SMACNA brings trade show, seminars, speakers and entertainment to Hawaii.



Former Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love will perform during SMACNA’s Oct. 27 closing ceremonies.
In 2003, the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association held its annual convention in Washington, D.C., an area surrounded by the first states to join the country.

This year, the group heads to Hawaii, the last U.S. territory to become a state. SMACNA's 61st annual convention is Oct. 24-27 at Maui's Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa.

In keeping with the tropical theme, SMACNA has hired former Beach Boys lead singer Mike Love to perform Oct. 27. In the 1960s, the Beach Boys' songs were part of the sound track of summer for millions of Americans. Hear even a few moments of "Surfer Girl," "Fun, Fun, Fun" "Barbara Ann" or "Good Vibrations," and it's hard not to think of warm breezes, fine-sand beaches and sunshine.

But before Love closes the convention, there will be business seminars, forums and even a product show. Here are some of the planned speakers, session topics and events.

Joan Brock will speak about losing her sight Oct. 26.

‘More Than Meets the Eye'

One morning in 1984, while dressing her then-3-year-old daughter, Joan Brock discovered something was wrong with her vision.

While she knew there were many different-colored socks in a nearby dresser drawer, Brock could only see the white ones among them.

Doctors were baffled by her sudden vision loss, and were powerless to stop it. Three weeks later, she had totally lost her sight.

Working as an instructor for the blind at the time, Brock knew what was in store for her. But she refused to let the tragedy affect her outlook on life. Following extensive training to learn how to live like the students she used to teach, Brock became a motivational speaker.

SMACNA members will have a chance to hear her story at 8 a.m. Oct. 26, during the spouse-breakfast program.

Sudden blindness wasn't the only life-altering event Brock has had to deal with. About five years after losing her sight, her husband passed away from sinus cancer.

That just made Brock work harder at her message: "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles."

She became a highly sought-after speaker, addressing employees of corporations such as A.G. Edwards and American Express, and groups like the International Lions Association and the Iowa Baptist Conference on Women. She has met celebrities and heads of state, and traveled around the world.

In 1994, her autobiography, More Than Meets the Eye, was published. It was turned into a made-for-television movie on the Lifetime cable TV network last year.

Getting in line

Do you have a problem getting organized? Do you wish you could complete what you start?

If that sounds like you, then Richard Flint's seminar may be of help. Flint will explain how to improve your organizing skills and what you can do to change your bad habits. His session, "Getting Yourself Organized," will be offered at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 25.

Are your days filled with confusion on what to do first? The program will focus on "completion," which is a learned behavior. With help, you can complete what you start. Confusion comes from a lack of organization. The confusion goes away while you learn to finish what you have started.

Flint's professional life has led him into university teaching, private counseling, writing, TV appearances and professional speaking. He has written 11 books, including The Reality of Stress and Who Stole the Professionals? He has appeared on more than 125 radio and television programs.

At 10:30 a.m. Oct. 26, Flint will explore five challenges that all relationships face, during "The Meaning of Relationships." He says all lives are filled with relationships, but not all relationships are filled with life. Flint will explore the transitions relationships go through.

Residential profits

A recent market-research study conducted by FMI Corp. for SMACNA concluded that the current U.S. residential HVAC service and retrofit market is a $12 billion industry with strong growth potential during the next three to five years.

Kevin Dougherty of Proof Management Consultants will discuss these findings during "Realizing Profits in the Residential Retrofit and Service Market," 8:30 a.m. Oct. 26.

Business values

Allen M. Oppenheimer, president of A.M. Oppenheimer Inc., will lead "How to Increase the Value of Your Business," a session at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 25 that will provide a step-by-step process on how to improve your operation. Business owners will learn how to package their business to make it attractive to a buyer and maximize the profit potential. In addition, the step-by-step process covers how to enhance financial and marketing aspects in order to increase value in the future.

Trade show

From 7-10 a.m. Oct. 26, SMACNA will hold its annual trade show. At this event, members will have a chance to meet with vendors and representatives for some of the largest sheet metal equipment makers in the United States. Product literature will also be available.

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