ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, held ACCA 2014 and the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo in Nashville, Tenn., March 17 – 20. Attendance was up 6 percent over 2013, making the 2014 event one of the largest ACCA conferences ever.
ACCA 2014 featured a new format and hundreds of contractors from across the country went to Nashville to learn ways to increase their bottom line, expand into new markets, and find ways to motivate their employees. Over the course of three and a half days they had opportunities to attend timely educational learning labs, MainStages focused on the big picture, the IE3 Expo, and a variety of social events.
For 2014, ACCA assembled a Conference Faculty of the nation’s most profitable and successful contracting professionals. Together, they created a learning program that is simply unmatched anywhere in the indoor environment and energy industry. Attendees had the opportunity to select from over 30 focused learning labs that covered topics about leadership, commercial contracting, residential contracting, business operations, radiant and hydronics, quality assurance, and building performance.
The opening and closing MainStage sessions featured two dynamic speakers who helped attendees take a hard look at their companies and motivated them to make positive changes for success.
Opening MainStage speaker, Larry Winget, gave an honest talk about the only hindrance to success is yourself. And explained that when you take away all the excuses and whining, and make the decision to work hard for the things you want, you will achieve success.
Closing MainStage speaker, Doc Hendley, shared his inspiring story of turning from a Harley riding, tattooed bartender into a humanitarian who helps provide clean water to some of the poorest and most needy people in the world. His message was that each of us can make a difference and create positive change on any level, if we put our minds to it and make the effort.
As is always the case with ACCA events, some of the most important learning happened as contractors opened up and shared real-world experiences with each other. Open idea-sharing sessions such as the popular “I’ve Got an Idea!” seminar, sponsored for a seventh year by Jackson Systems, generated dozens of tips for contractors to take back to their businesses for increased efficiencies and profitability.
This year, the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo was co-sponsored by ACCA and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA). There was 35,000 square feet of exhibit space and more than 200 exhibiting companies. The expo also drew over 2,000 contractors to browse the vendors’ booths.
The outgoing ACCA board of directors passed the proverbial gavel to the 2014-15 leadership during the conference, welcoming the new team to what is sure to be another busy and productive year. Outgoing Chairman, Bobby Ring of Meyer & Depew Co. in Kenilworth, New Jersey, turned over the top spot to incoming Chairman Dave Kyle of Trademasters Services Corp. in Lorton, Virginia during the Big Bang party.
Kyle brings with him a powerful line-up of officers: Phil London of Thermal Concepts, Inc. as senior vice chairman; Steve Lauten of Total Air and Heat Co. as secretary/treasurer; and Jerry Bosworth of Bosworth Air Conditioning; Ellis Guiles, TAG Mechanical Systems, Inc.; and, Matt Todd of Entek Corporation as vice chairmen. Ring, of course, will stay on board as immediate past chairman.
During the Big Bang! party, Ring thanked the membership and the association for all the hard work that made his tenure as chairman so productive and successful.
Kyle then took the stage and gave a rousing presentation about the opportunities ahead for the industry. He pointed out that contractors must evolve with the industry and must take the lead, so that companies from outside the industry don’t come in and steal their business.
ACCA also released its 2013 Annual Report to Members, which was a new graphic format. The report included a number of accomplishments stemming from a productive year when the association significant strides on technical, political, and educational fronts.
The association recognized some of the top contracting companies in the industry with its 2014 Contractors of the Year program. Residential winner WC – We Care Heating & Cooling in Murrieta, California, and commercial winner Haller Enterprises, Inc. in Lititz, Pennsylvania, were recognized at the opening and closing MainStages.
Also at the opening MainStage ACCA asked attendees to observe a moment of silence to honor two of its past chairmen who passed away during 2013; Wallace Lee of Lee Company in Franklin, Tenn., and Skip Snyder of the Snyder Company in Celebration, Florida.
Following the moment of silence, ACCA presented James “Jim” Isaac of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Rochester, New York, with the inaugural Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award. Skip’s wife, Laurel, was on hand for the presentation of the award, which was accepted by Jim’s son, Ray Issac, on his behalf.
Building on the success of ACCA 2014 and the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo, ACCA has already started planning for 2015 when contractors will meet at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas. Contractors have already started planning and registering to attend. Three contractors who have pre-registered will be selected to win one of three upgrades at the Gaylord Opryland to use while they are attending ACCA 2015.
Make sure to save the dates March 16 – 19, 2015 for ACCA 2015 and the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.