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ACCA explains the government shut down:
The SEMIACCA Board of Directors has voted to redefine the borders for
SEMIACCA membership. The old borders were a 25-mile radius in all directions of Livonia, MI. The NEW borders are based on the six-county metro Detroit area. These includes Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, Washtenaw & Monroe counties.
If you are an HVAC contractor in one of these six counties you are now eligible for membership in SEMIACCA. Yes, we are growing and this is proof positive!
MIX Groups -- Great Member Benefit!
Ah yes, the legendary MIX Group® meeting. I recently got first hand exposure to this very unique benefit of membership in the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA). It was eye-opening and very interesting and I realized that this is perhaps one of the best business tools available to contractor members of ACCA.
By ACCA definition, “The ACCA Management Information eXchange (MIX) Group® program is an organized forum of ACCA contractor members joined together to share ideas. It is essentially a peer group whose members work together to help each other improve their businesses — frequently acting like an informal “board of directors” for each other’s company. Most MIX Groups consist of 8 to 10 HVACR contractors. Typically, these contractors are the presidents, owners or heads of their companies.”
The complete description of the MIX Group® program can be found at https://www.acca.org/members/mix-groups/faqs.
I was invited to facilitate the latest meeting of a MIX Group® meeting hosted by Bill & Nancy Berning, owners of Doc Dancer Heating & Air Conditioning of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The nine-member group includes local Southeast Michigan ACCA Chapter (SEMIACCA) member Bryan McIntyre of First Choice Heating & Cooling of Fenton, Michigan. My job was to basically ensure that members followed the meeting agenda, preside over meetings, and give a brief presentation on HVAC marketing trends.
Here are some of my takeaways from the meeting:
Everyone was there for a purpose – to critique the host’s business operations and do a recap of changes enacted by the host of the previous meeting. The goal was to offer opinions and concrete solutions to operational and financial problems.
Mix Groups®, as you can see by the registered trademark are unique to ACCA. Similar groups may exist in other industries, but being able to have a “board of HVAC contractor directors” to help improve the business model and professionalism of HVAC contractors is a great way to improve the overall HVAC trade. An owner or manager, equipped with the help of peer group members, can’t help but improve their bottom line profitability. And after all, isn’t that the bottom line of EVERY small business?
Ray Isaac, past ACCA National Chairman and highly successful owner of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning of Rochester, New York, said “There is not a single thing we do in business today that has not been influenced in one way, shape or form by our MIX Group® and our membership in ACCA.”
As the SEMIACCA Chapter Executive, I want to help all members to improve their business profitability. In order to achieve that, I encourage everyone to join a Mix Group® and take advantage of this great membership benefit.
-- John R. Hall
Link to video of ACCA CEO Paul Stahlknecht talking about MIX Groups: