Anthony Graham of BION, in Prince William County, Virginia, has been named the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) 2023 Plumbing Apprentice of the Year. Sponsored by Delta Faucet, the award recognizes the outstanding skill and achievements of those enrolled in a plumbing training program. It was presented Oct. 27 at PHCCCONNECT2023 in Cleveland, Ohio.

As announced during the awards ceremony, Graham’s path into the plumbing field was inspired by his cousin’s apprenticeship in electrical work. Witnessing the fulfillment, growth, and earning potential that came with the trade resonated deeply with him. This led him to choose an apprenticeship over a college education, aligning with his desire to support his family. He completed his apprenticeship – via the PHCC Academy online program – this past May.

A valued member of BION, Inc., he approaches every challenge with a can-do attitude, and his meticulous attention to detail ensures that tasks are executed accurately. As one of his co-workers describes, “Working with Tony is like working with your best friend,” reflecting his ability to foster strong professional relationships.

As a member of BION’s service department – working on both new and existing facilities – Graham takes great pride in being a plumber and an HVAC technician, especially within the hospital setting. He says this unique environment adds an extra layer of fulfillment to his work, knowing that he’s contributing directly to the well-being and comfort of patients and their families.

While an apprentice, Graham participated in PHCC of Virginia’s 2022 Plumbing Apprentice Competition and represented Virginia at the PHCC Educational Foundation’s National Plumbing Apprentice Contest that same year. In 2019, he participated as a fourth-year HVAC apprentice in the Foundation’s HVAC Contest; he now holds credentials in both fields.

Looking ahead, Tony is dedicated to further honing his skills and staying abreast of industry advancements. He recognizes the importance of ongoing learning and growth. His motivation to provide a good living for his family serves as a driving force in his pursuit of excellence.

Says PHCC of Virginia Executive Director Susan Milhoan: “Anthony is an exceptionally talented and mature tradesman and will likely be successful in his career. He is also a role model for others. He is personable, poised, and passionate about his career.”