MSCA hosts educational, relaxing week
More than 750 people attended MSCA’s 2018 Soar conference on Oct. 21-24, in Huntington Beach, California. The entire hotel (with the exception of seven rooms) was booked by attendees.
Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Nicole Malachowski set the tone for an inspirational conference that challenged attendees to soar to greatness. Her personal stories of how she harnessed the headwinds of change in her personal and professional life captivated the crowd. She overcame some incredible obstacles in her own life as she pursued her dream of being a Thunderbird pilot. She spoke of the importance of resurgence over resilience and not being afraid to dream big and do what it takes to make those dreams come true.
“Failure is the price of entry for achieving something great,” she said.
Special guest Adrianne Haslet also talked about surpassing hardships: “When someone tells you something can’t be done, it is a reflection of their beliefs not yours. Asking ‘Why me?’ leaves you in the past, leaves you looking back. Ask yourself instead, ‘Now that this happened, what is going to be my new normal?’ Choose to make the most of time, live and survive.”
Attendees connected with industry suppliers to learn about the latest HVAC and plumbing products. There also was a breakout luncheon for Women in the Mechanical Industry.
Each day featured peer-group discussion forums and educational sessions as well as a number of optional activities. Memorable quotes include:
“You need to know why you choose to lead people,” speaker Steve Thomas said. “When you are clear on that, it will help you persevere when troubles come. The No. 1 thing that drives engagement is you.”
“The reasons we are successful, is because we look and move forward, and have a growth plan,” said John Geiling, CEO of JPG Plumbing Services. “Success doesn’t happen on accident.”
“The myth: There is a simple relationship between automation and employment. The algorithmic leaders of the future will need to combine a deep understanding of human complexity with a flair for computational thinking,” said futurist Mike Walsh.
This year’s recipient of the MSCA Everyday Hero Award is Ted Stutz, director of quality control for Emcor Services/MESA Energy Systems in Irvine, California. Stutz serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Orange County and is a committed advocate, making sure the clubs are providing the very best for the youth in the community.
One of his nominators stated: “Until I met him, I had never met a hero or seen what they do firsthand. He gives back quietly and without fanfare and is not looking for any kudos. He makes us all want to be a better person. We all have a long way to go to be like him.”
The D.S. O’Brien Award of Excellence was established in 2000 to recognize those individuals who exhibit extraordinary dedication and outstanding commitment to the industry, and to MSCA. This year’s recipient, John Gentille, CEO of MCAA, has been extremely instrumental in elevating MSCA and MCAA to new levels of excellence and providing extraordinary value to members, the association noted.
The event ended with Jaimi Lomas and MSCA welcoming the new chair of the MSCA Board of Managers, Kip Bagley, and all the new 2018-2019 MSCA Board of Managers and officers.
Photos from the event can be seen at MSCA 2018 Soar Conference.