Todd McAllister, executive director of the ACCA’s Texas chapter, was the recipient of the Spirit of Federation Award.

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America presented the award during its annual meeting March 5-8 near Orlando, Fla.

Created in 2002, the Spirit of Federation Award recognizes a man or woman who has offered dedicated service to furthering the association’s mission at all levels - national, state and local. ACCA CEO Paul Stalknecht presented the 2007 award to McAllister, who represents the ACCA’s largest state chapter.

“He has been one of ACCA’s most innovative leaders, taking on challenges and creating new opportunities, and consistently performing high service for his members,” Stalknecht said. “He knows the real value of ACCA at all levels, and is a true partner and supporter of the ACCA national staff. We rely on him for honest feedback and active participation. He has made ACCA stronger, not just in his chapter, but nationwide.”

McAllister, an active member of the U.S. Naval Reserve, was unable to attend to accept his award. He has been dispatched to an undisclosed location in the Middle East.

“We wish him a safe and speedy return and can’t wait to see him again at a future conference,” Stalknecht said.

Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling won the 2007 ACCA Award for Excellence in Residential Contracting. Located in Columbus, Ohio, Atlas Butler’s slogan is “The Company Your Neighbors Recommend.”

Other finalists in this category were: Apollo Heating & Air Conditioning Company Inc. in Cincinnati; Great Dane Heating & Air Conditioning in Clinton Township, Mich.; and Robert H. Ranck Inc. in Lancaster, Pa.

Morris-Jenkins was awarded the Jeff Forker Award for Excellence in Training. The Charlotte, N.C.-based company said it believes commitment to training starts at the top, and this year “Morris-Jenkins University” will increase its training facility by 50 percent.

Other finalists in this category were: DiFilippo’s Service Co. of Paoli, Pa.; Halco Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Phelps, N.Y.; and Energy Management Specialists in Cleveland.

The award is named in memory of the longtime Contracting Business publisher, who died in 2004 of cancer. He was 60.

TDIndustries of Dallas won the 2007 ACCA Award for Excellence in Commercial Contracting. Other finalists in this category were: Deiter Brothers Heating-Cooling-Security in Bethlehem, Pa., and Hobaica Services in Phoenix.