Conference veterans and newcomers alike are ready for the ACCA 2019 Conference and Expo in San Antonio, March 4-6. The events prepared for attendees range from guest speakers like Darren Woodson, former Dallas Cowboy and ESPN analyst, to breakout sessions that cover distributor relationships, marketing, payroll, opioids, and more. Held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, the theme of this year’s conference is to “Optimize.”
Coming from a comprehensive history of HVAC experience, Eric Knaak, vice president and general manager of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, has been elected incoming ACCA chairman. The Rochester, New York-based company has been his home since June 5, 1989, when he walked through the door and began a job that would turn into his career.
The NEWS sat down with Barton James, interim president and CEO of ACCA, to talk about what he has experienced in his time as leader so far. The association’s relationships, the direction of ACCA, and what has been accomplished were discussed as he detailed what ACCA and its leadership team is working toward for contractors in 2019.
Visitors at the Titus booth did more than just look at the products on display; they experienced them. Highlighting its advanced technology applications, the manufacturer took attendees on a trip through its new augmented reality (AR) platform. Built to interact with its virtual reality (VR) platform that was launched a few years ago, the new AR program allows users to experience Titus products by actually putting them in a finished application.
The company kicked off the AHR Expo with a press conference, where Chris Peel, president and CEO of Rheem, announced the company’s commitment to a sustainability platform — A Greater Degree of Good — as well as its 2025 sustainability commitments tied to ‘Designing for Zero Waste’ and its upcoming 100-year anniversary. Manufacturing products that demonstrate sustainability, decreased waste, and increased efficiency will become a stronger focus for Rheem.
It was a celebration for Yellow Jacket as the company kicked off its 70th anniversary. In a square booth with a large, lit banner, attendees were invited to explore what the company had produced from 1949 to 2019.