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Metro Test & Balance Named SMACNA Legislative Contractor of the Year


SAN ANTONIO — Frank Battaglino, chief executive officer of Metro Test & Balance Inc., was recognized as the Legislative Contractor of the Year at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 71st Annual Convention.

“The Legislative Contractor of the Year Award is the highest legislative honor a contractor may earn within our organization and it is for Frank’s outstanding political and policy leadership on behalf of SMACNA at the local, state and national levels, that we honor him at our national convention,” said Randy Novak, 2014 SMACNA president.

Battaglino has not only excelled as the widely respected CEO of Metro Test & Balance, a company he built from a tool belt and used truck to a well-known and respected company with more than 100 employees, he has exhibited extraordinary leadership on state and national legislative campaigns for SMACNA’s policies such as misclassification, Project Labor Agreements (PLAs), prompt payment, individual bonding reforms and many more.

He also has been effective in promoting SMACNA’s priority business issues from energy efficiency to tax reform. He has been equally active and respected by his local Mid-Atlantic Chapter of SMACNA on industry, legislative and political matters.

“SMACNA and the construction industry have been fortunate to have a contractor such as Frank in a key legislative advocacy role when issues break in Annapolis, Richmond or in Washington, D.C.,” Novak said.

Beyond the business community, Battaglino has maintained close ties to Maryland’s and Virginia’s representatives and senators on policy matters as an educational advocate. He is a regular attendee at state and national conventions, the annual Washington Legislative Conference and at industry forums of importance to SMACNA and HVAC firms across the nation.

For the past three years, Battaglino has been an industry leader on the topic of Fire Life Safety before fire marshals, code officials and ASHRAE Chapters from Maryland to Virginia, including the Nation’s Capital. His dedication to the issue goes far beyond the speaker’s podium as Frank has donated to the Maryland State Fire Training Academy in College Park, Md.

This award is given to contractors annually in recognition of exceptional effort and unsurpassed leadership in legislative and political action on behalf of their company, their association and their industry. Their activism makes a difference in SMACNA’s national lobbying efforts, as well as challenges all SMACNA and industry members to match their level of commitment.

For additional information, visit www.smacna.org.