The sponsor organizations of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) have selected Dan McCallum as the executive director of the International Training Institute (ITI), the National Energy Management Institute/Committee (NEMI/NEMIC) and the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) funds. McCallum previously served as ITI’s architectural specialist and member of its field staff.
A graduate of the Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 19 apprenticeship program, McCallum was introduced to architectural sheet metal on the first day of his apprenticeship in 1985 and maintained a love of the skill, art and craftsmanship. Upon starting at The Warko Group in 1991, he helped to develop the mechanical and architectural sheet metal divisions of the roofing company. He also gave back to his local union by serving on the Central Pennsylvania Joint Apprenticeship Training and Labor and Industry committees for nine years.
With 31 years under his belt, McCallum left The Warko Group as vice president, estimator and project manager to take the position with the ITI in 2016.
When he took the position, he said, “I really do believe I can change the industry in the architectural field,” and he did just that. Since that time, McCallum created Strike Force Training, which gave the ITI the ability to work with contractors, manufacturers and training centers to coordinate concentrated, specialized architectural sheet metal training for work coming into geographic areas. Not only did Strike Force Training provide SMART members with training straight from the manufacturer, it gave signatory contractors the fortitude to bid on the projects that required it.
“The work that Dan has done for the ITI the last four years has really helped to bring architectural sheet metal to the forefront in the industry,” said James Page, ITI administrator. “Based on the excellent work he’s done on behalf of his specialty, we can’t wait to see the leadership he provides for all of the Funds.”
The International Training Institute (ITI), the National Energy Management Institute Committee (NEMIC) and the Sheet Metal Occupational Health Institute Trust (SMOHIT) make up the Funds, which are sponsored by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation workers (SMART) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA). The Funds provides industry-specific resources and benefits — including curriculum and instruction; emerging markets and certification exams; and health and safety information — to more than 136,000 SMART members across the United States and Canada.