With California moving ahead on a number of energy and building code initiatives, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America said it would open a West Coast office in Sacramento.
This marks the
first regional office in the national organization’s history, according to ACCA
President and CEO Paul T. Stalknecht.
“ACCA’s board of
directors has taken a visionary and aggressive approach to ensure that our
members have the best possible representation before vital agencies in
California, which have an inordinate impact on actions taken in statehouses
across the country,” Stalknecht said.
Russell King, a
trainer and engineer in the California HVACR community, has been hired as
director of the regional office. The office will represent contractor interests
before such agencies as the California Energy Commission, California Public
Utilities Commission, California Building Standards Commission, and the
Contractors’ State Licensing Board.
In addition to
representation and alliance building with influential organizations, the ACCA
West Coast office will work to develop new training opportunities specifically
for ACCA members in California, provide technical support to members, and keep
members informed of important regulatory and legislative developments in the
“When we approached the board of our state chapter in
California with this concept, they embraced the vision wholeheartedly and
agreed that this approach is needed to ensure stronger, more vibrant services
for contractors in the state,” Stalknecht said. “As such, they have voted to
dissolve their chapter and ACCA’s efforts in California will be focused around
this new regional office.”
ACCA opens West Coast office
September 1, 2008