Air Conditioning Contractors of America Bestows Awards During 2018 Conference

Awards were presented for quality HVAC contracting, humanitarian activity, company safety and teamwork, and distinguished service.

The following awards were presented during the 2018 Air Conditioning Contractors of America IE3 Conference in Washington D.C., Feb. 12-14.


The Air Conditioning Contractors of America named J.M Oliver Heating & Cooling of Morton, Penn. as the ACCA 2018 Residential Contractor of the Year.

"ACCA is honored to present this prestigious award to David Oliver and his team,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, President and CEO of ACCA. “J.M Oliver is a second-generation family business committed to promoting professionalism and supporting the contracting industry for more than 40 years. David’s dedication to his staff, customers, and the skilled trades are widely recognized by his peers, and we are proud to count him as an ACCA member.”

David Oliver, said, “I am honored to be recognized by my fellow contractors as ACCA’s 2018 Residential Contractor of the Year. My family, the entire team at J.M. Oliver, and my peers in ACCA have all contributed to the success and growth of our business. We are committed to upholding the ideals and principles of quality contractors and promoting contractor excellence within the industry.”


The 2018 ACCA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Tom Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Systems in Indianapolis, Ind. The Distinguished Service Award is presented to an ACCA volunteer displaying extraordinary support to ACCA and ACCA’s mission to promote contractor professionalism and excellence.

Jackson serves as a volunteer on three ACCA Committees, the Professional Development Committee, the Standards Task Team, and the ACCA Conference Task Force. Jackson Systems is a long-time ACCA Corporate Partner and sponsor of ACCA events, including the ACCA Annual Conference and Fall Forums.

“ACCA proudly presents this prestigious award to Tom, a dear friend and champion of contractors,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “Tom has a tremendous spirit that is immediately recognized when you watch him interact with contractors. He truly loves the HVAC industry, and I know that his entire team at Jackson Systems contribute to his success and fuel his drive to support this industry.”

Jackson stated, “I am humbled. It is a great honor to be recognized by ACCA, a tremendous organization dedicated to professionalism and excellence. I am accepting this award on behalf of the entire team at Jackson Systems, who share my passion for the industry and my vision for supporting ACCA members.”


The 2018 Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award was presented to Kevin Sharkey, of Sharkey Air LLC, Stuart, FL.

Sharkey was recognized for his decades of work helping families who are coping with illnesses. From personal experience, Kevin knew that families often need a sanctuary and place to be together while family members undergo medical treatments. Kevin’s daughter, Molly Sharkey, was diagnosed with chronic myelocytic leukemia and throughout the family’s struggles they often found comfort in Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country as they searched for a cure.

Before passing away in 1992, Molly told her father she wanted a haven for families in her home town of Stuart, FL. On September 21, 1996 Molly’s dream came true as Molly’s House opened its doors to ensure families could be together in times of need. Since 1996, Molly’s House has been a sanctuary to more than 22,000 people while they or loved ones receive medical treatment.

“It is always an honor for ACCA to present the Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award to a deserving contractor, but this year was even more special,” said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. “I have known Kevin for many years and didn’t know about Molly’s House. Kevin is a humble man who does not seek credit for his good deeds, but he certainly deserves this prestigious award. On behalf of ACCA’s membership, I offer a warm thank you to Kevin for his leadership and community service.”

The Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award was established by ACCA in memory of Skip Snyder, a past national chairman of ACCA and NATE, who passed away in 2013. Skip was an iconic figure in the HVACR industry, but through his many benevolent efforts and actions, he left his footprints everywhere – especially at ACCA. This prestigious award is presented annually to recognize an ACCA contractor who makes extraordinary contributions to the betterment of society and community. It is a tribute that defines Skip's remarkable character and his philosophy of life – helping, caring, and sharing with others.

Federated Insurance ACCA Super S.T.A.R. Award

Jerry Mannix of Mannix Heating and Cooling in Chantilly, VA received Federated Insurance’s ACCA Super S.T.A.R. Award.

ACCA Corporate Partner Federated Insurance presents the ACCA Super S.T.A.R. Award annually to an ACCA member who prioritizes the four components of the award: Safety, Teamwork, Accountability, and Responsibility. To be eligible for the award, a contracting company must be an ACCA member and Federated Insurance client.

“Jerry and his team at Mannix Heating and Cooling have done an outstanding job of prioritizing safety in their company,” said Nate Oland, Senior National Account Executive, Federated Insurance. “It has been a pleasure working with Jerry and getting to know him personally. Jerry’s emphasis on safety and teamwork have created strong bonds between him and his employees, and I am certain that that contributes to his success as a business owner.”

Paul Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO, said, “ACCA is proud of Jerry and his entire team for being recognized for their professionalism and commitment to contractor excellence. ACCA members are the best contractors in the country because they promote safety in their businesses. ACCA is grateful to Federated Insurance for recognizing an outstanding ACCA member who prioritizes safety and responsibility.”

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