1st Thursday of Month
North Georgia PHCC- Braselton
LOCATION: Houndstooth Grill

2nd Tuesday of Every Month 11:30AM
ASPE Greenville, SC
Location: Stax Peppermill Rest.
30 Orchard Park Dr. Greenville, SC

2nd Tuesday of Every Month 6:30
ASPE Columbia, SC
Location: Fatz Cafe
5590 Forest Dr. Columbia, SC

2nd Tuesday of Every Month 6:30PM
CPHCCA Monthly Meeting
LOCATION: check website for details
CONTACT: www.cphcca.com

3rd Tuesday of Every Month
North East Tennessee PHCC Meeting
LOCATION: Call for Details
CONTACT: 423-926-2665 (M. Vance)

3rd Monday of Every Month
Nashville Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: 2995 Sidco Dr., Nashville
CONTACT: 615-889-8900 (VP Membership)

3rd Tuesday of Every Month 12PM
East Tennessee Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: Rothchilds Catering
CONTACT: www.easttmaspe.org

3rd Tuesday of Every Month 11AM
Middle Tennessee Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: Hermitage House Smorgasboard
CONTACT: 615-224-1024

3rd Tuesday of Every Month
Raleigh Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: NCSU University Club
CONTACT: www.aspe-raleigh.org

4th Monday of Every Month
Memphis Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: 969 Ridgeway Blvd. Memphis
CONTACT: 901-795-0045 (VP Membership)

4th Monday of Every Month 11:45AM
Knoxville PHCC Meeting
LOCATION: Bearden Banquet Hall
CONTACT: Pioneer Heating & Air

4th Tuesday of Every Month
Charlotte Chapter ASPE Meeting
LOCATION: To be determined
CONTACT: Hal Angel at 704-525-3388

4th Tuesday of Every Month
Nashville Area Plumbing & Mechanical Meeting
LOCATION: Piccadilly Cafeteria
874 Murfreesboro, Nashville TN
CONTACT: 615-456-9136

4th Tuesday of Month
Northwest Metro PMA, Marietta
LOCATION: Delkwood Grill
John White 770-565-5884


MTPHCC Host 2nd Annual Clay Shoot
On September 9th, Middle Tennessee Chapter Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors held their Annual Sporting Clay Shoot at the Nashville Gun Club in Nashville. The local chapter goals are to offer support to contractors, regardless of size, to be able to become a part of PHCC and support the local legislation efforts to benefi t the PHCC industry. The sold out event continues to support the chapter's goal of offering networking opportunities to their members. This event could not have been a success without the support of the following: Nashville Gun Club for providing the great staff and venue. Title Sponsors: American Pipe & Supply, Federated Insurance, Ferguson, Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Merryman- Farr, Sunbelt Rentals, Tennessee Plumbing News and Trillium Construction. READ MORE


This year, MTPHCC will be a host and joining Middle Tennessee Construction Organizations for the 3rd annual Nashville Holiday Bash This event was created by multiple organizations to bring the entire construction industry together for one BIG holiday party at the end of the year. The entry fee is a toy per person for the Toys for Tots drive and includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact. com/register/ event and sign up. All you must do is register on line, bring a Toy for Tots and come and party at the Marathon Music Works. We would also like to welcome our newest Local Associate Member, SUNSTATE EQUIPMENT. Carey Goodside, Customer Account Manager, is a great guy. He will support you and your equipment needs for your projects. Check out their website at: www.SunstateEquip.com.

We want to thank our legislative chair Jack Steakley and our legislative consultant Rick Williams for all they do towards our goal of having Metro Code Enforcement Offi cials. We heard from yet another Metro Council member at our last meeting, they are hearing our needs and starting to understand the lack of meaningful enforcement has left licensed contractors at a disadvantage even with all the work out there. This is only one of many fronts we are working on and without their efforts and your continued support as members nothing would be happening towards cleaning up all the unlicensed contractors currently working in Metro. Our legislative committee also monitors bills before Metro Council and the Tennessee State Legislature. We also keep in touch with key people in that body plus Metro Water and Codes. Progress can be slow but continued pressure and presence is often what it takes to move things along and this committee has done this for many years now. Our trade association is not only concerned with our contractor members and associate members well being but the publics health and safety and property. READ MORE

TNPHCC Wins 2 National PHCC Awards
At CONNECT 2016 in San Antonio, your Tennessee Chapter PHCC was awarded PHCC Chapter Excellence for an unprecedented fifth year. The award was given in "Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Both Management and Service to PHCC Members." The Chapter was also awarded the PHCC AEC (Association Executive Council) Communications Award for "Outstanding Achievement in Publications and Communications" for this Newsletter- The TN PHCC Newslink. Congratulations and appreciation to our members for their hard work and dedication to the TN PHCC! READ MORE

Middle Tennesse Chapter News
The Middle TN Chapter invites you to attend the Holiday Bash at Marathon Music Works, 1402 Clinton Street, Nashville on December 1st from 5-9pm. MT PHCC will be hosting the event along with Middle Tennessee Construction Organizations (CSI, AGC, ABC, CFMA, USGBC and IDA) for the 3rd annual Nashville Holiday Bash. This event was created by multiple organizations in order to bring the entire construction industry together for one big holiday party at the end of the year. The entry fee is a toy per person for the Toys for Tots drive and includes two drink tickets and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Please use this link to sign up: Holiday Bash RSVP- All you have to do is register on line, bring a Toy for Tots and join the fun at the Marathon Music Works. The MT PHCC Chapter was honored to be one of the major sponsors of the Metro Codes Charity Event. This event raised over $60,000 for the Easter Seals Summer Camp programs and the Harris-Hillman School. MT PHCC members care about our community and support giving back! READ MORE

Jan Dugger Receives Appreciation Award for
Work with PHCC Auxiliary

We finally caught up with Jan Dugger in Knoxville to show her our appreciation for her work with the PHCC National Auxi liary. Jan completed her term as President of the Auxiliary in October 2015. The plaque reads, "In appreciation for your service as 2015 President of the PHCC Auxiliary- Jan Dugger -We thank you for your Leadership, Service, Dedication and Commitment to the PHCC from Your Fellow Members of the Tennessee Association PHCC Association. Teresa Mayes of Breeding Insulation, Knoxville stepped down as Treasurer at CONNECT 2016 and Cheryl Gammon of Lee Company, Nashville was installed as PHCC National Auxiliary Treasurer at CONNECT 2016 in San Antonio. READ MORE

PHCC Zone 2 "A" Recognizes Achievements
of President Chip Greene

At the closing reception of Connect 2016 in San Antonio, PHCC Zone 2 "A" represented by states of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee recognized its member Chip Greene, Greene & Associates, Macon, Georgia for duties carried out in 2015-2016 as National President. According to PHCC GA President Timmy Irvin, "During Chip Greene's term of office he brought the face of PHCC National to the individual contractor member." Georgia Executive Director Ellen Whitaker stated, "Everyone in Georgia knew Chip and his commitment to the industry and Association, but now everyone in the country knows what we do, Chip Greene is a visionary leader." READ MORE

PHCC GA Academy Addresses Training Challenges of 21st Century
In 2014, PHCC GA began the long and arduous process of starting an Apprenticeship program for plumbing in Georgia. Under the leadership of Chip Greene, Past PHCC NA President, Greene & Associates, Macon and Ellen Whitaker, PHCC GA Executive Director the hard work finally paid off when the Academy received US Department of Labor approval on January 7, 2015. It was a group effort with the support and financial assistance of several contractor and vendor members. Within six month, the fledgling year one plumbing class began with three student in Metro Atlanta and in Macon. In an effort to meet the demands of contractors who schedule and require employees travel across the state to various job sites, PHCC GA Academy got approval to utilize PHCC Educational Foundation E-Learning online apprenticeship program. Beginning with a pilot of one student, the program has since greatly expanded and now includes HVACR training. Fast forward to today and the Academy proudly has a roster of 30 enrolled students. READ MORE

IN MEMORIUM: Randal Lowe
After an 18 month battle with cancer Randal Lowe passed away on October 19, 2016 at the age of 61. He leaves behind a thriving business that will continue in the same fashion and integrity as if he were still with us. The family will remain involved with son Randy stepping into the head position. We would like to thank the Construction Industry for all the love, support and prayers. We are overwhelmed and extremely grateful. To honor his memory we will continue our Annual Charity Golf Tournament, for The Children's Miracle Network and chili party, it will be "business a usual". - Randal Lowe Family/RLP Family

Brian O'Keefe Joins Steamist as Senior Business
Development Manager

Brian O'Keefe Joins Steamist as Senior Business Development Manager Brooke Chase has announced that Brian O'Keefe has joined Steamist as Business Development Manager in July of 2016. He manages the hospitality and multifamily channels covering domestic and international. Mr. O'Keefe is from New York and moved to Chattanooga, Tennessee in his youth. He received his B.B.A. from Georgia State University and his MBA from Kennesaw State University. He began his career with Bradford White in 1981. He also spent twenty-six years with Moen from 1990 to 2016. Brian is married to his beautiful wife, Carla and they have two children, Devin and Erin. READ MORE

PHCC GA Holds Luncheon with Professional
Construction Licensing Executives

On November 2nd, the PHCC of GA board of directors held its fall meeting and luncheon with special guests from the Professional Construction Licensing Boards. Executive Director Deborah Beard and Josh Waters, Operations and Compliance Manager spoke to the attendees about the licensing process and ways to assist technicians in obtaining their licenses. One big change shared with the group is that approved applications are only valid for one year instead of being good for a two year time period. If you've submitted an application be sure to sign up to take your exam within that time frame. According to Josh Waters most applications are processed within 18 days if it is a "clean" application. Many times the applicant does not included all three notarized copies of his/her reference letters. READ MORE

PDI Opens Atlanta Area's First Kohler Signature Store
Kohler is excited to announce the opening of the Kohler Signature Store by PDI in the Atlanta neighborhood of Buckhead. Kohler and regional wholesale distributor, PDI, invite you to the trade opening on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 6-8 p.m., to experience firsthand what the store offers to both design professionals and homeowners. Come take a tour of the store and hear from David Kohler, CEO. Be one of the first to get a sneak peek at the new store. As the first Kohler Signature Store in the Southeast, this will be the first one-stop shop for customer's bath and kitchen needs. Located in Buckhead, which is known as the Manhattan of Atlanta, the signature store is in the heart of upscale and chic shopping. The Kohler Signature Store by PDI, located at 3167 Peachtree Road N.E., in Atlanta, marks the 13th Kohler Signature Store to open READ MORE

Winsupply of Albany Hosts 34th Anniversary Celebration
and Customer Appreciation

Winsupply of Albany were proud to host the company's 34th Anniversary Celebration and Customer Appreciation Day on October 20, 2016. Between 200 and 280 people attended the event. This event is held each year to show appreciation to their customers for partnering with them to supply home owners, businesses, and contractors with new up-to-date plumbing products. Venders that attended included: Steve Romine of Pulley and Associates, Steve Ross of Benson Vance, Brien Anderson of MTI Bath, Mike Born of McKee Nix, Chris Pearson and Andy Zurhausen of Harry Warren, Pete Cook of United Sales, Greg Mashburn of Skyway Sales, and Jamie Hill of W.R. Bristow.  READ MORE

PHCC Holds Connect 2016: The Path Forward
Oct. 19-21, the PHCC community met in San Antonio, Texas, for CONNECT 2016. Nearly 800 attendees brought positive energy and a true desire to collaborate with their peers and industry partners on pressing needs, from keeping up with technology and government regulations to hiring and retaining skilled workers. "For those who are prepared, chaos brings opportunity." CONNECT keynoter John Spence shared how emerging trends – computer speed, robotics, virtual reality and more – are impacting the p-h-c industry. READ MORE

PDI Hosts 26th Annual Golf Tournament
The 2016 PDI Golf Classic was held on Tuesday, September 27th at The Legacy on Lanier Golf Club in Buford, GA. Over 88 customers came out to enjoy a great day of golfing in beautiful weather. Lake Lanier provides a beautiful backdrop for the Legacy golf course! Here are the final results of the tournament: 1st Place: Mark Huffstetler, Brandon Price of Northwest Plumbing & Chris Harris, Ryan Conley of Lennar Homesl; 2nd Place: Scott and Jerry Fowler if Jerry Fowler Plumbing & Dale Millwood, Blake Tyson of Dale Millwood Plumbing.READ MORE

Noland Holds Website Launch Party
Noland Atlanta held its Website Launch Party on September 21, 2016. The event was held at their showroom at 4084 Presidential Parkway Atlanta, GA 30340 from 1-7pm. Around one hundred and fifty people attended to celebrate the launch of their new website. There were a number of vendors that attended the celebration, including, MTI, Moen, Delta, Viking, AGA, The Distribution Point, Everpure, Hansgrohe, Elkay, American Standard, DXV, Grohe, Hydrosystem, and Madeli. The food was amazing! The Loaded Burger Truck was there from 1-3pm.Chef Mark Rhodes from Viking Appliances served flank steak, onions and peppers, kielbasa, and sweet potato on AGA and pulled pork sliders. Noland provided pasta salad, veggie trays, cheese platters, salsa and spinach artichoke dips with tortilla chips. READ MORE

PHCC GA Fall Golf Tournament Held
September 20th at Bear's Best

PHCC GA held its Fall Golf Tournament on September 20th at the beautiful Bear's Best Golf Club in Suwanee, Georgia. It was a hot sunny day with over 25 teams enjoying a day of fun and fellowship. PHCC GA recognized and thanked premier sponsors: Dupree Plumbing, James Pleasants and Underground Detective. Along with Partners: Federated Insurance, Equipment Controls, Georgia Power, Bradford White, Ferguson Enterprises, Reliance Worldwide, Plumbing News, Preferred Sales, Mercedes Benz of Buckhead and PDI. Closest to Pin was sponsored by: Fulton Services; Longest Drive sponsored by: Randall Lowe Plumbing; Hole Sponsors: Barnet Pro, Bill-John Plumbing, C&A Johnson Plumbing, Delta Plumbing, DeVore & Johnson, Georgia Power, HR Partners, Hill Mechanical, Lakeside Plumbing, Plumb Works, Rawlins Plumber Engineers, Roberts Plumbing, SharkTech Academy, Sundial Plumbing, Superior, Vermeer Southeast and W.R. Bristow.READ MORE

Southern Spec Celebrates 1st Anniversary
Southern Spec celebrated their First Anniversary on September 28th, 2016. Located at 2125 Corporate Drive SE, Suite 105-A in Marietta, GA, Southern Specification Representatives (SSR) is a complete service manufacturers' specification representative, dedicated to providing the best support and service to the commercial plumbing market. By representing manufacturers with a focus in commercial plumbing, SSR plans to be Georgia's leading spec rep. Philosophies that will drive their team to this goal are strong product expertise, tenacious work ethic, and integrity known throughout the market. Serving the State of GA, Southern Spec has 12,000 square foot of warehouse space, their product lines include: Sloan Valve Company, Acorn, Jay R. Smith, Just MFG, Chronomite, Elmdor, Walraven, Acorn Controls and Safety.READ MORE

Sid's Guys Shave Off The Competition
Septembeard is an organization that directly funds prostate cancer research at seven top-tier research institutions. These research initiatives will lead to better treatments, outcomes, and ultimately a cure for prostate cancer. This is PDI's fifth year supporting this organization, and PDI is proud to be a top contributor for 2016.
Taking FIRST in the nation and in the Southeastern Division is PDI's team, Sid's Guys! During the month of Septembeard, PDI employees, vendors, friends and family grew beards for prostate cancer research donations. This year PDI raised over $4,200! READ MORE

ENGINEER SPOTLIGHT: Harry Schnirring, Director of Plumbing
and Fire Protection Engineering

Harry Schnirring is a licensed professional engineer in several states and countries including several specifically as a Civil Engineer. He also holds a CIPE (Certified in Plumbing Engineering) from the original testing in 1983 and now holds the newer CPD designation. He has been a member of ASPE, NFPA and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) for over 30 years and is currently a member of IAPMO. He is also past President of the Atlanta Chapter of ASPE. Harry was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised with seven younger brothers and sisters. He received an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology, from the Ohio College of Applied Science and a Bachelor Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He worked for Hixson Architects and Engineers in Cincinnati for 14 years before moving to Atlanta in 1984. At Hixson he worked in plumbing, fire protection and civil engineering on many varied projects throughout the states. Much of the work centered on food processing projects, primarily for the Kroger Co. Projects included dairies, ice cream plants, meat packing plants, bakeries, warehousing and major distribution centers. READ MORE

Hill Mechanical is a Commercial, Residential and Industrial Plumbing and HVAC service and installation organization. Located in Metro Atlanta, Hill Mechanical opened their doors in 2007 by owner, Daniel Hill and his wife, Karen. Daniel started in the plumbing business almost twenty-seven years ago. He received his Master's License in 1997 and worked for Valencia Mechanical doing commercial installs. After that, he joined Stasco Mechanical where he was the Lead Service Plumber for almost ten years. On April 2, 2007, Hill Mechanical was born. Their services include Commercial, Residential, and Industrial markets, specializing in multi-family and retail establishments, working with property management organization. They troubleshoot and diagnose hard to solve plumbing issues and design plumbing solutions for existing structures that require updated systems. After being in business for almost ten years, Hill Mechanical has twenty-five employees, thirteen trucks and two heating and air trucks! READ MORE

Interview with PHCC President Chip Greene

I recently had the opportunity to sit down for lunch and interview my old friend, Chip Greene, just less than a month away from the PHCC National Convention in San Antonio. For those of you who may not know Chip, he is the third generation in his family to work in the industry. With his grandfather being a plumber and steamfitter and his dad starting his own business in 1948 and operating a successful mechanical contracting company for 35 years in the middle Georgia area until 1982. He worked part time for his dad in high school and college and went to work for a large mechanical contractor in 1984, working there until 1990 as an estimator and project manager. Greene and Associates has been around for 25 years performing plumbing & HVAC work in Central and South Georgia primarily in the educational, medical, and institutional markets. They also have a service division, Emerald Services, that performs commercial and residential service. READ MORE

MCAG Holds Annual Casino Night
MCAG held its annual casino night on Friday, August 26th, 2016. The event was held at the Georgian Club in Atlanta and there was a record of more than 105 attendees. Casino night has been held for many years to bring together contractors and members of Local Union 72 for an evening of fun and fellowship. There were a number of food stations available for attendees to splurge on, including a carving station with prime rib, along with a chef's salad bar. A "carb" station featuring pasta with Alfredo and Bolognese sauces and mashed potatoes with cheese, sour cream, bacon bits, and grits with cheese and bacon. A mixed seafood station was also on the menu.

TN PHCC Elects Kay Keefe President
How did you get started in your business?
I started working for my dad when I was 15 years old at our parts counter on weekends and after school. After my freshman year of college, my dad let me work on the trucks as a plumbers helper. I unstopped sewers, laid pipe in ditches and changed out pipes under houses. My dad’s motive was to get me to see how hard plumbing was and learn the value of a dollar. After that first summer, I quit college and decided that I really wanted to be a plumber. At the end of the day, you truly feel a sense of accomplishment that you helped someone and that kind of gratitude only comes when you are a trained tradesperson.
What do you enjoy most about your business?
I really enjoy interacting with my customers and my employees. There is tremendous pride in owning a company that is 66 years old and carrying on the family legacy of professionalism and quality service and installation. READ MORE