May-June Monthly Newsletter

Michael Carpenter

Chase Dilport

Hunter Donovan

Charles Fletcher

Ronald Fritz

Dallas Gunning

Alexander Johnson

Christopher Lueck

Jacinto Rivera

Zachary Sirois

Shawn Stoffel

Eric Thullen

William Townsend

Kyle Wade

Above are the Graduates of the 2024 Apprenticeship Class that took place April 17, 2024 at the Pinellas Technical College.

RACCA Apprenticeship Program Administrator Keane Bismarck welcomes the students and guests to the ceremony.

Peter Montana of AC Prosite, AC Prosite Journeyman Program Graduate of the Year recipient Ronald Fritz III, RACCA Apprenticeship Program Administrator Keane Bismark & RACCA Apprenticeship Program Coordinator James McCann.

Loren Wunderle’s 4th -year HVAC Journeyman class: Dallas Gunning, Charles Fletcher, Jacinto Rivera, Eric Thullen & Jared Sanchez.

4th-year HVAC Journeyman class Aleksander Lazic, Chase Dilport, Alexander Johnson, Instructor Bill Carbley, Christopher Lueck, Shawn Stoffel & Jonathan Wasser.

5th-year Refrigeration Mechanic Journeyman class Xingjing Huang, Kyle Wade, Instructor Wayne Carothers, William Townsend, Zachary Sirois & Ronald Fritz III.

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Perfect Attendance recipients received a $25 Outback gift card from RACCA.

4th & 5th Year graduates received a $50 gift card from Tropic Supply.

Apprentices of the Year received a $50 gift card from Victor Distributing.


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Message from FRACCA President Will Barnes

FRACCA, the Florida Refrigeration Air Conditioning Contractors Association represents the state of Florida in the HVACR Industry. There are several items that the state focuses on, legislative issues and making sure that we have a voice in Tallahassee is a top priority, however the apprenticeship programs are #1 as this drives our industry for the future.

Why is apprenticeship so important:

For the Employer:

  • 3/4-year term = long term employee
  • Your service manager is not the trainer.
  • CPR/First aid, EPA, HVAC excellence air conditioning, HVAC heat pump, HVAC electrical
  • Valuable relationship with the employee = Invaluable!
  • Fees paid by employer show the investment in employee = Loyalty!
  • Educational value you can offer a prospective employee to further their career.

For the Apprentice:

  • On the job training
  • 3/4 year = job stability
  • Growing with the company
  • CPR/First aid, EPA, HVAC excellence air conditioning, HVAC heat pump, HVAC electrical
  • Building valuable relationships with employers.
  • Fees paid by employer.

If the employer is investing in you...then it adds value to your career.

This past week we had 2 chapters with apprenticeship graduations, RACCA and TRACCA.

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RACCA's Associate Members

Watch for another group of Associate RACCA Members next issue.

RACCA's Newest Associate Members

Since 1981, they have been known for extensive industry expertise, large local inventories, fast dependable jobsite delivery, turnkey engineering services, and specialty fabrication and assembly of construction materials. But they really stand for something bigger.

They are the manufacturer’s voice; employees are our family; and they are the contractor’s most trusted partner. When it comes to our suppliers, employees or customers, they are always there when you need them. They never stop working for you.

Your Local Contact would be Kirk Burzynski Outside Sales Representative for NEFCO his Mobile 407-580-7597 Office  800-969-0285  his Email Website Branch Location is South Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32809.

YORK® was established in 1874 in York, Pennsylvania, and has gone on to claim several significant firsts in design and innovation over the years. 

Now a Johnson Controls brand, YORK® Branches have a full line of Residential HVAC Equipment, Commercial Equipment, Parts & Supplies. Currently they have two York Branches in the area RACCA serves. Check them out at:

(Largo) 12161 62nd St. Largo, FL 33773 (727) 431-1444 or (Tampa) 3409 Cragmont Drive Tampa, FL 33619 (855) 766-4575.

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Pictures From RACCA's Cars & Coffee

RACCA would like to Thank Trane Technologies (American Standard, Trane & Trane Supply) for hosting the Cars & Coffee Events this Spring. Special shout out goes to Lyndon Cook Trane Technologies Regional General Manager for Suppling the Coffee and Donuts at our last Event.

RACCA President Brendan Fuller of French’s Air Conditioning & Daughters Quinn & Anna.

John Watson of JS Watson Air, Michael Tarris of RACCA & Brendan Berry of Berry Cool ready to visit the Bean Bar mobile coffee bar.

James Wood & John & Jonathan Harden of JP Griffin with James’ 1994 Nissan Skyline, RB26 all-wheel drive, stock with a full Cat-back exhaust and upgraded radiator and intake manifold.

Shanna & Savannah Pettys of Gulf Coast Air Systems with John Valdez of JB Appliance, AC & Heating with his 1951 customized Fleetline Chevrolet fastback, 350 bored out to 355, 300+ hp.

Bryan & Kyle Wade of Griffin Service with a 2019 GT Performance Pack 2 Ford Mustang, with a Whipple Supercharger, putting out a little over 700 hp.

Jane & Clyde Pierce of French’s Air Conditioning with a 2010 Camaro Transformer, 426 hp.

Mike Johnstone of Senica Air Conditioning, Michael Tarris of RACCA & Bill Barlow of Trane with Mike’s 1992 Ford Thunderbird body funny car, sporting 1,500 hp.

Everyone watching Mike start up his Funny Car.

Special Thanks to Mike Johnstone of Senica Air Conditioning for driving all the way down from Crystal River to make RACCA's Cars & Coffee a little more Special.

Note: Mike's Funny car is available for Events. (727) 237-4796.

Alex & Reynaldo Alvarez of Trane Supply with a 2121 Toyota Supra ZF 8-speed automatic, 385 hp.

Leonard Topping & Rob Bentz of Howard’s Electric with a 2019 Mustang Shelby GT350R track car, 526 hp, factory carbon fiber wheels, rear deck spoiler, no rear seat, Recaro buckets up front.

Raymond Lopez, Sr. with Jared, Leah and Eleanor Realmuto stopped by to enjoy the shiny cars on display.

Thank You Peter!!!

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Stay Up-To-Date: FRACCA 's 2024 Legislative Updates

This was the materials that was presented at

RACCA's May 16th Executive Lunch N Learn held at Ferguson HVAC in Tampa by Edward Briggs & Will George of RSA Consulting Group, LLC.

Will George (left) and Edward Briggs (right) going over FRACCA's 2024 Legislative Wrap up.

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