An executive from Acco Engineered Systems has been picked to receive SMACNA’s 2017 Contractor of the Year Award.

Milt Goodman, executive vice president of the Glendale, California-based company, received the award Oct. 23 at the association’s keynote luncheon.

“This year’s contractor is a longtime friend of SMACNA,” said 2016-17 president of the Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors’ National Association, Joseph Lansdell. “He values being a team player more than taking the spotlight which makes honoring him with SMACNA’s highest honor so rewarding.” 

Goodman worked with International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers union General President Joseph Sellers and the organizers of the SMART Heroes program to develop an effective way the sheet metal industry can serve the needs of veterans transitioning out of the military and at the same time help them find work with SMACNA contractors and SMART local unions.

The program provides a year of tuition-free apprenticeship education to military veterans.

A U.S. Army veteran, Goodman went to college thanks to the G.I. Bill, and he said he wanted help other veterans find high-quality civilian careers.

Officials with Bay Area SMACNA board say his work ethic, intelligence and humor benefitted the association as he worked in several leadership roles. His term as chapter president ends in 2017. He also is a member of the SMACNA Southern California chapter.

Goodman supports SMACNA by writing letters to his congressional representatives when he receives “advocacy calls to action” from SMACNA’s national legislative program. He also supports the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Political Action Committee (SMAC PAC) with his Congressional Insiders Chairman’s Club membership and he attends the SMAC PAC annual auction and purchases auction items.

He represents Acco as a grassroots, premier-level contributor on the New Horizons Foundation’s Summit Council. The foundation has a strong track record of delivering innovative, cutting-edge research and practical, real-world education for every level of management, supporters say.

He has worked at Acco since graduating from college in 1973 with a bachelor’s in business management. Goodman has worked in the company’s construction division since 1977.