Paul Stalknecht is president and chief executive officer of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), the nation’s leading organization of environmental systems contracting businesses. The ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 4,000 businesses in the HVACR community. Stalknecht has led the 45-year-old association through a series of unprecedented changes since assuming its top executive role in 2001.
Under Stalknecht’s leadership, ACCA has increased its membership by 80%, and annual combined revenues have tripled. Growth has resulted from Stalknecht’s focus on providing solid value to the association’s contracting membership base; aggressive advocacy at the federal level; expanded educational programs, including innovative distance learning solutions; an open approach to partnering and collaboration between different segments of the industry; and the development of new standards for heating and cooling systems that are bringing the industry to the forefront of technology and energy efficiency. Stalknecht is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Association Committee of 100, and CEO Update, a leading publication for association executives, has named him one of the top association CEOs in the country.
Prior to joining ACCA, Stalknecht spent thirteen years with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), eventually serving that organization as Senior Vice President for Federation Relations. He began his career with the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, eventually serving that organization as Executive Director for five years before joining ATA.
A New Jersey native, Stalknecht is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia. He has three adult children and two granddaughters.