February 2020 Comfort Connection

Comfort Connection,

 Meet the Board of Directors, pictures from our Success Day in January and association changes coming in 2020!





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by Connecticut Heating & Cooling Contractors

CHCC is the premiere HVAC Contractor's association in Connecticut, serving 180+ member companies statewide, our members success is our business. We strive to deliver innovative educational programs and networking events that contribute to your business and future success in today's competitive local market. Comfort Connection is your monthly publication with all of the association events and happenings as well as industry news and vendors who support your industry. CHCC - Supporting the Industry that Supports You

This event proved to be a great program and format for CHCC to build on for future years. The day was info packed with several speakers presenting on topics from building codes, licensure, enforcement, apprenticeship, ratio relief, legislative overview, marketing, branding, Connecticut's economy, retirement and employee retention programs including CHCC's newly rolled out 401k program overview... In addition to the speakers, we had table tops with product information from some of our preferred vendors. This event included parking, breakfast, lunch and open cocktails and bites. We will continue to encourage membership participation and engagement at events like this and look forward to seeing you at the next one.

An industry is only as good as the people it is made up of. At CHCC we strive to make better contractors that will grow the industry. As the fortunes of your industry rise so does your business opportunity. 

*Please see links below for speaker bios and or presentations.

2020 State Building Code
IPC & IMC Portions

Darren Hobbs
Manager of Technical Services
Office of the State Building Inspector (OSBI)


CHCCA Group Retirement Plan Overview

Kevin B. Regan, MBA, CFP®, CPFA
Ridgeline Financial Partners
President: Joe DeFusco has been in the trade for 34 years. He has been active in the association for 20 years, including 15 years on the Board of Directors and served as Association President for a total of 3 years. Joe has served as Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee for 7 years. Additionally Joe serves as Chairman representing the Merit Shops on the Apprenticeship Hiring Ratio Task Force. When Joe is not working he enjoys boating and trips to Block Island with his wife and family. 
Secretary: Hank Cullinane entered the HVAC Industry following college in 1986, working for his parents company Clover Corporation. Hank's father Harry was CHCC's Code Chairman, naturally, Hank took interest and has been on the committee since the early 1990's. Hank believes in the advancement of industry through association participation. He has been active in CT ASHRAE for the past 28 years, served as President 2018-2019. Outside the industry Hank and his wife Leslie have two kids, Hank spent years coaching them in basketball and soccer and has since continued as a referee.
Treasurer: Ralph Fico is a CPA by trade, Ralph earned both his undergraduate degree in Accounting and his MBA from Sacred Heart University. He worked 7 years in public accounting before entering the HVAC Industry. Ralph was a cofounder of a retail oil delivery company, which later sold and he opened Duct Diagnostics. Duct Diagnostics has been operating for 22 years and now proudly employs 18 highly motivated individuals. Ralph brings a wealth of experience to the role of CHCC Treasurer.
Chris Perley is celebrating his 31st year this year in the HVAC industry. He is a member of the Executive Board after serving as President for two years. He is a past member of the Golf Committee and served as chairman for many years. He started in 2018 as Sales Manager with The Star Supply Company, after 29 years on the dealer side of the business. He spent majority of his career (20) years at Encon and Edgerton HVAC. He spends his free time coaching and supporting his kids along with Allison, his wife of 21 years.

Matt Briand is President of Edgerton, Inc.  Founded in 1956, Edgerton is headquartered in southwestern Connecticut supporting its client base throughout the state and parts of New York.  Matt has recently joined the CHCC board. When not at the office Matt enjoys time with his wife and twin 18-year old boys. They can be found taking on most outdoor sports and activities.

Eric D'Eramo has served on the CHCC Board of Directors for 15 years, as CHCC's President for four consecutive years and countless hours on the Government Affairs Committee. Eric has worked in the HVAC industry for the past 25 years, 18 of which he has been with ENCON. When not working, Eric enjoys vacationing with his wife Suzanne and their family, fishing, enjoying outdoors, and relaxing with a fine cigar and bourbon.

Jim Chard has been in the trade since graduating from UConn in 1982.  He is currently President of F. J. Chard & Son, Inc. in Burlington CT. He has been a CHCC member since 1990.  Jim is a Past President of the association and has served on the Board of Directors since 2001  His hobbies include skiing, biking, golf, weekly setback league and Burlington Politics. “I encourage all tradesmen regardless of company size to take advantage of what CHCC has offered to us over the past 30 years”. - Jim Chard

Nick Nedjoika works for System Aire Supply Company, 2020 marks his 16th year working in the trade. Nick has served on the CHCC Board of Directors for two years. In his off time Nick enjoys playing darts, playing softball and exploring the craft beer industry.

Bryan Mackenzie began working in the trade 40+ years ago. What began in Bryan Mackenzie's garage back in 1984 has became one of the leading refrigeration, heating, and air conditioning companies in the Guilford area. He is passionate about educating the next generation and is an avid supporter of the technical schools. Bryan has served on the CHCC Board of Directors for the past 15 years. In his off time, he enjoys driving to visit and or watch games of any one of his 8 grand children with his wife of 42 years.
Brent Davenport is one of two owners of the Shaffer Company. He has been working in the trade for over 25 years and initially joined CHCC, like many others, because of his father,Tim Davenport. Since joining the Board of Directors, Brent has been instrumental in advancing CHCC's Scholarship to include a hands on technical competition. In his free time he enjoys volunteering, golfing, Seadooing, skiing, playing cards and spending time with family and friends. 
Don Wheeler territory manager for The Star Supply Company has been in the HVAC Industry for 30 years. 
Don is a graduate of Emmett O'Brien Technical H.S, he went to work for Star through a work-study and was hired following graduation. He briefly left to go into the field to learn HVAC, two years later he was rehired by Star and has been there ever since. Don's involvement with CHCC started through The Star Supply Company, attending meetings and participating in the trade show in the early years. Don has been on the Board of Directors and on the Trade Show Committee for the past 4 years. In his off time he enjoys cooking and riding motorcycles.
Welcome Steve Zagurski!
The Connecticut Heating & Cooling Contractors Association welcomes Steve Zagurski to its Board of Directors. Steve is President of Air Temp Mechanical Services, Inc. The Board of Directors looks forward to collaborating with Steve and his experience and perspectives.
Executive Director: Jenn Jennings began working part-time at Controlled Temperatures in Stamford her junior year in high school. After graduating from college Jenn went to work for Malloy & Associates, (government relations firm), CHCC was a client of the firm. Jenn worked primarily on occupational trades legislative issues, regulatory tracking and analysis, from there she came on board as CHCC's Executive Director in 2006. When not working, Jenn is still on the go with her husband and their 3 children at a rink or a field or showing houses. 

Victoria Herrmann started working for CHCC during her senior year of college in 2011 as an intern. She has a full-time job with Cigna as an IT Project Manager and is also completing her MBA at the University of Hartford later this year. In her off time, Victoria loves to travel with her husband and their daughters.
After nearly two decades serving on the CHCC Board of Directors, CHCC Past President and Air Temp Mechanical CEO, Jeff Leone is stepping down. On behalf too the CHCC Board of Directors and Membership we want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Jeff for his commitment, enthusiasm and tireless advocacy for the industry. Stay tuned for our next CHCC Connect After Hours date to join us in raising a toast to Jeff. 

April 6 - 8, 2020: Windsor Locks
Residential Sprinkler Installation
One- and Two-Family Dwellings

CALLING ALL P1 & P2 License Holders!!!


March 21, 2020: Cromwell
Looking to get a final boost prior to taking the D or S exam? Join your industry colleagues for CHCC's D/S License Prep Course, a review designed to help you achieve results.

CALLING ALL P1 & P2 License Holders!!!


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Republicans and Democrats of the Connecticut General Assembly are gearing up for the short 2020 legislative session that opened today.

The session, which lasts from Feb. 5 to May 6, is the shorter session year. Stay tuned fro updates from CHCC lobbyist Andy Markowski of Statehouse Associates.

Ratio Task Force Update


My budget also contains an exciting vision for our nation's high schools. Tonight, I ask Congress to support our students and back my plan to offer vocational and technical education in every single high school in America.

State of the Union




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CHCC 401(k) Opportunity

As an association, we are constantly trying to provide more value to our members. As such, we have launched a group retirement plan benefit exclusively for our contractors. By relying on the bargaining power of a large group.

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