Brent Booker
North America's Building Trades Unions

A third-generation laborer and a graduate of the University of Virginia, Brent Booker is the secretary-treasurer of NABTU. Since becoming Secretary-Treasurer, Booker has been a driving force in the strategic repositioning of NABTU, as well as conducting ongoing outreach efforts targeted to construction owners and end users focusing on the overall value of NABTU.

Additionally, Booker has been appointed as trustee to various industry groups in the nuclear, power generation, oil and gas, and chemical industries and serves as an officer for the Center for Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans’ Employment (CMRAVE) and CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training. Before assuming the position of secretary-treasurer of NABTU in 2012, Booker served as director of the Construction Department at the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), a position held since 2007. He has served as the labor section co-chair and president of the National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee, Inc (NMAPC).


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Steve Hendrick
President & CEO
Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center

Steve Hedrick is President & CEO of MATRIC | Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research & Innovation Center (MATRIC) in South Charleston, W.Va. MATRIC delivers market-driven innovation, research, technical engineering, and technology commercialization for the chemical, energy, environmental, and advanced software sectors.

Mr. Hedrick has more than 20 years of experience in the petrochemical industry, leading businesses, chemical manufacturing and health, safety, environment and quality (HSEQ). He has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility at Bayer CropScience, Bayer MaterialScience, Bayer Polymers and Lyondell and has led multiple regional and global teams to improve business results, reliability and safety systems. His entry into the chemical industry followed service as an officer in the United States Army.

Mr. Hedrick currently serves on the several boards of directors, including the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Area Alliance, Advantage Valley, West Virginia Manufacturers Association, Thomas Health System and West Virginia Regional Technology Park Corporation. He is Chairman of the Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A native of West Virginia, he holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

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Robert Hoover
Vice President
Matrix North American Construction, Inc.

Robert C. Hoover is Vice President of Matrix North American Construction, Inc. He is currently Management Co-Chair and Vice President of the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC). He previously served as President of The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and was also the co-chairman of NACA, H2H and the National Refractory Agreement (NRA) and a Board Member and Trustee of several pension/ labor management trusts.

During his productive career Hoover has held Senior Management positions in Safety, QAQC, Human Resources, Labor Relations and Administration . In previous employment he served as Director of Employee Relations for the American Bridge Division of the USX Corporation and General Manager Labor Relations – Construction for USX.  He worked for McDonald Douglas Aircraft developing training programs for the coal mining industry in the State of West Virginia and training videos for the US Airforce, on the maintenance and repair of the F-15 Military Aircraft. He was an integral part of the training at US Steel Cumberland Mine where he developed a training center which included a simulated mine to train coal miners for the new mining operation.  Hoover also served as a public school teacher for three years.  He is a licensed Multi-Engine Commercial Pilot with over 5,000 hours of flight time.

Hoover received an undergraduate degree in Education from Edinboro University, a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from Clarion University, and a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from West Virginia University.

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Tom Householder
Managing Director of Labor Relations
American Electric Power (AEP)

Thomas P. Householder is presently serving as Managing Director of Labor Relations for American Electric Power (AEP). AEP ranks among the nation's largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation's largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765 kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP's transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas.

In 1984, following graduation from Capital University of Columbus, Ohio, Tom began his career with American Electric Power. Throughout his career with AEP Tom has held has held various positions within the company in such areas as project management, construction, operations, safety and construction labor relations.

Mr. Householder has held numerous and varied industrial affiliations during his tenure with AEP. These include;

-Past Chairman of Appalachian Construction User’s Council (ACUC)
-Past Chairman and Current Member of MOST Owner’s Advisory Committee (Mobilization Optimization Stabilization and Training)
-Chairman of National Maintenance Agreement (NMA) Policy Committee, Owner’s Advisory Committee
-Chairman of TAUC (The Association of Union Contractors) Customer Caucus

Mr Householder resides in Pickerington, Ohio with his wife and two daughters and is a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church.


Steve Lindauer
Chief Executive Officer
The Association of Union Constructors (TAUC) and Impartial Secretary/CEO
National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee, Inc. (NMAPC)

Steve Lindauer has been actively involved in the construction and maintenance industry for over 36 years.  He serves as a spokesman and advocate for union construction and maintenance industry, and is regularly cited as an industry expert in national trade publications.  Lindauer has completed specialized training in association management and executive leadership, and has skillfully shepherded TAUC (formerly the National Erectors Association) through a rebirth in terms of membership, governance and mission. 

As Impartial Secretary/CEO of the NMAPC, Lindauer is focused on continually increasing the value of the NMAPC Program for the 2,000 signatory contractors, 14 International Unions and the multitude of client/customers who utilize the National Maintenance Agreements across the country.  Throughout the NMAPC’s over 45 years of existence it has accounted for more than $500 billion of work and over 2.5 billion work hours, focused on maintaining and upgrading the industrial infrastructure in the U.S.  Additionally, he has directed the development of the most prestigious safety program in the union construction and maintenance industry, the NMAPC Zero Injury Safety Awards® (ZISA®). 

Lindauer is a member of the Joint Administrative Committee to the Plan for the Settlement of Jurisdictional Disputes, member of the Board of Trustees for the Center

For Military Recruitment, Assessment and Veterans Employment, Secretary of the Executive Committee for the Helmets to Hardhats Program, sits on the Board of Directors of the Construction Labor Research Council and maintains professional membership with the American Society of Association Executives.

Lindauer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in economics, from Alfred University in Alfred, New York.  He also holds a Master of Science degree in industrial relations and human resource management from The American University in Washington, D.C.


Mark McManus
General President
United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, & Service Techs

The United Association's chief officer is General President Mark McManus. In August 2016, Mark McManus was unanimously elected as General President at the UA's 39th General Convention and on November 10, 2016, he assumed his new position leading the nation's most progressive and influential trade union.

The General President is responsible for supervising the day-to-day affairs of the United Association and for decisions concerning internal union governance, as well as rendering decisions and adjusting disputes and other matters affecting the organization. He is the chairman of the UA General Executive Board, UA Strategic Planning Committee, and supervises the development and implementation of all major policies and programs of the United Association.

He represents the face of the United Association in dealings with high-level government officials, contractors, contractor associations, project owner organizations, fellow labor unions and the general public. Given his stature in the industry, the General President serves on various important boards, councils and committees, including the following:

  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Local Union Officers and Employees Pension Fund
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UA General Officers and Employees Pension Fund
  • AFL-CIO Executive Committee Member & Executive Council Member
  • Vice-President of North America’s Building Trades Unions
  • Vice-President of the Executive Council of the Metal Trades Department
  • Board of Directors of Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program
  • Board of Directors of Helmets to Hardhats


Mike Pleasant
Assistant General President
United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, & Service Techs

Mr. Pleasant began his career in the pipefitting industry by joining UA Local 157's apprenticeship program in Terre Haute, Indiana after graduating from high school in 1981. In 1996 he was elected to the Executive Board of Local 157 and also appointed as a Field Representative. He was elected Business Agent for the local in 2001 and Business Manager in 2004. In 2009 he accepted a position in the UA General Office Jurisdiction Department as a Special Representative. In March 2011, UA General President William Hite appointed Mr. Pleasant to the position of Director of Trade Jurisdiction.

Mr. Pleasant now serves as the Assistant General President.

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Vince Sandusky
Chief Executive Officer
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association

Mr. Sandusky has served as CEO of SMACNA since April 2008.  He has spent the last 32 years as a CEO of national trade associations, 23 years of which have been leading associations representing signatory contractors in the construction industry.

At SMACNA, he is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the association through a partnership with the SMACNA Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

Mr. Sandusky is relied upon to maintain SMACNA’s industry leadership role in the development of technical standards, developing and leveraging effective labor-management relationships, public policy advocacy and providing education opportunities to member businesses. He leads a team of 34 professional staff to accomplish SMACNA’s objectives.


Joseph Sellers, Jr.
General President
International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)

Mr. Sellers has risen steadily in his 35 years as an industry professional and union official. A second-generation sheet metal worker, his background includes managing the union and its affiliates at every level as well as many years as a leader in education. Sellers’ foundation in the labor movement reflects values learned from his father, whose deep commitment to the union sheet metal industry spanned 55 years as a member and 30 years as a local union officer. Sellers started his apprenticeship in 1980 at Local 19 in Philadelphia and became a journeyman four years later.

He was elected to the local’s Executive Board in 1994 and was appointed to be Training Coordinator in 1996. In 2002, after serving as a Business Representative for two years, he became Local 19’s President and Business Manager. In August 2009, Sellers was elected to the international leadership as 11th General Vice President. The General Executive Council elected him to serve as the union’s General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) effective July 1, 2011, and, after finalization of the merger of the Sheet Metal Workers and United Transportation Unions, he was unanimously re-elected as GST by delegates to the first SMART General Convention in August 2014. Sellers became SMART’s General President May 1, 2015. During his tenure as an officer at Local 19, Joe also held a number of important union and industry posts.

He was president of many groups, including the Pennsylvania State and New Jersey State Councils of Sheet Metal Workers; the Mechanical Trades District Council of Delaware Valley; the Metropolitan Association of Presidents and Business Representatives; and the board of directors for the National Energy Management Institute (NEMI). He also was Secretary/Treasurer of the Mechanical and Allied Crafts Council of New Jersey. As SMART General Secretary-Treasurer, Sellers led special campaigns to increase outreach and awareness for pension and health care issues, including compliance with the Pension Protection Act and Affordable Care Act. He has held several positions with the AFL-CIO and Building and Construction Trades Department at the national, state, and local levels. He currently serves as chairman of the union’s National Pension Fund and is a trustee for several other national pension and health funds.

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Sam Walker
Author of "The Captain Class"

Mr. Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that directs the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, sports columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009.

In addition to The Captain Class, he is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion).

Walker attended the University of Michigan. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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Jake Wood
Co-Founder and CEO
Team Rubicon

Mr. Wood is the cofounder and CEO of a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world and within the United States called Team Rubicon.  Since 2010, Team Rubicon has scaled to 50,000 volunteers and deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes of the century.

Mr. Wood was a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. He has also appeared in the major media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, US News & World Report, Forbes, Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. In 2014, Crown Publishing published Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership.