Prepared to help member contractors "work smarter, not harder," gain strength in numbers, and leverage pandemic-related challenges into new opportunities, Hunter Botto was installed as the newest president of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC) Oct. 1 during PHCCCONNECT2020.
Botto pledged to build on the advancements underway and strive to make them even better. He also encouraged PHCC members to get involved with the organization, stating: "It is our responsibility to be the leaders moving forward and teach the next generation ... let's all of us 'get it done' ... I'm ready; we are ready; all of us need to be ready to launch into the new normal."
A third-generation plumber, Botto has a long history with his family business - Botto Brothers Plumbing & Heating in Hicksville, New York. In 1980, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, where he served as a boiler technician. He attended the Mechanics Institute in New York City from 1980-1984 and became a licensed master plumber in 1989. Several years later, his father retired, and Botto took over Botto Brothers, assuming ownership (together with his brother Roger) in 1993.
Along the way, Botto has moved through the ranks at PHCC, from local and state levels to leadership positions at PHCC-National; he has served as chapter president of PHCC of New York, as a zone director and, most recently, as PHCC-National vice president and president-elect. He also served as chair of the PHCC Political Action Committee for several years, leading initiatives to strengthen PHCC's advocacy efforts.
The new PHCC president credits much of his professional success to his direct involvement in the organization at the local, state and national levels. In fact, supporting the PHCC chapter network and involving younger members in leadership are some of his priorities as PHCC president. He also is committed to continuing PHCC's vigorous advocacy efforts, workforce development programs and other initiatives included in the organization's strategic plan. And, in this COVID-19 world, he sees opportunities for PHCC members-essential workers committed to protecting public health and safety and the environment-that their association can support by providing helpful resources for their businesses and representation of their interests on Capitol Hill.
Check out more insights from PHCC's new president in these profiles in industry trade publications:
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InSinkErator, teamed with the PHCC National Auxiliary to recognize Marilyn Doughty of the New York State PHCC Auxiliary as the 2020 Larry Dore Member of the Year. Doughty, who has served as NYSPHCC Auxiliary president for seven straight years was selected based on her commitment to the organization and her efforts that led to funding of the NYS auxiliary scholarship fund.
Marilyn received a $2,000 cash award and commemorative plaque for being selected Larry Dore Member of the Year, which recognizes an auxiliary member who has been active at various levels within the auxiliary and has made a substantial contribution to the plumbing, heating and cooling industry.