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S.J. Smith CEO participates in panel at GAWDA National Convention

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Six participants, including S.J. Smith CEO Richelle Smith-Brecht, participated in The CEO Track, the opening session to the GAWDA National Convention in Colorado Springs, CO in October.

Panel members included Smith-Brecht; Jason Krieger, president/CEO, American & Gas; Jenny McCall, president, WESCO Gas & Welding Supply, Inc.; Mark Raimy, CEO, Welders Supply Company; Wally Brant, CEO, Indiana Oxygen Company; and Alex Kennedy, CEO, Red Ball Oxygen. Discussion centered on the SWOT analysis, discussing the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the industrial gas and welding industry.

When asked about what a good day as a CEO looks like, Smith-Brecht said typically, that is a day where “we are making decisions, pushing the company forward, with the values that are most important to S.J. Smith.”

“I love being involved with the employees, so a good day for me is being in a CI meeting, working with employees, understanding their strengths and what they’re bringing to the progress of the team. Communication for me is integral. Always, my job is … making sure the company is going after the short-term and long-term goals, our vision, our mission statement and more importantly our values.”

S.J. Smith CEO Smith-Brecht elected to Messer Distributor Group (MDG) Board

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​Richelle Smith-Brecht, president and CEO of S.J. Smith Company, Inc., was recently elected to the Messer Distributor Group (MDG) Board. Smith-Brecht was one of two elected to the board during a recent virtual MDG board meeting. John Mark McMurtry, president of Volunteer Welding Supply, Nashville, Tenn., was also elected.

S.J. Smith Updated Response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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Over the past month, S.J. Smith has put into place business contingency plans and health measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and other federal, state and local health agencies, as well as GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), in light of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

S.J. Smith response to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

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Over the past month, S.J. Smith has put into place business contingency plans and health measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and other federal, state and local health agencies, as well as GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association), in light of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

S.J. Smith annual driver training results in fewer accidents, safer drivers

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It’s a hot day in July, and Jason Daniels is prepping for a day of driving from S.J. Smith’s Urbana, Ill., location. Daniels, who has been driving with S.J. Smith for eight years, is familiar with the safety requirements for driving the truck and delivering cylinders and refrigerated liquid cans. Today, however, he has company. He’s driving with Zack Kyer, compliance coordinator at S.J. Smith, for a full day of road testing.