Rick and Bonnie Whitaker Join the PHCC Educational Foundation Board of Governors

Rick and Bonnie Whitaker
October 10, 2019
By Staff Writer, PHCC Educational Foundation

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (October 10, 2019) –The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association’s (PHCC) Educational Foundation has named Rick and Bonnie Whitaker 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.

Rick has been President of Brown Brothers Plumbing and Heating in Durham, North Carolina since 1986. Rick is the second generation of Whitakers to run this family business, with his brother Rodney and son Allen planning to carry the company forward for years to come. Rick has been a long-time member on the board of directors for the North Carolina PHCC and served three terms as state president in 1993, 2000 and 2016. He was elected to the PHCC—National Association board in 2000 and was the Delta Faucet Company National Contractor of the Year Runner-up in 1995 and 1996.

Foundation Chair Craig Lewis with Bonnie and Rick Whitaker.

Foundation Chair Craig Lewis with Bonnie and Rick Whitaker.

Bonnie and Rick married in 2008. Since that time Bonnie has been very active in PHCC of North Carolina functions, serving in the Auxiliary as Vice President, President, Education Committee Member, Social Committee Member and Community Involvement Chair. She has served the past two years on the PHCC National Auxiliary Scholarship Committee. This year she joined the Foundation Scholarship Committee and was elected as PHCC National Auxiliary Vice President.

Rick has been making gifts to support the Foundation for more than 20 years and last year the couple 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.

“Rick has been a friend of the Foundation from its early days,” shared Foundation Chair Craig Lewis. “He was there for us on Foundation committees and at our events going back into the 1990’s. That support and involvement has continued to today and has grown with Bonnie joining the Scholarship Committee and their step to join the Foundation Board of Governors. We are so lucky to have this level of enduring commitment from members of our Foundation family.”

The PHCC Educational Foundation proudly welcomes Rick and Bonnie 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.


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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