CEO Column: Summer Reflection
As an industry, we made it through an especially challenging summer. With heat melting temperatures and COVID-19 concerns, contractors across the country experienced an uncharted territory head-on.
We had hundreds upon hundreds of calls and conversations with ACCA members, providing them with resources and tools as we navigated through these difficult times. And now we are plowing ahead in a new world of how we do business. And as always, ACCA is still here to support and provide resources for you to continue to service your customers in a safe and smart manner.
And remember, the ACCA resources available to you are also available to your employees. Any employee of an ACCA member company can receive ACCA’s weekly communications, as well as access to articles and trainings on the ACCA website. If you have team members you would like to have access to ACCA resources, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and let them know the team members’ names, titles, and email addresses for them to be added to our email distribution list, and to access content through the ACCA website.
We are constantly adding useful tools and information for our members, and this summer, we announced that Pearl Certification, a national firm that provides third-party certification of high-performing homes has joined ACCA’s corporate partner program. Pearl’s extensive relationships with real estate professionals help endorse heating, ventilation, and air conditioning contractors (HVAC). This more effectively markets their investments in quality installation and high-performance systems to homeowners and home buyers.
Additionally, we also launched a partnership with RYNO Strategic Solutions, To The Point Home Services Podcast. Their podcast provides solutions to help HVAC, plumbing, electrical and roofing companies learn how to grow their business with marketing & operational solutions. And we have partnered with them on our new podcast, Clear the Air With ACCA, where we cover topics such as; where to find potential employees off the beaten track. Hire for character and train for talent, Warranty tracking. The do’s, the don’ts, the outcome, and the lost revenue, and what is a reasonable gross profit margin and do your technicians understand why you charge what you charge?
We also are making our mark with getting a younger generation excited about HVAC. We revamped our internship program, and this summer, we had 5 interns in the marketing/communications department, 1 event planning intern, and 1 fellow working with our government relations department. They worked on a variety of projects that include, launching a new social media series, “HVAC Corner with Matt Akins, ACCA’s manager of HVACR Education, working on a new line of animated educational videos, writing blog articles to keep members informed on current industry news and trends, and working on policy issues that impact our industry. To learn more about internship opportunities with ACCA, visit acca.org/about-acca/opportunities.
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