The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) announced that Michael R. Copp has been selected as its new Executive Vice President. Copp will become PHCC’s chief staff officer on Oct. 5, 2015.
Copp most recently was the chief operating officer of the American Retirement Association. Prior to that position, he was senior vice president of education at the National Association of Home Builders and managing director with the Professional Practice division of The American Institute of Architects.
“Michael’s proven expertise in association management, particularly in guiding strategic growth, is a great fit for our organization,” said PHCC President Kevin Tindall. “We look forward to having him on our team as we continue to build a better future for PHCC and the industry.”
Copp has a strong background with trade associations, as well as experience in the construction industry. Among his accomplishments are leading strategic initiatives for long-term growth and sustainability, overseeing the effective and efficient use of resources and enhancing overall organizational capacity and performance.
He earned a graduate degree with a double major in Management and Human Resource Development from Webster University, an undergraduate degree in Industrial Science from Truman State University and an associate’s degree in General Studies (with an emphasis in drafting and design) from Cochise College. While earning his degrees, Copp was a mechanical and architectural draftsman/designer working with several design/ build and architectural firms. He also served as a construction draftsman in the U.S. Army between 1980 and 1984.
“We’re seeing a great year ahead for PHCC,” said PHCC President-elect Chip Greene. “With Michael on board, we’ll be furthering PHCC’s mission with education, training, workforce development and public awareness initiatives that will help support the needs of our contractor members and the customers they serve. We are especially excited about Michael’s support of a ‘boots on the grounds’ program that will help us engage our members and develop programs to meet their needs.”
Copp will replace current PHCC EVP Gerry Kennedy, who will retire on Dec. 31, 2015.