How long have you been in the PHCP-PVF industry?
RK: 16 years
What drew you into the industry?
RK: My closest and best friends are blue-collar workers. [I had] familiarity with construction materials and an HVAC/plumbing wholesaler position right out of college.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the industry?
RK: My favorite part is knowing the overarching good we provide to others. With plumbing, this industry solves problems while providing comfort, safety, and solutions.
What motivates you every day?
RK: My team, and the department I work for, interactions with our sales teams/manufacturers’ reps, and marketing-related projects.
What is one thing you wish more people knew/understood about the PHCP-PVF industry?
RK: The necessity of our industry. What we do up and down the vertical serves a greater good for society. Other occupations tend to be valued more when we should better acknowledge the solutions our industry provides.
What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
RK: When I’ve thought about the totality of it, it is hard to pick just one. If I had to, I’m most proud of the children’s book that I wrote regarding the plumbing trade. Its goal is to raise awareness that plumbing contractors should be acknowledged for how their work is noble, necessary and appreciated when completed.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
RK: After spending time with my family, most people find it surprising that I’m a drummer. I’ve been playing for decades, I’ve recorded music and have performed lots of times. Music is a large part of my life.