ACCA Announces New Staff

Arlington, VA (October 22, 2019) - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is proud to announce and welcome Matt Grizzard as ACCA’s Director of Membership and Advocacy, Deb Weiner as Manager of Communications, and Matt Akins as Manager of HVACR Education.

As Director of Membership and Advocacy, Matt Grizzard is responsible for membership outreach, recruitment, retention, data analysis, and budget development. He joins ACCA with more than twenty years of experience in association management. Before joining ACCA, he worked at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), a trade association that advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. During his successful tenure at FMI, Grizzard was the Director of Membership, where he managed the daily operations of the membership department, including budget development and management, creating promotional materials, conducting webinars and fostering member engagement.

Deb Weiner was brought on as Manager of Communications, to develop more content that tells ACCA’s story. She manages ACCA’s messaging through press releases, blogs, guest articles, videos, graphics, and oversees ACCA’s social media channels. Additionally, she works on ACCA’s Corporate Partnership program, executing and fulfilling campaign goals. She joins ACCA with twelve years of marketing and communications experience. Prior to ACCA, she worked as a consultant, developing communication strategies and materials for a variety of businesses and organizations.  

Matt Akins’s responsibilities as Manager of HVACR Education are, developing technical education materials, working with ACCA certified educators on outreach and scheduling, and providing technical support to members. Matt brings sixteen years of HVACR experience to ACCA. He spent the last five years as a technical trainer, teaching HVAC curriculum to hundreds of students across the country. He managed all aspects of the training process, which consisted of, designing classes for duct design, refrigeration, and HVAC system diagnostics. He was also responsible for editing existing classes and making them current with current code and laws.

“We are fortunate to have Matt Grizzard, Deb Weiner, and Matt Akins join our team,” said Barton James, ACCA President and CEO. “They bring a wealth of experience and energy that will support ACCA’s mission of delivering valuable resources and content to our members. Bringing them on aligns with ACCA’s strategic plan that was set by our board of directors.”

To view ACCA’s updated staff organization directory, visit ACCA Staff.

For more information, please contact Deb Weiner, ACCA Manager of Communications at  or 703-824-8862.


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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.