New PHCC President Laurie Crigler Set to Leverage the Power of Apprenticeships, Advocacy, Awareness and Access
Inducted as the new president for the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) on Oct. 6, Laurie Crigler is eager to build on the momentum fueled by Past-president Patrick Wallner’s term of “collaboration” and grow PHCC and its members’ businesses under her message of “Power of A: Apprenticeships, Advocacy, Awareness and Access,” referring to the four key challenges PHCC members face.
“We need to get the message out at all levels – local state and federal – that our industry has great, high-paying jobs, including an avenue of secondary education,” she announced after taking the helm as PHCC president during CONNECT, the association’s annual conference held earlier this month in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Speaking about advocacy, she urged PHCC members to push for “good laws and regulations in our industry, adding: “We do not need uninformed legislators imposing laws and regulations on our businesses. We need legislators to understand what role our small businesses play in the growth of this country … and that is where PHCC comes in.”
With an interesting journey to the p-h-c industry – opening a plumbing business with her husband Danny in 1983 after beginning her career as a school teacher – Crigler brings unique perspective to her new role at PHCC. For decades, she has held a variety of leadership positions within the association – from legislative chair and zone director to PHCC Educational Foundation board member and apprenticeship committee member – all while serving as owner and vice president of L&D Associates, Inc., a Virginia-based company focused on plumbing for new construction. In 2007, Crigler received PHCC’s prestigious Colonel George D. Scott Award, named in honor of PHCC’s first president and presented to a member with outstanding dedication to the national organization, its affiliated groups and the industry.
As new president, Crigler is eager to continue building on PHCC’s reputation for providing access to the best education and training in the industry. “Contractors don’t need to re-invent the wheel,” she says. “PHCC offers an amazing array of webinars, e-learning, apprenticeship books and classes, management training and more … all tailored to make members the best contractors, the best owners, the best tradesmen and the best apprentices.”
Speaking about awareness, Crigler credits heightened exposure to the trades – thanks to HGTV and other programming and resources– with showing consumers how technical and detailed the trades have to be in order to produce the quality end result they are expecting. “The tide is turning in our favor,” she says. “We need the public to be aware of what PHCC is, what we offer and why they should look at our association when hiring a plumbing or HVAC contractor. We want to be their number one choice.”
The PHCC-National Association, formed in 1883, provides legislative advocacy, education and training to more than 3,500 plumbing and HVACR businesses and 70,000 technicians. Members of PHCC have access to a wide variety of services designed to increase their professionalism, grow their business and improve profitability. For more information about PHCC, visit www.phccweb.org.