Aaron Hilger

Dear Eric:

I am writing to express my sincere appreciation for the outstanding work you did as our Strategic Planning Facilitator. Your expertise, experience and understanding of the construction industry proved invaluable to SMACNA’s Strategic Planning Committee, and I am proud to provide this testimonial letter.

During the selection process we had specific criteria we wanted our facilitator to meet, including familiarity with the industry and engagement with SMACNA. Your experience and engagement with the industry made you an excellent choice for us.

As you know, the hardest part of bringing together a group of 20 or more contractors is aligning their opinions and ideas towards a common goal. Your organizational skills helped our group focus its attention on specific areas that enabled us to create a strategic plan that encompassed everyone’s ideas, while still maintaining a clear direction.

Your engaging personality and willingness to listen to everyone’s input made the discussion process much easier and more productive.

I found our in-person discussions instrumental, and in particular, our meeting in Chicago. Working independently on the task beforehand and then coming together to discuss our findings as a group, proved beneficial in reaching mutual conclusions. I appreciate your encouragement of everyone’s participation and your ability to create a comfortable and open forum that effectively achieved our objectives.

Your understanding of the challenges facing the construction industry, coupled with your experience in working with contractors, helped us create a strategic plan that is practical and effective. Your insights into the trade and your ability to align our ideas and goals helped us create a comprehensive plan that meets everyone’s expectations.

Overall, it was a great experience working with you, and I highly recommend your services to anyone looking for a facilitator to help with strategic planning. Thank you for your excellent work, and we look forward to working with you again in the future.


Aaron Hilger

Aaron Hilger

Chief Executive Officer, SMACNA