Three Top HVAC Apprentices Receive Awards at CONNECT 2014
For Immediate Release:
October 16, 2014
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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 13, 2014) – Three top HVAC apprentices received awards in the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors–National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation's second annual HVAC Apprentice Contest, held Oct. 8-9 in New Orleans, La.
The Foundation’s HVACR Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee members were on hand to set up and judge the contest, which was a highlight of the PHCC–National Association's CONNECT 2014 Product & Technology Showcase. A portion of the contest was hosted by the HVAC program at Delgado Community College’s Jefferson Campus in Metairie, La.
This year’s awards went to:
- 1st Place – Leroy Friend, Shapiro & Duncan, Inc., Rockville, Md.
- 2nd Place – Tyler Sheppeck, Corporate Mechanical, Minneapolis, Minn.
- 3rd Place – Chris Lighthart, The Lighthart Corp., Los Angeles, Cal.
Foundation volunteers operating this year’s event included:
- Scott Balmer, Chair, ShoffnerKalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service, Knoxville, Tenn.
- Tony DeSantis, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Cal.
- Bill Jones, Raven Mechanical, LLC, Houston, Tex.
- Craig Lewis, R.E.C. Industries, Inc., Bryan, Tex.
- Joel Long, GSM Services, Inc., Gastonia, N.C.
- Warren Lupson, Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute, Arlington, Va.
- Ron Newman, Lakes Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., Spirit Lake, Iowa
- Ken Nielsen, AccuAire, Inc., Reading, Mass.
- Kenny Ripberger, Delgado Community College, Metairie, La.
- Jamie Simpson, Schaal Heating & Cooling, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa
The event was made possible by the following generous industry sponsors:
Headline Sponsors: Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); Coburn Supply Co.; and Rheem.
Contestant Sponsors: AC Pro; AHRI; Cengage Learning; Coburn Supply Co.; Daikin; Emerson Climate Technologies; Milwaukee Electric Tool Co.; NATE and NIBCO, Inc.
Additional prize and materials sponsors included: Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); Aireco, Inc.; Channellock; Delgado Community College; Emerson Climate Technologies; Fluke; Greenlee Textron Inc.; Hilmor; Honeywell; Imperial/Stride Tool; Milwaukee Electric Tool Co.; NetBraze, LLC; NIBCO, Inc.; RIDGID; Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.; and Techsource Tools.
About PHCC Educational Foundation
The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers, was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace. For more information contact a member of the Foundation staff at (800) 533-7694 or visit