Age: 36
Company: The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
Title: Vice president of strategic initiatives

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

What drew you into the industry?  
I wanted to work in an industry where I could apply my engineering skills while also interacting with people (I’m an extrovert!). Engineering consulting drew me in as the best “blend” of skills. Plumbing further drew me in as my favorite classes in college all revolved around fluid dynamics. I also really like the public health aspect of plumbing engineering and having the ability to positively impact people’s lives through the built environment.  

What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the industry?  
The people and the big picture impact. The people in the industry are amazing. So many talented and devoted people work in this field. From a big picture perspective, every day, I have a positive impact on public health and safety, on making our plumbing systems more efficient and sustainable, while trying to improve accessibility and resiliency of our systems.  

What is one thing you wish more people knew/understood about the PHCP-PVF industry?
People think that plumbing is simple, but it is highly complex. There are so many second- and third-order effects to what we do. I’m committed to enlightening people about plumbing, which is why I appreciate what PM Engineer does for the industry. I just started a LinkedIn newsletter as well, along with my “Authority” podcast.

What has been the proudest moment in your career so far?  
I’ve been so fortunate in my career to have a number of successes from awards, to positions of leadership, to rewarding projects. Joining IAPMO and working on improving the big picture for the entire plumbing industry instills pride in me. Receiving ASPE’s Award of Excellence in 2018 ranks high for me. But when I reflect on my career so far, what always stands out to me is all the wonderful small moments: (1) sticking with engineering when I thought of quitting so many times and (2) all the kind words I have received from so many colleagues and associates and the wonderful conversations we’ve had. The people that are my friends and colleagues in the plumbing industry motivate me so much.  

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?  
I love Latin dance, especially bachata, cumbia and salsa.   

Why he was chosen as a Next Gen All Star Top 20 Under 40 winner:
“Christoph has accomplished so much in his tenure, we can all learn from his efforts and will benefit from his energy in the space,” says John Mullen, director of technical services at IAPMO.