"We know those contractors who saw Lowell Catlett in 2003 are already packing their bags to see him again," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA's president and CEO, when it was announced earlier this year that Catlett was returning.
"And if you missed him then, you won't want to miss him now. He's not just fun, energetic, enthusiastic, and entertaining. He's also brilliant, innovative, wise, and business-savvy. He's coming back with all-new trends to explore and tips for contractors to move to the top of the game."
Terrell Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity, one of the few companies that came into being and remained profitable during the "dot-com bubble," will speak at the opening session.
Jones is scheduled to show contractors how the "wired generation" is changing the way people buy indoor comfort services and products, and how new search technologies will help contractors compete for new customers at the product, rather than brand, level. Jones is scheduled to offer attendees ideas they can apply for success in a world where people are buying products and services in a very different way than they have in the past.
Indoor Air Expo Sold OutIt appears this year's convention will break the attendance record set in 2004. The Indoor Air Expo is already a hit, as floor space is sold out with 162 spaces filled - a 33-percent increase over last year's show.
"This is the first time in the history of the show that floor space has been snapped up so far in advance," said Michael Honeycutt, ACCA senior vice president and chief of staff. "Suppliers and manufacturers are interested in reaching the decision-making men and women of the top HVACR contracting companies in the country and ACCA's conference is where they will be."
Day passes are available for March 10 and 11; the cost is $325 each day, and this includes access to the day's workshops. Admission to the expo is free each day.
Technical ApplicationsLook for plenty of learning experiences and possibilities while in Austin. In addition to a separate track of educational sessions for the residential and the commercial contractor, ACCA will offer an "application track" of educational sessions this year. This format is designed to focus on important technical issues in the contracting industry, including:
Commercial PossibilitiesOn the commercial side of things, some of the educational sessions on tap include:
Residential OfferingsThose educational sessions targeted specifically for the residential sector include:
Sidebar: Convention Has Special Slate For Business IssuesAUSTIN, Texas -- As part of the educational program planned for ACCA's 2005 Conference & Indoor Air Expo, a special slate of business sessions will be held for contractors. Some of the more notable sessions include:
- Mark Skaer
Publication date: 03/07/2005