ACCA Announces the Passing of Past Chairman, Vincent J. Gillette Sr.

Arlington, VA (September 12, 2019) - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is saddened to announce the passing of ACCA past Chairman, Vincent J. Gillette Sr. on September 7 in San Antonio, Texas.

Gillette founded Gillette Air Conditioning Company in San Antonio Texas on July 4, 1959 and served as ACCA’s Chairman of the Board in 1983. He retired as President of Gillette Air Conditioning Company in 1998, but remained involved with the family business and countless industry programs that he was active in.

“Mr. Gillette was a true leader,” said Barton James, ACCA President and CEO. “He inspired so many people, including his own family, to find rewarding careers in our industry. I am honored to have been able to spend time with him and his family, who continue to run their family business and serve as leaders in ACCA. I offer ACCA’s sincere condolences to his beloved wife, Marjorie, their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.”

Longtime friend and colleague, Lee Rosenberg who served as ACCA’s Chairman of the Board in 1995, and is President of Rosenberg Indoor Comfort said, “As a fellow contractor in San Antonio, I worked alongside Vince and his family for decades and was proud to call him a friend. Once of Vince’s proudest moments was when he saw his son, Vince Jr., be inducted into ACCA’s Board of Directors at the 2019 ACCA Conference in San Antonio. It was important for him to be there because he was committed to serving our industry and was proud to see his son carry on this tradition. Vince also encouraged me to serve on ACCA’s board in the 1980s and 1990s, and I am thankful that he pushed me to give back to our industry.”

Mr. Gillette is survived by his wife Marjorie; his children: Vince Jr. (Dede), Tom (Connie), Eddie, and Sharon (Buddy); grandchildren: Katelyn (Chris), Vince III (Clare), Kimberly, Morgan, Raquel, Eddie II, Calvin, and Nathan; and great grandchildren: Harley and Rowan; and sister, Catherine.

For more information, Mr. Gillette’s obituary can be found here. For additional information, please contact ACCA Manager of Communications, Deb Weiner 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.