ACCA President & CEO Visits Atlanta-area Contractors

ACCA President & CEO Visits Atlanta-area Contractors

Arlington, VA July 19, 2019 - The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announces that ACCA President & CEO Barton James toured Empire Heating and Air Conditioning in Decatur, Georgia while attending an association leadership training conference at the University of Georgia.

Empire Heating and Air Conditioning is owned and operated by Martin and Gila Hoover. Martin Hoover serves on the board of directors of the ACCA and is currently the chairman of the ACCA Membership Committee which overseas membership recruitment and retention programs and ACCA’s political activities in Washington, D.C.

After touring the Empire facilities and meeting many of the employees, James and Hoover reviewed ACCA’s ongoing activities including ACCA’s increased staff structure, refrigerant phaseout policies, training programs, legislative issues, and business leadership programs.

After a constructive meeting, Hoover said, “It was wonderful to have some one-on-one time with Bart to discuss our national trade association and our plans to ensure ACCA is helping contractors develop their business acumen and leadership skills. For decades, our national trade association has led the industry’s technical development programs. Now, we are focused on helping contractors leverage ACCA’s vast technical catalogues to grow their businesses and win more customers.”

James, who was in Georgia attending association leadership courses for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the University of Georgia, also held meetings with the Conditioned Air Association of Georgia (CAAG) and Executive Director Bruce Widener. ACCA & CAAG have worked on numerous Georgia-focused legislative and regulatory issues, but ACCA’s contractor leaders have set ACCA on a course to build more robust ties with state and regional contracting associations.

After meeting with Widener, James said, “ACCA is on a mission to strengthen our local connections with contractors. We are looking for partners who share ACCA’s goals to protect contractors from government overreach, provide top-notch training programs, and develop new leaders for our industry. I was pleased to know that Bruce is committed to these same goals and look forward to more conversations as ACCA expands its offerings and operations.”

For More information, contact ACCA Vice President of Public Policy 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.