SMACNA Announces Chapter Executive of the Year, Contractor of the Year

Ginger Slaick

The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association has announced Ginger Slaick, executive vice president of Georgia-SMACNA, as the recipient of this year’s Chapter Executive of the Year Award during the SMACNA Annual Business Meeting. For more than 35 years, the annual award has been bestowed upon chapter executives who have made positive and significant contributions to the industry on the local and national levels.

Slaick makes sure her chapter members are receiving the education and skills training programs they need to lead the industry in their markets. Earlier this year, she saw the need to establish a new SMACNA chapter in North Carolina, and she stepped up to facilitate the development of more than 125,000 aluminum nose strips for face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She serves as council liaison of the CEI board, where she leads discussions on trends and topics impacting the industry across North America. Most recently, Slaick presented multiple sessions at the CEI meeting earlier this year regarding strategic planning and management guidelines for SMACNA chapters.

Guy Gast

In addition, Guy Gast, president of The Waldinger Corporation, Iowa Division, has been named recipient of SMACNA’s Contractor of the Year Award. For 40 years, the annual award has been given to professionals who exceed all expectations of serving and promoting the industry.

Gast has 40 years of industry experience in project management, labor management, operations management and risk management. Gast has taken on industry leadership roles for decades. In 2016, he was inducted into the SMACNA College of Fellows for making significant contributions to the advancement of the sheet metal industry and for his years of committed service and dedication, eagerly taking on industry leadership roles for more than three decades.

Currently, he is chair of the New Horizons Foundation, SMACNA’s member foundation and premier research entity, where he leads fundraising efforts to develop important research initiatives and educational programs for the sheet metal industry.