KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The ACCA is moving ahead with plans for a united front, consolidating national, state and local chapters under a single federation.

Pictured at the opening reception are (l-r): Woody Sutton and Ed Dooley, both with ARI; Tom Mikulina, the Trane Co.; and incoming ACCA chairperson Jim Hussey, Marine Mechanical, San Leandro, Calif.
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is moving ahead with plans for a united front, consolidating national, state and local chapters under a single federation.

One of the hot topics at this year's 34th annual conference was a continuing effort to bring national membership to all of its local and state chapters. Chairman Larry Taylor told contractors the need exists for a strong national association. "No one even knows we're an industry," he said. "In Washington, they ask the utilities and trucks and the general contractors what they think? (but not) the hvac contractor."

For too long, according to ACCA, many hvac contractors have paid dues to a local chapter of ACCA without joining the national organization. "Some chapters thought they didn't need to belong to the national association," said president and ceo Paul Stalknecht. "They were wrong."

During the year, the association will be visiting local chapters to inform them of the opportunities that come with federation.

Incoming chairperson Jim Hussey said that among his goals this year are: the launch of online CFC certification; the development of five new ACCA state associations, starting in California; the testing and NATE certification of 2,002 technicians by ACCA chapters; and, the development of an ongoing revision schedule for all of the association's technical manuals.

The convention, as usual, was a mix of association business and entertainment, with a time to socialize as well as learn more about the nuts-and-bolts of this business, from marketing and dealing with the media to dealing with overtime exemptions and employee training. Plenty of new products, and new looks at some of the old ones were available at the annual trade show.

More detailed reports on some of this year's sessions can be found in the Service, Sales and Marketing, and Indoor Air Quality sections of this month's Snips.

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