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    Florida HVAC Acquisitions Announced

    Oct. 26, 2022

    October 25, 2022 - Strikepoint Group Holdings (SGH), formerly Horizon Group Holdings, announced it has expanded its presence across the South Florida market.  

    In the Tampa, Fla. region, SGH has acquired IERNA Heating, Cooling and Plumbing, a leading residential HVAC and plumbing contractor serving communities throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk and Northern Pinellas Counties.

    In West Palm Beach, SGH has acquired Sansone Air Conditioning, a family-owned and operated air conditioning company headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida serving Palm Beach, Broward, St. Lucie, and Martin counties.

    A third SGH Florida acquisition is Mr. AC Cooling & Heating, serving Florida's Manatee County, Sarasota, Brandenton and region. The company will operate under SGH’s Elite Heating & Air brand, a leading Bradenton, Florida-area heating, cooling, and plumbing services company with more than 20 years of HVAC expertise.

    Pinellas Comfort Systems, the fourth announced SGH acquired company, serves Florida's Pinellas County. In addition to Elite in Sarasota, SGH currently owns and operates the Performance Air Conditioning, Electrical, and Plumbing and Paradise Air Cooling and Heating brands in the Tampa area,


    IERNA has secured numerous industry certifications, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and North American Technician Excellence (NATE).       

    “Over the years, our business has grown as we’ve established long-term, trusting relationships with our customers and local communities we serve. No matter what heating, cooling or plumbing service is required, we always put the customers first,” said Charlene Irena. “This partnership will allow us to continue doing what we do best, and we are confident that Strikepoint has the expertise to take IERNA to the next level.”

    SGH CEO Charlie Haines said his company is excited to welcome a well-known brand like IERNA to its Tampa offering.

    “With this acquisition, our goal is to continue providing exceptional customer service while remaining a local employer of choice for those who work in the home services industry,” said Haines.

    Mr. AC Cooling & Heating

    Since 2015, Mr. AC Cooling & Heating has worked to provide customers with honest, transparent and reliable service. Owner-operator Andy Naylor was first introduced to the HVAC business 15 years ago; he worked full time while learning the job and completing a certified course for air conditioning and heating. Naylor is well-regarded for his true passion for the industry and his ability to nurture a kind, caring, and qualified culture among his team.    

    “After serving in the HVAC industry for more than a decade and saving many people from the Florida heat, Mr. AC Cooling & Heating was born,” said Naylor. “I credit a lot of hard work and my wonderful team for helping to grow this business into what it is today. I know that Strikepoint shares these values, which is why I chose to partner with Strikepoint to take the business and our employees to the next level.” 

    “We are thrilled that Andy chose us to carry on his legacy of service throughout Manatee County,” said Haines. “Andy built an incredible business with an outstanding culture, and we’re excited to partner with Mr. AC while expanding our presence along Florida’s Gulf Coast.”     

    Pinellas Comfort Systems

    Pinellas Comfort Systems has served the Tampa market since 1957 with best-in-class customer service. Under the leadership of Dean, Cheryl, and Greg Minton, the business has expanded rapidly in recent years by earning superior customer reviews and via word of mouth.

    “Partnering with Strikepoint will allow Cheryl and I to ensure the company we worked so hard to build is in good hands and our customers and employees will be taken care of as we head into retirement,” said Dean Minton. “We’re excited about this partnership, and we are confident Strikepoint has the expertise to take Pinellas Comfort Systems to the next level.”

    “Adding the highly-regarded Pinellas Comfort Systems brand to our repertoire will help solidify our leadership position in the Tampa and Sarasota markets,” Haines said. “Our goal is to provide exceptional customer service and remain an employer of choice.”


    Sansone has operated as a family-owned company since 1976. It is now operated by the third and fourth generations. Originally started as the Sansone Corporation by Nicholas Sansone, the company credits its growth over the years to its record of customer trust, experienced service, and proven performance.

    “Our comfort-focused mission and hands-on approach to customer service has differentiated us from other air conditioning contractors in the West Palm Beach and the surrounding areas,” said Anthony Pascucci, president. “We are more than a typical contractor – we are a family that loves helping other families in our community. We’re excited that Strikepoint shares these values and our excitement for continued brand growth.”

    Sansone has been recognized over the years with multiple industry honors, including being rated as the Top AC Service Company in Palm Beach in 2021. Sansone has also been awarded the Wounded Warrior 10 year Recognition Award.

    “It’s a pleasure to welcome Sansone to our elite family of brands,” said Haines. “Sansone’s hands-on leadership and management have helped Sansone to become one of South Florida’s largest and most successful home service companies – and we are privileged to have Sansone as part of our family of businesses.”            

    IERNA Heating, Cooling, and Plumbing

    Sansone Air Conditioning

    Mr. AC Cooling & Heating

    Elite Heating & Air