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Gear up for an extraordinary experience at ACCA 2024, March 11th to 14th, set against the tropical backdrop of Orlando, Florida, at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. This highly anticipated HVACR industry event promises to captivate attendees with a wealth of opportunities, showcasing over 50 sessions of dynamic programming specifically designed to tackle the industry’s most pressing challenges and trends. It’s an ideal platform for every member of your team, offering a comprehensive agenda of educational sessions and captivating speakers that delve into essential topics such as leadership, finance, operations, and workforce development, pivotal for the success of your business.

Beyond the educational sessions, this event presents invaluable informal networking opportunities, allowing you to connect with colleagues nationwide in a fun, tropical setting right at the doorstep of Universal Orlando Resort. Take a look at some of the exciting highlights below:

Mainstage Sessions

Opening Keynote: Lead with Influence 

Join keynote speaker, business strategist, and mentor Jake Havron in his keynote Lead with Influence, where he will share his transformative journey from a nurse to a renowned speaker and strategist dedicated to empowering individuals to craft their dream lives through effective coaching. With a profound desire to serve, Jake equips solopreneurs, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, and workers with personalized strategies to enhance their vitality and performance, thereby boosting their business success. Jake challenges traditional leadership concepts in his presentation, introducing his “4 Pillars of Influence” to foster deep connections with your team, enhance communication, and encourage collaboration. This session, sponsored by Rheem and Ruud, is a gateway to mastering impactful leadership, providing the tools needed to lead with influence, foster innovation, and drive positive change in your organization.

Breakfast with Champions

Join Velvet Chainsaw’s Sarah Michel, past and present ACCA award winners, and some of the industry’s best contractors for roundtable discussions. Come prepared with questions and ideas. Pick their brains and learn how they took old and new problems, generated ideas to address them, and then introduced profitable solutions. They may lead the table, but YOU lead the discussion.

Manufacturer Leadership Forum

ACCA 2024 welcomes top manufacturing industry leaders for an interactive session on current events affecting manufacturers and the HVACR supply chain. Leading manufacturer representatives, including Brandon Franks (JCI), Braden Cook (Carrier), John Schneider (Copeland), Doug Widenmann (Daikin), Randy Roberts (Rheem/Ruud), and Heather Buchicchio (Mitsubishi), will join Kyle Gargaro, Editor-in-Chief of The ACHR NEWS, for an interactive Q&A session where contractors can ask key questions and address industry representatives directly.

Contractor Forum Live: Legends of HVAC

Some of the greatest success stories in our industry were born from best-in-class contractors exchanging ideas at ACCA conferences. The networking of ACCA’s Contractor Forum comes alive at ACCA 2024! Superstar contractor Bobby Ring will moderate an all-star panel of HVAC legends, ready to share their stories take your questions. Join us for a lively discussion on our industry’s greatest issues and ideas that can put you ahead of the pack.

Closing Keynote: Ideas into Action with Ken Goodrich

Arriving at the closing luncheon of ACCA 2024, you’ll be overflowing with ideas to optimize your business and motivate your team, but how do you translate ideas into action? Join HVAC superstar Ken Goodrich for an inspiring and interactive session about the 7 Centers of Management Attention he used to improve broken businesses and Goettl-ize the nation. You’ll be challenged to develop management systems that translate the ideas of the conference into repeatable business processes and hold your team accountable.

Management is no different than fixing an air conditioner; it is a skill you must learn and practice until you’re good at it. Ken will be the first to tell you he didn’t have the skills needed when he started. Ken will team up with Mike Caito of MAP Consulting to share some ideas for how to get the training and tools you need to understand your goal as the founder of the business, focus on going in that direction, and document it.

50+ Breakout Sessions

ACCA has doubled down on its commitment to continued learning, offering more than 50 educational sessions at this year’s event! From The Future of HVAC to The Language of Leadership and ACCA Manuals and the Real World, your business can’t afford to miss out on the indispensable lessons you will hear at ACCA 2024. Click here to view the schedule for all of the available sessions.

Technical Track

The introduction of the Technical Track marks one of the most anticipated additions to this year’s event, specifically designed for field professionals. This track offers comprehensive reviews of ACCA’s design manuals, insights into the significant impact contractors have on their business’s financial health, and engaging panel discussions led by seasoned HVAC professionals aimed at solving prevalent industry issues.

ACCA 2024 promises a lineup of distinguished HVACR industry experts, including ACCA’s own Ed Janowiak, Wes Davis, and Brian Feenie, Alex Meaney of Mean HVAC Consulting and Design, David Treleven of Loblolly Building Science and Application State University, and Russell King of Coded Energy, Inc., just to name a few. This unparalleled event offers a unique chance to enhance HVACR knowledge and connect with top industry leaders, making this an unmissable opportunity for professionals eager to advance in the field.

FL CEU Credits

ACCA has partnered with the Florida Air Containing Contractors of America (FRACCA), and Florida contractors have the opportunity to earn up to 14 CEU credits at ACCA 2024. Some of the available sessions for these credits include Rules of Profit and Rules of Wealth, taught by profit and wealth guru Ruth King. Stanlee Lougue of Federated Insurance will teach you effective techniques for managing workers’ compensation costs in Worker’s Comp: Managing the Cost to Your Business. Learn 5 Ways to Maximize Your Business from Jonathan Buehler, as he delves into the crucial aspects of profitability and profit-making potential. You also won’t want to miss the Leadership Town Hall, where you’ll hear how ACCA advocacy defeated two EPA rules that could have crippled our industry. ACCA’s Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Chris Czarnecki, and FRACCA Lobbyist Edward Briggs will share the strategies that paid off in 2023, threats and opportunities on the horizon, and seek your feedback on what we should prioritize in the year ahead. All contractors are invited to attend these sessions!

Expo

With more than 100 exhibitors dedicated to the HVACR industry scheduled to appear at ACCA 2024, you don’t want to miss your chance to get the scoop from top-tier product and service providers on what’s up-and-coming in the industry.

Social & Networking Events

Contractors consistently tell us that one of their favorite parts of any conference is the time for socializing and networking with peers from across the nation! ACCA 2024 will include several opportunities to do just that!

Copeland Party: Unlocking the Future of HVAC

This party is one of the most anticipated events each year! Copeland invites you to join in unlocking the future at a fun celebration with live music by the Landsharks, drinks, food, and fun. Explore innovations and embrace the evolution of comfort with cutting-edge solutions, navigating a more efficient and sustainable HVAC landscape. Stop by Copeland’s booth 227 at the Expo to receive your entry key to the Future of HVAC Celebration and try your luck at unlocking a giveaway treasure, a Yeti Cooler!

Ally Florida Welcome Party

The Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRACCA) and sponsor Ally extend a warm welcome to ALL attendees at the Expo. Network with fellow contractors, savor drinks and appetizers, and immerse yourself in the Expo experience.

MIXer

Participants in the event will be invited to fill out a brief survey regarding their group or business. Then, the Speed Networking software will pair existing MIX Group® participants and candidates, utilizing their survey responses to enhance the caliber and quantity of connections contractors can establish. The event will be hosted by ACCA’s Director of Membership, Matt Grizzard, providing an opportunity to relish food, drinks, and engaging conversations! All contractors are invited to attend the reception. Current MIX Group® participants are encouraged to send multiple group members.

What Are You Waiting For?

As you can see, ACCA 2024 is bursting at the seams with exciting content to benefit you and your business. Learn more and register for ACCA 2024 today!

Questions? Contact our ACCA’s Director of Events Paula Huband at paula.huband@acca.org or 703-824-8845.

Christie Waldrop

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