Letter from the Executive Director

With the New Year underway, we welcome Chris Nixon of Presidential Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. as AACP President. Chris served on the Board of Directors for many years and now begins his two-year term. Please wish Chris much success or volunteer to assist on a committee at cnixon@presidentialheat.com.

At the January meeting of the Board of Directors, Andrew Oser of CroppMetcalfe Service and Phil Oliver of Air Treatment Company Cooling & Heating were elected to serve as Vice President and Secretary, respectively. They join Gary Grove of Grove Heating and Cooling, Inc. who continues as Treasurer.

As quickly as the Maryland General Assembly began its 2022 session, our co-sponsored IAQ Bill [Indoor Air Quality] was introduced in the Senate by Senator Joanne Benson and in the House of Delegates by Delegate Benjamin Brooks. On Wednesday, January 26, Michael Wheat of James A. Wheat & Sons, Inc. will provide testimony in support of the bill.

Throughout the 2022 Session, The AnnDyl Group provides updates on legislative issues which affect HVAC contractors. Additionally, you can access their monthly legislative updates for DC and Virginia. AACP members have 24/7 365-access to these reports in the Member Tools section of the website.

Our Apprenticeship Program is now in the Third Quarter of the current academic year. We have 166 apprentices from over 50 companies, with a 2022 graduation class of 31. Please consider putting your technicians in the 2022-2023 program. Registration will open in May 2022.

Best,

Peter Constantinou
Executive Director

Welcome to New Member Companies who joined in 2021!

 

Company Name

Work City

Work State

Amazing HVAC

Baltimore

Maryland

Capron Company Inc

Rockville

Maryland

Climate Heating & Cooling

Springfield

Virginia

Fidelity Mechanical Services

Sparks

Maryland

H&C Inc.

Laurel

Maryland

Iceberg Heating & Cooling

Monroe

Michigan

JDL HVAC Services

Laurel

Maryland

Mannix Heating & Cooling

Chantilly

Virginia

R Square Consolidated services

Rockville

Maryland

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Interested in Becoming a Member of AACP?

We have three categories of membership. They are:

Contractor membership is open to any company engaged principally in the heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning business as a contractor, who becomes a contractor member of the national association, and who is not a subsidiary, affiliate, division, or related entity of a public utility.

Associate membership is open to companies engaged in (a) manufacturing, (b) wholesaling, jobbing, and selling allied products or equipment principally to contractors and/or (c) supplying fuels, energies, or other services beneficial to the industry.  Associate membership is not open to retailers or other suppliers who sell principally to the general public.  Associate members have voting rights and can hold an elected office. Subsidiaries, affiliates, related entities, and divisions of associate members are not eligible for membership in the association.

Vocational membership
shall be available to teachers, students, heating inspectors, and other such individuals having interest in the environmental systems industry.  Vocational members shall not have the right to vote and hold an elected office.

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Resolve to Reevaluate Your Risk Management Culture

By: Federated Insurance

Take a moment to consider the past year in risk management. Is there anything that stands out to you as needing improvement? Anything that worked well to be taken into the New Year? It’s important to reevaluate your risk management culture every so often in order to stay aware of changes that may have evolved in your industry, and check in on areas that could be improved upon at your business.

Company Culture. One size does not fit all when it comes to risk management strategies. Whatever your specific needs are, remember that a solid foundation is key. Management should be committed to upholding a culture of safety and risk mitigation across the board, and that commitment should have a ripple effect on everyone — from the most senior veteran employee to the newest hire. To create a culture of risk management, a great place to start is examining the basic regulatory requirements applicable to your business, and from there you can dive into your business’s deeper needs.

A group effort. Great risk management culture ideals start at the top, and everyone needs to be involved. When good behavior is modeled, it reinforces a safety-first message. And if all employees are committed to practicing good workplace habits, it will demonstrate to newcomers and clients that safety and risk management play a valuable role at your business. It will also show that a safe business model can help lead to higher productivity, more efficient operations, and a better chance to meet your organization’s goals.

Empower Employees. Give employees the tools and incentives to take ownership in a risk management culture. It is part of management’s responsibility to invest time and resources to help implement sound policies and procedures. Set clear expectations, reward positive behavior, and encourage bottom-up communication so that employees feel comfortable reporting potential issues.

Learn from your lessons. Use past experiences to help guide future efforts. Stay aware of what is happening in your industry and around the world to help head off potential risks down the road, for example, noting that social inflation and cybercrime are becoming more prominent. Keep in mind that many claims are preventable, and your history can help to dictate the direction you want your business to go.

Remember, risk management is an ongoing process. As you move into the New Year, reevaluate where your company is at in terms of its risk management culture. It never hurts to focus more on maintaining a safe and productive work environment for everyone, in order to continue creating a successful culture of risk management at your business.


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