Michael Copp, Executive Vice President

  • 09.27.21

    A Year of “Last Times”

    It is amazing that over six years have passed since I began my tenure as PHCC’s chief staff officer and this year has been filled with many “last times.” It’s been the last time for building budgets, preparing strategic plans, visiting corporate partners and sponsors, presenting at chapter conventions, participating in media podcasts, attending Alliance meetings, writing this PHCC CEO Team, …

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  • 09.13.21

    Membership Recruitment Reminder

    As the PHCC National team enters into its renewal efforts, membership value needs to be front and center for the upcoming year. While it’s been a major focus area within the PHCC strategic plan, the federation is not growing sufficiently to outpace members who’ve left, in addition to recruiting new members. So how do we stack up overall? PHCC National saw an incredible 89% retention rate despite …

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  • 08.27.21

    Another Active Hurricane Season

    As noted in a recent article in NEFI’s Oil and Energy Magazine, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a high number of Atlantic hurricanes in 2021 with 13-20 named storms and 3-5 major category 3, 4 or 5 hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.  (Retrieved from the World Wide Web on July 8, 2021, at https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/noaa-predicts …

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  • 08.05.21

    Empathic Leadership

    I have a habit of reading a management book and then alternating with a book about my other interests.  This practice has helped me try to stay on top of latest best practices as a steward of this organization and our team.  I also check out TED Talks and other presentations as a way to give myself a personal kick-in-the-butt whilst striving to be a better leader.  Admittedly I am human and I …

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  • 06.25.21

    Carbon Pricing

    The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition defines carbon pricing as using pricing instruments to charge those emitters of greenhouse gasses (GHG), which trap heat and hence, heat up the planet, to “discourage the use of carbon dioxide–emitting fossil fuels in order to protect the environment, address the causes of climate change, and meet national and international climate agreements.” (Retrieved …

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  • 06.10.21

    Driving Under the Influence of Electronics

    It is generally estimated that we unlock our mobile phones 10 times more than times we crack a smile. April was Distracted Driving Awareness Month with the National Safety Council estimating that over 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. In March 2021, USA Today wrote “The nonprofit National Safety Council estimates in a [recent] report that 42,060 people died in vehicle crashes …

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  • 05.27.21

    Biggest Challenge: Finding Employees

    In a recent PHCC Contractor Sentiment survey, one of the biggest challenges cited by our members is the inability to find employees. While a problem for several years – this is a crisis exacerbated by the pandemic. “In a study performed by Marcum’s National Construction Services group:  41% of pre-pandemic respondents chose ‘securing skilled labor’ as the No. 1 threat to their businesses.”  …

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  • 05.14.21

    PHCC Contractor Sentiment Survey

    We produced another PHCC Contractor Sentiment survey this spring. 92% of respondents were plumbing contractors and 55% were HVACR contractors who responded to this survey, albeit some plumbing contractors also provide HVACR services. With the economy growing by 6.4% in the first quarter, according to CNN on April 30, 2021, there is greater optimism and increased consumer confidence in this …

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  • 04.23.21

    Minimizing Workplace Violence

    PHCC—National Association is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of GSM Services employees James Lewis and Robert Shook, two well-respected HVAC service technicians who were killed during a mass shooting that took place April 7 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. PHCC—National Association President-elect Joel Long is a co-owner with his brother Steven Long of GSM Services – a PHCC Contractor-member …

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  • 04.09.21

    Sustainability and P-H-C Industry

    The word ‘sustainability’ has been used for many years to describe design criteria that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”1 We have recently seen articles that talk about “net-zero carbon communities” within which as described by Rose Morrison (2021) in her article, The Future of Net-Zero Communities, consist of  …

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  • 03.25.21

    Personality Preference Assessments

    Since my career began after getting out of the army in 1984, I have witnessed a growing use of personality tests for career development and staff benchmarking to improve communications and respect for individual differences that contribute to an organization’s success. The most popular instruments include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), DiSC, Big Five2, HIGH5 Test, Truity, and others.1 …

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  • 03.12.21

    A Return to Live Events in 2021

    Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes (2020) wrote in her December 1, 2020, article, Predicting the Future of Events, “[MDG has] been researching, reading, experimenting and tracking what’s working and what’s not in the events space.” The following are what might be expected in 2021 (Retrieved on the World Wide Web on December 18, 2020, here): Attendees will return to in-person events - “attendee …

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