Obituary: Skip Snyder
Skip Snyder, chairman of Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) in 2004-05 and chairman of North American Technician Excellence (NATE) from 2000-03, passed away after a 13-year battle with cancer.
Snyder was a dedicated member of ACCA, and was often referred to as a legend by his peers. In his 30s and 40s, he became actively involved in the industry, through NATE and ACCA, first on the local level, then regional, and finally serving as national chairman for both organizations.
Through a journey of more than 20 years, he made many friends and was an inspiration through his dedication and hard work. During his year as chairman of ACCA, his theme was expanding MIX Groups nationally as a method for business owners to help each other thrive.
“Skip was the definition of a true leader,” said Ray Isaac, president of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. and 2008 ACCA chairman of the board. “He was my mentor, and always made me feel more important than I was; he was good at that. He was a character, completely comfortable in his own skin, comfortable with everyone, and always tried to be accommodating to the needs of others. I have a million memories of Skip, and there are really no words to describe the loss.”
“Skip was a true ambassador of ACCA and our industry,” said Laura DiFilippo, vice president of DiFilippo’s Service Company and 2012 ACCA chairman of the board. “Through his actions and words, he encouraged us to be better and do more. He was an amazing example of servant leadership, and all of us that got to know him are better people for it. It’s because of Skip that many of us became the leaders we are today. I am sad today; the industry has lost a true star.”
“Skip was a champion for ACCA and the industry as a whole,” said Bobby Ring, president of Meyer & Depew Co. and 2013 ACCA chairman of the board. “He gave so much to everyone he met, and everyone who knew him grew both personally and professionally because of him. Skip will be missed greatly, but his contributions will never be forgotten.”
“Calling Skip a legend is putting it mildly,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “He was an iconic leader with a unique passion for life, service to country and profession, and a love of family and friends. He was a person that you never regretted spending time with; you learned, laughed, and became a better person being in his company.”
Snyder graduated with a bachelor’s of business administration degree from Temple University in 1970 and trained in Tang Soo Do karate with his son and daughter for more than 18 years, eventually achieving the rank of fourth-degree black belt master level.
Snyder was an astute businessman, devoted father, and loving husband. He is survived by his wife, Laurel, and two children.
It was his wish that his legacy continue through memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, to Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care, 1477 Carrollton Pike, Hillsville, VA 24343, whose staff provided compassionate and professional services for the last 10 months of his life.
Publication date: 11/4/2013