A worker from Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been named the ACCA’s 2017 Service Manager of the Year.

Chris Gessner of Schaafsma Heating and Cooling Co. received the award at the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s Service Leadership Forum in October 2017 in New Orleans.

“Once again, we received many excellent nominations for the Service Manager of the Year Award. Chris, however, stood out in the nomination process because he proved that he is committed to upholding the quality contracting practices that ACCA members are known for,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA’s president and CEO.  “His efforts to encourage professional development among Schaafsma’s technicians and his commitment to quality training programs are widely recognized by Chris’s colleagues. He is very deserving of this great award.”

Gessner was given an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2017, which was designated National HVAC Technician Day.

“It is an honor to be named as ACCA’s Service Manager of the Year,” Gessner said. “Being honored this way is a reflection of the people that we have on our team. It truly is easy to give 100 percent effort, 100 percent of the time when you want everyone around you to succeed. That is why I have worked so hard on the programs we have implemented. I do believe that we can achieve all of our goals if we work together.”