpoint exactly what you’re looking for.

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Have questions or need personal assistance?

Contact MCAA’s Pete Chaney.

Put Safety at Service Techs’ Fingertips

Could your service techs benefit from a quick reference for working safely? The Safety Manual for Mechanical Service Technicians provides the information techs need to handle common jobsite emergencies. It also provides both background and safe work practices for key safety topics, such as arc flash, electrical shock, hazard communication, and work in confined spaces. Members can download the manual free as a benefit of membership, or purchase print copies for their workers who prefer them.

Download a PDF or Purchase Hard Copies

Does Your Company Do Construction Work or Have a Fab Shop?

Then you won’t want to miss these similar titles designed especially for construction and fabrication shop workers.

Safety Manual for Mechanical Construction Workers

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Safety Manual for Mechanical Fabrication Shop Workers

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reDISCOVER Exactly How to Sell at MSCA19

Join us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2020. Phil M. Jones, author of five international best-selling books, will help the audience re-DISCOVER exactly what it takes to develop a community of customers who continue to spend with them, refer them to others and build their reputation. Participants can explore the winning tools and techniques that they can use to increase their confidence ahead of their sales conversations and achieve more from every interaction they have.
Phil Jones is the youngest winner of the coveted “British Excellence in Sales and Marketing Award” and has made it his life’s work to demystify the sales process. He re-frames what it means to “sell” and helps his audiences to learn new skills that reinforce confidence, overcome fears and instantaneously impact results. He is by no means your typical sales expert.

re-INSPIRE: Sustaining Growth Through Transformation at MSCA19

Join us at MSCA19 in Colorado Springs, CO from October 13-16, 2020. CEO of global consultancy ChangeLabs™ and popular presenter at past MSCA conferences, Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. He will help the audience re-INSPIRE themselves to grow in this every changing industry.

In an engaging, case study-rich presentation, Peter will help participants understand how to lead their organization in a rapidly changing and competitive environment, navigate the growing regulatory and disruptor challenges that put pressure on operations, and align behind a strategic vision to find opportunity. During his presentation, Peter will use real-world examples of individuals who have been able to move towards the edge of disruption and transform their teams and organizations by: telling themselves the truth and taking ownership for the changes in their industry, focusing on impact by unleashing a burning aspiration to innovate, and aligning on a shared vision of inspiration and growth.

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Neptune Plumbing Presidents Adam and Michael Wallenstein Win Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award

Congratulations to Adam and Michael Wallenstein at Neptune Plumbing, who received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award in the East Central. Considered to be one of the most prestigious business recognitions for entrepreneurs, the award celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. “This award is a huge honor for us. We’re an industry that is often considered ‘stagnant,’ and to receive recognition for our growth and innovation is a great accolade,” said Neptune President and MSCA board member, Adam Wallenstein.

WiMI Has Arrived!

The first annual Women in the Mechanical Industry (WiMI) Conference was held on June 24 – 26 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference was a huge success with over 160 women leaders from member companies in attendance. Mandi Wilkins, the Executive Vice President of MCA of Las Vegas, exclaimed the conference was “akin to two days of TED talks just for women. A lot of important education and reminders for us busy ladies. I can’t wait until next year’s conference, even though I am not sure how you will top this.”

Attendees were welcomed the first night by WiMI Chair Kori Gormley-Huppert and MCAA President Brian Helm. The opening session featured a captivating presentation by Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.), the first female pilot to fly with the Air Force Thunderbird aerial demonstration team. She provided a fascinating narrative of exactly what it took to be a woman vanguard and break tradition. Nicole offered actionable tools and real-world lessons about pursuing her dream and making choices; all while building a family and achieving success in a career where few women had gone before.

Tuesday morning featured Stacey Hanke, author of “Influence Redefined,” who presented a thought-provoking session on her powerful Influence Model, a step-by-step method for improving communication and producing the ideal type of influence—one that moves people to action long after an interaction is over.

Tuesday afternoon, attendees had the choice of various roundtable discussions on topics of particular interest to them. Topics included Work/Life Balance; Working in a Family Owned Business; Technology; Advancing Your Career; Leadership Strategies; Working in a Male Dominated Industry and Benefits of WiMI. The day ended with an enlightening panel discussion on recruiting and retaining women in the mechanical and HVAC industry moderated by Jon Finch, VP of Training at MILWAUKEE TOOL, and a panel of diverse women from the industry.

A special thanks to all our supporters who contributed to the conference, and MCA of Chicago for hosting a special attendee event Tuesday night at Joe’s Live. Attendees took advantage throughout the entire conference networking and making new connections. Marie Patterson, a professor at Chico State University, said WiMI and the conference gives “the opportunity for women to help support each other; and it is important to engage and empower those younger to continue to strive for their goals in the industry.”

Networking expert, J. Kelly Hoey closed out the conference sharing unique opportunities in creating proactive and focused networks, and how to leverage the connections they made during the week after the WiMI Conference.

SAVE THE DATE! The second annual Women in the Mechanical Industry Conference is scheduled for June 15-17, 2020 in Austin, Texas!

Download Your New Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide Today!

The full-featured digital version of our Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide enhances the look and feel of our directory with digital-only benefits to help you:

  • Network on the go with linked email addresses.
  • Connect with the companies, products and services that interest you using linked web addresses.
  • Get where you’re going…fast…with bookmarks and a linked table of contents.
  • Find advertisers instantly with a linked advertiser index.

MCAA’s Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide is free as a member benefit. Printed directories are in the mail and will arrive to members within the next two weeks.

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reDISCOVER Best Practices at MSCA19

The Peer Group Forums at MSCA19, October 13-16, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO, will give attendees the opportunity to talk about topics of interest and concern within the HVACR and plumbing industry. This collaborative environment is a valuable way to rediscover best practices with peers and leaders in the field, providing invaluable knowledge and resources to help advance their business.

This year’s sessions hit on relevant industry needs such as recruiting and retaining the best employees as the company continues to grow. The new reality of workplace needs and how to retain staff through employee engagement and culture. Reconceptualize concepts and ideas for empowering your techs. Attendees will listen to sales insights as well as trends and best practices in automation and renewals.

Wednesday’s Peer Group Forum will be broken down by company size to ensure relatable and relevant discussion based on the 2019 MSCA benchmark survey.

MSCA Member Companies Are Recognized for Being at the Top of Their Game

Two MSCA member companies, Atomatic Mechanical Services of Arlington Heights, IL, and Wiegmann Associates of St. Charles, MO, were recognized by Contracting Business as commercial HVAC contracting firms who are consistently at the top of their game.

There are common threads that connect them, but each firm has methods and processes that make them unique.

Each of these excellent contractors has devoted time and attention to internal processes, training and communication, and building a culture of respect for all team members.

Atomatic has yearly “themes,” introduced by president/CEO Steve Stachorek, PE. These are used to help them work on specific attitudes that are so critical to effective cultures. “For 2019, our theme is “Choose Positive,” he said.

“One of our key values is teamwork,” said Jim Bartolotta, Past MSCA Chair and Executive Vice President for Atomatic, “and it is embedded in our culture, not just words on a wall.”

Then, most importantly, each of these contracting businesses exists to provide long-lasting employment and career development for employees.

And then, of course, we can’t omit training, which is synonymous with “the future.” Wiegmann follows union training programs and also has weekly training sessions. Atomatic uses a Culture Index to survey employees on workplace issues towards increasing the professional and personal growth of its employees.

Each firm will be offered a seat on the Contracting Business editorial advisory board, and receive a commemorative piece for the trophy cabinet.

Congratulations to these Commercial HVAC Contractors of Excellence!


Read full Contracting Business article. 

Ready, Redeploy and Respond with Colonel (Ret.) Tom Magness at MSCA19

Leaders charged with building and maintaining high performance teams have a unique challenge to keep the well-oiled machine communicating, creating and achieving.  To achieve and sustain this level of performance from both the team and the leader, Colonel (Ret.) Tom Magness, embraces the notion that daily training builds confidence and competence, while providing essential skills and knowledge—resulting in readiness.

Join us October 13-16, 2019 in Colorado Springs, CO for the MSCA19 Education Conference. This special bonus session will be led by Colonel Magness on Sunday, October 13, prior to the start of MSCA19, and will help you gain a better understanding and elevate your organization’s purpose resulting in a common shared vision of success or end-state. The session will draw on examples from military, sports and corporate America to highlight the value and best practices in communicating leader’s intent and how two-way communication develops ownership of the mission as well as future team empowerment. Discussion will also focus on the significance of early leader development and how to motivate developing leaders. Participants engage in hands-on practical exercises, small group discussion and lively dialogue spotlighting critical issues identified by the client hoping to elevate their teams to this level.