Nick Santmyer of Virginia Named PHCC/Delta Faucet Plumbing Apprentice of the Year

PHCC and Delta Faucet Plumbing Awards
October 28, 2022
By Staff Writer, PHCC-National Association

Nick Santmyer of Davken Mechanical, Virginia Beach, Virginia, has been named the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) 2022 Plumbing Apprentice of the Year. Co-sponsored by PHCC Executive Sponsor Delta Faucet, the award recognizes the outstanding skill and achievements of individuals who are enrolled in a plumbing training program. It was presented last week at PHCCCONNECT2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Santmyer, who recently graduated from Norfolk Technical Center in Virginia, is an “idea guy,” says Tony Bertolino, plumbing instructor at Norfolk Technical Center and PHCC’s 2021 Plumbing Instructor of the Year. “From day one [in my class], he was an inquisitive and insightful plumber, often staying after class to talk more about the trades and help me pick the room back up for the day time students,” he adds. “Nick’s enthusiasm for plumbing has only grown since then.”

Nominated by PHCC of Virginia, Santmyer is described as being flexible and knowledgeable and embracing opportunities to problem-solve. Earlier this year, he placed second in Virginia’s Plumbing Apprentice Competition and was named PHCC of Virginia’s Plumbing Apprentice of the Year.

Years ago, Santmyer was employed as a carpenter/framer before moving to France to raise his children. When he and his wife decided to move back to Virginia Beach, he wanted to pursue a job that he felt confident he would love. In 1998, he found a job with a plumbing company in Virginia Beach and enjoyed it so much, that he never looked back.

Today, Santmyer’s employers note that his attitude, his integrity on the job, and his technical ability help him to provide a good, healthy, motivating atmosphere where people want to provide their best. He is designated as the employee entrusted to train newly hired helpers and apprentices.

Santmyer has gained experience in a variety of settings, “bringing with him whatever he has learned and completing the job with knowledge and practical experience.” To date, Santmyer has worked in both existing and new commercial/residential plumbing and has completed jobs in numerous facilities, including hospitals, schools, shipyards, restaurants, and hotels.

Says Bertolino of Santmyer: “He isn’t afraid to propose something for fear he could be wrong. Many times he comes up with solutions to problems myself or other students have been talking about. This earns him a great deal of respect from his fellow classmates. … He will always remain one of the most important people I have ever taught.”


About Delta Faucet Company

Founded by Masco Corporation in 1954 with the introduction of the single-handle faucet, Delta Faucet Company is proud to be America’s faucet innovation leader, featuring Delta®Brizo® and Peerless® products. A WaterSense® partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Delta Faucet is a global organization that offers kitchen faucetsbath faucetsshower headsshower systemstoilets and related accessories, selling products in more than 53 countries. For more information, visit

About PHCC

PHCC—National Association, formed in 1883, provides legislative advocacy, education, and training to approximately 3,500 plumbing and HVACR businesses and 65,000 technicians. Members of PHCC have access to a wide variety of services designed to increase their professionalism, grow their business, and improve profitability. For more information about PHCC, visit

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