ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is now accepting nominations for the 2007 ACCA Contractor Excellence Awards.

  Nominations, including self-nominations, are open for the ACCA Residential Excellence Award, the ACCA Commercial Excellence Award, and the Jeff Forker Award for Excellence in Training.

  The Residential Excellence and Commercial Excellence awards are each given to ACCA contractor members who have demonstrated significant and exemplary achievement and success in managing their residential or commercial HVACR business. They must be properly licensed by the state, city, and/or local municipality in which they operate; have been a member of ACCA for three or more years; committed to quality, ethical standards, sound business practices, and improving the HVACR industry; dedicated to skills training and professional development for all employees, especially in the NATE certification for technicians of residential contractors; educate customers about efficiency, quality, and safety of products and serices; advocate safety in the workplace; and active in the local community through donation of time, money, and/or services.

The Jeff Forker Award for Excellence in Training is awarded to an ACCA member who has championed education and training initiatives and who has made outstanding progress in raising the HVACR industry’s professional standard. “These are the most prestigious contractor awards in the industry,” said Paul Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. The winners will be announced at ACCA’s Annual Conference and Indoor Air Expo, March 6-8. Nominees must be contractor members in good standing with ACCA. Instructions on completing a nomination package may be downloaded at The deadline is Jan. 20, 2007.

Publication date:12/18/2006