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Looking Back at ACCA 2023: Providing Invaluable Educational and Networking Opportunities For Attendees
April 19, 2023
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America(ACCA) is proud to share the success of the ACCA 2023 Conference & Expo. From navigating workforce shortages to shaping key political initiatives, this year’s ACCA Conference & Expo featured more than 30 hours of dynamic programming focused on the most pressing issues facing HVACR contractors today.
“Once again, members of the ACCA family gathered together at ACCA 2024 to discuss the challenges and opportunities affecting America’s leading HVACR contractors,” said Barton James, ACCA president and CEO. “We have faced many new and challenging obstacles in the past 12 months, but like every time we have been there before, we persevered. The biggest reason for ACCA's success is our members, who invest in their futures through us. Seeing this strong group of industry-leading contractors investing in ACCA through the conference just drives home that point. We also have great leadership on our Board of Directors that has been led by Keith Paton of Ivey Mechanical this year. We look forward to doing this again next year in Orlando with even more ACCA members in attendance.”
After an inspiring opening general session with keynote speaker Dee Ann Turner, a 33-year Chick-fil-A, Inc. veteran, presenting "The Secret Sauce of Remarkable Organizational Culture," attendees began the three-day event, which included over 30 educational sessions. ACCA 2023 also allowed attendees to explore New Orleans through tours and excursions. In addition to the educational sessions, ACCA featured four general sessions, including the Manufacturer Leadership Forum; Contractor Forum Live: Find and Keep Great People; Breakfast Panel: How to Play the Game in a Down Economy; and Issues Smackdown! The Contractor Town Hall – Contractors Lead the Way.
The Contractor Forum Live: Find and Keep Great People brought ACCA’s popular online Contractor Forum to the stage, where Dr. Stephen Pape, Pape Service Company and Dallas College, and Steve Nellis, American Council for Construction Education, shared their unique perspectives on battling the ongoing HVACR workforce shortages.
The Issues Smackdown! The Contractor Town Hall – Contractors Lead the Way general session allowed members to hear from issue experts on the accelerating changes facing the HVACR industry and to share their thoughts and insights on ACCA’s advocacy activities, helping to shape key initiatives and future priorities.
Social events for attendees included The ACCA MIX Group Speed Networking and Reception, sponsored by Heartland Home Services, which allowed current and prospective MIX Group members to network with each other quickly and efficiently; A Taste of New Orleans Reception, sponsored by Ally, where contractors relaxed while enjoying the food and music of New Orleans; and Emerson's The Future of HVAC Celebration, which encouraged attendees to glimpse into the future while enjoying the ambiance of New Orleans.