How long have you been in the PHCP-PVF industry?
ET: I’ve worked for Bradford White for 17 years which includes 10 years in the engineering department in a variety of capacities, up to and including supervision of our laboratory facilities, lab technicians and product development engineers. For the last seven years, I’ve had the opportunity to lead Bradford White’s government and regulatory affairs efforts, and, most recently, I’ve added legal affairs and intellectual property to my responsibilities.
What drew you into the industry?
ET: I was lucky enough to find Bradford White right after graduating from college. Starting in our engineering department, I had the opportunity to learn under some great engineers, as well as several industry titans. It was through them and Bradford White’s culture that I realized this industry was where I wanted to spend my career. Without their guidance, both past and present, I would not have been able to achieve the success that I have up to this point in my career.
What is the most rewarding aspect of working in the industry?
ET: The relationships that you are able to develop over time, which transcend when people change companies, change roles or even retire.
What motivates you every day?
ET: My team and our customers. I am privileged to work alongside some of the hardest-working and dedicated people I know in the industry every day. Their commitment to serve our customers, both internally and externally, and advocate for the best interests of Bradford White and those impacted by our products in a rapidly evolving political environment is what keeps me inspired and motivated each day.
What is one thing you wish more people knew/understood about the PHCP-PVF industry?
ET: While those entering the workforce may not recognize the significance of the PHCP-PVF industry, the pandemic showed how critical it is to everyone’s lives and provides a considerable amount of career opportunities that can be very fulfilling.
What has been your proudest moment in your career so far?
ET: Back in 2015, I was asked to take on a new position for our company, heading up a new government and regulatory affairs department. Beyond taking on a new position in a mostly new area to me, it is the team that I’ve been able to build over the past seven years that brings me the greatest sense of pride. I have watched team members establish themselves as very well-respected representatives for Bradford White Corporation and they continue to grow to support the needs of our department and industry at-large.
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
ET: When I have spare time, I enjoy cooking for my family and friends. While my family loves my jambalaya, I really enjoy using my Traeger smoker for meatloaf, pork belly burnt ends, pork tenderloin, and wings — fan favorites at my house.