(Front row seated left to right) Keith Bonenfant; Marty Cooper; David Gans, Vice President; David Straub, President; DJ Nunez, Immediate Past President; Steven Panelli; and Claudio Spagnuolo.
(Back row standing left to right) Dana Colombo; Ian Longacre; Brian Hamner; Ed Gormley; Ken Borski; Rex Crawford; Allen Becker; and Jeremy Stettler.
Not pictured: Tom Bigley and Hugh Kelleher
David Straub, President
President David Straub is a third generation UA Plumber.
Straub brings nearly 40 years experience, starting with UA Local 3 as an apprentice, journeyman, and contractor, and has spent the last 26 years as a plumbing inspector for the city and county of Denver. He has been an instructor for the apprentice and journeyman plumbers education program since 1996 and began working as an instructor at the UA Instructor Training program in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2004. Prior to joining the city of Denver, he owned and operated Straub Plumbing.
Straub has been an integral part of IAPMO, serving on committees for the past 22 years. He is chairman of the Education and Training Committee and has also contributed to the Seminar and Career Service committees. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 and his election as president was preceded by two years as vice president and two as secretary/treasurer before that.
David and his wife, Marie, are happily married and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. David enjoys watching his beloved Broncos and loves playing golf any chance he gets.
David devotes a great deal of his time to the plumbing industry and has always said that he feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with IAPMO. He believes that while many people do their jobs as a means to an end, IAPMO staff and members are different because they really care about the industry.
“I am honored and humbled to be elected president of this distinguished organization,” he says. “None of us would be here today if it weren’t for the enduring strength and influence IAPMO has exhibited during its 92 years of existence.”
David Gans, Vice President
Vice President David Gans is chief building official for the city of Oceanside, Calif., where he manages the building department, and performs plan reviews and inspections for the Southern California coastal community. A dedicated public servant, Gans serves as the plumbing and mechanical expert within his division and enjoys being a resource to others in his department, as well as to the city’s residents and contractors.
Holding a bachelor of Science, Public Administration, from the University of La Verne, Calif., Gans began his career as a plumbing and HVAC technician in the Building and Maintenance Division, city of Pasadena, Calif., and with Fallbrook Elementary Unified School District in Fallbrook, Calif. A licensed Los Angeles city and county plumbing journeyman since 1996 and a California licensed C-36 plumbing contractor, Gans is a member of several labor unions, including the UA, AFSME and the OCEA. He is IAPMO certified as a plumbing plans and mechanical plans examiner, as well as a residential and commercial combination inspector and plans examiner.
Gans has served as chairman of the IAPMO San Diego County chapter since 2008, on the UMC Answers and Analysis Committee since 2009 and worked on the IAPMO task group for access requirements of the 2006 UMC. He is a plumbing instructor for the California Association of Building Officials, the Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Contractors Association San Diego, and the California State Contractor’s License School.
He and wife Tracey have three children. Gans enjoys fishing, surfing, free diving, spear fishing and motorcycle riding.
“I have a deep passion for the plumbing and mechanical industry,” Gans says. “I have especially enjoyed meeting people from all parts of the industry and country that share my enthusiasm for the plumbing and mechanical industries.
“I have a great respect for the codes that IAPMO produces. The members of IAPMO have done an incredible job creating quality codes. I’m excited about the future of IAPMO on an international level. I believe other countries have recognized that we have great plumbing systems here and that IAPMO can help bring the same high quality standards to their regions. I’m excited to see that some areas across the United States that have given other plumbing and mechanical codes a try are returning the Uniform Codes. They are the best! “
Marty Cooper, Secretary/Treasurer
Marty Cooper graduated from the University of Arizona in 1982, and thereafter completed his apprenticeship with UA Local 38 in San Francisco. He worked as an apprentice and journeyman plumber for Cooper Bros. Plumbing.
Cooper went on to own and operate Martin Cooper Plumbing from 1992 to 2002 and became a building inspector with the city of Foster City, Calif., in 2004.
Cooper is the Chief Building Official with the city of Foster City and also teaches building inspection with the College of San Mateo. Cooper has been active with IAPMO for several years. He has been an officer and chairman of the Central California chapter, is privileged to be chairman of the UMC Answers and Analysis Committee, serves on the Publications Committee, and previously served on the disbanded Certification Committee.
Prior to being elected to the IAPMO Board of Directors, Cooper was an alternate member of the UMC and UPC Technical Committees.
Cooper holds plumbing and mechanical certifications from IAPMO, along with a CBO certification from ICC and a CASp certification from the state of California.
Cooper and his wife Janis have been married for 28 years. Their daughter, Felicia, is 26 and their son, Brandon, is 25. A native San Franciscan, Cooper enjoys attending 49er and Giant games with his son. In the winter, he looks forward to skiing in Tahoe.
DJ Nunez, Immediate Past President
President Daniel “DJ” Nunez has 32 years’ experience in the plumbing and mechanical industry. He is a second generation UA member following his father Danny’s footsteps into the trade. He began his career in 1984 with Local 460, where he completed his apprenticeship, and spent 18 years as a pipefitter, welder, foreman and general foreman, working on many different projects from schools and hospitals to cross country pipelines, co-generation and nuclear power plants.
In 2001, Nunez accepted a position with the state of California as a plumbing and mechanical inspector. Nunez is an IAPMO certified uniform plumbing and mechanical inspector, California plumbing and mechanical inspector and ASSE 6020 medical gas inspector (NITC). Nunez is currently working as a construction supervisor-II and is the inspector of record on several construction projects, with an emphasis on mechanical systems, such as boiler retrofits, high rise hydronic renovations, fueling system enhanced vapor recovery upgrades, and direct digital controls related projects.
With California being the forefront leader in green building initiatives, Nunez has been involved in several LEED certification projects, working hand in hand with the building commissioning authorities, making it a priority to build energy and resource efficient high performance buildings. Nunez also is an instructor for the Division of the State Architect (DSA), teaching plumbing and mechanical code to DSA project inspectors.
In 2014 Nunez completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Construction Management from the National Labor College. “This was of special importance to me wanting to show my children and my UA brothers and sisters that higher education is attainable,” he said.
Nunez has been a member of IAPMO since 2001 and was appointed treasure in 2007. The past six years, Nunez has represented the Southern District on the Board of Directors and served as Vice President for two years. Nunez previously served on the Mechanical Workshop and Answers and Analysis committees. He currently serves as chairman of the Sandra Imprescia IAPMO Scholarship Essay Competition committee.
“It is a tremendous honor and privilege to serve the IAPMO membership as president, ”he said. “With the continued growth of the organization both home and abroad, I embrace the opportunity to work with the Board, to give our executive staff the support they need to take this organization to new heights.”
Nunez has two children, Courtney, 25, who recently obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California Lutheran University, and Jacob, 21, who is a Junior at Saint Mary’s College of Moraga, majoring in Accounting. In his spare time, Nunez enjoys going to the gym, bicycling, hiking and both watching and attending many different sporting events. Nunez recently began volunteering as a basketball coach for the League of Dreams, where he works with special needs children.
Allen Becker is a combination plans examiner with the city of Henderson Building and Fire Safety Division in Nevada. This is his 20th year working for Henderson following three years with the city of Las Vegas.
Becker joined the Southern Nevada chapter of IAPMO in 1999, serving on its Board of Directors from 2002-2004 and 2006-2015, including as chapter president from 2009-2015. In 2007 he was awarded the chapter’s Government Person of the Year award and in 2015 was IAPMO’s Government Person of the Year.
A member of UA Local 525, Becker holds numerous plans examiner and inspector certifications and has served on both IAPMO’s UPC Workshop and Uniform Evaluation committees since 2013. He is a founding member of the EduCode Steering Committee and has served on the Southern Nevada Building Officials’ Plumbing and Mechanical Review Committee.
A skilled archer and defensive pistol shooting trainer, Becker enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time in his shop working with metal. As a young man, he trained for the United States Olympic Boxing Team and served as a race official for the American Motorcycle Association.
He and his wife, Dixie, have four sons — Stephen, Travis, Ryan and Cody — and two, soon to be three, granddaughters.
“IAPMO is made up of passionate and dedicated professionals whose goal is to provide access to good health and sanitation for the entire world’s population,” he says. “I am honored to be elected by such incredible people to serve on the IAPMO Board.”
Thomas G. Bigley is the director of Plumbing Services for The United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States, Canada and Australia.
Bigley started his career during high school as a member of the Plumbers Laborers Union digging ditches for plumbers during the summers. He began his plumbing career in 1981 and after his four-year apprenticeship graduated from Allegheny County Community College with an associate’s degree in project management and estimation.
As a 33-year member of Pittsburgh Plumbers Local 27 he has been employed as a journeyman plumber, welder, foreman, and superintendent, working on schools, hospitals, residential and commercial buildings, and industrial plants in several states.
Bigley is a second-generation plumber, following in the footsteps of his father. “My father paved the way for my brothers, son and nephews,” he says. “Family affairs quickly turn into job box talk when we get together.”
Bigley was elected to Local 27’s examining board, recording secretary, business agent and business manager/financial secretary. His experience includes political and leadership positions outside his local union. He served as vice president of the Allegheny County Labor Council, vice president of the Pittsburgh Building Trades Council and as vice president of the Pennsylvania Pipe Trades Association. Bigley served as secretary of the Allegheny County Plumbing Advisory Committee.
Bigley has served as a trustee to the International Training Fund for the United Association. He is chairman of the Plumbing Service Committee, Plumbing Industry Council and serves on the Plumbing Industry Leadership Coalition.
“I look forward to working with President Stuab and the Board of Directors in ensuring that IAPMO protects the health of the nation and the growing needs of the world’s plumbing infrastructure,” he says.
Bigley and his wife, Kathy, have two children; Joseph, who is a 13-year plumber/welder that travels the country extensively at his trade, and Jamie, who is an occupational therapist in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Bigleys recently enjoyed the birth of their first grandchild, Augustus. In his spare time, Bigley likes to golf, hunt, fish and enjoy time at his cabin.
Keith Bonenfant is a plumbing and mechanical inspector with the California Department of General Services. He started working in the plumbing industry in 1984 in his home state of New Hampshire, where he completed a four-year apprenticeship program. He acquired his journeyman plumber license and just two years later achieved master plumber’s license status.
Bonenfant relocated to San Diego County in 1990, working as a journeyman, foreman, and general foreman on many types of projects ranging from prisons, schools, and hospitals, as well as federal projects at the surrounding military bases. He has taught plumbing and mechanical project inspector overview classes for the California Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect (DSA). He is a proud member of UA Local 398 Plumbers and Steamfitters in Pomona, Calif.
Bonenfant is an IAPMO-certified plumbing and mechanical inspector, ACIA Division II building inspector, and ASSE 6020 Medical Gas inspector. He holds several California contractor’s licenses; General Building (B), General Engineering (A), and Plumbing (C-36). He also holds a California Real Estate Broker license.
Bonenfant serves on two IAPMO committees — the Publication Committee and the Mechanical Workshop Committee.
He enjoys running, hiking, wood working, and spending time with family. He and his wife, Melanie, celebrated their 25th anniversary in October and have four children: Gaston, Chase, Sidney, and Paige.
District Director Kenneth Borski is division manager, plumbing inspections, for the city of Houston, a post he's held since March 2014. Kenneth has been with the city for 20 years, beginning as a plumbing inspector and advancing to senior inspector and assistant chief before assuming the division manager position.
A member of Local Union 68 since 1980, Kenneth graduated from the Local 68 Apprentice School and has been a journeyman plumber since 1983.
Kenneth has been a member of the IAPMO Publications Committee since 2013 and is chairman of the Houston Area Plumbing Joint Apprenticeship Committee, on which he's served since 1989. As ASSE International member since 1994, he's a member of the Professional Qualifications Committee and is president of the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. He is also a member of the Texas State Association of Plumbing Inspectors.
Kenneth and his wife Valerie have been married 34 years and have two children, Christine, 28, who recently graduated with her Master's in Marine and Freshwater Biology, and Brian, 26, who graduated with a degree in business. Kenneth enjoys hunting, fishing, baseball and family.
He follows former Houston-based Board of Directors members Bob West, John Roth, and Alfred Ortega.
Dana Colombo, ASSE International Past President, was born and raised in New Orleans and is an active member of the ASSE Louisiana Chapter.
After graduating high school in 1982, Colombo’s career in the plumbing industry started when the company his father was working for hired him as a plumbers’ helper. Two years later, he started an apprenticeship with Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 60 in New Orleans. As an apprentice, he worked in all phases of the plumbing and mechanical industry. After completing his apprenticeship, he became a licensed journeyman plumber in 1988. From 1988 to 1998, he worked his way up to foreman and in 1998 he was hired by Local 60 to be an organizer. In 2007, Colombo took a position with NITC in the New Orleans office as a certified welding inspector. With the passing of Jerry McManus, past Regional Director of Region #3, he assumed the Southern Regional Managers position. When in the office, the largest part of Colombo’s job is inspecting braze specimens for ASSE 6010 Medical Gas Systems Installers and destructive weld inspections for the United Association. Colombo sits on the NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Technical Committee on Piping Systems and assists with developing the latest version of the code.
District Director Rex A. Crawford is the chief plumbing inspector for the city of Lincoln, Neb., a position he has held since November 2013. Rex was a plumbing inspector for 25 years prior to his promotion as chief. He follows former IAPMO board member and past president Bob Siemsen.
Rex graduated from Southeast Community College in 1970 with an associate’s degree in HVAC and plumbing. In 1974, he earned his journeyman plumber’s license and in 1981 received a master plumber’s license. He has been a member of IAPMO since 1996, serving on the Plumbing Code Workshop, Certification and Exam, Publications, and Answers and Analysis committees, and the IAPMO Standards Council. Rex was a founding member of the Nebraska IAPMO chapter and has held the position of chairman, vice-chairman and secretary numerous times.
Rex is an IAPMO certified plumbing inspector, Grade VI water operator, and certified code specialist. He is a member of Local Union 464 Plumbers and Fitters, Omaha, Neb. Rex has taught plumbing code, gas code, and continuing education classes for more than 25 years.
Rex and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 19 years and have nine children and 15 grandchildren.
Ed Gormley is owner and president of Gormley Plumbing & Heating, his family’s four-generation-old business based in McMinnville, Ore.
Born and raised in McMinnville, Ed served as the Portland suburb’s mayor from 1984-2009. He earned his B.S. from Gonzaga University and received his master plumber’s license in 1976.
Ed is president of the Plumbing Mechanical Contractors Association of Oregon, a trustee and chairman of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local No. 290 Trust Funds, and a trustee of Local No. 290’s Apprentice and Training Committee. Past chairman of the Oregon State Plumbing Board, Ed has represented the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) on IAPMO’s Green Technical and Mechanical Technical committees.
In addition to his industry activities, Ed is on the board of the Willamette Valley Medical Center, a 120-bed hospital serving McMinnville and Yamhill County.
Ed has been the recipient of numerous professional and civic awards, including the Chamber of Commerce Pillar Award for Respect, the Jaycee’s First Citizen Award for Outstanding Accomplishments to the Community, Sam Walton Leadership Award for Community Contributions, McMinnville Retailer of the Year, State Retailer of the Year, Rotary Couple of the Year, and the Chamber of Commerce President’s Award. He is also a past-president of the St. James Parish Council.
He and his wife, Candy, met while students at Gonzaga and have been married 48 years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys travel, golfing, and cooking.
Brian Hamner is a Plumbing Inspector for the City of Des Moines, Iowa’s capital, a post he’s held since 2007.
Born and raised in Winterset, Iowa, Hamner has 20 years of experience in the plumbing trade. He began his career as a sprinkler fitter with a small company for several years before switching to plumbing after some encouragement from his then future wife, Shannon. In 1996, he started with Cook Plumbing Corp., obtaining his Journeyman and his Master Plumbing licenses during his tenure. In 2005, he went to work for Golden Rule Plumbing and Heating before moving onto his current position with the city.
He is a certified IAPMO Plumbing Inspector, and as an IAPMO member since 2013 he has been serving on the UPC Answers and Analysis committee since joining the association. He has served as the Chairman of the Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Committee for the Central Iowa Code Consortium, a group of 15communities that have joined together to adopt codes for the Central Iowa metro area. He also serves as the Vice Chairman/Treasurer for the Iowa Chapter of IAPMO.
“I am truly honored to serve on the Board of Directors,” Hamner says, “it is an opportunity I will never take for granted. IAPMO is a great organization to be a part of. It is a world leader in plumbing and mechanical codes. I look forward to helping the association move forward in providing safe plumbing and mechanical systems, along with other services IAPMO has to offer.”
He and Shannon have been married 19 years and have two children, Tobias and Olivia. Hamner’s father worked for 33 years as a journeyman gas serviceman with the union. He enjoys riding motorcycles, bow hunting, cooking, and spending time with his family.
Director at Large, Contractor, Hugh Kelleher is owner of Construction Quality Analysis, Inc., and executive director of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association of Greater Boston since 1998.
A graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover, Kelleher attended Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude. After 13 years working in education, government and publishing, including speech writing and press secretary on Capitol Hill, Kelleher changed gears and began an apprenticeship with Plumbers Union Local 12 in Boston.
A licensed master plumber, gas fitter and sprinkler fitter, Kelleher provided residential and commercial plumbing services from 1989-97. From 1991-97, Kelleher oversaw quality control for a key portion of the Boston Harbor Clean-Up Project, featuring $85M in new piping systems during construction of the Deer Island Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Kelleher has served as a trustee of Plumbers Union Local 12’s Pension, Health and Annuity Funds, including serving as chairman since 2012.
A resident of Newburyport, Mass., Kelleher has been involved in numerous community activities, including the Big Brothers program and as an elected member of the local Charter Commission.
Ian Longacre is a plumbing and mechanical inspector with the city of Santa Fe, N.M., a residential building inspector, a residential and commercial building plans examiner, a member of UA local 412, and Chairman of the IAPMO New Mexico chapter since 2016. Before that, he worked as a heating and cooling specialist at a plumbing and heating wholesale supply house, specializing in the sizing and design of radiant heating and cooling systems, solar heating systems for both domestic hot water and active heating systems, and geothermal systems using ground source heat pumps to both extract and reject energy from and into the earth to heat and cool homes.
Longacre was able to take advantage of his plumbing and heating field experience that began in 1987 in San Diego to guide his career in the plumbing and heating industry. He was fortunate to work for a plumbing company that sub-contracted for one of the biggest developers in San Diego County, which specialized in everything from single family tract homes and apartment buildings to low- and mid-rise commercial buildings and retail properties. When the building construction was down, he was fortunate enough to find work in the shipyards of San Diego Bay.
Born and raised in Santa Fe, Longacre returned to his hometown after 10 years in San Diego to begin raising a family with his biggest supporter, wife Regina, with whom he will celebrate 25 years of marriage in October 2018, though they have been together for more than 30 years. The Longacres have three children: Matthew, Lindsay, and Grant. Their oldest son, Matthew, recently returned home from New York City, where he obtained his associate degree from La Guardia Community College. Matthew is employed by a radon gas mitigation company in Santa Fe. Lindsay will receive her master’s degree in English next spring from San Diego State University. Grant will graduate next spring from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in business.
“All three of my children have inspired me to return to school, where I am more than half way to achieving an associate degree in building science and construction technology,” Longacre says.
Apart from enjoying the beautiful outdoors of New Mexico with his dogs, Longacre has coached girls high school volleyball for the last 10 years, winning three state championships with his daughter.
Longacre first became familiar with the building codes while growing up and helping alongside his general contractor father.
“The plumbing and heating side of the building process always seemed to catch my attention, and when my father let me sweat together the copper piping system that supplied the hydronic heating system to our home, I was hooked,” he says.
“I have always trusted and respected everything that IAPMO has to offer, and I have used the Uniform Code books like the Bible,” he says. “Every time that I read Official magazine, there is an article about the importance of clean water in developing countries. Those individuals in those articles, who help make clean water available in developing countries, are my heroes. That is why I am honored and privileged to be part of this wonderful organization.”
District Director Steven Panelli is chief plumbing inspector for the city and county of San Francisco. As chief plumbing inspector of a large metropolitan city, Panelli has been directly involved in the conception and framework for water conservation, storm water management, and other Green legislation and city polices.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Panelli attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 1989. Two days after graduation, he was given the opportunity to work for a family friend at Heiro Plumbing. He then applied to Local 38 and completed the apprenticeship program, working at Columbia Mechanical for all of his apprenticeship. Shortly after becoming a journeyman, he again had the privilege to work for one of the most respected companies in San Francisco, Servadei Plumbing.
Panelli was hired in 2000 as a plumbing inspector for the city and county of San Francisco and was subsequently promoted to senior inspector in 2005 and chief plumbing inspector in 2009.
“Without the support and professionalism of my inspectors, I would not be able to be the chief I am today,” he says. “They have always had my back no matter what and I appreciate all the hard work they perform every day.”
Panelli has been a contributing member of IAPMO for the past 15 years. He is always willing to volunteer his time for his IAPMO chapter and has been an alternate for the Plumbing and Mechanical Technical Committees. Panelli has represented the Western Pipe Trades at IAPMO’s annual conferences, as well.
Panelli is an apprentice instructor for the JATC of Local 38.
“I feel very fortunate to be a part of this organization and look forward to working with President Pfeiffer, my fellow Board members, IAPMO staff and, of course, our members,” Panelli says.
Besides his dedication to the plumbing industry, Panelli enjoys playing golf, bowling, pool and sometimes a friendly game of snooker. He would have never have made it to where he is without the love, support and patience of his loving wife of 21 years, Lorena. His children, Steven and Daniela, have always been two of the most important people in his life, as well. Steven is in college and pursuing a firefighting career. Daniela is an honor role student and cheerleader in high school.
Claudio Spagnuolo is a plumbing inspector for the city of Brampton in Ontario, Canada. Brampton is the ninth largest city in Canada, with a population of approximately 600,000 people — a number that is growing rapidly. He has been an inspector with the city of Brampton for 23 years and is also an ongoing member of the Ontario Plumbing Inspector Association (OPIA) advisory committee.
Spagnuolo started working just after high school as he pushed a broom around for a mechanical contractor in his prefabrication shop. This led to an opportunity for an apprenticeship in the plumbing industry and thus started his career. He became licensed and continued his education by completing courses through the Local 46 night school, then achieved his Master Plumbing Certificate at Local 46. During the Ontario recession of 1989 and after a year of unemployment, he obtained the position of plumbing inspector with the city of Brampton.
In 1997, Spagnuolo started teaching night school with Local 46 and enrolled in the United Association (UA) Instructor Training Program. He taught various courses to apprentices, including basic plumbing, code updates and regulations, and backflow prevention. In 2000, during Instructor Training in Ann Arbor, Mich. IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney approached him and asked if he was interested in participating in a plumbing certification committee and standards review committee.
Spagnuolo has been a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), serving on multiple committees, throughout the past two decades. In late 2008, he accepted a seat on the CSA-CIPH (Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating) committee for the Canadian Plumbing Inspectors Education and Training Program Steering Committee. This committee initialized and implemented a program for national standardization of plumbing inspectors across Canada. Prior to this, in 2004, he was asked to sit on the plumbing sub-committee to update and rewrite the Certificate of Qualification Provincial Exam due to his knowledge and expertise regarding the plumbing trade. This led to Spagnuolo participating in the draft and validation of the “Plumber” Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination.
In 2015, he was presented with the Canadian Standard of Excellence award at the Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) Workshop for significant contributions in the development and review of the plumber trade. Furthermore, the UA National Apprentice Competition recruited him to judge plumbing apprentices’ skills and knowledge primarily in 2015 and again in 2017. UA Canada relies on Spagnuolo as a resource person for plumbing-related issues due to his experience within the trade.
Recently, he became a Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Certified Instructor through the U.S. Green Building Council for Fundamentals of Building Green, Plumbing, and Mechanical Systems.
“The plumbing industry has become a big part of my life,” he says, “I have passion and respect for the trade and the people within it because they are guiding and shaping the future.” Spagnuolo is looking forward to working directly with President DJ Nunez and the IAPMO Board of Directors.
Claudio’s oldest son, Michael, has followed him into the trade and is a licensed plumber with Local 46. His second son, Alfredo, has completed his bachelor and graduated with honors from Wilfrid Laurier University and is now completing a Masters of Environment and Sustainability program at the University of Western Ontario. His youngest son, Spence, is a six-grader with a strong passion for hockey.
Many of Spagnuolo’s recent achievements and awards have been accomplished with the support and dedication of his loving girlfriend, Janice Stewart.
Jeremy Stettler wears many hats in his job with Davis School District, just north of Salt Lake City, Utah. As foreman, he and his staff of seven maintain the mechanical systems for just more than 10 million square feet of building space. He also serves as plumbing and mechanical inspector for all ongoing construction in the district, including a 200,000-square-foot middle school facility and a 100,000-square-foot elementary school building. Stettler performs plan review on the mechanical systems. The district works hard to keep its environmental impact to a minimum, whether it’s a net zero or Energy Star building.
A licensed master plumber, Stettler traces his career in the trades to a fateful service call.
“When I was 15, my mother’s sewer got plugged,” he says. “Not having much money, we called several plumbers from the phone book until we found one she could afford. Little did I know it would be the start of my career.”
The owner, Clark Browne, came to their home and Stettler took a keen interest in everything he was doing. Browne took time to explain things as he worked.
“I had no idea he was interviewing me, but at the end of the job he asked if I wanted a job being his helper,” he says. “I jumped at the opportunity and worked after school every day for him for two years.”
Browne introduced Stettler to the local high school plumbing instructor and got him enrolled. At 16, he enrolled in the apprenticeship program at Ogden Weber Applied Technical College. One of his instructors, Linc Talbot, worked for Davis School District and helped his “teacher’s pet” get a job as an apprentice plumber. He started the day after graduation and has been there ever since.
Stettler has since received his Journeyman’s, Master Plumber’s and inspector licenses.
“Plumbing has given me and my family so many opportunities I could never have dreamed of when I got started as a plumber’s helper,” he says. “And with the support of my wonderful wife, Valerie, and our two awesome boys, CJ and Kaden, I get to continue to be passionate about my trade through IAPMO.”