SMACNA announces 2016 Chapter Executive of the Year
SMACNA Southern California chapter Executive Director Kevin O’Dorisio has been named Chapter Executive of the Year.
The award, formally known as the Petersen-Dunn Award, is presented annually to the SMACNA chapter executive who has made a substantive contribution to their local association and to SMACNA as a national group.
In announcing the award, 2015-16 SMACNA President Guy Gast said O’Dorisio was instrumental in navigating the complicated task of joining two chapters into a single entity.
“Two neighboring SMACNA chapters, SMACNA-Los Angeles and Orange Empire SMACNA, called on Kevin’s expertise and collaborative skills to merge them into one cohesive organization earlier this year,” Gast said. “The result is the second-largest chapter in SMACNA.
“Admittedly mergers can be chaotic,” Gast added. “However, Kevin, found the middle ground that would make the merger a reality and skillfully led a collaborative effort on all fronts. Thanks to his expertise, the members of this new SMACNA chapter, SMACNA Southern California, are the benefactors of a stronger more united group as a result of his unselfish efforts. And most notably, all of this was accomplished in an incredibly short time frame.”
O’Dorisio began working for the association as a field representative for the SMACNA-Los Angeles chapter in 1977. In 1985, he became executive director. Twenty-five years ago, he was also named as Chapter Executive of the Year for boosting local and national member involvement.