It also explains the expo's clever theme: "Unmask Your Potential."
According to ACCA, as of early February, contractor registrations for the event are more than 10 percent higher than those for last year's conference in Palm Springs, Calif., which holds the current record for attendance. Meanwhile, the Indoor Air Expo, the trade show held in conjunction with the conference, has been sold out for weeks, with a waiting list of exhibitors.
Needless to say, ACCA is pleased with the way its convention is shaping up. The association stresses that it has plenty to offer for attendees, too.
In addition to the trade show, ACCA is sponsoring educational sessions, offered in five distinct training tracks. The following is a brief description of the respective offerings.
Best Practices TrackThese are workshops and panels featuring contractors speaking from their real-world experience. Some of the available sessions include:
Legal Issues TrackThese educational sessions will focus on important legal issues in the HVACR contracting industry. Available sessions include:
Residential TrackOfferings include educational sessions designed for contractors with an interest in residential service and installation. On that list are:
Cold Complaints," led by Glenn Friedman, P.E., of Taylor Engineering.
Commercial TrackOn this agenda are educational sessions designed specifically for commercial contractors. Available offerings include:
Marketing/Management TrackConvention organizers are calling these workshops places "where HVACR contractors can learn innovative ideas for how to market their businesses." The topics include:
More Sponsors, TooACCA has added a fifth "Platinum Elite" sponsor, One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, a franchise opportunity for contractors offered by VenVest Inc. It joins fellow Platinum Elite sponsors Carrier, Rheem Manufacturing, Trane, and York International.
According to ACCA, each sponsor in this category makes a major investment in the conference, thereby helping to keep costs down for the contractors attending "while providing for a first-class educational experience."
"As we get ready to head down to the Big Easy, we're obviously excited because all the indicators point to one heck of a show," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. "And we have been working for more than a year now with our contractor members in order to deliver an experience that will pay huge dividends for all our attendees.
"But we know that the ACCA conference is more than just a trade show, more than just a training ground. It's a community, where contractors come together, meet old friends and make new ones, and share ideas and best practices that make contractors profitable and professional. It's an exciting time, and the more contractors participate, the more they get out of it."
Other sponsors for the event include: Nordyne; Energy Star; Copeland; Lennox; North American Technician Excellence (NATE); The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration News; Equiguard; Bristol Compressors; Wrightsoft; Contracting Business; Elite Software; USIS; and NOVA Information Systems.
Sidebar: 2004 Contractor Excellence FinalistsNEW ORLEANS - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announced the finalists for its 2004 Contractor Excellence Awards. The winners will be revealed at ACCA's 2004 Annual Conference and Indoor Air Expo.
"ACCA is proud to represent and serve the best contractors in the country," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA's president and CEO. "These finalists represent the best of the best in the HVACR industry and will continue to raise the bar with their example."
Finalists for the Excellence in Residential Contracting Award include A. J. Warren Service Company, Houston; Air Assurance Co., Broken Arrow, Okla.; Airco Service Inc., Tulsa, Okla.; AirRite Air Conditioning Co., Fort Worth, Texas; Albemarle Heating and Air Inc., Charlottesville, Va.; Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling, Columbus, Ohio; Great Dane Heating & Air Conditioning, Clinton Township, Mich.; Jackson & Sons Heating and Air Conditioning, Dudley, N.C.; McAfee Heating & Air Conditioning Co. Inc., Kettering, Ohio; Newcomb and Company, Raleigh, N.C.; and Peaden Air Conditioning & Heating, Panama City, Fla.
Finalists for the Excellence in Commercial Contracting Award are J & J Air Conditioning, San Jose, Calif., and CHC Mechanical Contractors, Cookeville, Tenn. Finalists in the Jeff Forker Award for Excellence in Training category are Air Assurance Co., Broken Arrow, Okla., and Atlas Butler Heating & Cooling, Columbus, Ohio.
- John Hall
Publication date: 02/23/2004