"We are contemplating ways to meet the challenge of bringing future leaders into SMACNA," Watson announced. It is his intent that a base of future leaders be identified and encouraged to participate on SMACNA committees, then given the opportunity to become members of SMACNA's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
A member of SMACNA's Board from 1995 to 1999, Watson is vice-chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee as well as a member of the Investment Committee. He is also the chairman of the Change Orders Task Force and co-chairman of the SMACNA/SMWIA Best Practices Market Expansion Committee.
A former chairman of the Business Management Committee, the Convention Committee, and the Marketing Task Force, Watson was a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Products and Programs Coordinating Committee, and the Convention Sponsorship Task Force.
A past president of the Sheet Metal Contractors of Iowa Inc. - Cedar Rapids, Watson currently serves as a trustee on the chapter's Health and Welfare Fund and Pension Fund. He is a past member of the chapter's Bargaining Committee.
Watson began his career in the sheet metal industry as a project manager in 1975. He now serves as secretary/treasurer of Climate Engineers Inc., a family-owned business with more than $17 million in revenue. The firm operates two full-service HVAC and mechanical contracting shops in Cedar Rapids and Rock Island, Ill.
Publication date: 11/10/2003