Murphy's Law: HVAC Meetings and Golf

March 11, 2008

Association meetings provide an excellent opportunity to socialize, network, and learn from industry experts. The Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) annual convention got off to a roaring start March 2 as nearly 2,500 people converged on Palm Desert, Calif. for the four-day event. MCAA puts on one of the best meetings you could possibly find in this industry. From the star-studded cast of celebrity speakers to the quality of the industry educational programs, it just doesn’t get any better.

Madeleine Albright is great, but I go for the golf. Not that I am a good golfer, or even a person who loves golf. I just find that the golfing “experience” affords me an opportunity to meet different people and learn things about them that I might otherwise never have the occasion to do.

A contractor once told me “You learn a lot about people when you go deer hunting with them,” he said. “Some people act different with a gun in their hands.”

The same can be said of some people holding a golf club. Some morph into another person on the golf course. Over the years, I’ve seen a five-iron fly through the air, several misguided putts thrown into water hazards, and heard some of the worst golf jokes imaginable.

But, through it all, a lot of business gets done on the golf course.

At the MCAA convention, I’m happy to report no sightings of flying five-irons and only a couple of bad jokes. The MCAA contractors are generally an amiable bunch of people. But, like many others I have met in this industry, we all occasionally have to pee in the woods.