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Bruce Widener Announces Retirement as CAAG Director

By: Bruce Widener, CAAG Executive Director I have now been with CAAG for 40 years! Earl Smith, Bob Kesterton and I started CAAG in 1980 and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I am extremely proud of everything we have been able to accomplish over the years. I have heard multiple times that CAAG is envied by all other HVAC groups in the country. Bob Kesterton told me a couple months ago how proud… Read More

Legislative Session 2020 Affecting HVAC in Georgia

By Bruce Widener, CAAG, Executive Director/Lobbyist The Georgia Legislature is now at work for the people in this short 40 day session. Your CAAG team has been working close on HVAC issues with Georgia legislators on the following issues. These House Bills can be also found at www.caag.org. Bruce Widener Support HB 715 Business License/Permit cost. There is a lot of conversation about this bill, but cities and counties and the $400 Club are opposed… Read More

CAAG to Host 4th Annual “CAAG Cup” 2020 Golf Tournament on March 20

By Bruce Widener The Annual CAAG Conference will host the 4th Annual “CAAG Cup Golf Tournament” complete with winners’ trophies and cash prizes! Savannah Harbor Golf Course The tournament will be played on Friday morning beginning at 7:30 a.m. at “The Club,” Savannah Harbor Golf Course. This is the course across the river at the Westin Hotel. Golf is also available on Thurs. and Saturday but will not be part of the tournament. You MUST… Read More

2020 CAAG Annual Conference Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel March 19-21, 2020

By Bruce Widener The 2020 CAAG Annual Conference will be held at the newly renovated Marriott Savannah Riverfront Hotel in Savannah, Georgia. Everyone loves to go to Savannah for sightseeing and River Street! The exhibitors and attendees love the open atrium where exhibits are located. The program will begin with a Meet and Greet Reception on Thursday evening, March 19, and conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, so make your room reservations accordingly. Read More

CAAG VP Matthew Holtkamp Meets with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

CAAG Vice President Matthew Holtkamp (left) with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. CAAG Vice President Matthew Holtkamp (Holtkamp Heating & Air Conditioning, Suwanee, Ga.) met with Georgia Secretary of State (SOS), Brad Raffensperger recently at his Rotary Club luncheon. Matthew said they had a good conversation and thought the new Secretary of State would work with CAAG to strengthen the enforcement of the licensing law. All the licensing boards are under the SOS’s jurisdiction. Read More

ALERT: Plumbing Licensing Abolished in Texas

Contributed by CAAG If you don’t think keeping up with the Georgia Legislature is important, read this! The licensing Board for Plumbers has been on the books since 1947 in Texas. However, this year the Legislature “sunset” the licensing law as of September 1, 2019.This means there would be no licensing law for plumbers in Texas! After this happened the Plumbers Association mobilized and got the Governor to issue an Executive Order to extend the… Read More