FRACCA Recognizes Awards Recipients at 2015 FRACCA Education Conference
April 8, 2015

FRACCA announced the recipients of the Outstanding Company and Leadership Awards  during the March 27, 2015 Awards luncheon held at the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association’s (FRACCA) Annual Education Conference in Kissimmee, Florida.  The Recognition Awards were established in 2004 as a means for FRACCA and its Board of Directors to recognize outstanding individuals and companies for their contributions to the industry, leadership, and community involvement.  Recipients for 2015 are:

  • Daikin Leadership Award – Mark Worrell, State Energy, West Palm Beach, FL
    • This award is given to a member nominated by his/her local chapter for leadership in the local and state associations and service to the community.  The recipient of this year’s Daikin Leadership Award, Mark Worrell, is an individual who does not take “no” for an answer.  He has selflessly taken on a monumental task of fighting City Hall at both the State and local levels and he gets results.  This year he reached out to the DBPR and pushed them to produce a flyer on what a handyman can do…not much.  DBPR was ready to print the flyer but it was not good enough and this individual insisted they rewrite it and they did!  Local officials hear from him on a regular basis and his persistence has paid off with county and city commissions finally recognizing and taking action on the big elephant in the room… apartment and condo maintenance staff illegally performing work.  In addition to the time he spends on these activities he is an active Board Member of the South Florida chapter since his election several years ago, is the owner of an ethically run HVAC contracting firm and volunteers his time in the community.
  • The Corporate Award – Victor Distributing, Tampa, FL
    • Sponsored by Federated Insurance, this award was given to a company that is committed to ensuring integrity-based relationships with customers and suppliers, while continuing to establish themselves as a valued resource in the industry.  This year’s award winner, Victor Distributing, Tampa FL, has a long history of industry support since its establishment almost 50 years ago.  It has provided major assistance, both financial and personal, when one of FRACCA’s chapters was most in need.  They have been strong supporters of the apprenticeship program in their headquarters area and have participated and supported in other FRACCA regions’ apprenticeship programs.  Many on their staff go beyond the norm to provide technical assistance and gather code information that is shared with all FRACCA members when called on.  The company and their employees participate in local charitable projects including Habitat for Humanity.  Known for the motto of “Your Partner in Profit” this independently owned and operated HVAC distributor is awarded for its dedication and service to our industry.
  • Chapter Innovation Award –North Florida Air Conditioning Contractors Association (NFACCA)
    • This year FRACCA recognized a chapter who rallied their members and squeezed out additional hours for a major push to get more youth into the construction industry and particularly into an HVAC career path.  The chapter recruited other trade associations and approached the Superintendent of their local school district and challenged him to develop a high school program for technical education.  The timing and climate was right and the Superintendent took up the challenge with a promise to have an innovative new program to reach out to all levels of students (high achievers that may be college bound, high achievers whose interests and skills lean towards the trades and all those in between.)  The new program, with consistent input from an advisory group of this chapter’s members and other trade associations, is on track to start in the Fall 2015.  Congratulations to NFACCA for their innovative approach and follow through to get a much needed workforce development program in place that will be a model for other high school construction programs throughout the State
  • Chapter Excellence Award - ACCA of Central Florida
    • One of our larger chapters in FRACCA with a stable membership, this chapter also focuses on education.  Programs include technical training and NATE Certification exams.  In 2014, they added a high end management training program presented by a nationally known speaker.  They support an excellent apprenticeship program that provides a steady stream of trained technicians.  This chapter sets an example for others in how they incorporate the strength in numbers and spreading the word on FRACCA benefits.
  • Chapter Excellence Award - Manasota ACCA
    • This chapter is one of the four founding chapters of FRACCA and continues to have excellent industry education programs including technical courses, NATE/EPA exam preps, and a strong apprenticeship program.  They work on local issues on permitting and unlicensed activity with positive results and chapter members sit on local industry boards.  For the past eight years they have sponsored joint meetings with ASHRAE to promote better understanding between the design and installations professions.  Membership for the association is steady. They held yet another successful Golf Tournament in October 2014 and challenged a sister chapter at Sporting Clays that has been a huge success.  The challenge is on again for 2015.
  • Chapter Excellence Award - South Florida ACCA
    • SFACA has been in existence serving the HVAC community for more than 20 years and made some changes in 2011 after becoming a part of FRACCA two years prior.  It has stabilized its chapter membership through providing consistent services to its members including some innovative measurer to counteract unlicensed activity.
  • Chapter Excellence Award - Southwest Florida ACCA
    • This chapter made a big comeback in late 2010 and is now once again one of the larger chapters in FRACCA.  The chapter focuses on education and local issues regarding code inspections and interpretation and unlicensed activity.  With the increased visibility of the chapter membership continues to increase and retention is high.  SWACCA also supports and has a close relationship with the local apprenticeship academy.  They keep hoping to take the Sporting Clays Trophy away from their sister chapter, MACCA.

The 2015 Awards Luncheon was sponsored by Johnstone Supply – The Ware Group.


FRACCA ANNOUNCES 2014 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
April 4, 2014

FRACCA announced the recipients of the Outstanding Company and Leadership Awards during the March 14, 2014 Awards luncheon held at the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association’s (FRACCA) Annual Education Conference in Kissimmee, Florida. The Recognition Awards were established in 2004 as a means for FRACCA and its Board of Directors to recognize outstanding individuals and companies for their contributions to the industry, leadership, and community involvement. Recipients for 2014 are:

• Daikin Leadership Award – Jaime DiDomenico, N & M Cool Today – Sponsored by Daikin

This award is given to a member nominated by his/her local chapter for leadership in the local and state associations and service to the community. DiDomenico is a Past President of MACCA, has served as a FRACCA Board member since 2008 and is involved in numerous charities within his community.

The Corporate Award – Tropic Supply, Sunrise, FL Sponsored by Federated Insurance

This award was given to a company that is committed to ensuring integrity-based relationships with customers and suppliers, while continuing to establish themselves as a valued resource in the industry. In addition to supporting FRACCA and its chapters, Tropic Supply supports many charities throughout Florida. Charles del Vecchio, CEO and founder, accepted the award at the 2014 Annual Education Conference.

President’s Award – William Barnes, Ellsworth Heating & Cooling

In every organization there are people that go above and beyond the call of duty. The FRACCA president has an opportunity to recognize these special individuals for their contributions to the industry and our association. For the 2014 President’s Award, FRACCA President, Tom Worthmann awarded the President’s Award to William Barnes. Barnes is a founding Board member of FRACCA, and has served as an officer of Gulf Coast Air Conditioning Contractors Association, Tri-County Specialty Contractors Association, and currently a Board member of Southwest Florida ACCA. Barnes donates time and equipment to the community to repair work done by unlicensed/unscrupulous contractors, and is involved in many charities with the community.

Chapter Excellence Award - ACCA of Central Florida, Manasota ACCA, RACCA Tampa Bay, Southwest Florida ACCA and South Florida ACA

The 2014 Awards Luncheon was sponsored by Trane.


FRACCA Announces 2013 Awards of Excellence Winners
March 17, 2013

Recipients of the Outstanding Company and Leadership Awards were announced during the March 15, 2013 Awards luncheon held at the Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association’s (FRACCA) Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida. The Recognition Awards were established in 2004 as a means for FRACCA and its Board of Directors to recognize outstanding individuals and companies for their contributions to the industry, leadership, and community involvement. Recipients for 2013 are:

  • Trane Leadership Award - Rick Sims, Johnson’s Air Conditioning of Naples, Florida
    • This award is given to a member nominated by his/her local chapter for leadership in the local and state associations and service to the community. Sims is the Past President of SWACCA, a current FRACCA Board member and was the developer of the IR Lab featured at the FRACCA conference.
  • • The Corporate Award - J.P. Griffin, Tampa, Florida
    • Sponsored by Federated Insurance, this award was given to a company that has three generations of owners who have supported the industry whenever called on, and recognized for their ethical standards, long time employee loyalty and service to the community as a whole. Bryan Lingerfelt, company president, accepted the award on behalf of the company.
  • Chapter Excellence Award - ACCA of Central Florida, Manasota ACCA, Southwest Florida ACCA and South Florida ACA

Johnstone Supply - The Ware Group and White-Rodgers were joint sponsors of the Awards Luncheon.


FRACCA's 2012 Recognition Awards Recipients Announced
March 26, 2012

FRACCA presented the 2012 Recognition Award Recipients at the March 24, 2012 Awards Luncheon sponsored by Johnstone Supply - the Ware Group and White-Rodgers at the Annual Education Conference in Orlando. The Recognition Awards were established in 2004 as a means for FRACCA and its Board of Directors to recognize outstanding individuals and companies for their contributions to the industry, leadership, and community involvement. Recipients for 2011 are:

  • Trane Leadership Award - Glenn Jones, Ocean State Heating & Air (North Florida ACCA)
    • Honorable Mention: Walt Bealke,  Greens Energy (ACCA Central Florida)
    • Honorable Mention: Bob McCollum, A+ Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (Gainesville ACCA)
  • Outstanding Company Award - Not given
  • President's Award -Not given
  • Chapter Excellence Award - MACCA (Manatee/Sarasota), SWACCA (Ft. Myers/Naples)

Congratulations to all the award recipients! Keep up the good work and FRACCA hopes to see everyone at the 2013 presentation ceremony!


Nominations NOW OPEN for FRACCA's 2012 Recognition Awards
December 13, 2011

In June 2004, FRACCA established its Recognition Awards Program as a means of honoring FRACCA members and chapters for their outstanding leadership and contributions and to the industry and their respective communities. Award nominations are collected, reviewed and voted on by a panel of FRACCA members and representatives.

The recipients of the 2012 Recognition Awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Luncheon during the FRACCA Education Conference to be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida on March 23, 2012. Deadline for the 2012 Award nominations is February 17, 2012.

Download Awards Nomination forms and criteria below or contact the FRACCA executive office at mail@fracca.org or at 727-576-3225.


Round 2 of Clean Diesel Rebate Program Announced
Project Promotes Cleaner Air in Florida, Alabama and Georgia
April 13, 2011

ST PETERSBURG, FL - The Florida Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRACCA), along with the Southeast Construction Associations for Clean Diesel, announces the opening of round two of the clean diesel rebate program with more than $225,000 in rebate funds available for upgrading off road diesel construction equipment. The program targets older (Tier 0-2) equipment to reduce emissions in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. This announcement follows the success of the program's first round... Read More...


FRACCA's 2011 Recognition Award Recipients Announced
April 1, 2011

FRACCA presented the 2011 Recognition Award Recipients at the April 1, 2011 Awards Luncheon sponsored by Johnstone Supply - the Ware Group and White-Rodgers at the Annual Education Conference in Orlando. The Recognition Awards were established in 2004 as a means for FRACCA and its Board of Directors to recognize outstanding individuals and companies for their contributions to the industry, leadership, and community involvement. Recipients for 2011 are:

  • Trane Leadership Award - Chris Bright (ACCA of Central Florida)
  • Outstanding Company Award - Calcs-Plus, Venice (MACCA member)
  • President's Award - HVAC Insider (Peter Montana)
  • Chapter Excellence Award - GACCA (Gainesville), MACCA (Manatee/Sarasota), MCACCA (Marion County)

Congratulations to all the award recipients! Keep up the good work and FRACCA hopes to see everyone at the 2012 presentation ceremony!


FRACCA Welcomes Its Newest Business Partner Program for Members
March 24, 2011

FRACCA is pleased to announce its newest partner program provider: Administrative Concepts/Scarr Insurance is offering an employee leasing program. FRACCA member contractors are able to take advantage of exclusive member only rates for insurance and state unemployment taxes through comprehensive solutions for employers' human resources needs, allowing them focus on the business of doing business rather than dealing with employment-related administrative headaches.

For more information, view the entire listing of FRACCA's Business Partner Programs here or contact the FRACCA executive office at mail@fracca.org or at 727-576-3225.


FRACCA Announces EPA Clean Diesel Rebate Recipients
Project Promotes Cleaner Air Throughout EPA Region IV
November 24, 2010

ST PETERSBURG, FL - FRACCA announces the names of 27 companies who have been chosen as recipients of funds through its Clean Diesel Rebate program. Funding for the rebates is made possible through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region IV office under the agency’s National Clean Diesel Assistance Program. FRACCA received a two-year, $1.675-million grant aimed at reducing the effects of diesel emissions from off-road construction equipment in Florida, Alabama and Georgia. Read More...


Nominations NOW OPEN for FRACCA's 2011 Recognition Awards
November 17, 2010

In June 2004, FRACCA established its Recognition Awards Program as a means of honoring FRACCA members and chapters for their outstanding leadership and contributions and to the industry and their respective communities. Award nominations are collected, reviewed and voted on by a panel of FRACCA members and representatives.

The recipients of the 2011 Recognition Awards will be announced and presented at the Awards Luncheon during the FRACCA Education Conference to be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando, Florida on April 1, 2011. Deadline for the 2011 Award nominations is February 15, 2011.

CLICK HERE to download Awards Nomination forms and criteria or contact the FRACCA executive office at mail@fracca.org or at 727-576-3225.


** UPDATE **
Florida HVAC Rebate Resolution Established

Message from A. Cam Fentriss, FRACCA Lobbyist
November 17, 2010

The Florida Legislature held a special session on Tuesday November 16, 2010 and has agreed to the following resolution for funding the HVAC Rebate Program.

Consumers who purchased or contracted for purchase a qualifying HVAC or geothermal unit through a Florida-licensed contractor between August 29 and September 14, 2010 will be eligible for the $1,500 HVAC Rebate. Consumers must have the completed rebate application, including all required documentation, at the rebate processing center by November 30, 2010.

All qualifying HVAC rebates will be paid first from the available funding. It is anticipated that the HVAC rebates will total approximately $2.47 million. The remaining funds (approximately $28 million) will then be disbursed on a percentage basis to each unpaid and approved solar rebate.

For more information, please view the official State website at www.rebates.com/floridahvac.


Congratulations to FRACCA’s 2010 Recognition Award Recipients
Winners of the 2009 FRACCA Recognition Awards were were honored by FRACCA at the 2009 Awards Luncheon held during the April Education Conference in Orlando. The prestigious President’s Award of Appreciation was given to Keane Bismarck the Executive Director for RACCA of Tampa Bay for his ongoing dedication to the association and advocacy for the industry over the years.

2010 Award Recipients
Leadership Award sponsored by Trane - Mark Wesson, Wesson Air, Longwood

Outstanding Company Award - Southern Comfort One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating, Bradenton

Chapter Excellence Award - Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Central Florida (ACCA-CF), Manasota Air Conditioning Contractors Association (MACCA), and the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association of Tampa Bay (RACCA) all received this award based on their programs, board and member involvement, and membership recruitment.

President's Award - Rick and Ricki Sims, Johnson's Air Condioning, Naples.

Please join FRACCA in congratulating these outstanding individuals, companies, and chapters for their "above and beyond" contributions to the HVAC-R industry overt the last year. A job well-done!

Make plans to submit your entries for the 2011 FRACCA Recognition Awards. Nomination forms will be available beginning December 2010.


FRACCA Member Services
Did you know that, as an HVAC contractor member of one of the FRACCA participating chapters, you are also member of the state association? As a FRACCA member, you are entitled to all of the member benefits and programs.

  • State Lobbyist working on behalf of FRACCA members
  • Packaged educational seminars (including Continuing Education credits)
  • Group Purchasing Programs
  • Discounted Services
  • Annual conferences and trade shows
  • Extensive communications on industry issues
  • On-line and Website services (including membership referral programs)
  • Legislative Update via the Members Only page of the website
  • Endorsed Program - Federated Insurance (risk insurance plans)
  • Endorsed Program - US Merchant Services (credit card processing)

All affiliate or associate members in the chapters are invited to be a member of FRACCA and can do so by obtaining an application from the FRACCA website by clicking here, or calling the FRACCA office at 727-576-3225.

 
     

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