By Staff Writer, PHCC-National Association
Recognizing commitment to the plumbing-heating-cooling (p-h-c) industry – plus decades of dedication to the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association and its affiliated groups – PHCC presented its prestigious Col. George D. Scott Award to Charles B. Gans, president and chief executive officer of Charles B. Gans Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in Havertown, Pennsylvania. The ceremony took place this week at the association’s CONNECT 2018 Conference and Product & Technology Showcase in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Honoring the continuing philosophy of dedicated service inspired by PHCC’s first president, Col George D. Scott, this award recognizes a PHCC member who has provided years of service and unselfish devotion to the association and to the industry … and whose industry efforts have provided many benefits to other p-h-c contractors. “Charles personifies the very qualities that make him deserving of this very special award,” says Laurie Crigler, PHCC National’s outgoing president. “He has brought great honor upon himself, his family, his wife Maryann, his company that has been in business for 92 years, his local PHCC chapter, his local community and our beloved industry.”
After 63 years of distinguished service to PHCC, Gans, age 81, remains an active member of the Philadelphia Suburban Association of PHCC and of Quality Service Contractors, a PHCC enhanced service group. He served as a PHCC Zone Director from 1998 to 2001, as well as a member of the PHCC National membership committee.
In addition, Gans has been actively involved in industry efforts including plumbing codes, apprenticeship and education, back water valves, bylaws, fundraising, licensing and government relations. He currently is an adviser to the Philadelphia Suburban Training Center and continues to support local youth programs and visit local schools in his area to promote careers in the plumbing and HVAC industry.
Beyond the p-h-c industry, Gans has been a charter member of the Haverford Township Rotary for the last 37 years and is involved with the YMCA and Haverford Township Partnership for Economic Development.
“PHCC does not give this award out every year,” explains Crigler, “but Charles’ lifelong service to our industry – and to the future of this crucial profession – makes him very deserving of this distinguished honor.”