Category: Managing Your Business

Don’t Miss Coffee with Koontz Episode 5: Today’s MCAA – Get to Know Your New CEO

Episode 5: Today’s MCAA – Get to Know Your New CEO
Friday, June 26 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

2020 has brought about more changes so far than anyone could have reasonably imagined! In the midst of adapting to the pandemic, MCAA welcomed a new leader and since we couldn’t conduct a ‘changing of the guard’ at Convention this year, John Koontz is going to chat with MCAA’s new CEO, Timothy Brink. Join us to learn a little bit about how Tim moved from mechanical contractor to MCA Local Exec to the CEO of MCAA. Tim and John will chat not only about Tim’s industry history, but also about his becoming CEO in this time of uncertainty. Sometimes what happens is out of our control, how we react to what happens, however,  is within our control. Tim and John will explore how COVID-19 has provided the opportunity for industry partners to come together and provide valuable resources for MCAA members and our industry. Things may not be back to normal just yet, but we know our shared future is bright, and we hope you will join us to hear about it!

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Register for Coffee with Koontz Episode 2: This Project Is On Fire!

Episode 2: This Project Is On Fire!
Friday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Have you ever had a nightmare project that just won’t end? Join John as he chats with his old friend from the City of Angels, Shaabini Alford (VP of Southern California Operations, Murray Company) about the practices and pitfalls of “crisis” project management. Tune in to hear Shaabini’s advice and lessons learned about surviving horrible projects, based on her ongoing real-life experience!

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Register for Coffee with Koontz Episode 1: Finding and Keeping Talent, and The Advent of Remote Work

Episode 1: Finding and Keeping Talent, and The Advent of Remote Work
Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

All the way from beautiful balmy Buffalo NY, Robert Beck (CEO of J.W. Danforth Company) joins the show as our very first guest! Among the many changes brought about by COVID-19 is the normalization of working from home. John and Robert will discuss how this may permanently impact the way we work, how we find and keep our talent, and will explore the idea of adapting to balance remote work with a traditional office environment.

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Register for Coffee with Koontz and guests, Robert Beck and Shaabini Alford

Join host John Koontz on Friday afternoons, as he welcomes a different guest each week to talk about what’s new and interesting in the world of Mechanical Contracting. Sit back and learn how industry leaders are innovating and adapting to challenges, enjoy a laugh or two, and meet members of the MCAA community from all across the country.

Episode 1: Finding and Keeping Talent, and The Advent of Remote Work
Friday, May 29 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

All the way from beautiful balmy Buffalo NY, Robert Beck (CEO of J.W. Danforth Company) joins the show as our very first guest! Among the many changes brought about by COVID-19 is the normalization of working from home. John and Robert will discuss how this may permanently impact the way we work, how we find and keep our talent, and will explore the idea of adapting to balance remote work with a traditional office environment.

Episode 2: This Project Is On Fire!
Friday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Have you ever had a nightmare project that just won’t end? Join John as he chats with his old friend from the City of Angels, Shaabini Alford (VP of Southern California Operations, Murray Company) about the practices and pitfalls of “crisis” project management. Tune in to hear Shaabini’s advice and lessons learned about surviving horrible projects, based on her ongoing real-life experience!

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Advanced Leadership Institute Course 20 Now Accepting Applications

MCAA is currently accepting applications for its flagship executive education program, the Advanced Leadership Institute. Designed specifically for mechanical contracting executives, the ALI is focused on developing the talents and business networks of leaders in the industry.

The intensive, team-oriented, two-week residential program includes lecture, individual coaching sessions, and the development and presentation of final a team project.

The ALI is offered annually at Babson College in Wellesley, MA. The dates for ALI Course 20 are September 13-17, 2020 and November 1-6, 2020.

The application process is competitive, and applicants must provide the endorsement of their CEO/President. While the deadline is May 29, 2020, the course fills up quickly, so early submission is recommended.

For additional program details and application criteria, download the application form.

Pay Forward Your Business-Building Innovation

If a unique management idea helped your company overcome an office or project challenge and improved its bottom line, consider nominating that innovation for the E. Robert Kent Award for Management Innovation. Winning the award brings well-deserved industry accolades and publicity to the nominating company in MCAA and industry publications.

As important, however, the innovation becomes part of our industry’s culture, providing companies that may have been struggling with the same issues and challenges with a way to overcome them.

Last year’s winner was honored for PIPES (Process Information Portal Enabling Success) – developed by The BP Group (Glendale, N.Y.) and ATX Advisory Services. PIPES is an innovative tool that allows a company to easily view the entire workflow of its business while drilling into specific processes to see each step in the flow, the resources involved, the systems used, business policies, systems, procedures and links to forms, reports and other business intelligence used during the course of business.

It is essentially an online “how to” for the business with links into all its operations’ details for employees to use. Built on the foundation of MCAA’s “Planning for Profitability – Step by Step,[link to resource center doc]” PIPES is a template that MCAA members may use to map their business operations. It uses Microsoft® software products, including VISIO, is available in two forms to accommodate all versions of the software and comes with a Users’ Guide to assist with its installation. PIPES is available to MCAA members at no charge as a benefit of membership, so request your copy here..

Nominations for the next E. Robert Kent Award to be presented at MCAA 2017 in San Diego are due to MCAA by October 3. Commercial products are not eligible for this award. Click on the link below for more information and the nomination form.

Information and Nomination Form