NEMI chooses former paramedic, business manager for national union role

The National Energy Management Institute (NEMI) has named Josh Hunter as its field representative for the Southeast region. In this role, he supports implementation of new and emerging market opportunities, including work scopes local unions, regions or contractor members are seeking, in addition to furthering NEMI’s mission to find ways to keep buildings safe and healthy while increasing their energy efficiency.

In this role, Hunter serves as boots on the ground for local unions and members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) workers, helping identify solutions and ways NEMI can be of assistance.

Hunter graduated from the Sheet Metal Workers Local 48 apprenticeship in Birmingham, Alabama, in 2004 and worked in the industry as a journeyperson for a short time before leaving to become a certified paramedic in east Tennessee. He returned to the industry, and to Alabama, in 2015 and quickly picked up where he left off, working as a foreman, general foreman and lead journeyperson before he was elected as Local 48’s business manager and financial secretary-treasurer in 2021.

Hunter has served as a delegate for the Alabama State Building Trades and Central Alabama Labor Federation; vice president of the Central Alabama Building Trades; Local 48 governmental lobbyist; Good Jobs Great Cities Birmingham City team member; secretary for Local 48’s health and welfare trustees, and trustee for the local’s Joint Apprentice Training Center. He currently lives in Gadsden, Alabama.

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