A Message from Michael Copp, PHCC EVP
eMessenger October 2015
As I begin to get my bearings as PHCC’s newest team member, I wanted to reach out and express my appreciate for all you do within the Union-Affiliated Contractors (UAC) group. I know that the UAC has a robust history dating back to 1995 and is a critical enhanced service group that "maintain[s] and nurture[s] a working relationship between the United Association employing segment of PHCC-National Association and the United Association (UA)."
I am pleased that this partnership, truly built on trust and cooperation, has provided so much value to our association, its stakeholders, and to the industry. This partnership is strengthened by events like Unity 2016, which I look forward to attending in February. Unity provides high-level networking opportunities and comprehensive educational sessions covering emerging technologies and best practices in the industry. I am especially looking forward to Kirk Alter's roundtable discussion about market recovery strategies.
Having lived through the negative impact of the credit crisis of 2008 when I was with the National Association of Homebuilders, I know firsthand the struggle many have had to regain market share and continue to build thriving businesses. The good news is that I continue to read about marked improvement in many regions, and some industry observers project the economic health to "resume normal annual growth rates of over 2.5 percent as new construction and remodeling activities increase." That makes UAC benefits even more valuable as you and other UAC members take advantage of new opportunities to improve and grow your businesses. Learning best practices like those you will discuss during Unity 2016 in Fort Lauderdale next year ; meeting with UA leadership on a regular basis to discuss the views of the PHCC signatory contractors; participation on joint programs with the UA; and The UAC’s online newsletter- eMessenger , all collectively contribute to improving your bottom line and improving your customer's experience.
Finally, I appreciated what Mark Butler wrote of his father's advice in the August 2015 edition of the UA Journal- "Be honest with the members; tell them the good and the bad; don't make promises you can't keep; and work to make things better for those who will follow". This will my goal as we work together to build on your continued success to continuously elevate the high standards of professionalism that make this industry so special.