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ACCA Announces Leadership Transition

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The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announced today that Paul Stalknecht, President & CEO, is leaving the association to pursue other opportunities.

“We thank Paul for his many years of service to ACCA Members, and the HVACR ndustry. We wish him well in his new endeavors,” said Steve Schmidt, ACCA Board of Directors Chairman.

Stalknecht began his ACCA career in 2001. As president and chief executive officer Stalknecht has led the 50-year-old association through a series of unprecedented changes since assuming its top executive role.

Barton James, ACCA senior vice president of government relations has been named by ACCA’s Board of Directors as interim president and CEO.

“I am honored to be selected by the Board to serve as the new president and CEO,” James said. “This is an exciting time to lead the contracting industry’s trade association. With the Board’s guidance and the assistance of ACCA’s professional staff, I am certain that ACCA will remain the must-join association for contractors.”

For more information, please contact ACCA director of industry and external relations, Todd Washam, at or 703-824-8864.

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