In 2019, PHCPPros launched the “Millennials On The Move” honorary listing in Plumbing Engineer, PHC News and The Wholesaler magazines. The listing was created to shed light on what is now the largest generation in the workforce, while also launching bigger conversations on topics such as industry recruiting, talent retention, leadership development and more. This year, we're expanding that conversation outside of the annual print listing with our monthly “Millennials On The Move” newsletter.
In our August spotlight, we introduce you to Brandon Goldstein, general manager of Woodhill Supply Inc.!
PHCPPros: How did you get into the PHCP industry?
Goldstein: My entry into the PHCP-PVF industry is a long and winding road to which fate ultimately played a key role. I grew up spending time hanging out in my grandfather's local hardware store where I learned the value of hard work. I got into music and entertainment where I spent the next two decades conquering the audio industry. Playing in bands, getting an entertainment degree, touring the world with superstars, record labels, studios, and much more. I had my fun, learned lots and decided I needed change in order to start a family. I simultaneously got married, had a child, started grad school for business, and changed careers into the PHCP-PVF industry, joining Woodhill Supply Inc. as a third-generation family supply house. From my family's local hardware store to a regional wholesale distributer, I was destined to be here.
PHCPPros: What have been some of your career highlights so far?
Goldstein: My entire journey thus far has been a highlight, as I have been passed the torch and tasked with honoring our 62-year heritage of serving our customers. I have been extremely proud to reduce our carbon footprint while simultaneously growing the organization and rebuilding our brand.
PHCPPros: Are you affiliated with groups and organizations in the PHCP industry?
Goldstein: Yes — American Supply Association (ASA), North Central Wholesalers Association (NCWA), Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), IMARK, and Luxury Products Group (LPG).
PHCPPros: Do you have any mentors in the PHCP industry or otherwise?
Goldstein: My team, first and foremost. Customers, vendors, and even other supply houses have all been paramount in my career. I have a passion for learning and find inspiration and mentorship from my entire peer network. Outside of the industry I look to family and friends for guidance. The best mentorship is not always business related.
PHCPPros: Do you consider yourself a mentor?
Goldstein: Absolutely, we are all mentors and must represent ourselves as such. Often, we are unaware that we are even mentoring, however that is usually when it matters most. I always try to be my best self. I would describe my mentoring style as servant-leadership.
PHCPPros: What does it mean for you to be featured as a PHCP Millennial On The Move?
Goldstein: I am honored to have been nominated by my peer network for my contribution to the industry. I strive to do both good for our professional community as well as promote good practices to sustain our advancing world. I hope my leadership approach shows that we can experience success and use sustainable business practices while leveraging technology and a traditional business approach, so future generations will benefit from our accomplishments.