ARLINGTON, Va. - In an effort to streamline its operations, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America has implemented a new staff structure and made several promotions.

"As we enter the association's fourth straight year of growth, I recognize that we must continually monitor our operations to ensure that we are flexible in meeting our members' continually changing needs," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO.

Effective immediately, the ACCA's national office will be structured into three operating divisions, each led by a president reporting to Stalknecht.

The business operations and membership division, which will be led by Kevin Holland, incorporates all of the ACCA's business enterprises and membership services, including member recruitment and retention, product and event marketing, communications and public relations, educational programming, chapter and industry relations, sponsorship and advertising sales, and information technology.

The finance and administration division, led by Hilary Atkins, will include human resources, accounting, association governance, government relations, event management and legal compliance. Atkins will also continue to serve as ACCA's general council.

Led by Glen Hourahan, the research and technology division will continue to focus on technical services for the HVACR industry, codes and standards, work with related industry groups, and technical products development.

Michael Honeycutt, an 11-year ACCA veteran executive who most recently served as senior vice president and chief of staff, left the association to pursue a teaching career in upstate New York. However, he will continue to serve in a consulting capacity as adviser to the CEO.

In addition, the association promoted Sandra Kyles to director of conferences and events, and Colleen Van Gieson De Jong will be returning to the ACCA in January as director of industry relations.

"It's a privilege to work with the dynamic, talented national ACCA staff," said Stalknecht. "The energy level is high, and our commitment to providing top-notch service to our members is strong. With this new flattened structure in place, we are even better able to meet the changing needs of the HVACR industry going forward."