The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), the leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry, recently announced Anthony (Tony) Kocurek, owner of Energy Balance & Integration, LLC, has been elected by the Board of Directors to serve as president. Kocurek’s year-long term in office began at the close of SMACNA’s 78th Annual Convention in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Additionally, Todd Hill, president of Ventcon, has been elected to serve as vice president.
Kocurek began his career in the sheet metal industry in 1982 as an apprentice at Energy Balance, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based company specializing in commercial testing and balancing of HVAC systems. Kocurek's work ethic and dedication to providing system-wide balance and solutions allowed him to rise through the ranks, becoming the company’s owner in 2008.
One of Kocurek’s proudest professional achievements was his work advocating for fire life safety. He was instrumental in passing the Fire Safe Standards (SB143) in New Mexico, requiring International Certification Board/Testing Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (ICB-TABB) certified American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited workers into building specs.
“Tony is an invaluable member of the SMACNA Executive Committee, and I am thrilled for him to serve as our next board president,” says Aaron Hilger, SMACNA’s chief executive officer. “Tony’s vast knowledge of the industry and commitment to our association and its members will serve as a steady guide as we look to advance the mission of our organization.”
An active member of SMACNA both locally and nationally, Kocurek has served in many roles and committees, including vice president of SMACNA of New Mexico and an appointed trustee of the Local 49 Sheet Metal Workers JATC, Health and Welfare Board, and Defined Pension Board. Nationally, Kocurek has been involved with SMACNA’s National Energy Management Institute Committee and the International Training Institute TAB Task Force.
In his new role as president, Kocurek will be focused on educating building owners and operators, as well as SMACNA contractors, on all the opportunities to improve indoor environmental quality and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the systems that support it.
Todd Hill appointed to SMACNA’s Executive Committee
SMACNA recently announced Todd Hill, president of Ventcon, has been elected by the Board of Directors to serve as vice president. Hill’s year-long term in office begins at the close of SMACNA’s 78th Annual Convention in Colorado Springs.
Hill began his career in 1990 as a sheet metal apprentice with Ventcon, an industry-leading HVAC sheet metal mechanical contractor based in Allen Park, Michigan. While there, he received his associate’s degree in applied science in computer-aided and mechanical design from Schoolcraft College. At Ventcon, Hill became a CAD operator and advanced through several management positions, becoming president in 2005. In 2010, Hill and his two partners acquired the business.
“Todd’s commitment to SMACNA is evident through the many positions he has held on both the national and local levels,” says Aaron Hilger, SMACNA’s chief executive officer. “His reputation for having excellent working relationships with labor and management partners will no doubt serve SMACNA and its members in various capacities.”
On a national level, Todd serves on SMACNA’s Business and Financial Management Committee, Contractor Operations Manual Task Force, and the Pre-Insulated Phenolic Duct Construction Standard Task Force. Locally, he serves on the SMACNA Metropolitan Detroit chapter’s Board of Directors, Pension and Annuity Joint Trust Funds, Local Joint Adjustment Board, Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Labor Relations Committee, Fire Damper Committee, and Market Recovery Committee.