2015 Calendar

Please mark your calendars for these must-attend events!    



The most important education topic to focus on for the Mechanical Contracting Industry is:

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Earn Three Hours of Core CE Credit at UMCA April Seminar

The UMCA is continuing the 2015 Education Series with an April Seminar taught by John L. Young of Young Hoffman LLC.  The course will provide up-to-date instruction regarding compliance with the legal requirements that subcontractors and suppliers must satisfy in order to successfully file and pursue payment remedies under Utah’s system for Pre-Construction Liens, Construction Liens, and Payment Bond Claims.  The program will also include instruction on the current requirements for using the Utah State Construction Registry system.  The course will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 12:00pm-3:00pm at the Utah Career Center.  The course will be worth three hours of core continuing education credit for contractors and three hours of professional continuing education credit for plumbers.  The deadline to register for the course is April 17, 2015 and registration can be done online by clicking here or you can download the paper registration form here.


UMCA President Finishes Six Years of Service on MCAA Board of Directors

Brett Christiansen, UMCA President and owner of Palmer-Christiansen Company, Inc., recently completed two three-year terms serving on the Mechanical Contractors Association of America’s (MCAA) Board of Directors.  Brett was the first Utah-based director on the MCAA’s Board since John F. Dillon of CCI Mechanical, Inc. completed his term in 1984.  Brett also serves on the MCAA Career Development Committee and was chairman of the committee from 2006-2011.

Brett got his start in the industry working as a Design Engineer of Capital Projects for Chevron Corporation.  In 1991, upon completing his Masters Degree, Brett joined the family business, Palmer-Christiansen Company, Inc. where he is now the President.  Brett is a third-generation owner of Palmer-Christiansen Company and is also the third Christiansen to serve as President of the UMCA. Both
Brett’s father, Hal Christiansen and his grandfather, Harold Christiansen served as UMCA Presidents, with Hal serving from 1999-2001 and Harold serving from 1958-1959.  Brett received a Bachelors of Science from the University of Southern California in Mechanical Engineering after which he attended Yale University where he earned a Masters in Public and Private Management.

While Brett was serving on the MCAA Board of Directors and the UMCA Board of Directors, he also served as a trustee on the UA Local 140 Health & Welfare Pension Trust Funds where he has been a trustee for nine years. The UMCA would like to thank Brett for his tireless service to both the MCAA and the UMCA and recognize him for his leadership on behalf of the organization. 



Utah 2015 Legislative Session is a Wrap

The 2015 Utah Legislative Session came to an end in March and was not without its controversial issues.  Like most sessions, Utah Legislators had their hands full with Medical Marijuana, Heathy Utah, Prison Relocation, Funding For Public Education and many more issues this year. Fortunately, most items effecting the construction industry seldom hit the press but that doesn't mean there wasn't a fair amount of drama going on behind the scenes. The UMCA Legislative Team included the UMCA Staff, John L. Young of Young Hoffman, and Rob Jolley and Jodi Hart-Wilson of RRJ Consulting. A comprehensive review of the issues the UMCA was involved with this session can be downloaded here. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact the UMCA Office.


MSCA of Colorado Extends Invitation to Dispatcher Development Training Course

The MSCA of Colorado has graciously extended an invitation to all UMCA Contractors, particularly those in the service industry, to attend a Dispatcher Professional Development Training Course that will be held April 15-16, 2015 from 7:30am-4:00pm each day in Denver, Colorado.  The course will cover topics such as a dispatcher’s influence in the organization and on profitability, communication skills, tips for partnering with service technicians, servicing the customer, managing the service manager, and working with the rest of the team.  The registration fee to attend the seminar is $450 and registration can be completed online by clicking here.  Please also find the flyer with more details on the program here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sarah Hill at the UMCA Office (801-364-7768) or to contact Ann Woosley at the MSCA of Colorado (303-757-3956).


Utah NCPWB Chapter to Open Soon

The UMCA has submitted the necessary paper work to the National Certified Pipe Welding Bureau Office to open a Utah Chapter of the NCPWB.  In the coming weeks, the UMCA will be sending out application materials to our Contractor Members to join the NCPWB.  By joining the Utah Chapter of the NCPWB, welder’s certifications will be transferrable among contractors, streamlining the process of ensuring a welder is properly certified for a job.  More details regarding the Chapter will be made available in the coming weeks, but keep your eye out for the information.


National News

Five Statements Successful People Refuse to Accept by Jeff Haden

It's hard to dream new dreams. We'd all like to be visionary thinkers like Bezos, Buffett, and Branson (the Three B's of Bold Thinking) and achieve great things.  But most of us aren't bold visionaries. (I'm definitely not.)  And that's OK, because while you and I might never come up with the next big thing, we can decide to think -- and act -- differently than other people... and in the process achieve differently than other people.

Here are five things many people believe think that ruin their chances for success -- and more importantly, how you can think differently:

1. "I never get the right opportunities."
Hey, join the (very, very large) club. No matter how it looks from the outside, no one is given opportunities they don't deserve. Opportunities are earned. (And even if someone else did get an opportunity you feel you deserved, you can't change that fact... so why dwell on it?)

Maybe, years ago, you did have to wait: to be accepted, to be promoted, to be selected, to somehow be "discovered."

Even if that was once true, it's not true any longer. Access to opportunity is nearly unlimited. You can connect with nearly anyone through social media. You can create and sell your own products, develop and distribute your own applications, find your own funding....

You don't need to wait for someone else to give you the opportunity. You can give yourself the opportunity -- which, by the way, is what successful people have done for centuries. The only thing holding you back from seizing an opportunity is you -- and your willingness to try.
Don't worry about the opportunities you need to be given; focus on the opportunities you need to take.

2. "(Someone) is always holding me back."
Maybe another person really did ruin opportunities or block ideas or took what was rightfully yours. Maybe suppliers didn't come through. Maybe your partner wasn't committed. Maybe potential customers weren't smart enough to recognize the value you provide.

Doesn't matter. You can't control other people. You can only control yourself.

When you fail always decide it was your fault. Not only is that a smart way to think, but it's also almost always true as well. While occasionally something completely outside your control will cause you to fail, most of the time it really is you.

And that's OK. Every successful person has failed numerous times. (Most have failed a lot more often than you have; that's one reason why they're so successful today.)

Embrace every failure. Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time you'll do what it takes to make sure things turn out differently.

Never think it's another person's fault; when you do, you guarantee it always will be.

3. "I just don't have enough time."
Sure you do. You have the same amount of time as everyone else. The key is to decide how you will fill your time.

For example, anyone can create a schedule. But most people don't ensure that every task takes only as long as it needs to take. Most people fill a block of time, either given or self-determined, simply because that is the time allotted.

Don't adjust your effort so it fills a time frame. Instead, do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then use your "free" time to get other things done...just as quickly and effectively.

Never think about how time controls you -- instead think of how you can best control your time.

When you do, you'll quickly realize you have a lot more time than you think.

4. "Sure, I would do that... if I could be sure it would be worth it."
Ever heard someone say, "If I knew I would get a raise, then I would be willing to work a lot harder"? Or, "If I knew my startup would succeed then I would definitely be willing to put in more hours"? Or, "If I knew there would be a bigger payoff, then I would be willing to sacrifice more"?

Successful employees earn promotions and higher pay by first working harder; in other words, they earn their success. Successful businesses earn higher revenue by delivering greater value first; they earn their success.

Successful people, in all areas of life, earn bigger "payoffs" by working incredibly hard well before any potential return is in sight; they earn their success through effort and sacrifice.

Most people expect to get more before they will ever consider doing more.

To succeed, think of compensation not as the driver or requirement for exceptional effort, but as
the deserved reward.

5. "But there's just nothing special about me."
It's easy, and tempting, to assume successful people have some intangible entrepreneurial something -- ideas, talent, drive, skills, creativity, etc.--that you simply don't have.

That's rarely true. Talents typically reveal themselves only in hindsight. Success is never assured; it only looks that way after it is achieved.

Sure, other people may have skills you don't have (at least not yet), but you have skills other people don't have. You don't need a gift. You just need yourself -- and a willingness to put in a tremendous amount of hard work, effort, and perseverance -- because that is where talent comes from.

Never think about what you don't have. Focus on what you do have -- and more importantly, what you are willing to do that others are not.

That is your true gift -- and it's a gift we've all been given.

You just have to use it.