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:

Lance ClarkLance Clark still doesn’t think of himself as a “TAB guy,” but he knew testing, adjusting and balancing (TAB) was the future. In 2007, with about 3% of contractors in the area bidding TAB work, he successfully pushed for the creation of a $2.8 million, 5,000-square-foot TAB lab, where local and national members could train and complete certification exams.

“Building that lab in 2007 set the standard,” he said. “It’s amazing the place we started out and where we are today.”

Clark officially entered the apprenticeship in 1979 at Local 103 in Billings, Montana, where he made $3.41 per hour as an indentured apprentice. In 1987, Clark moved his family to Southern California, where work travel was lessened and his experience working in national parks and Native American lands set him apart — Clark held welding certifications his California peers had never seen. Not only did this skill set make him a highly sought-after welder, it prompted leadership at then-Local 420 to offer him a teaching position.

In the mid-1990s, Clark ran for office and was serving as the business manager when former General President Mike Sullivan approached Clark and Roy Ringwood (TABB Hall of Fame, 2016) to form the new Local 105, by merging Locals 102 and 108.

Clark took over as administrator of training at the Local 105 training center in 2006, shortly before he proposed the TAB lab project, which the school paid for in cash. He retired from the trade in August 2021 after 42 years of service.