FACCA, ACCA of Florida Merge

The boards of two Florida organizations representing the heating,
ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration contracting industry
have voted to merge into one association, effective immediately.

The Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FACCA) and the Florida chapter of
the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) will join together as one
strong statewide voice for the HVACR industry, to be incorporated as the
Air Conditioning Contractors of America Florida, Inc., and known as the
Florida Air Conditioning Contractors of America.

"These are two strong organizations that together represent one big
opportunity for contractors in our state," says Tommy Castellano of
Castellano's Air Conditioning Heating in Tampa, the group's first
elected chairman. "By combining our forces, we will make it easier for
contractors to gain access to top-notch training programs and maintain
strong local presence while also accessing the benefits and services of
the nation's leading HVACR association."

Joe Strickler of Refrigeration Electric Service in Winter Haven, the
chairman of FACCA and senior vice chairman of the new organization,
adds, "Both boards have worked diligently on this merger and decided it
made good sense. It's in the best interests of contractors for our
organizations to work together, and we complement each other well -
FACCA, with its powerful stable of training and educational resources,
and ACCA, with its ever-growing library of exclusive technical and
business resources. This is a win/win for both organizations and the
whole industry."

In addition to Castellano and Strickler, officers for the new
organization, and their cities, are:

First Vice Chairman: Phil London, Thermal Concepts, Davies
Second Vice Chairman: Sinclair Stickle, Flagler County Heating AC,
Bunnell
Third Vice Chairman: Hal Kelly, Indoor Comfort, Jacksonville
Treasurer: Ken Bodwell, Innovative Service Solutions, Orlando
Secretary: Elliot Sokolow, Engineered Air, Sea Ranch Lakes

Members of both organizations will be receiving letters from the
chairman about the merger and the new benefits available immediately to
them. For more information about the new Florida association, contact
Tommy Castellano at 813-877-6997.

For over 40 years, ACCA has served the nationwide educational,
policy, and technical interests of the small businesses who design,
install, and maintain indoor environmental systems. For more
information, visit www.acca.org.

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