PHCC/Rheem HVAC Apprentice of the Year Awarded to Tyler Paul of Virginia

HVAC Contractor of the Year Award
November 16, 2023
By Staff Writer, PHCC-National Association

Passionate about learning all he can, maintaining the utmost in professionalism, and leading by example, Tyler Paul received the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association’s (PHCC) 2023 HVAC Apprentice of the Year Award. PHCC Corporate Partner Rheem sponsored the award, which was presented Oct. 27 during PHCCCONNECT2023 in Cleveland, Ohio.

As was announced during the awards ceremony, Paul – who completed his HVAC apprenticeship through the PHCC Academy in May and works for BION, Inc. in Prince William County, Virginia – “takes his work and learning of our trade seriously. His job is not just a job to him, but a career. It is obvious that making a positive difference to the facilities and crews that he supports is important to him.”

In Paul’s words, he entered the profession because he enjoys working with his hands, and that there is always something to learn or get better at so he can do more to help his customers.

Paul completed both his plumbing and HVAC apprenticeships working at BION and has become a Train the Trainer for PHCC of Virginia with certifications in multiple disciplines. He is familiar with plumbing, HVAC, and medical gas code, many times teaching more experienced workers. As a respected foreman, BION superintendents, crews, subcontractors, and general contractors rely on Paul’s knowledge. “Tyler consistently demonstrates a strong desire to always do things correctly and considers the ‘why’ of how the systems we install will be used,” reads the nomination on his behalf. “He works days, nights, weekends and is always there to mentor younger staff.”

Adds Russell Ryan, a foreman at BION: “While [Paul] looked so young, we realized right away that he was mature and intelligent beyond his years. From then on, we realized this kid really knew what he was talking about, and we all needed to take time to listen to Tyler Paul, as he is crazy book and field smart.”

Others from BION add that he is “second to none” and most deserving on this honor.


About PHCC
The 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

About Rheem 
Founded in 1925, Rheem Manufacturing is a global leader committed to delivering innovative products that save energy and support a more sustainable future. Rheem is the only manufacturer in the world that produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool & spa heating and commercial refrigeration products, and is America’s #1 water-heating brand with products available in more than 80 countries. Paloma Co., Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan, acquired the iconic Rheem brand in 1988, and today the company’s portfolio of premium brands include Rheem®, Ruud®, Friedrich®, Raypak®, Sure Comfort®, WeatherKing®, Eemax®, Richmond®, IBC™, Intergas®, Splendid®, Solahart®, EverHot®, and MHG™, as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell®, Witt®, ColdZone® and Kramer®, which are part of the Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG®) division.

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