MCAA24 Concludes with the Introduction of New President

MCAA24 concluded a week of being enriched, engaged, and enchanted in Orlando. MCAA President Robert Beck shared his final remarks from the main stage during the closing general session. Before passing the gavel, President Beck said, “Your attendance and engagement throughout the week is what makes this convention such an incredible experience for everyone. This past year, I have been awed by your level of passion. Sincerely, thank you for all you do for our association.”

Beck went on to thank the United Association, General President Mark McManus, the entire UA leadership team, and the manufacturer and supplier members for their unwavering support and significant relevance in MCAA.

Beck gave a special thanks to the local associations and executives for their efforts and hospitality throughout the year. “… truly incredible people. I want to send a shoutout to the local MCA chapters that support our Danforth offices, as well as our signatory local union leadership for their constant support and partnership. Thank you all!”

Some of the week’s highlights included United Association General President McManus’ remarks during Monday’s opening session where he spoke about the strength of the UA/MCAA partnership. Main stage speakers Kevin Brown, Soledad O’Brien, Jim Kelly, and Oz Pearlman provided great insight and entertainment for the MCAA 24 attendees. MCAA donated $12,000 in honor of Jim Kelly’s jersey number to Kelly’s Hunter’s Hope Foundation. Dozens of educational sessions prepared members for the year ahead and the Manufacturer Supplier Council Exhibit provided the necessary time to renew partnerships and exchange vital information.

Fundraisers Concluded

MCAA’s Political Action Committee raffled off a signed Barenaked Ladies guitar to Sarah Jones after raising $31,000.

Michael Mack Presented Distinguished Service Award

This year MCAA presented its highest award, the Distinguished Service Award, to Michael Mack. The DSA award celebrates a legacy of service and dedication to improving the mechanical contracting industry. During Mack’s career, he played a pivotal role in redeveloping MCAA’s Institute for Project Management, advancing its mission and dedicating years to its progress. Mack’s family joined him onstage at the opening general session for the surprise.

Retiring Board Members Recognized

President Beck thanked the members of the MCAA Board of Directors whose terms expired at MCAA24 saying, “Each of these Board members has contributed tremendously to strengthening this industry, and we want to recognize their service and thank them this morning.” They are:

  • Steve Harvey from Soefker Services
  • Scott Wallenstein from Neptune Plumbing & Heating Co.
  • Robert Bolton from Arden Building Companies

Changing of the Guard

President Beck turned over the MCAA presidential gavel to his successor, MCAA President Rick Gopffarth. Gopffarth said, “I am honored by this opportunity and will do my best.”

He presented Beck with a token of gratitude for his year as president and let him know that MCAA contributed to a family vacation to Positano, Italy.

Association Leaders Recognized

President Rick Gopffarth recognized the national officers who serve as MCAA’s Executive Committee and the new members of MCAA’s Board of Directors.

New Executive Committee

Joining President Gopffarth on the Executive Committee are:

  • President-Elect Brian Hughes from Hughes Environmental Engineering
  • Senior Vice President and Treasurer Curtis Harbour from Brandt, a Southland Industries Company
  • Vice President and Assistant Treasurer Michael Russo from Fresh Meadow Mechanical
  • Immediate Past President Robert Beck from John W. Danforth Company

New Board of Directors Members

The newest contractor members of MCAA’s Board of Directors, elected to three-year terms, are:

  • Jim Jacobsen, Jr. from DePue Mechanical, Inc.
  • Stacy Johnson from Auburn Mechanical Inc.
  • Bobbie Strayer from RMF Nooter

President Gopffarth’s Remarks

President Gopffarth shared his thoughts on the speed and complexity of current-day construction projects and the opportunities they bring to businesses in the mechanical contracting industry. Gopffarth noted how this expanded opportunity brings hidden risks that MCAA members must learn to navigate in the coming years. He went on to explain that the traditional construction pyramid will be transformed soon with the MEP trades moving up in the hierarchy.

Gopffarth reminded members that contractors, industry partners, and MCAA chapters across the country can develop innovative resources and strategies that will help protect and grow future market share.

Save the Date

We’re looking forward to more enchantment in Austin for the MCAA25 Annual Convention. Mark your calendars and join us March 2–6, 2025.

Source: MCAA

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