A highlight at the ICB Conference is the induction of a new member to the TABB (Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau) Hall of Fame. Bill Carr, president of U.S. Test and Balance in Hopewell Junction, New York, was inducted as the Hall of Fame’s 15th member. “I’ve known Bill for over 25 years and worked for him for 20,” said Frank Gross, who introduced Carr. “The thing that impressed me most was his dedication to the program. He has sent his workers to whatever certification programs they want to attend. He is not only my employer, but he has become a good friend.” When Carr was honorably discharged from the military as a young man in 1970, he had no idea what TAB was, but based on referrals from friends, he checked it out and ultimately was accepted to the sheet metal apprenticeship program at SM Local 38. He opened U.S. Test and Balance in 1993 and became known for traveling for work, including overseas trips. During his time as a sheet metal worker and business owner, he’s learned from others, and others have learned from him—that’s how future leaders in the industry are made, he said. “You really need mentors,” Carr added. “You can’t knock on doors and ask for them. People pick up on your enthusiasm on the job and kind of shepherd you, try to show you.” Having the support of his Brothers and Sisters in the Union has always been a driving part of his success. He was supported when he wanted to open his own business. He was supported when he spent three months working in Baghdad in 2007. And he felt the support when he accepted his Hall of Fame award. “Every day you’re winging it, so it came out of the blue,” Carr said with a laugh. “Only TABB has all these tools. Every day is like Christmas. Every day, I open a box. There are so many things to ramp up our experience.”
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