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About IE3

High-Tech News for a High-Tech Industry

IE3 is a revolutionary content company focused on helping professional contractors run smarter, better businesses. We're owned and led by contractors themselves, who know firsthand the technology and cultural changes that are transforming old-school trades into a high-tech, dynamic, and driven industry. IE3 is where forward-thinking contractors go for daily content to feed their passion for success.

Started in 2012 as “Indoor Environment & Energy Efficiency,” today IE3 is the leading source of Business Intelligence for Professional Contractors. From HVAC and building performance, to plumbing and hydronics — and beyond — IE3 is where contracting business owners and managers get challenged, inspired, and changed.


IE3 has been built from the ground up as a multi-channel mobile content machine. IE3 works where contractors work, in the field as well as behind the desk!

Which means IE3 also offers a unique opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers to engage with the actual decision-making owners and managers at thousands of America’s best, most influential contracting firms — across a wide variety of channels.

Learn more.


We'd love to hear your company news, read your press releases, participate in dialogue, consider your ideas for content, learn from your rants, and enjoy your raves. Send these items to ie3editor@acca.org.

IE3 is an open website. If a particular article makes you stop and think — or provokes a disagreement — chime into the conversation by posting a comment right on the article.

You can also contact our editor via Twitter @ie3media.

Our Partnership with ACCA

logobluemsmallIE3 is the exclusive media partner for ACCA, the nation's largest association of indoor environment and energy service contractors. This provides IE3 a wealth of resources and knowledge about this industry — and an audience of professional contractors — that is unmatched by any other trade media. IE3's passionate commitment to new technology is helping ACCA expand its reach to new generations of contractors through mobile, online and social media platforms. Learn more about ACCA here.

IE3 Leadership

IE3 is led by a small board of dedicated individuals with a background of innovation in the contracting industry and beyond.

taylor (1)Larry Taylor (Board Chair) is a visionary contractor who has won just about every individual and business honor in the industry. He purchased Fort Worth’s AirRite in 1990 and turned it into a regional powerhouse and national legend. A winner of ACCA’s Spirit of Independence Award and an inductee of the Contracting Business Hall of Fame, Larry has a passion for professional contracting that has led him to mentor countless businesses across the country on a path to success.

dean (1)Richard Dean is president of Environmental Systems Associates, a small residential firm in Howard County, Maryland, that has become a model for successful contracting among upper income, “green friendly” homeowners. He is a leader in his community and the indoor environment industry, having served as a past chairman of ACCA and a member of countless industry task forces and committees.

nichter-small (1)Joe Nichter is president of Comfort Systems USA Southwest, a large commercial firm based in Arizona. From his beginnings as a residential service manager to his successful career in leadership at Comfort Systems, Nichter’s singular focus has been on innovation in technology, management and service.

rayisaacRay Isaac is president of Isaac Heating & Air Conditioning in Rochester, a contracting business known far and wide for its innovative business practices and commitment to employee recruitment and personal growth. Isaac is a past chairman of both ACCA and NATE, the indoor environment industry's technician certification program.


IE3 Management

BROADUSMelissa Broadus
703-824-8842 • ie3editor@acca.org

Since 2011, Melissa Broadus has been focusing her passionate commitment to editorial excellence on the indoor environment industry. She works closely with contractors from all over the country to make sure that IE3's content is aggressively targeted toward meeting real contractor needs — while also being entertaining and engaging to read, watch or participate in. From daily digital content to print publications, she brings everything together at IE3.

Al Rickard
Sales Director
703-402-9713 • sales@ie3media.com

Al Rickard is the master of connections. He knows how to connect suppliers and manufacturers with the audience that they really want — and how to leverage IE3's unique connection with the contracting audience so that advertisers get a big return on small investments. With a wide variety of multi-channel marketing opportunities available, Al will show you how to reach a decision-making audience that will connect with your message, no matter what size your budget.