Message from the EVP

  • 03.22.19

    PHCC Strategic Preparation

    Paul D. Meyer, is President and Co-CEO of Tecker International, LLC, and recently conducted and annual strategic review with PHCC National Association.

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  • 02.28.19

    2019: Helping Our Members Thrive

    2019 is the Chinese Year of the Brown Earth Pig (aardvark). Unlike the aardvark, we will not be sticking our head in the ground, but rather looking above the berm to see how we can help contractors thrive.

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  • 02.08.19

    The Importance of Life-Long Education

    Emerging global trends reveal that the plumbing-heating- cooling (p-h-c) industry is changing rapidly. These changes include an ever-growing global internet economy, increasing speed of technological development, expanding client expectations and a shift toward reintermediation.

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  • 01.11.19

    Looking Ahead to 2019

    Chief Economist Ken Simonson for Associated General Contractors writes that “Despite the threats from labor market tightness, tariffs and rising interest rates, most contractors should find opportunities abound in 2019.”

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  • 12.07.18

    Power of Industry Communities

    Back in 2016, the PHCC Board of Directors added “collaboration” as a core value to its list of values that include: leadership and innovation, professionalism and integrity, member focused, technical and business expertise, career development and education, quality installation and service, and proactive advocacy. The idea is that PHCC cannot be an expert in all that it does to bring value to …

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  • 11.13.18

    Passing the Baton

    The p-h-c trades are filled with grinders whose stories are worth every bit of attention of those searching for a good story about what is right about our industry. It’s all about passing the baton to the next tradesperson and hence, raising everyone’s level of professionalism.

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  • 10.26.18

    Recession Coming in 2019…ish

    Bloomberg's Jeff Kearns notes that, "Two-thirds of business economists in the U.S. expect a recession to begin by the end of 2020.” Some argue that it could start in 2019 and others in 2021, but that in any case it’s not expected to be near what we experienced in 2008.

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  • 07.30.18

    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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