The ACCA Community Leadership Award

The ACCA Community Leadership Award

The ACCA Community Leadership Award recognizes an ACCA member who has made extraordinary contributions to the betterment of society and their community. 

ACCA Community Leadership Award

The ACCA Community Leadership Award was established by ACCA in memory of Skip Snyder, ACCA Board Chair 2003 - 2004. Nominees and recipients of this award should exemplify the SKIP characteristics:  

  • Service-oriented 
  • Knowledgeable and Kind 
  • Integrity 
  • Partnership

This award highlights that a person's success is not only measured by financial accomplishments but also by the impact that a person has on their community at-large. It is a tribute to the memory of Skip's remarkable character and his philosophy of life – helping, caring, and sharing with others. 

Nominations for the ACCA’s Community Leadership Award are now open! Nominations close on November 30, 2024.

Submit Your Nomination

If selected, a winner will be honored at ACCA 2025 in Greater Austin, TX.  

Questions about ACCA’s awards? Contact ACCA’s Director of Communications, Marketing and Membership Engagement, Samantha Boyd at

Skip SnyderWho was Skip Snyder?

Skip was an iconic leader in the HVACR industry. In his 30s and 40s, he became actively involved in the industry, through NATE and ACCA, first on the local level, then regional, and finally serving as national chairman for both organizations. Through a journey of more than 20 years, he made many friends and was an inspiration through his dedication and hard work. During his year as chairman of ACCA, his theme was expanding MIX® Groups nationally as a method for business owners to help each other thrive.

Skip graduated from Temple University in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in business, was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry, and following his active duty commitment, spent 13 years in the Army Reserve. Skip was president of Snyder Company, Inc., a parent company overseeing commercial and industrial boiler installations and product distribution and wholesale. He trained in Tang Soo Do karate with his son and daughter for more than 18 years, eventually achieving the rank of fourth-degree black belt master level. He had a great love if Disney and lived in Celebration, FL, before retiring to Virginia with his wife, Laurel.

Skip passed away in November 2013 after a long battle with cancer. The industry mourned his passing, because his influence is still seen today, not only at ACCA, but throughout the industry and his community, which is why ACCA's Community Leadership Award was established.

The ACCA Community Leadership Award Winners

Joseph Oliver
Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical

Tom Jackson
Jackson Systems & Supply

Lanny Huffman
Hickory Sheet Metal

Scott Kellam
Kellam Mechanical

Kevin Sharkey
Sharkey Air, LLC

Richard C. Dykstra, Sr.
Dykstra Home Services

Dan Burke
Goettl Air Conditioning

Brian Hooper
MSI Mechanical Systems

Jim Isaac
Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning

Inaugural Award Video