HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA — Delta Faucet Co. and Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors – National Association presented their highest plumbing honors to Harley Perry and Brandon Pettway as Contractor and Apprentice of the Year, respectively, at the PHCC CONNECT 2015 conference and show here in early October.
Owner of Perry Plumbing, Heating & Air, Harley Perry has been involved with the PHCC for more than 30 years and was described as an innovator, industry leader and consummate professional at the PHCC Awards Luncheon. He was credited with forming the San Diego Apprenticeship Program in 2008 and has served the PHCC-San Diego chapter in most every capacity including as president in 2008-2009. He currently serves as president of the PHCC Academy of San Diego.
“Mr. Perry’s dedication to the PHCC has played a vital role in the organization’s success and more so, the success of the Apprenticeship Program,” said Kelly Anderson, former PHCC-San Diego president. “He and his staff exemplify the code of ethics among true professionals, raising the bar here in California.”
Perry has served on the Board of PHCC in many capacities since 2002, and is currently the President of the PHCC Academy of San Diego. He is responsible for organizing and leading the PHCC Apprenticeship Training Program, which is a credentialing program for plumbing and HVAC technicians. Although San Diego is his home base, he travels extensively to PHCC meetings on both state and national levels as well, tirelessly working to improve the professionalism of his trade.
Perry embodies the term “fearless leader” as a business owner. Competition in the plumbing industry is much stronger and more relevant than in other industries because of the large number of unlicensed contractors, in addition to, trained and educated employees transitioning to new opportunities. Many business owners and CEO’s fear their local competition and above all fear being transparent, allowing the competition to see inside their company. The thought of successful strategies, tactics, policies and procedures being exposed is scary, let alone the thought of losing experience employees to the competition. Harley is a “fearless leader” because he doesn’t think like this at all. He is not afraid of helping other companies or training employees in all aspects of business. He wants the entire industry to succeed not just himself. He would rather his successors be competent, educated people making a difference in our communities.
In addition to his dedication to the p-h-c industry and growing his company, Perry is active in the local community. He is also committed to the Bonita Optimist Club serving as president, vice president and director. In addition, he belongs to the Bonita Business and Professional Association, the National City Chamber of Commerce, Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, and Challenge Air.
He is not afraid of helping other companies or training employees in all aspects of business. He wants the entire industry to succeed not just himself.
Perry Plumbing’s comprehensive 2011 rebranding campaign resulted in increased sales and profitability touting a revamped website, influencer engagement activity, concentrated SEO efforts, cable television advertising and an elevated social media presence.
He encourages technicians to practice random acts of kindness such as changing a light bulb and provides free service calls for needy customers during the holiday season.
Apprentice of the Year
Also from the San Diego Chapter of PHCC, Apprentice of the Year Brandon Pettway works for Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air and is entering his fourth year of his plumbing apprenticeship at the PHCC Academy of San Diego. He was recognized for being a model apprentice, mentor to his peers and for his dedication to the advancement of the plumbing industry.
A recipient of the San Diego PHCC Chapter’s 2012 Paul D. Chilson Scholarship, Pettway is credited with the pride he takes in his work and community. He mentors those in the pre-apprentice training program and volunteers to encourage best practices and responsibility among future industry leaders. Pettway was honored for his work ethic, meticulous performance and excellent communication skills.