NEW ORLEANS — Three top HVAC apprentices received awards in the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation’s second annual HVAC Apprentice Contest, held at the PHCC-National Association’s CONNECT 2014 conference in New Orleans.

The Foundation’s HVACR Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee members were on hand to set up and judge the contest. A portion of the contest was hosted by the HVAC program at Delgado Community College’s Jefferson Campus in Metairie, Louisiana.

This year’s awards went to:

• First Place – Leroy Friend, Shapiro & Duncan Inc., Rockville, Maryland

• Second Place – Tyler Sheppeck, Corporate Mechanical, Minneapolis

• Third Place – Chris Lighthart, The Lighthart Corp., Los Angeles

Foundation volunteers operating this year’s event included:

• Scott Balmer, chair, ShoffnerKalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service, Knoxville, Tennessee

• Tony DeSantis, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles

• Bill Jones, Raven Mechanical LLC, Houston

• Craig Lewis, R.E.C. Industries Inc., Bryan, Texas

• Joel Long, GSM Services Inc., Gastonia, North Carolina

• Warren Lupson, Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, Arlington, Virginia

• Ron Newman, Lakes Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Inc., Spirit Lake, Iowa

• Ken Nielsen, AccuAire Inc., Reading, Massachusetts

• Kenny Ripberger, Delgado Community College, Metairie, Louisiana

• Jamie Simpson, Schaal Heating & Cooling Inc., Des Moines, Iowa

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Publication date: 10/27/2014

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