Message from the President: Enhanced Service Groups Make Connections That Matter
March 28, 2017
By Patrick Wallner, PHCC—National Association President
I have written a few times about how we, as association members, can enhance our PHCC experience by collaborating with our peers, manufacturers, vendors and members, to name a few. In this article, I want to focus on how we collaborate for success within our association through membership participation in our Enhanced Service Groups.
Just over 20 years ago, PHCC’s Quality Service Contractors (QSC), Union-Affiliated Contractors (UAC) and Construction Contractors’ Alliance (CCA) were established to provide targeted benefits and services to PHCC members who choose to extend the value of their PHCC membership. Members of these communities are able to focus on the best business practices for their segment of the industry.
I have been a member of Quality Service Contractors since its inception in Houston, Texas, in 1994. I can say without a doubt that the positive effect that my company experienced after implementing a few of the ideas we discovered by collaborating with other members of QSC at those meetings really helped us grow our business. Most importantly, it has helped us to increase our profitability and our business attitudes. It was worth every penny we spent in dues for both PHCC and Quality Service Contractors.
While Quality Service Contractors is geared for service and repair contractors, the other two Enhanced Service Groups provide focused programs and services for plumbing and mechanical construction contractors. CCA offers targeted education and networking that enhance the profitability and professionalism of the commercial and residential new construction members. The UAC provides a unified voice for signatory contractors within PHCC, making sure their specific needs and concerns are addressed and preparing them to quickly and effectively respond to changes in the industry. All three groups have impressive membership lists of some of the best contractors in the industry who share ideas on how to make their businesses better.
Collaboration among members is really the backbone of these groups. Anyone who participates in an Enhanced Service Group meeting, online conversation or shop visit can see how willing members are to share information and tips that can help others succeed. Not only are they collaborating amongst themselves, they also have an impressive list of supporting manufacturers, vendors and industry partners that actively participate in their meetings.
If you want to take your business to the next level, I suggest that you reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss joining their ranks. There are different annual fees associated with each group. It will be well worth your investment, time and efforts to collaborate for success.