presenting checkARLINGTON, Va. — A long-time employee of Centex Mechanical Inc. lost his home and car in the massive wildfire that engulfed Bastrop, Texas. The Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s (ACCA) Disaster Relief Committee learned about this and immediately worked to provide aid to Jerry Rich and his family.

On Sept. 16, Stan Johnson Jr., ACCA former board chairman and retired president of Stan’s Heating & Air Conditioning of Austin, Texas, met with Jerry Rich and his wife, Melanie K. Rich, at Centex Mechanical Inc. and presented them with ACCA Disaster Relief aid. Also on hand for the presentation was Todd McAlister, Texas ACCA chapter executive, who alerted the committee to the tremendous loss the Riches experienced due to the wildfire.

“ACCA was grateful to be able to help one of its own in need after the devastating wildfire, and Jerry and Melanie greatly appreciated ACCA’s assistance,” said Stan Johnson Jr.

ACCA would like all of its members who may have been critically impacted by recent severe weather events to contact it. If you are an ACCA member whose business becomes significantly impacted by a catastrophic weather event or know of one who is in need of assistance, or if you wish to make a nontax deductible donation to the ACCA Disaster Relief Fund, contact Rosemary Graeme at 703-575-4477 or email

Publication date: 10/03/2011