Workforce Development Speakers Announced for 2018 ACCA Annual Conference and IE3 Expo

December 12, 2017

Workforce Development Speakers Announced for 2018 ACCA Annual Conference and IE3 Expo

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) announced its lineup of workforce development speakers for the ACCA Annual Conference and IE3 Expo today. The Annual Conference and IE3 Expo are being held at the Gaylord National Harbor in Washington, D.C. February 12 – 14, 2018.

Workforce development issues are significant challenges that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractors must address. ACCA enlists leaders in communications, veteran recruitment, and professional development to speak at the ACCA Annual Conference and provide contractors with important tools to address these issues.

Highlights of the ten workforce-focused sessions include:

  • “Hire More Veterans Today,” with Tim Sweeney and DJ Holder of Orion Talent;
  • “Old School Work Meets New School Employees – Tips for Success,” with Wendy Riemann of 1492 Communications;
  • “Navigating Difficult Conversations,” with Rob Stader of Lee Company; and
  • “I NEED HELP! Proven Methods to Find and Keep Experienced Residential Technicians, Plumbers, and Electricians,” with Trevor Flannigan of HomeServiceChats and Joshua Davis of AccuTemp Services.
"ACCA’s current Chairman, Don Langston, set ACCA on a mission to help contractors find the next generation of employees,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA President and CEO. “To be successful at hiring and retaining the next generation, contractors must know how to address the communication gaps between baby boomers and millennials. ACCA’s 2018 conference speakers will show contractors how to overcome these obstacles and recruit and retain professional staff.”

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Visit for a full list of sessions and speakers and for registration and exhibiting information.

For more information, please contact ACCA’s Director of Industry and External Relations, Todd Washam, 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.