Rich-Tomkins Co., an industry-leading plumbing and heating manufacturers' representative, honored industry icon and Bradford White Water Heaters trainer Herbert Harvey, Jr. by renaming their training room after Mr. Harvey following an in-person training he led for more than a dozen plumbing contractors and Bradford White representatives at its facility in Aston, Pennslyvania.
Bill Bradshaw, president, Rich-Tomkins, surprised Harvey at the end of the training session and shared a few words with the group.
"Harvey travels miles across the U.S. teaching and educating the plumbing trade," he said. "In honor of Harvey and the sweat equity he puts into his home base at Rich-Tomkins, we have renamed our training center the Herbert Harvey, Jr. Training Center and are proud to display his name in our facility."
Harvey has been a field trainer with Bradford White Corp. for seven years and previously served as president for the PHCC DE chapter from 2016 to 2018 and was a member of the PHCC Board of Directors from 2012 to 2019. As a master HVACR contractor and having taught PHCC plumbing as a certified plumbing instructor for ten years, Harvey has decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to share with plumbing professionals to ensure they are up to date on the installation of water heating products as well as new technologies.
"Harvey is committed to his craft and ensuring the next generation of plumbing professionals have the tools they need to be successful and support their customers' needs," said Dustin Bowerman, senior director, Field Services. "As Harvey says, tools don't lie."
Harvey was in tears during the dedication and was appreciative of the recognition.
"Thank you, Rich-Tomkins. This is such a blessing and an honor," he said.
Harvey has built strong relationships over the years and knows that his work ethic and commitment to the industry has helped him attain his success.
Harvey always shares with his students, "If you see a turtle sitting on the fence post, it didn't get there by itself. I feel the same way about my accomplishments, I didn't get here by myself."