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100 years and a new leader

image Jerry Smith, Baker Triangle’s Austin president addresses AWCI as the new 2018-2019 AWCI president.

HOUSTON - The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry (AWCI) has a new leader for 2018-2019.







    Jerry Smith has been elected to lead the association as AWCI celebrates 100 years. The association  represents 2,200 companies and organizations in the acoustic, ceiling, drywall systems, exterior insulation and finishing systems, fireproofing, flooring systems, insulation, stucco contractors, suppliers and manufacturers and those in allied trades.
    Wall and ceiling construction is a basic service and is part of every construction project. Even ancient structures like the Parthenon and the ancient pyramids of Egypt had wall and ceiling contractors.
    Plastering contractors had local unions in the early 1900s, but there was no international plastering contractors association. AWCI filled that need in 1918. The Contracting Plasterers International Association became AWCI, a forum for unity and direction transforming the trade.
    Smith is the president of Baker Triangle’s Austin, TX division and has been part of the Baker team for 40 years. He started out as a helper in 1977 installing acoustical ceilings. Eighteen months later Smith was promoted to foreman. In 1983, he became an estimator trainee and a few years later, he was a project manager. When an opportunity arose within the company to open a branch office in Virginia, Smith was chosen to lead that office. His proven track record didn’t stop there. In 1995, the Texas economy created a demand for a new office in Austin and Smith found himself in Texas.
     “I’m confident he will serve us well,” says outgoing president Ed Sellers. Smith says that becoming AWCI president, “is something I always wanted to do, but 20 years ago I never thought I would reach this point. It’s a privilege and honor to be a part of this organization in this capacity.”
    Congratulations Jerry!
    Baker Triangle is a drywall and plastering specialty contractor with offices in
Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. -cmw

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