The ACCA Community Leadership Award

The ACCA Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Jackson Systems, was established by ACCA in memory of Skip Snyder, ACCA Board Chair 2003 - 2004.

The ACCA Community Leadership Award recognizes an ACCA member who has made extraordinary contributions to the betterment of society and their community. Nominees and recipients of this award should exemplify the following characteristics: Service-oriented, Knowledgeable and Kind, Integrity, and Partnership (SKIP). 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.

Who 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.

ACCA is accepting nominations for The 2022 ACCA Community Leadership Award sponsored by Jackson Systems. Any ACCA member is eligible for this award. Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted until November 12, 2021.

The recipient will be announce at ACCA's 2022 Conference and Expo, March 28 - 30, 2022 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, MO.

Community Leadership Award Winners

 2020 Scott Kellam
Kellam Mechanical
 2018 Kevin Sharkey
Sharkey Air, LLC
 2017 Richard C. Dykstra, Sr.
Dykstra Home Services
 2016 Dan Burke
Goettl Air Conditioning
2015 Brian Hooper
MSI Mechanical Systems
2014 Jim Isaac
Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning

Inaugural Award Video