Venable: I am a manufacturer’s representative. I work for Coleman-Russell & Associates. Our firm covers Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle. My territory consists of South Alabama and
the Florida Panhandle. I am responsible for the commercial and residential
plumbing market in my territory as well as heating, industrial, and well markets. I
am involved in all phases of the market. I work with contractors, institutions,
wholesalers, engineers, architects, designers, builders, and developers.
PHCPPros: Why did you enter a career in the industry?
Venable:My professional career in the PHCP industry began right out of college. I went to
work for Ferguson Enterprises after graduating from the University of Alabama. I decided to go into the plumbing industry because I love it! Plumbing has
been in my family for three generations. My paternal grandfather started a plumbing business and my father, along with his two brothers, followed suit. I moved
out West for five years and worked in the technology industry during that time. I
missed the plumbing industry! I recently moved back to my home state and have
happily rejoined the plumbing industry. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to
be back in this industry.
PHCPPros: What are some of your career highlights?
Venable:Highlights includeincredible projects all over the Southeast United States and winning Branch of the Year with
my Ferguson team. I was honored to receive Associate of the Year from the
Homebuilders Association as well. That year, our team of associates raised more than $10,000 from our silent auction event, and those funds went to the Miracle League
and the HBAA scholarship program. I also had the pleasure of working with my
dad before he retired from plumbing, and that was very rewarding.
PHCPPros: What are your experiences with women mentors or mentees?
Venable:My mother is a mentor to me; she has always encouraged me. She is wise and
I seek her advice often. What I admire most about my mother is her strength and
faith. I have always known that she is a strong woman, but watching her battle
breast cancer not once but twice has shown her immense strength. Her faith is
immeasurable. She inspires me.
I have two daughters. I lift them up and encourage them every day. I try to instill
wisdom by sharing with them my life experiences and things that I have been
through as a woman.
PHCPPros: What advice would you give to women entering this industry?
Venable:Believe in yourself! When someone tells you that you can’t do something, or you
won’t be able to achieve something (and trust me they will), just keep pushing forward. Don’t let anyone bring you down, and always believe in yourself.
PHCPPros: How can the industry better recruit and retain women?
Venable:Support and love one another. Set a positive example. Educate younger women on the pros of working in this industry.
PHCPPros: What does it mean to receive this honor?
Venable:I’m so very honored. It means so much to me to be nominated to represent
women in the plumbing industry.
Do you know someone you would like to nominate for our Women In PHCP newsletter series? Email PHCPPros Digital Strategy Manager Nicole Meyer at firstname.lastname@example.org!