HERRIN, April 16, 2024 - Pass One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning, a cornerstone of Southern Illinois since its establishment in 1971 and a One Hour franchise since 2003, proudly announces a landmark achievement as the National Franchise of the Year for 2023. 

Despite being located in one of the franchise’s smallest population centers, this top honor was bestowed by the franchisor last month at the annual convention of its 721 nationwide franchises in Dallas, Texas. Pass was singled out for embodying the One Hour brand values and consistently demonstrating growth and excellence. The company also received the prestigious President’s Circle award and the Bryant Circle of Champions award. 

Beyond industry accolades, co-owners Francis and Richard Pass are committed to the community, leading numerous charitable initiatives. This year, they spearheaded drives supporting the Child Advocacy Center and the Herrin House of Hope, among others. Their support extended to sponsoring seven local athletics teams and participating in significant community events like HerrinFesta, which led to their nomination as the 2023 Corporate Honoree by the local chamber of commerce and HerrinFesta board.

Their dedication to service goes beyond contributions, as they focus on real, impactful engagements with the community, earning them a Better Business Bureau A+ rating and over 2,000 reviews with an average of 4.8/5 stars.

"Francis and Richard have created more than a workplace; they've built a family and a home that extends its warmth to the entire community," said a company spokesperson. "Their leadership and philanthropy make them truly deserving of the title Franchise of the Year."

For more information, please contact:

Spencer Pass

(618) 993-6471


Founded in 1971 and franchised in 2003, Pass One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning serves the Southern Illinois area with exceptional heating and air conditioning services. Known for their commitment to quality service and community involvement, they continue to set standards in both professional achievement and community service.