ARLINGTON, Va. — Since transitioning to a new “open membership” dues schedule in July, ACCA, one of the nation’s largest associations of HVACR contractors and indoor environment professionals, announced it has seen its membership and participation surge.

Prior to July, contractors were required to join affiliated ACCA chapters in their areas, if those chapters existed, which led to a complex dues schedule and confusing membership process. Now, contractors can join ACCA for a flat annual or monthly fee. Between July and September, new HVACR contractor enrollments are up more than 60 percent over the prior year.

“Contractors want an organization that is committed to serving them nationwide, and they don’t want to have to jump through hoops to support it,” said Phil London, ACCA 2015-2016 chairman. “Clearly contractors wanted open membership, because the response has been tremendous. In fact, in addition to the new members, a lot of former members are rejoining the association because they appreciate the flexibility and freedom of choice that our new membership program offers. Freed from the chains of administering complicated dues, our association staff are focused on serving members, representing contractors, and developing new member benefits.”

To support its advocacy efforts around the country, ACCA has been strengthening its relationships with state contracting associations. ACCA's Allied Contracting Organizations (ACOs) include:

• Air Conditioning Contractors of Ohio

• Association of Air Conditioning Professionals (Maryland/Virginia/District of Columbia)

• Conditioned Air Association of Georgia

• Michigan Air Conditioning Contractors Association

• New Jersey Air Conditioning Contractors Association

• Pennsylvania Air Conditioning Contractors Association

• South Carolina Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors

• Southern Nevada Air Conditioning Refrigeration Contractors Association

“It’s important that contractors have effective, professional representation at the state and national level,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “We encourage all of our members who operate in the states served by our ACOs to support those organizations as well as ACCA.”

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Publication date: 10/7/2015

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