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The PHCPPros Behind the Wall podcast delves into the personal journeys of those who have created successful businesses within the PHCP industry. Every month, Host Ellen Rohr — PHC News columnist, plumber's wife, COO of Zoom Drain Franchising Company and overall industry icon — holds vulnerable conversations with guests to explore insights gained and lessons learned. Let's go behind the wall!
|Episode 1: Meet Stephen Minnich
Stephen Minnich has nearly 40 years of experience in the heating industry, primarily installing and servicing hydronic systems. He most recently operated Minnich Mechanical Design, based in the Chicago suburb of Elk Grove Village. Stephen is a proud family man with an unwavering sense of honor who commits to doing the right things the right way. Buckle up for a candid and vulnerable conversation!
|Episode 2: Meet Pamela Belyn
Pamela Belyn is the owner of Men in Sewers and ZOOM Drain Chicago. Find out how she went from law books and contracts to owning a successful drain/sewer-cleaning business!
|Episode 3: Meet Michael Bleier
Michael Bleier is the president and owner of Able Distributors. Listen for a lively conversation on the joys and challenges of combining business with family and how his company stays relevant in the age of the instant supply house.
|Episode 4: Meet Laura Kelly, Head of Sales and Marketing at RevuKangaroo
At only 24 years old, Laura has consulted one-on-one with billion-dollar businesses and CEOs, toured the country with a venture capitalist investment group, and run more than 30 events across the nation.
Tune in as she and Host Ellen Rohr discuss Laura's journey from Ireland to the United States, how she got her start in the PHCP industry and the steps she thinks all contractors should take to improve their marketing efforts!
|Episode 5: Meet Dan Foley, President and Owner of Foley Mechanical
Ellen Rohr interviews longtime friend Dan Foley, the president and owner of Foley Mechanical. Listen to find out how this industry icon got his start and what lessons he's learned throughout his 30-year career.
|Episode 6: Meet Dennis Hamon, Co-Owner of Zoom Drain Seattle and Gene Johnson Plumbing and Heating
Tune in to learn about Dennis' unique career path (he's perhaps the world's only plumbing mortician) as well as how he's helping young people get the most out of their apprenticeships.
|Episode 7: Meet Sean McCormack, Owner of BMC Plumbing and Heating Inc.
Host Ellen Rohr interviews Sean McCormack, PHC News columnist and owner of BMC Plumbing and Heating Inc. They discuss what it's like to take over a family business, how Sean balances work and family, and why he decided to start writing about his life as a plumber.
|Episode 8: Meet Josh Kelly, CEO of Clover Marketing
Host Ellen Rohr interviews Josh Kelly, CEO of Clover Marketing, a marketing consulting business for contractors. Tune in to hear their vulnerable discussion on life as a serial entrepreneur, working for a family business, and finding love, as well as how Josh went from working 80-hour weeks to establishing his ideal work-life balance and staying in touch with what matters.
|Episode 9: Meet Erin Holohan Haskell, President of HeatingHelp.com
Erin shares her experiences growing up in the industry and working with family, as well as how she works to strengthen our industry through education, community and mentorship.
|Episode 10: Jay and Kristy Egg
Jay Egg was fascinated when his wife, Kristy Egg, explained that epidemiological studies can be thought of for requiring seat belts in cars, and for the banning of lawn darts. He was even more fascinated to learn about Legionnaires Disease and Pontiac Fever, and why HVAC systems can be such a breeding ground for them.
Ellen interviews the duo to discuss their ongoing work with IAPMO's Legionella Task Group, what the focus of their work has been during the COVID-19 pandemic and the progress they've seen in the prevention of Legionnaires' disease. Plus, Jay and Kristy share their personal heroes and missions, as well as what makes them happy in life and our industry!
Jay is a consultant and designer of geothermal HVAC systems, in addition to being author of two books and several articles on the subject. He is the Founder of Egg Systems, and focuses on geothermal consulting, engineering, and contracting technologies.
Kristy is a Registered Nurse and a public health and environmental health student learning to live with the disability of epilepsy and change paths mid-life.
|Episode 11: Meet Michael Werner, CEO and Founder of HomeX
Host Ellen Rohr and Michael discuss why he entered our industry, his experiences working with family, advice for businesses looking to grow, and the motivation behind HomeX, a home services platform combining world-class technology and next generation service operations. Michael also shares how his life changed when he was diagnosed with lymphoma, as well as his commitment to making a positive difference for others.
|Episode 12: Cheryl McRae, Director of Vertical Marketing at Scorpion
Cheryl discusses how she began her career and the lessons she’s learned along the way. Discover how she combines her love of tech and the trades, as well as how she has staked her claim in the two heavily male-dominated industries!
|Episode 13: Evelyn Pacheco, Founder of Nevada Women In Trades
Evelyn Pacheco is an Army veteran who became Nevada’s first black female union plumber nearly 20 years ago. Find out what impact joining the military had on her life, why she entered the skilled trades, and how she continues to prepare other women in Nevada for successful careers in high-skilled trade occupations!