District Director Steven Panelli is chief plumbing inspector for the city and county of San Francisco. As chief plumbing inspector of a large metropolitan city, Panelli has been directly involved in the conception and framework for water conservation, storm water management, and other Green legislation and city polices.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Panelli attended Sacred Heart High School and graduated in 1989. Two days after graduation, he was given the opportunity to work for a family friend at Heiro Plumbing. He then applied to Local 38 and completed the apprenticeship program, working at Columbia Mechanical for all of his apprenticeship. Shortly after becoming a journeyman, he again had the privilege to work for one of the most respected companies in San Francisco, Servadei Plumbing.
Panelli was hired in 2000 as a plumbing inspector for the city and county of San Francisco and was subsequently promoted to senior inspector in 2005 and chief plumbing inspector in 2009.
“Without the support and professionalism of my inspectors, I would not be able to be the chief I am today,” he says. “They have always had my back no matter what and I appreciate all the hard work they perform every day.”
Panelli has been a contributing member of IAPMO for the past 15 years. He is always willing to volunteer his time for his IAPMO chapter and has been an alternate for the Plumbing and Mechanical Technical Committees. Panelli has represented the Western Pipe Trades at IAPMO’s annual conferences, as well.
Panelli is an apprentice instructor for the JATC of Local 38.
“I feel very fortunate to be a part of this organization and look forward to working with President Pfeiffer, my fellow Board members, IAPMO staff and, of course, our members,” Panelli says.
Besides his dedication to the plumbing industry, Panelli enjoys playing golf, bowling, pool and sometimes a friendly game of snooker. He would have never have made it to where he is without the love, support and patience of his loving wife of 21 years, Lorena. His children, Steven and Daniela, have always been two of the most important people in his life, as well. Steven is in college and pursuing a firefighting career. Daniela is an honor role student and cheerleader in high school.