Message from the EVP

  • 07.30.18

    EVP Message: The Dependency Ratio

    I have written a number of articles about the workforce shortage for several years and it’s great to see the mainstream media, legislators and regulators now talking about it, too. We are slowly starting to see a shift in conversations from “college” to “career” readiness with efforts like legislation that will expand apprenticeship programs with modest additional funding.

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  • 07.06.18

    EVP Message: Industry Trends Through the Eyes of a Manufacturer

    During PHCC National’s recent visit with the leadership of NIBCO, a part of our conversation was comparing the strategic efforts of both PHCC and NIBCO, a recognized leader of flow control solutions to the residential and commercial construction markets.

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  • 06.15.18

    Philanthropy Could Attract Youth to the P-H-C Industry

    A recent news story I saw on TV indicated that many small businesses are struggling to find seasonal employees. Low unemployment, fewer foreign workers and many students preferring to seek out volunteer opportunities are contributing to an already difficult labor shortage. Unlike when I started working at 15 years of age, today many students feel obligated to volunteer, in addition to other …

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  • 04.13.18

    The Value of Servant Leadership

    I recently had an opportunity to attend the PHCC Educational Foundation's PHCC Essentials of Project Management course taught by Kirk Alter (2018) Associate Professor and Fulbright Scholar at Purdue University. During the class he introduced the concept of ‘servant leadership’ and principles that could dramatically increase the student's ability to successfully manage projects and lead their …

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  • 04.07.18

    Service: Practicing What We Preach

    PHCC strives to help our members be recognized as the Contractors of Choice in their marketplaces, supplying them with tools and training about being more efficient, more knowledgeable, and more innovative. But it’s no secret that – especially in this age of social media and online reviews – contractors are only as good as their customers’ opinions of them, and the professionals who give their …

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  • 12.20.17

    Advocacy News

    Update on DOL Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion

    The Department of Labor (DOL) Task Force established by President Trump’s Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America has had a formative meeting with more meetings expected early in 2018. The mission of the task force is to identify strategies and proposals to promote apprenticeships, especially in sectors where apprenticeship programs are insufficient.

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  • 12.15.17

    PHCC: A Home for HVAC Contractors, Too!

    As I meet with PHCC chapters, industry groups and contractors, I often hear: “PHCC is a plumbers’ organization. What do you really do for HVAC contractors?” My response is: “A lot, and we want to do more.”

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  • 12.07.17

    Harassment Amongst Generations

    Recently I have cringed each time I turn on the news and hear about yet another case of sexual flirtation, misconduct, harassment, and assault, and I am increasingly worried about the long term impact on the workplace.  Yes, we know that this behavior has no place in our society and creates a hostile environment (yes, this is the legal ramification of harassment) for victims who could be our …

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  • 10.20.17

    Value-Added Service Opportunity: Technology Installation and Integration

    There is a great opportunity for p-h-c contractors to consider offering technology installation and integration as a value-added service to their clients whether they are in new construction and or service and repair.  PHCC sees a real need to provide resources to help contractors consider this opportunity and provide materials on this and other relevant topics through a new web-based  …

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  • 10.17.17

    Collaboration: Turning Reach Into Impact

    There’s a definite common thread running through everything we do at PHCC: real change happens when we work together. Whether that collaboration is among PHCC members, among local, state and national leaders, or between PHCC and legislative and regulatory agencies, our members’ businesses are stronger and our industry’s future looks brighter when we join forces. Now into the second year of PHCC …

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