Photo Caption: Brian Hooper, MSI Mechanical Systems Inc, VP of Operations with Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA President & CEO
ACCA, the Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency Association, honored Brian Hooper, Vice President of MSI Mechanical Systems, Inc. in Salem, New Hampshire, with the 2015 Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award. The award was presented as part of a Main Stage Session at ACCA 2015, taking place recently at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX.
According to ACCA organizers, Hooper was a standout candidate for this prestigious award due to his significant contributions to the community through his vision and leadership of Building Dreams for Marines, which is making an extraordinary difference in the lives of New Hampshire Marines by providing no cost home renovations to make living more comfortable and accessible for those who are significantly impacted physically during their duty on behalf of our nation.
Skip Snyder in which the award was named after was an ROTC Ranger at Temple University, and served two years active duty as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, followed by 11 years as a Captain in the Army Reserve Transportation Department in Philadelphia.
"Skip was an iconic leader with a unique passion for life, service to country and profession," said Paul T. Stalknecht, ACCA president and CEO. "Brian shares that same light and drive as Skip did when it comes to helping others who are in the greatest need. His work helping our wounded veterans, who willingly put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, shows not only dedication to service, but also to our country. Brian truly embodies what this award stands for and is deserving of this tribute for his humanitarian efforts."
“I am deeply honored to receive the Skip Snyder Humanitarian Award,” said Hooper. “I’m accepting this award on behalf of the entire Building Dreams for Marines organization; collectively we are making a difference in the lives of wounded New Hampshire Marines. It is a very humbling experience to walk into the home of a Marine who cannot access all parts of their house because it’s not handicap accessible, or to watch as they cannot navigate around to their backyard because they don’t have a wheelchair accessible ramp. This organization will continue to do great things and it’s because of the generosity of so many. I am proud to use the resources of this industry to not only renovate the homes of these Marines, but I like to think we are delivering much more than brick and mortar, but rather we are helping to rebuild their lives back at home.”
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.
About Building Dreams for Marines: Building Dreams has been established to assist Marines veterans with life-enhancing modifications to their homes. For our brave men and women who have lost some aspect of their mobility, Building dreams for Marines steps in to provide no-cost planning, designing and building services. From access ramps and railings to stair lifts and more, our organization seeks to serve those who have selflessly served America. www.buildingdreamsformarines.org
About ACCA: 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 www.acca.org.