SACRAMENTO — The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of California (CAPHCC) received numerous awards at the PHCC CONNECT 2014 Convention in New Orleans.

PHCC National’s 2014 Legislative Excellence Award was presented to Mike Barker, president, and Tracy Threlfall, executive vice president, CAPHCC, in recognition of outstanding achievement in advocacy service on behalf of PHCC members. Presenting the award was Steve Rivers, national president and government affairs chair, PHCC, and Col. George D. Scott Award winner Mark Giebelhaus.

“Those of you that follow PHCC of California’s communications know that, among other business challenges, California is a unique political environment for plumbing, heating, and cooling contractors,” said Barker, owner, Barker & Sons Plumbing, Anaheim, California. “We have known that CAPHCC does a phenomenal job of giving a political voice to the PHC industry, but, now, our national peers have recognized that and bestowed on us its PHCC National 2014 Legislative Excellence Award. This was influenced heavily by the work of our Government Relations Committee and PHCC of California’s Board of Directors in lobbying against a $5 increase in California’s dual wage system of compensation premiums. Thanks to our efforts, the threshold was increased from $24 to $26, $3 less than initially proposed. PHCC of California’s legislative advocacy saved the plumbing, heating, and cooling contractors of California $6,000 per employee in higher premiums and/or wage expense. Each of you should be proud of this award, and we appreciate the efforts of PHCC of California’s volunteer leadership and executive vice president Tracy Threlfall and her staff based in Sacramento. Also, this award would not have been possible without the assistance and influence of both our state and national lobbyists, Richard Markuson in California and Mark Riso in Washington, District of Columbia. We are all committed to exemplifying the PHCC ideals of ‘Best People. Best Practices.’”

Publication date: 11/3/2014 

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