March 17, 2016
ACCA, the nation's largest association of indoor environmental systems professionals, has announced the installation of its 2016-17 Board of Directors and Officers.
The board was installed last week at ACCA 2016 and the IE3: Indoor Environment & Energy Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. The new officers officially took their positions at Saturday's Big Bang Party.
Last year's Chairman, Phil London of Thermal Concepts, Inc. in Davie, Florida, handed the leadership role over to incoming Chairman Steve Lauten of Total Air & Heat Co. in Plano, Texas. Lauten will serve a one-year term.
As London handed over the reigns to Lauten, he thanked his wife, Lana, his children, his company, the ACCA staff, and the ACCA membership for all their support during his tenure as Chairman. And he left the membership with this final thought, "Remember, keep those fires burning. Remember to have faith in your leadership, to have integrity in your dealings with each other, to be responsible for the lives you touch, and for guiding the future of our industry, to meet each day with enthusiasm, because you never know how contagious it can be."
As Lauten took the stage, he shared the story of his company and how his family has grown it by changing throughout the years. Change and the need for it was the highlight of his speech.
"Just like my company and yours, in order to keep achieving its mission, ACCA needs to keep changing its operations," said Lauten. "ACCA has to always be willing to embrace new technology, experiment with new programs, and yeah, sometimes change our membership program. As contractors who care about our industry and the success of our companies, we should be happy that our association is not afraid to change! We need our association to keep adapting, because we need our association to thrive and to grow and to succeed."
He wrapped up his presentation by reminding contrators that ACCA matters, because it is the only organization that is working on behalf of contractors.
"My pledge to you this year is that I will make sure every contractor in the country knows how much ACCA matters to all of our businesses, every single day," said Lauten. "I’m going to make sure every professional contractor has the opportunity to support this great association. Even more importantly, in this very important year, I’m going to make sure that ACCA continues to make great strides in moving our entire industry forward."
Serving alongside Lauten on the Executive Committee are Directors and Officers: Don Langston, Aire Rite Airconditioning & Refrigeration, Huntington Beach, California, senior vice chairman; Jerry Bosworth, Bosworth Air Conditioning, Galveston, Texas, secretary/treasurer; Eric Knaak, Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Rochester, New York, vice chairman, Steve Schmidt, Frederick Air, Inc., Frederick, Maryland, vice chairman; Dan Weis, Weis Comfort Systems, Inc., Fenton, Missouri, vice chairman; and London will serve this year as immediate past chairman.
Directors on the Board, not serving on the Executive Committee are: Dave Boelcke, Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning, Stevensville, Michigan; Linda Couch, Parrish Services, Inc., Manassas, Virginia; Dan Foley, Foley Mechanical, Inc., Lorton, Virginia; Louis Fuentes, Becerril Air Conditioning Guys, Inc., Imperial, California; Ken Goodrich, Goettl Air Conditioning, Tempe, Arizona; Lanny Huffman, Hickory Sheet Metal Co., Inc., Hickory, North Carolina; Wade Mayfield, Thermal Services, Omaha, Nebraska; Rob Minnick, Minnick's Inc., Laurel, Maryland; Steve Pape, Pape Service Co., Desoto, Texas; Keith Paton, Ivey Mechanical LLC, Kosciusko, Mississippi; Rhett Prosser, Waccamaw Heating & Cooling, Inc., Pawleys Island, South Carolina; and Brian Stack, Stack Heating & Cooling, Avon, Ohio.
ACCA also thanked those members who have completed their service on the Board of Directors this year: Dave Kyle, Trademasters Service Corp, Lorton, Virginia; Paul Hobaica, Hobaica Services, Phoenix, Arizona; and Matt Todd, Entek Corporation, Longview, Washington
This board will serve until next year's annual conference, scheduled for March 20 – 23, 2017, at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.