Age: 38
Company: Saniflo
Title: Inside technical sales

How long have you been in the PHCP-PVF industry?
LA: 15 years.   

What drew you into the industry?
I started working for Saniflo at a young age. I wanted to try something new, something I have never done before. I never imagined this could be an amazing career. The plumbing industry gave me the opportunity to grow professionally and allowed me to be more creative and helped me develop problem-solving skills to get the job done. I started as technical support and currently working as inside technical sales.  

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the industry?
Working and connecting our team with special projects and being able to help provide solutions. Working for a company that provides for and supports the homeless by making donations and providing free units to help build mobile showers, bathrooms and provide laundry facilities – charitable organizations like Showering Love, Hope Vibes, Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, etc. makes me extremely proud. Knowing that we can make a difference by helping the community as a team is one of my favorite parts about working at Sanifo.    

What is one thing you wish more people knew/understood about the PHCP-PVF industry?
The relationships you build with others by working in this industry are something that will last a lifetime. This is not just a job, but a career that can open many opportunities. There is a lot to learn from the industry and I am thankful I started working in this field.  

What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?
Thanks to my career, I was able to purchase my first home. Hard work pays off.  

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I like cooking and grilling, and I love gathering with friends and family, but most of all, I love spending quality time with my wife and kids.

Why he was chosen as a Next Gen All Star Top 20 Under 40 winner:
“Luis Arias has been working for SFA Saniflo for 15 years as inside technical sales. His vast knowledge of pump systems and the plumbing trade has been used on many large-scale projects. Luis has contributed to the overall company success by working directly with architects, engineers and trade professionals on engineering bids,” says Madelyn Young, senior account manager, Greenhouse Digital PR.