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Rivera Named SMACNA Contractor of the Year


SAN ANTONIO — Richard Rivera, president of Key Air Conditioning Contractors in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., received the SMACNA Contractor of the Year award at the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association’s (SMACNA) 71st Annual Convention.

The award, presented annually, is given in memory of SNIPS magazine founder Ed Carter and his son Nick Carter, magazine publisher and editor.

“This year’s contractor is a seasoned pro who is addicted to sharing the good word about SMACNA and turning contractors into members,” said Randy Novak, 2014 SMACNA president.

Rivera persevered for more than 15 years and finally persuaded the Toronto Sheet Metal Contractors Association to join SMACNA. As a result, the Toronto Chapter became a SMACNA chapter, bringing with them 85 contractor members and 2.6 million man-hours.

“This was a huge accomplishment, but Richard was not satisfied,” Novak said. “Two years later, again with his assistance, SMACNA added two more Canadian chapters in Ontario — each bringing with them half a million man-hours.

Rivera’s leadership in SMACNA includes serving as president of the Association from 2011-2012, as well as membership on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He is an advocate for SMACNA’s Business Management programs serving on the Business Management Task Force and the Business & Financial Management Task Force from 2001-2008.

He served on the ITI Board of Trustees from 2006-2008 and 2010-2011. Rivera was a SMACN-IFUS trustee from 2009-2013, as well as a management trustee on the Sheet Metal Industry Labor Management Cooperation Fund from 2010-2013.

For additional information, visit www.smacna.org.