By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation
Tornado? Missing Crate? No Problem!
“It’s thousands of moving parts!” is how Foundation staff member Maureen Vasquez describes the process of set-up & running the SkillsUSA Plumbing Championships. This annual event gathers together the high school and post-secondary student winners of SkillsUSA state level competitions for national championships. Our contest and over 100 others brought 16,000+ competitors, instructors, industry representatives and volunteers together in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28th to promote technical careers at this massive event.
PHCC contractors serving on the Foundation’s Plumbing Technical Committee set up, run and judge the SkillsUSA Plumbing Championship and assist with the HVAC competition. These dedicated individuals are known for their ability to get things done “behind the scenes” so the event goes flawlessly for the competitors.
During setup this year, hundreds of guests from a nearby water amusement park flooded into the Kentucky Expo Center when a tornado warning forced them to seek the nearest available shelter. The committee took it all in stride, with their cell phones borrowed by teens in dripping swimsuits being used to call parents.
Many of the materials for the contests are stored by the SkillsUSA organization in Kentucky to reduce shipping costs. This year as the contestant work benches were being assembled by our volunteers, it became clear that a crate was missing – with legs for half the benches! Quick action from the volunteers and a responsive SkillsUSA crew soon had brand new legs being fixed to the remaining benches.
The contestants may not know the adventures behind the competition, but our volunteers deserve a huge THANK YOU for being problem solvers and hard workers. The event could not happen without them!
Our thanks also to our sponsors, especially AB&I Foundry, American Supply Association, A.O. Smith, Bradford White, Brasscraft, Copper Development Association, Kohler, Tyler Pipe and Coupling, Viega and Zoeller.
Staff Writer , PHCC Educational Foundation
The PHCC Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established in December 1986 by PHCC members with the goal of helping their fellow contractors be more successful through education and professional training. These contractors believed and still believe that by helping their friends and their competitors, the whole profession benefits.
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