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Letters to the Editor

My mentor

Hi Dan, I hope you are well. I just wanted


to let you know how much I enjoyed your article in Phc Magazine— “My Mentor.” It caused me to reflect on the many mentors that have influenced my life over the years both professionally and in many other ways. We are what they birthed into us and that never stops happening. It is up to us to find ways to mentor this next generation. Thanks for sharing your experiences. By the way, what you wrote showed your respect for your mentor, as you called him Mr. Croker throughout the article. I liked that says something about you, and that is you are an honorable man. Regards,

Timmie M. McElwain, President Gas Appliance Service Training and

Consulting and Gas Training Institute, Warren, RI

Hi Dan, I just got done reading your

column in the October issue of Phc News and I was very moved by your story about your mentor. Your column is one of the few I actually take time to stop and read on a regular basis and you’re doing such a great job keeping the reader both informed and entertained. Keep up the great work!

Kim Bliss, senior writer Technical Communications, Marketing Operations, Uponor

Dear Sir, I just wanted to show my

appreciation for the article “My Mentor” by Dan Foley. It was very well done and really hit home. Thanks for a great publication.

Eamon Loftus

Mr. Foley, I too started my trade career in the

80s. I started as a plumbing apprentice in the 1987 after leaving the military. I later entered a formal

apprenticeship training course in 1993. My father is a master mason, so it was not a hard choice to make for me to choose the trades. I am grateful for the choice I made. Over the years I have broadened my skill base to include HVAC and hot water heat. I love the work, too. Over the last few years I, too, am starting to see a change in attitude toward becoming a tradesperson. I work for a major school district

in Colorado. I feel the work we perform for this school district is not considered valuable. That is far from the truth. The systems we work on are becoming far more complex and the level of training required is rising. I enjoyed reading your

commentary in Phc News. It is good to see articles like yours to keep us informed on all things we face daily. Keep up the good work.

Patrick Shields Master Plumber

was right up my alley. Even as a kid, I have always looked for the little details in everything. Anyone can hit the high spots. When I leave a job or repair, etc., even if it is covered up in a wall or floor, I am proud of what we have created for someone. No one wants to work any more. Your article was dead on. It is easy to tell that you and I have experienced a lot of the same things regarding our trades. Congratulations on your article. Maybe some day people will figure out that in a world with growing numbers of people, someone is going to actually have to (actually it is have a great opportunity to) work for a living.

Kevin E. Coffey, President Metrolina Plumbing

Over the last few years I, too, am starting to see a change in attitude towards becoming a trades person.

Mr. Foley, I have never written a letter to

anyone because of something that I have read before. I just finished reading your column in Phc News. You struck a nerve with me. I am president and owner of Metrolina Plumbing Inc., located in Denver, N.C. We do custom residential, commercial, and repairs in the plumbing trade. We also are licensed and stay busy with work on public sewer and water service lines. I have been involved in the plumbing trade since 1974. I, too, had envisioned a different future when I was a seventeen-year-old high school senior. After basketball and college was over, life led me back to a trade I began during summers in high school. I have now been doing this for over 35 years. I had a “mentor” that was a very particular person when it came to the quality of work we did. That

A different take on marketing

Hi Dan, I am writing to you to say great job

with the information you provided within this article. Currently, I am putting together a business plan — with the help of Ellen Rohr — and you have given me some great advice regarding customer relations and how to go about marketing and networking within the industry. Your comments show that these items are the backbone of one’s business success, and they will be stored in my memory bank for many years to come. I look forward to reading your

future columns, and once again thank you for the great advice. Regards,

Gerard MacLellan

phc december 2011

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