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CEO’s Column: Stay Ahead of the Competition with Training

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Summer is here, and I recently got a taste of what it is like not to have air conditioning when the mercury rises. My home was without air conditioning for over a month. And while I’m thankful it wasn’t during the hottest time of the year, I am even more grateful that I have cool air blowing through my home again!  

I am proud to be the president and CEO of an organization that helps people live and work comfortably. But I’m even more proud that the companies that ACCA represents keeping our entire country safe, healthy, fed, and in business and comfortable. ACCA members are not a commodity, they ARE ESSENTIAL! 

Being essential requires hard work and staying up to date with the latest information and training. That training touches every part of your business, from the newest team members to the owner. It is important that everyone in your business keeps on learning and getting better.

One of the best ways to keep learning is to turn to ACCA. We provide some of the best training out there – below are a couple of new training events and resources I want to make sure you know about. 

ACCA’s Safety Series 

ACCA’s Safety Series provides members with the opportunity to train their team on important safety procedures to keep them safe in the field. These videos, combined with daily practice and procedures, will provide contractors and technicians the skills needed to stay safe every day in their line of work. Covering topics such as ladder safety, heat safety, fire extinguishers, and more, this series covers it all. This series not only helps keep your team safe but will also help keep your productivity up by not having as many accidents, which will also help with insurance costs. And it is FREE to you as an ACCA member! 

ACCA’s Next Level – October 16 & 17 in Indianapolis, IN 

Many ACCA members are probably familiar with our Fall Meetings and Service Managers Forum. This year, ACCA reimagined these events and is proud to announce Next Level. This event is for leaders in contracting businesses from every area of the business. It doesn’t matter if you have been a leader for 20 years or are an emerging leader, this event has training to benefit you. 

Level up your leadership skills in the HVACR industry by following one of our three event tracks: Recruiting and Training, Team Leadership, or Strategy and Succession. Can’t choose just one? Mix and match session tracks to build your ideal schedule. Our sessions are laser-focused for business owners, service managers, and other team leaders within the industry who want to take their team to the top in just a day and a half! 

Register now to ensure you don’t miss out. Plus, when you register by August 31, you get the best price, which starts at $449 for ACCA Members (with additional discounts for Gold and Silver Members) and $499 for non-members. 

ACCA 2024 – March 11 – 14, 2024 in Orlando, FL 

Next spring, ACCA is heading to Universal Orlando’s Sapphire Falls Resort for ACCA 2024. This is ACCA’s flagship event, where we bring the best contractors in the country together with the leading manufacturers, distributors, and service suppliers to learn and grow. During ACCA’s conference, contractors not only get the opportunity to learn about strategies to improve their businesses, but they also get to see the latest and greatest equipment and services that will help them overcome challenges. This is also where ACCA honors our industry’s best people and businesses. It’s truly the pinnacle of ACCA’s year, and we want to ensure it is on your calendar now so that you are ready when registration opens. Make sure you visit to sign up to be the first to know the details of this exciting event. 

Finally, ACCA can only provide all this great education and training with YOU. If you have ideas of ACCA’s programming, we want to hear from you. Interested in speaking at an event? Fill out our Call for Presenters form. Want to have a say in planning the events? Apply for the Events Committee or email to learn about sub-committees that we are looking for people to serve on. ACCA’s events only get better when you speak up and tell us what you want and need. 

This is a very small sample of what ACCA has to offer to train your team. We have webinars, in-person and online courses, live virtual trainings, and so much more. If you want to see what is on the calendar in the coming months, visit our website’s upcoming events page. 

As the summer kicks into full swing, I hope that all of your phones are ringing off the hook and that these days bring strong profits for you all. 

Onward & upward! 


Barton James

Posted In: ACCA Now, Events, Print Edition, Training, Workplace Safety

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