NEMIC created the TABB Hall of Fame in 2003 to recognize and honor deserving individuals for their dedicated service to the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau of the sheet metal industry. As it states on the plaque, “Greatness is not where we stand, but in what direction we are moving.” The following is a list of past winners who have made significant contributions to our industry:

Robert “Bob” Dak’s career in the sheet metal industry began in 1974, but it wasn’t until the late ‘80s — when he founded his own certified air balance company — that he realized the best air balance training was provided by the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation (SMART) and joined Sheet Metal Workers Local 102 (now a part of Local 105 near Los Angeles).

With experience and a Long Beach State teaching credential, Dak became an instructor at Local 105, and throughout his career, also taught at International Certification Board/Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (ICB/TABB) conferences and courses for the International Training Institute.

During 46 years’ experience in the industry, Dak helped pioneer California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards – Title 24, the National Energy Management Institute’s (NEMI) HVAC Fire Life Safety program, served on task forces for the development of Laboratory Fume Hood Performance Testing and Green/LEED Construction for the Sheet Metal Industry student textbook and mentored countless apprentices.

Dak’s impending induction to the 2020 TABB Hall of Fame was announced near the same time as his retirement in early 2020. As per tradition, the ceremony would have taken place during the 2020 ICB/TABB Conference, but the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been an honor, and a fantastic ride,” Dak said during an interview about his career. “It went by fast. It’s been fun.”