CONNECT 2014 Hits a High Note
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October 21, 2014
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The positive energy during PHCC’s Oct. 8-10 CONNECT 2014 in New Orleans was as infectious as the rhythms of the city’s toe-tapping music. From young apprentices excited to make their mark among the p-h-c industry’s best to proven experts showcasing loads of new technologies and processes, CONNECT’s attendees were upbeat about an improving economy and were particularly pumped about a desire to attract (and retain) qualified workers to their trade.
PHCC spotted a lot of new faces this year – first-time convention attendees eager to make connections and tap into new business opportunities. The buzz throughout the convention hall was that CONNECT offered “something for everyone,” from tips on how to sell value-added products for those in service and repair, to technology trends for attendees representing the new construction arena. Of particular note, PHCC shined the spotlight on:
In an inspiring and entertaining keynote address, sponsored by Viega, Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, USA (Ret.), revealed how his bold, no-nonsense leadership approach applies to p-h-c businesses. To get people to willingly follow your vision, he recommended:
- do routine things well;
- be prepared to take on the impossible;
- don’t be afraid to act even if you’re criticized; and
- embrace innovation in your business.
At a time when addressing the severe shortage of skilled workers in the p-h-c industry is crucial, extra excitement surrounded CONNECT 2014’s HVAC and Plumbing Apprentice Contests, which attracted 21 plumbing and 10 HVAC competitors – the most ever in PHCC history! This year’s sponsor bragging rights for the HVAC and Plumbing Apprentice Contests belong to Rheem and Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. These companies sponsored HVAC contest winner Leroy Friend of Shapiro & Duncan, Rockville, Md., and plumbing contest winner Tyler Arndt, Arndt & Son Plumbing of Brooklyn, Wis.
To keep educational opportunities like these going, the PHCC Educational Foundation proudly reported that it raised $20,000 at CONNECT 2014 for its Invest in Your Future Giving Campaign.
Dedication to the Industry – Col. George D. Scott Award
At the closing reception, 2013-2014 President Steve Rivers revealed that Past National President (1996-1997) Mark Giebelhaus, president of Marlin Mechanical Corporation of Phoenix, Ariz., was the 2014 recipient of PHCC’s prestigious Col. George D. Scott Award.
Leadership – Changing of the Guard
New Orleans was a fitting setting to install PHCC’s new president and “leader of the band,” Kevin Tindall, owner of Princeton, N.J.-based Tindall & Ranson Plumbing and Heating. Taking the podium at CONNECT 2014’s closing reception, Tindall pledged to keep the association on course to help members be successful and protect public health, safety and the environment. “Together, we will make a better future,” he said.
To read more about Tindall’s goals as PHCC’s new president, click on the links below:
During the PHCC Annual Business Meeting on Oct. 10, Patrick Wallner of Wallner Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Redding, Calif., was elected 2014-2015 PHCC vice president.
Click here for a full list of officers.
CONNECT 2014 also was an opportunity to celebrate the strength of the PHCC organization. To illustrate the breadth of PHCC’s accomplishments as well as the industry’s promising future, several award winners were recognized. Click here to see the list.