The Top 3 HVAC apprentices received awards in the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation’s first HVAC Apprentice Contest, held on Oct. 16-17, 2013, in Las Vegas.

The Foundation’s HVACR Apprentice and Journeyman Training Committee members were on hand to set up and judge the contest, which was a highlight of the PHCC-NA’s CONNECT 2013 Product & Technology Showcase. A portion of the contest was hosted by the College of Southern Nevada’s HVAC program in Henderson, Nev.

And the 2013 winners were:


Foundation volunteers operating this year’s event included:

  • Scott Balmer, Scott Balmer, ShoffnerKalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • David Dugger, ShoffnerKalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Bill Jones, Raven Mechanical, LLC, Houston, Tex.
  • Craig Lewis, R.E.C. Industries, Inc., Bryan, Tex.
  • Warren Lupson, Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute, Arlington, Va.
  • Ron Newman, Lakes  Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., Spirit Lake, Iowa
  • Crystal Schnurr, College of Southern Nevada, Henderson, Nev.
  • Jamie Simpson, Schaal Heating & Cooling, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa


The event was made possible by the following generous industry sponsors:

Contestant Sponsors: Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); College of Southern Nevada; Legend Valve; NATE; and NIBCO.
Additional prize and materials sponsors included: Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI); Aireco; Channellock; College of Southern Nevada; Copper Development Association; Honeywell; Johnson Supply; Lakes Plumbing, Heating & Cooling; Milwaukee Electric Tool Co.; NetBraze; NIBCO; Oatey; Parker Hannifin Corp.; Raven Mechanical; RIDGID; and Tindall & Ranson Plumbing & Heating.