Celebrating the Best of 2019 – Awards and Recognition

October 11, 2019
By Staff Writer, PHCC-National Association

CONNECT 2019 was an opportunity to celebrate the very best contractors, apprentices, auxiliary members, association executives and students. To illustrate PHCC’s faith in the future as we continue to collaborate for the success of our association and our industry, several award winners were recognized:

PHCC-National Association Awards

  • Colonel George D. Scott Award – James S. Steinle; owner of Atomic Plumbing Heating and Electrical Corporation; Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • PHCC/Delta Apprentice of the Year – Eduardo Flores Jr.; PHCC of Los Angeles; Los Angeles, California
  • PHCC/Delta Plumbing Contractor of the Year – Laura Ciriello-Benedict; Ciriello Plumbing; Beech Grove, Indiana
  • PHCC HVAC Contractor of the Year – Todd and Ryan Kletz; Classic Air One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, Virginia Beach; Virginia
  • Federated Insurance’s “Safety First!” Contractor of the Year Award – Frank Bonetti Plumbing Inc.; Castro Valley, California
  • Plumbing Instructor of the Year – Ken Midgett; Lehigh Career and Technical Institute; Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
  • HVAC Instructor of the Year – Tony DeSantis; PHCC of Greater Los Angeles; Burbank, California

Plumbing Apprentice Contest Winners

  • 1st Place – Christopher Redfern; Staunton, Illinois; Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 553
  • 2nd Place – Mark Morcos; Bushkill, Pennsylvania; Eastwick College of HoHoKus Trade School
  • 3rd Place – Carter M. Hagen; Davenport, Iowa; UA Local 25

HVAC Apprentice Contest Winners

  • 1st Place – Kyle Robert Dennis; Pipefitters Local 539/Yale Mechanical; Saint Francis, Minnesota
  • 2nd Place – Nicholas S. Cruz; UA Local 393/Pacific Coast Trane; San Jose, California
  • 3rd Place – David Wark; Lee Company; Pulaski, Tennessee

AEC Spectrum Award

  • Spectrum Award – Ellen Whitaker; PHCC of Georgia

AEC Communications Awards

  • Apprentice Materials – PHCC of Iowa
  • Convention/Events – PHCC of Illinois
  • Magazine – PHCC of California
  • Membership Packet – PHCC of Indiana
  • Newsletter/E-Newsletter – PHCC of Tennessee
  • Social Media – Plumbing Industry Council of St. Louis
  • Website – PHCC of California

Legislative Service Awards

  • Legislative Service – PHCC of Iowa & PHCC of Missouri
  • Grassroots – PHCC of Ohio

Auxiliary Awards

  • Auxiliary 3-D Award – Barbara Kreifels
  • Auxiliary Honorary Life Member – Dale Powell, Copper Development
  • Larry Dore Auxiliary Member of the Year – Barbara Kreifels
  • Robert M. Cox Humanitarian Awards
  • Image 1st Place – PHCC Auxiliary of Illinois & PHCC Auxiliary of Lincoln
  • Image 2nd Place – PHCC Auxiliary of Baton Rouge & PHCC Auxiliary of Nebraska
  • Image 3rd Place – PHCC Auxiliary of Washington state
  • Recruitment 1st Place – PHCC Auxiliary of Delaware



Staff Writer
, PHCC-National Association
The PHCC-National Association, formed in 1883, provides legislative advocacy, education and training to approximately 3,600 plumbing and HVACR businesses and 65,000 technicians.

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