By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation
FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 10, 2019) – Generous supporters of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation, Joel and Renee Long have been named to the organization’s Board of Governors. This distinguished group – composed of leading contractors, manufacturers, and other industry partners who are major donors to the Foundation – is responsible for guiding the development of industry education and training programs for contractors and their employees.
Joel is co-owner of GSM Services in Gastonia, North Carolina with his brother Steven. Joel serves as President of the Commercial Division, which includes Commercial HVAC and Roofing, while Steven is President of the Residential Division. The business was started in 1927 by their grandfather. Joel and Steven became the third-generation owners in 2005.
In addition to a strong work ethic, both Joel and Steven are involved in community organizations that include the Rotary Club, the Community Foundation, Cancer Services, the Boys and Girls Club, YMCA, Greater Gaston Development Corporation, and the Gaston Regional Chamber.
Joel attended the Foundation’s Essentials of Project Management class in 2006. The program was an eye-opening experience, and his involvement with PHCC and the Foundation grew from there. He served as a member of the Foundation and Association Boards of Directors and topped his 2019 term as Secretary of the PHCC—National Association with a successful bid this Fall for the seat of Vice President. He will move up the chairs to become President of the Association for the 2021-2022 term.
Joel and Renee have regularly made gifts to the Foundation and decided to add a generous pledge to join the Board of Governors as a major donor. The Foundation looks to this prestigious group for guidance, leadership and for assistance with delivering on its educational mission.
“You can’t help but be flattered when someone like Joel tells you that he wants to take a bigger role in the Foundation’s work,” shared Foundation Chair Craig Lewis. “You get to know someone as they are involved in PHCC and from the start, we knew that Joel’s mindset was in the right place – generous, devoted to helping others and willing to step up and get involved. I’m so happy to have Joel and Renee join our team for the long term as members of the Foundation Board of Governors.”
The PHCC Educational Foundation proudly welcomes Joel and Renee Long as they join other major supporters in promoting the Foundation’s mission of developing apprentice, journeyman, and business management training programs for the success of plumbing and HVACR contractors, their employees, and the future of the industry.
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About PHCC Educational Foundation
The PHCC Educational Foundation, a partnership of contractors, manufacturers, and wholesalers, was founded in 1987 to serve the plumbing-heating-cooling industry by preparing contractors and their employees to meet the challenges of a constantly changing marketplace. For more information, contact a member of the Foundation staff at 800-533-7694 or visit http://www.phccfoundation.org.
Staff Writer , PHCC Educational Foundation