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Speaker Biographies 

Louis Bienvenu, Instructor, PHCCLA

Louis Bienvenu was a partner in Bienvenu Brothers Enterprises, Inc., a 79-year-old plumbing company in Metairie, LA that was started by his grandfather, and later run by Bienvenu and his 3 brothers. The brothers sold the company to his nephew and niece in February of 2016. Bienvenu was the field operation's partner in the plumbing company for 40 plus years.

 

Bienvenu has been working in the plumbing industry most of his life in the family business. He started working with his father very young, starting full time in 1971. He received his journeyman license in 1976 and master license in 1991. During his career, he has done all aspects of the plumbing industry.

 

Bienvenu has been a PHCCLA CE Instructor since 2012. His duties at Bienvenu Brothers includes conducting training classes for employees on a regular basis. He is trained and follows all aspects of Green Plumbing, LEED building Standards, Water Conservation, and Business Management Efficiency. 

 


Emile Canale, Partner, Billingsley BWC

Emile Canale has 21 years of selling and training contractors on water heaters. He has been a partner BBWC for four years, certified with A. O. Smith and State to teach sales and technical classes relative to their products.

 

Canale was a partner with BWC for over 10 years, serving as a Rheem representative in Louisiana, selling all Rheem products, as well as training plumbers and wholesalers on how to see, install and repair electric, gas and tankless water heaters. He was also formerly the Rheem Water Heaters’ District Sales Manager for the Carolina’s and Florida.

 

Canale has been recognized as Sales Representative of the Year by BWC in 2006 and 2010, and was awarded Residential Sales Representative of the Year by BBWC in 2016.

 


Curtis Dady, Technical Manager, Viega, LLC

Curtis Dady studied Building Construction at Texas A&M prior to beginning a career encompassing multiple aspects of commercial, residential and industrial construction, manufacturing and/or plant operations. Employed by Viega since 2003, Dady is working as a Technical Manager to support initiatives of the Regional Sales staff as well as to represent Viega in the development of the Model Building Codes (ICC/ IAPMO/NFPA, etc.).

 

 

Gigi Fink, Sales Manager, Woolf Harris

Gigi Fink’s plumbing career started in 2002 working as a Showroom Consultant in the Wholesale channel. In 2009 she began working as a Territory Sales Manager covering Louisiana representing several Plumbing Manufacturers. She has 7 years working in the plumbing industry as a manufacturer sales representative and territory manager working for fine companies such as TOTO, Jacuzzi, Blanco, Apollo/Conbraco, and many others.

 

In October, Fink joined the Woolf Harris team as the Greater New Orleans and Mississippi/Alabama Gulf Coast Territory Sales Manager representing manufacturers like Delta/Brizo, Eemax, Mr. Steam, Brasscraft, Watco, Haws, and others. She is responsible for working closely with builders, plumbers, wholesalers, engineers, designers, and architects to drive sales, conduct product knowledge trainings, and customer service.

 

Edward Glende, Sales Manager, Gastite

Gastite manufactures FlashShield corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) which has revolutionized the gasdistribution business. Ed Glende has been part of the Gastite team since 1999. He is an authorized Gastite trainer and teaches classes throughout the U.S. and Canada. Glende’s been conducting training classes on the installation of Gastite/FlashShield corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) for over ten years to contractors, building officials and inspectors. 

 

Herbert Harvey, Jr., Regional Field Trainer, Bradford White Corporation

Herbert Harvey, Jr., affectionately called "Harvey," has been working in the HVAC industry since 1972, servicing and installing heaters, boilers, heat pumps and air conditioners. He has run his own HVAC operations since 1980, and a factory authorized service representative since 1985.

 

Harvey is a certified Adult Education instructor of all levels of plumbing at Delcastle Vocational Technical School, where he taught full time for 8yrs. Recently he has become a Regional Field Trainer for the Bradford White Corporation, traveling throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region, training water heater technicians to install and repair Bradford White's high tech line of water heaters. His students receive a unique blend of professional and technical information combined with practical, down-to-earth tips and advice based on his own many years of experience in the field. He has a State of Delaware Professional Master HVACR License and is a licensed heating & air conditioning contractor in the City of Wilmington, various municipalities, New Castle County and throughout the State of Delaware.

 

Harvey has joined the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) and presently serves on its board of directors. 

 

Allison Lorelli, Regional Trainer, American Standard

Allison Lorelli is a Regional Trainer for Lixil Water Technology, including American Standard, DXV and Grohe. She has been in the wholesale plumbing industry since her graduation from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Interior Design. She discovered her love for design and residential plumbing while working for many years as a bath designer at an independent showroom.

 

Lorelli lives in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania and travels the country training showrooms and sharing her love for plumbing with as many people as she can. When not on the road, she enjoys sewing, rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Tim Morales, Principle, Tim Morales & Associates, Inc.

Tim Morales is the principle of Tim Morales & Associates, Inc. The son of a mechanical contractor turned manufacturer’s representative, he is a thirty-five year industry veteran. His agency serves the States of Louisiana, SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES Mississippi, Alabama and West Florida. They were chosen as Rep of The Year in 2014 by “Supply House Times” the official publication of the American Supply Association.

 

Morales is currently President of AIM/R, the Association of Independent Manufacturers Representatives which represents over 270 Rep Agencies throughout North America. He also serves on the Board of the Alabama Association of Interior Designers and is an active member of ASPE, The American Society of Plumbing Engineers and ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers.

 

2017 marks his family’s 60th anniversary in the rep business, a trade his parents, Joe & Grace, began in 1957. Morales has been directly involved with electronic plumbing fixtures and water conservation products for the bulk of his career and is uniquely qualified to present this subject matter. 

 

Doyle Parsons, Parsons Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

Clifton Doyle Parsons was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to Clifton C. Parsons, Jr. and Finessa Riddle Parsons. He was raised in Walker, Louisiana, and graduated from Walker High School. He was taught to be a very industrious man by his father who began training him as a teenager in a family lawn maintenance business. His work ethics continued to be enhanced as an employee of local businesses in addition to his responsibilities required in the family business.

 

While living at home, Parsons learned the value of balancing God, family and others by being a very active, vital part of church ministries to children led by his parents while he lived at home. As a member of a close-knit family he developed a deep compassion for helpings others and cultivated a teamwork mentality through many hours spent with extended family in-state and out-of-state. He is the founder and owner of Parsons Plumbing in Ball, Louisiana, as well as a speaker and leadership coach. Parsons is a certified member of The John Maxwell Team.

 

Ric Phillpott, Federated Insurance 

Ric Phillpott is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has been with Federated Insurance for over eighteen years.  He is a Senior Marketing Manager servicing the Alexandria area.

Phillpott is an 18-time winner of the Chairman’s Council, as well as the recipient of Distinguished Service Award fourteen times, and the Monthly Leadership Award seventeen times.  He assists Federated in providing clients tailored insurance solutions and risk management tools.

 

Brent Saltzman, Manager - Damage Prevention, LA One Call

Brent Saltzman has been employed at LA One Call since 2013 and is responsible for providing presentations regarding LA One Call’s operations, the Louisiana Underground Utilities & Facilities Damage Prevention Law (Dig Law) and digging safely. He works with various entities including utility operators, excavators, local and state political subdivisions to help prevent underground and submersible utility damages.

 

Saltzman’s background includes work as Business Manager at EATEL Construction, Outside Plant Engineering Supervisor at EATEL and as Construction Manager/Public Relations at Allen Construction Company. He has served on various boards and committees including LA One Call, Ascension Parish Utility Council, Livingston Parish Utility Council, Association of Louisiana Utility Councils and the Capital Area Utility Risk Partnership. He’s a Leadership Ascension graduate and has earned a BS Degree from Louisiana State University. 

 

Joe Scholl, President, ESP Agency

Joe Scholl is a lifelong resident of the New Orleans area and has experienced many years in the plumbing related industry. He started in inside and outside sales for Crane Supply Company, a plumbing distributor, and served 13 years in that capacity. He then served as the Factory Sales Manager of the Louisiana territory for Rheem water heaters in 1968 and 1969 and outside salesman for Southern Heater Co./Lamatt Agency of New Orleans, covering Louisiana and Mississippi from 1969 to 1976.

 

Scholl co-founded ESP Agency as a minority owner in 1976 and became majority owner and President in 1990 and continues to serve as President. ESP Agency is a manufacturer’s representative company for commercial plumbing products, specializing in water heating systems. The company has represented Elbi, a manufacturer of thermal expansion tanks, since 2003. 

 

Tom Schroeder, Southwest Regional Sales Manager, Eemax

Tom Schroeder’s plumbing career started at 15-years-old in Indianapolis following a backhoe installing water services. In 30 years since, his journey within the plumbing industry lead him out of the ditch and into a journeyman plumber, a manufactures sales rep, and regional manager working for fine companies as Kohler, Speakman and Viega.

 

Last fall Schroeder joined Eemax as the Southeast Regional Sales Manager covering 7 states. Tom’s responsible for working closely with manufacturer representatives calling on engineers, code officials, plumbers, builders and plumbing wholesalers to drive products, education and implement new programs.

 

Headquartered and manufactured in Waterbury, CT, Eemax provides over 3,000 SKU’s creating hot water solutions from .3 gpm to 40+ gpm using 3kw thru 144kw.

 

Schroeder earned his Bachelor's degree from Ball State University and lives in Yukon, OK with wife Amy, daughter Ella and son Paul. As a selfprofessed gearhead, if you find Tom outside of his kid’s athletics, he’s in the garage!

 

 
Troy Terrill, Applications Engineer, IPEX

Troy Terrill is an Applications Engineer at IPEX. His primary focus within IPEX is providing technical support for the design and installation of plumbing and process piping systems. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining IPEX, Terrill spent two years in the manufacturer’s representative industry as an Applications Engineer providing technical support for products within piping systems. Since joining IPEX, he has been involved with thermoplastic piping system applications for various industries. 

 

Ashley Tullier, State Plumbing Board of Louisiana

Ashley Tullier is the Executive Director of the State Plumbing Board, a licensing agency that aids in the protection of health and welfare for Louisiana citizens. With a background in business management and her prior role as the boards program specialists, her passion for the trades made the move to the State Plumbing Board a natural fit. Tullier has served on many impact committees and believes that proper plumbing is a cornerstone of sustaining public health. 

 

 

 

 


Josh Weum, Digital Ambassador, Google

As a Digital Ambassador for the Google Agency team, Josh Weum manages online campaigns for both Fortune 500 companies and hyper local businesses. He is certified in all Google AdWords products as well as Google Analytics and won the title of “Digital Breakfast Champion” in 2015. With more than 13 years of experience in the field of technology and eight more in traditional media and internet advertising, Weum has dedicated the last five years to digital marketing.

 

In addition to managing online campaigns Weum has produced print and radio media for non-profit groups, and developed creative content for various entities. He is certified in all Google AdWords products as well as Google Analytics. When he’s not working to help businesses make the important transition to digital media, Weum can probably be found watching his Chicago Cubs, playing blues guitar, or looking for a disc golf course nearby (using Google, of course!).

 

Scott Winn, Vice President / Chief Operating Officer, Winn’s Continuing Education, Inc.

Scott Winn began his plumbing experience in 1977. In addition to working in the family plumbing business and operating his own enterprise, he has over 18 years of Medical Gas experience. He holds a current TSBPE Master Plumbing License with Med Gas Endorsement, Multi-purpose Residential Fire Protection Sprinkler Specialist endorsement (MRFPSS), Water Supply Protection Specialist endorsement (WSPS), and carries the following NITC certifications: ASSE 6010 Medical Gas Installer, ASME IX Brazer, ASSE 6030 Medical Gas Verifier, ASSE 6050 Medical Gas Instructor.

 

As the Chief Operating Officer of Winn’s CE, Winn is not only an active instructor but also a prolific curriculum developer serving plumbing professionals nationwide.

 

Sherry Zarske, Co-Founder of Marketing Depot, Inc. 

As a Google Partner and owner of one of the only Google All Star Agencies in Texas, Zarske is one of Houston’s leading authorities in the digital space. With 2 decades of digital development and research as a foundation, she works with business professionals in the home services vertical to provide sound guidance that generates ROI. Zarske is Co-Founder of Marketing Depot Inc and MeasurableMarketing.com, a highly sought after professional speaker, author and marketing instructor for the University of Houston Bauer College of Small Business. She has consulted with some of the biggest businesses in town including the U.S. Department of Health, the Houston Chronicle as well as many locally known companies.

 

Most importantly, Zarske provides education and guidance to help businesses thrive, by educating on how to buy the right digital product that generates return on investment. Through events and courses, she is dedicated to helping business owners understand the confusing process of using technology for marketing and getting business to grow, no matter what cycle of mature the business may be in. 

 

  

Agenda subject to change.


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