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James "Jim" Isaac Honored With Inaugural? Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award?

ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, honored James "Jim" Isaac, of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Rochester, New York, with the inaugural Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award. The award was presented this morning as part of the opening MainStage Session at ACCA 2014, taking place this week in Nashville, Tennessee. Skip's wife, Laurel Snyder, was on hand to help present the award, which was accepted by Ray Isaac, Jim's son and past ACCA Chairman, on his behalf."

Skip was an iconic leader with a unique passion for life, service to country and profession," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. "You never regretted spending time with Skip, because you learned, laughed, and became a better person being in his company. When selecting the first person to receive this award that reflected Skip's genuine spirit and love for helping others, Jim Isaac immediately came to mind. Jim has given so much back to his community through his extraordinary service and lifelong involvement with Habitat for Humanity. Jim's selfless humanitarian work and keen business expertise made him an ideal candidate and there is no one more deserving than him to be the first to receive this honor."

When notified that he would be the first recipient of the award Jim said, "I am deeply humbled and honored to have been chosen for the Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award. To even be regarded as a person who could somehow be reflective of Skip's benevolent efforts is indeed an honor. His contributions to our industry and his fellow man are legendary."

Jim added, "There is a saying that I have identified with all of my business life which is 'If you love what you do, you'll never have to work a day in your life.' This truism has sustained my involvement with Habitat for Humanity over the past 26 years. Quite simply I love this industry and mostly my on the job experiences, especially working with the tools. Habitat gave me the opportunity to demonstrate my talent while providing meaningful service for a wonderful organization and appreciative homeowners."

The Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award was established by ACCA in memory of Skip Snyder, a past national chairman of ACCA and NATE, who passed away in the Fall of 2013. Skip was an iconic figure in the HVACR industry, but through his many benevolent efforts and actions, he left his footprints everywhere –especially at ACCA. The award will be given in the future to recognize an ACCA member that has made extraordinary contributions to the betterment of society and community. It is a tribute that defines Skip's remarkable character and his philosophy of life –helping, caring, and sharing with others.

ACCA is the national non-profit organization serving the indoor environment and energy services community, including air conditioning, heating, refrigeration, hydronics, and building performance contractors. Incorporated over 45 years ago, today ACCA's direct membership includes more than 60,000 professionals employed by more than 4,000 companies nationwide. Learn more at http://www.acca.org