ACCA Announces Leadership Transition

September 5, 2018 

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announced today that Paul Stalknecht, President & CEO, is leaving the association to pursue other opportunities.

“We thank Paul for his many years of service to ACCA Members, and the HVACR industry. We wish him well in his new endeavors,” said Steve Schmidt, ACCA Board of Directors Chairman.

Stalknecht began his ACCA career in 2001. As president and chief executive officer Stalknecht has led the 50-year-old association through a series of unprecedented changes since assuming its top executive role.

Barton James, ACCA senior vice president of government relations has been named by ACCA’s Board of Directors as interim president and CEO.

“I am honored to be selected by the Board to serve as the new president and CEO,” James said. “This is an exciting time to lead the contracting industry’s trade association. With the Board’s guidance and the assistance of ACCA’s professional staff, I am certain that ACCA will remain the must-join association for contractors.”

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For more information, please contact ACCA director of industry and external relations, Todd Washam, at or 703-824-8864.


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ACCA is a non-profit association serving more than 60,000 professionals and 4,000 businesses in the indoor environment and energy services community. Our member firms are the nation's most professional contracting businesses, serving residential and commercial customers in every state. With roots stretching back a century, ACCA was incorporated in its present form nearly 50 years ago. Today, ACCA sets the standards for quality comfort systems, provides leading-edge education for contractors and their employees, and fights for the interests of professional contractors throughout the nation. Learn more about ACCA here.