The Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association (TACCA) continues to be the leader in HVAC continuing education and license preparatory courses in the state of Texas as well as being an influential legislative voice at the State Capitol. Here are just a few of the things TACCA has worked on this past year:
January – April
TACCA tracked more than 100 bills throughout the 86th Texas Legislation Session that had the potential to impact the HVACR industry or small business. Unfortunately, TACCA’s own bill, HB 4249, which provided that municipalities could not continue to charge registration fees to HVAC contractors, did not pass. The Plumbing Board Sunset bill, SB 621 which would have abolished the Plumbing Board and moved the regulation of plumbers to TDLR, also failed. Bills that passed include HB 1342 related to criminal conviction history and determining whether it directly relates to the duties and responsibilities of a licensed, HB 2452 which allows TDLR to contract with a qualified individual to assist with reviewing and investigating complaints, SB 237 related to what personal information for a license holder should be made available on an agency’s website, SB 1217 related to determining a person's fitness to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of a licensed occupation, and SB 1531 relating to the eligibility for certain occupational licenses and the use of a person's criminal history as grounds for certain actions related to the license.
May – August
The Board of Directors accepted the resignation of longtime Executive Director Todd McAlister and began the process of an executive director search. The search was conducted by Roland Arrisola, Randy Bellomy, Nick Watkins, Jimmy Barry, and Shannon Noble and was led by TACCA President Roy Jones. The search committee interviewed a number of qualified candidates over a two month period. A huge thank you to TACCA’s Education Coordinator Emily Valdez-Moore for all her hard work assisting members and keeping everything in the office on track during this transition period.
September – December
TACCA hired its new executive director, Devorah Jakubowsky, CAE. Since her arrival in early September, TACCA has:
TACCA’s mission is to promote quality and professionalism, help our members become more profitable, and enhance the HVAC/R industry's image with the consumer. TACCA is focused on providing information, benefits, education and legislative representation to our members.
PRIORITY GOALS FOR 2020
TACCA will continue to be the leader in HVAC continuing education and license preparatory courses in the state of Texas as well as being an influential legislative voice at the State Capitol. TACCA's current primary focus is to grow member benefits, support and revitalize our local chapters, work with ACCA to provide more services to our contractor members, and provide scholarships for training and workforce development. To accomplish this, TACCA has set the following priority goals for 2020.
Strengthen the leadership of TACCA
Member Benefits/Affinity Program
Develop a portfolio of vendors to provide discounted products and services to members.
Assure the infrastructure is solid and identify any areas of weakness that need to be addressed.
The best work of the Association comes when volunteers with a passion for their industry work together to make their profession better. See more about committees HERE.
Strengthen chapter relations and membership.
Communicate Value of Membership
Be able to communicate the value of membership effectively.
Membership growth and retention is an area of great importance, not only for the health of the association, it is vital for the profession as a whole and its legislative impact. It is critical to have a strong, united voice that speaks for the HVACR industry in the legislature and regulatory agencies.