San Diego plumber and academy president Harley Perry wins top national award

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Harley Perry with wife and exec director of PHCC San Diego


A big glass vase and a $5,000 check were given to Harley Perry of Bonita, CA on Oct. 2, upon receiving the national John Eberhardt Plumbing Contractor of Year Award from the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC) and Delta Faucet Company. Perry owns and operates Perry Plumbing Heating & Air, which he started in 1977. The family-run business provides a full range of plumbing, heating and air services to both residential and commercial clients throughout San Diego County while offering eco-friendly solutions for repairing systems without negatively impacting the environment.

Perry is also president of the PHCC Academy of San Diego, a federally certified school launched in 2009 that offers two and four-year programs for apprentices and journeymen. He is also a longtime active member, board member and former president of PHCC’s San Diego chapter.

The award, named after Delta Faucet’s late senior vice president of sales and marketing, is given annually to one recipient from a national pool of nominees. Perry received the honors on Oct. 2 during a well-attended awards ceremony held during this year’s weeklong conference of the national PHCC at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. “I was completely surprised to have received this top honor in the nation,” says Perry. “The award hasn’t found a permanent spot yet, but it will be put somewhere in our office.” Danielle Dorsey, executive director of PHCC San Diego says the award is well-deserved. “Harley is very devoted to the success of the plumbing industry.

Knowing that the present, older generation of plumbing technicians is on the verge of retirement, his goal is to support multi-faceted students who can articulate core academic knowledge with the latest technical know-how to become qualified plumbers.”

To arrange interviews with Harley Perry regarding the PHCC Academy of San Diego, cost-saving conservation tips or general plumbing matters, call 619-925-3794. Or to learn more about Perry Plumbing Heating & Air, visit

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