The Nassau County Association of Plumbing, Heating and Cooling
Contractors, Inc. is entering its 78th year as an organization of
professional licensed master plumbers heating contractors and cooling
contractors operating within Nassau County. Membership consists of
established businessmen who recognize the advantages of membership in a
professional organization which represents the PHCC industry.
It has been a very busy spring here at the Nassau County PHCC. In April, our association was invited to visit the Taco Innovation & Development Center located in Cranston, Rhode Island. Taco, a third generation American company, has maintained this onsite training and education center for its employees and customers since 1992. More than twenty Nassau County PHCC members and their employees participated in this two day event.
Participants were able to see how various contractors communicate and compare experiences with one another. It’s one of the many reasons why I enjoy being part of this great contractor association. Although we are competitors on Long Island, we all have a common goal, which is to gain knowledge and work to improve ourselves and businesses with the help of industry partners like Taco.
It was a great experience to learn about the history of Taco as well as meet with trade experts who were able to give us insight into an American company that has survived the test of time. It was encouraging to meet Taco employees and see how passionate they were about their jobs and the company they work for. We also took part in training courses where we learned the many ways we can help our customers save energy through the plumbing products they use. On behalf of all who attend, thank you to the Wales Darby Team for all of their hard work in putting this event together and for making sure that everyone had a great experience.
On May 27th we hosted our 2nd Annual Trade Show and Membership Drive at the Holiday Inn in Plainview, where we had over twenty associates and sixty-five contractors in attendance. The event was graciously sponsored by PHCC – National Association and Veiga. The first seminar of the day was presented by Beth Dobkin, a Business Management Coach and Trainer for PHCC’s Quality Service Contractors (QSC). Over thirty current and new members attended the seminar to learn “The True Cost of Running a Business”. Beth discussed how to properly calculate costs, profit and pricing. Those who attended the seminar will be receiving a free copy of the PHCC Educational Foundation’s Overhead & Profit Calculator, a software tool designed to make the process of finding a proper selling price easy for P-H-C contractors.
Later that afternoon, seminars were presented by our trade allies Carl Krause, Director of HVAC Operations and Technical Support at Marplat Company and Jake Greenwood, Technical Support Manager at Venco Sales. Carl offered a snapshot of the type of training that is required to be a service or installation technician who is qualified to work with natural gas. Jake discussed how to properly pipe condensing boilers. Over twenty companies took the opportunity to display their products and discuss their services at the Trade Show. Immediately following the Trade Show was our membership meeting where Elicia Magruder, Vice President of Members Services at PHCC National Association discussed the ever changing world of business ownership. Elicia also discussed the makeup of the PHCC organization.
I would like to personally thank all who contributed to the success of the trade show. We signed up three new members and had four old members renew their memberships. The next event we are looking forward to, is our Ducks Game on June 19th where the LI Ducks will play the Bridgeport Bluefish.
In closing, there is one sad note I must relay. Our member, John McDonald’s father passed away last week. John McDonald Sr was the second generation of a three generation company and was a pillar in his Point Lookout community. I did not know him well, but we all know John who has continued the family business in the same spirit of integrity, honesty and with a love for his community. Our deepest condolences go out to John and his family.
Your Comrade in PHCC,
Hunter R Botto
Hunter R Botto