ARLINGTON, Va. — ACCA recently recognized Lee Company of Franklin, Tennessee, and James River Air Conditioning of Richmond, Virginia, as its 2017 Residential and Commercial Contractors of the Year, respectively.

Both companies will formally be presented with the awards on March 21 at the Industry Champions super session, part of the IE3 Show taking place March 20-22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lee Company was the standout residential candidate for 2017 due to its dedication to moving the industry forward through training, use of technology, and strong business practices.

“Each year, many of the best residential contractors in the industry apply for this award and share the unique business practices that make them so successful,” said Paul Stalknecht, president and CEO of ACCA. “It’s always a difficult decision for our panel of judges to choose who they consider the ‘best of the best’ from the group. This year’s winner, Lee Company, is an extremely deserving company that truly exemplifies the qualities that all of the best companies in the industry share.”

Dan Kalman, vice president of Home Services for Lee Company, said he was thrilled to receive the award.

“Very few companies receive this honor, and we are both thrilled and humbled to now be part of that esteemed group,” Kalman said. “Lee Company works hard every day to set a standard of excellence that best represents our industry and ACCA. This award reflects the value of their dedication and truly belongs to each and every member of our team.”

For the Commercial Contractor of the Year Award, James River Air Conditioning stood out in 2017 due to its unique focus on marketing and training as well as its programs and efforts to recruit young people and women into the HVACR industry.

“This year, we had many innovative commercial contractors apply for this award, which made judging particularly tough,” Stalknecht said. “This year’s winner, James River Air Conditioning, illustrates the characteristics that all the best commercial contractors in the country have in common, and their dedication to growing and diversifying the workplace makes them an excellent choice for this award.”

Hugh Joyce, president of James River Air Conditioning, said the company was honored to receive the award. “James River Air Conditioning thanks ACCA for this recognition, and we are deeply honored to be selected for this award. We are proud of every team member whose efforts allow us to do what we do. What a great way to start off our 50th year of doing business by being chosen as the ACCA Commercial Contractor of the Year. We are thankful and proud.”  

For more information on ACCA’s 2017 IE3 show in Nashville, Tennessee, visit

Publication date: 3/20/2017

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