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ACI California brought lots of good insights and opportunities for the home performance industry at large. The biggest buzz is the pay-for-performance concept, which is making progress in California, New Jersey, and New York. It was also great to see so many contractors presenting, sharing their wares and experiences with their peers. That’s really what ACI is about—sharing, collaborating, and re-energizing those in the trenches. [continue reading]

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Join Us at a Women in Home Performance Breakfast at ACI California

Amy Beley

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