Vice President 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 26 years, Lorena. His children, Steven and Daniela, have always been two of the most important people in his life, as well. Steven has graduated college and is starting a career as a project manager. Daniela is attending college at San Jose State and pursuing a career in communications and African American studies.
Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Secretary/Treasurer Steve Fernlund graduated from St. Bernard’s High School in the spring of 1988 and decided to enroll in St. Paul Plumbers UA Local 34’s plumbing program that fall.
Now a 32-year member of Local 34, Fernlund spent 16 years at a service, remodel and small commercial shop, four years performing commercial and industrial work, and one year at St. Paul’s School District 625 before becoming a plumbing inspector with the city of St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections in February 2008.
Fernlund has spent 10 years with IAPMO’s Minnesota chapter, six as an officer, and is a member of IAPMO’s UPC Answers and Analysis committee. A 10-year executive board member/vice president of Local 34, Fernlund serves as a plumbing instructor for Local 34 JATC.
“I’m excited to serve on the board and further my support of IAPMO’s world leading plumbing and mechanical codes, as well as its dedication to health and sanitation,” Fernlund said. “I am thankful for the support and patience given to me by my wife, Cindy, whom I married 25 years ago in September.” The Fernlunds have three children: Dominic, Brenden and Natalie.
Fernlund enjoys playing “old guy” hockey, snowmobiling and spending time with his family.
President David Straub is a third generation UA Plumber.
Straub brings nearly 40 years experience, starting with UA Local 3 as an apprentice, journeyman, and contractor, and has spent the last 26 years as a plumbing inspector for the city and county of Denver. He has been an instructor for the apprentice and journeyman plumbers education program since 1996 and began working as an instructor at the UA Instructor Training program in Ann Arbor, Mich., in 2004. Prior to joining the city of Denver, he owned and operated Straub Plumbing.
Straub has been an integral part of IAPMO, serving on committees for the past 22 years. He is chairman of the Education and Training Committee and has also contributed to the Seminar and Career Service committees. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 and his election as president was preceded by two years as vice president and two as secretary/treasurer before that.
David and his wife, Marie, are happily married and enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. David enjoys watching his beloved Broncos and loves playing golf any chance he gets.
David devotes a great deal of his time to the plumbing industry and has always said that he feels privileged to have the opportunity to work with IAPMO. He believes that while many people do their jobs as a means to an end, IAPMO staff and members are different because they really care about the industry.
“I am honored and humbled to be elected president of this distinguished organization,” he says. “None of us would be here today if it weren’t for the enduring strength and influence IAPMO has exhibited during its 92 years of existence.”
Allen Becker is a combination plans examiner with the city of Henderson Building and Fire Safety Division in Nevada. This is his 20th year working for Henderson following three years with the city of Las Vegas.
Becker joined the Southern Nevada chapter of IAPMO in 1999, serving on its Board of Directors from 2002-2004 and 2006-2015, including as chapter president from 2009-2015. In 2007 he was awarded the chapter’s Government Person of the Year award and in 2015 was IAPMO’s Government Person of the Year.
A member of UA Local 525, Becker holds numerous plans examiner and inspector certifications and has served on both IAPMO’s UPC Workshop and Uniform Evaluation committees since 2013. He is a founding member of the EduCode Steering Committee and has served on the Southern Nevada Building Officials’ Plumbing and Mechanical Review Committee.
A skilled archer and defensive pistol shooting trainer, Becker enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time in his shop working with metal. As a young man, he trained for the United States Olympic Boxing Team and served as a race official for the American Motorcycle Association.
He and his wife, Dixie, have four sons — Stephen, Travis, Ryan and Cody — and two, soon to be three, granddaughters.
“IAPMO is made up of passionate and dedicated professionals whose goal is to provide access to good health and sanitation for the entire world’s population,” he says. “I am honored to be elected by such incredible people to serve on the IAPMO Board.”
Keith Bonenfant is a plumbing and mechanical inspector with the California Department of General Services. He started working in the plumbing industry in 1984 in his home state of New Hampshire, where he completed a four-year apprenticeship program. He acquired his journeyman plumber license and just two years later achieved master plumber’s license status.
Bonenfant relocated to San Diego County in 1990, working as a journeyman, foreman, and general foreman on many types of projects ranging from prisons, schools, and hospitals, as well as federal projects at the surrounding military bases. He has taught plumbing and mechanical project inspector overview classes for the California Department of General Services, Division of the State Architect (DSA). He is a proud member of UA Local 398 Plumbers and Steamfitters in Pomona, Calif.
Bonenfant is an IAPMO-certified plumbing and mechanical inspector, ACIA Division II building inspector, and ASSE 6020 Medical Gas inspector. He holds several California contractor’s licenses; General Building (B), General Engineering (A), and Plumbing (C-36). He also holds a California Real Estate Broker license.
Bonenfant serves on two IAPMO committees — the Publication Committee and the Mechanical Workshop Committee.
He enjoys running, hiking, wood working, and spending time with family. He and his wife, Melanie, celebrated their 26th anniversary in October and have four children: Gaston, Chase, Sidney, and Paige.
Raymond Boyd began his plumbing apprenticeship in Philadelphia in 1990 with Plumbers Union Local No. 690. Boyd has been a proud United Association member for the last 30 years. During his time in the field, Boyd served as general foreman on several major projects in the city of Philadelphia. In late 2007, he was asked to join the union training department as a full-time instructor. Boyd served on the Political Action Committee, the Executive Board, and as recording secretary for Local No. 690.
In 2009, Boyd achieved his Master Plumber license with the city of Philadelphia and in 2011 became the Training Director of Plumbers Union Local No. 690, where he served until 2016.
In late 2016, the UA asked Boyd to join its staff as a training specialist in the Education and Training department. In 2019, he became the assistant director of Education and Training, the position he holds today.
Boyd and Yetta, his wife of 30 years, are the proud parents of two boys. Boyd is a devout Christian and a deacon in the Baptist church. He is also an avid archery hunter.
“The one thing I have always taken seriously: the plumber protects the health of the nation!” Boyd says.
District Director Rex A. Crawford is the chief plumbing inspector for the city of Lincoln, Neb., a position he has held since November 2013. Rex was a plumbing inspector for 25 years prior to his promotion as chief. He follows former IAPMO board member and past president Bob Siemsen.
Rex graduated from Southeast Community College in 1970 with an associate’s degree in HVAC and plumbing. In 1974, he earned his journeyman plumber’s license and in 1981 received a master plumber’s license. He has been a member of IAPMO since 1996, serving on the Plumbing Code Workshop, Certification and Exam, Publications, and Answers and Analysis committees, and the IAPMO Standards Council. Rex was a founding member of the Nebraska IAPMO chapter and has held the position of chairman, vice-chairman and secretary numerous times.
Rex is an IAPMO certified plumbing inspector, Grade VI water operator, and certified code specialist. He is a member of Local Union 464 Plumbers and Fitters, Omaha, Neb. Rex has taught plumbing code, gas code, and continuing education classes for more than 25 years.
Rex and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 20 years and have nine children and 15 grandchildren.
Carlos Flores is the assistant chief plumbing inspector for the city of Houston, a post he’s held since 2014. During his 25 years with Houston, he spent the first 10 as an inspector and the following 10 as a senior inspector.
A second-generation plumber and the oldest of three children, Flores got his start working during the summers with his father, himself a plumber for more than 40 years.
“He taught me the value of a good day’s work and to take pride in our craft,” Flores says.
A member of IAPMO since 2012, Flores serves on the IAPMO Answers and Analysis Committee in addition to his appointment to the Board of Directors. He is also an active member of the ASSE International Chapter of IAPMO and Plumbers Local 68 in Houston.
“I have enjoyed working with my fellow committee members and the knowledge I have gained has proven to be invaluable,” he says. “I am proud to be a part of IAPMO and play a small role in giving back to the trade that has served me and my family well.”
Flores and his wife of 32 years, Diana, have three children — Thomas, 36, Candace 31, and Dana 21.
In his free time, Flores enjoys golfing, fishing and photography.
Rick Garcia is the senior mechanical inspector for the city of San Diego. He supervises the commercial plumbing and mechanical inspectors in the United States’ eighth most populous city.
Garcia began working in the plumbing industry in 1984 as a laborer/helper for Beyerle Plumbing, a family owned plumbing company that enabled him to learn all phases of the trade underground, rough and finish. The experiences and knowledge gained then have led him to a fulfilling career in the trades.
Garcia has spent the past five years as an instructor at the PHCC San Diego chapter.
"I have developed a true passion for teaching,” he says. “It is a highly rewarding experience teaching students the language of the Uniform Plumbing Code and the minimum code requirements. The industry is in desperate need of qualified plumbers to fill the need for affordable housing in the city."
Garcia says he is honored and excited to have been elected to the IAPMO board.
“I will serve the responsibilities with care, loyalty, and to the best of my ability,” he says.
Rick and his wife, Lee, have been married for 31 years. They have two children, John and Richard.
Ed Gormley is owner and president of Gormley Plumbing & Heating, his family’s four-generation-old business based in McMinnville, Ore.
Born and raised in McMinnville, Ed served as the Portland suburb’s mayor from 1984-2009. He earned his B.S. from Gonzaga University and received his master plumber’s license in 1976.
Ed is president of the Plumbing Mechanical Contractors Association of Oregon, a trustee and chairman of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local No. 290 Trust Funds, and a trustee of Local No. 290’s Apprentice and Training Committee. Past chairman of the Oregon State Plumbing Board, Ed has represented the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) on IAPMO’s Green Technical and Mechanical Technical committees.
In addition to his industry activities, Ed is on the board of the Willamette Valley Medical Center, a 120-bed hospital serving McMinnville and Yamhill County.
Ed has been the recipient of numerous professional and civic awards, including the Chamber of Commerce Pillar Award for Respect, the Jaycee’s First Citizen Award for Outstanding Accomplishments to the Community, Sam Walton Leadership Award for Community Contributions, McMinnville Retailer of the Year, State Retailer of the Year, Rotary Couple of the Year, and the Chamber of Commerce President’s Award. He is also a past-president of the St. James Parish Council.
He and his wife, Candy, met while students at Gonzaga and have been married 49 years. They have two daughters and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys travel, golfing, and cooking.
Brian Hamner is a Plumbing Inspector for the City of Des Moines, Iowa’s capital, a post he’s held since 2007.
Born and raised in Winterset, Iowa, Hamner has 20 years of experience in the plumbing trade. He began his career as a sprinkler fitter with a small company for several years before switching to plumbing after some encouragement from his then future wife, Shannon. In 1996, he started with Cook Plumbing Corp., obtaining his Journeyman and his Master Plumbing licenses during his tenure. In 2005, he went to work for Golden Rule Plumbing and Heating before moving onto his current position with the city.
He is a certified IAPMO Plumbing Inspector, and as an IAPMO member since 2013 he has been serving on the UPC Answers and Analysis committee since joining the association. He has served as the Chairman of the Plumbing, Mechanical, and Fuel Gas Committee for the Central Iowa Code Consortium, a group of 15 communities that have joined together to adopt codes for the Central Iowa metro area. He also serves as the Vice Chairman/Treasurer for the Iowa Chapter of IAPMO.
“I am truly honored to serve on the Board of Directors,” Hamner says, “it is an opportunity I will never take for granted. IAPMO is a great organization to be a part of. It is a world leader in plumbing and mechanical codes. I look forward to helping the association move forward in providing safe plumbing and mechanical systems, along with other services IAPMO has to offer.”
He and Shannon have been married 20 years and have two children, Tobias and Olivia. Hamner’s father worked for 33 years as a journeyman gas serviceman with the union. He enjoys riding motorcycles, bow hunting, cooking, and spending time with his family.
David Ledda is a senior plumbing inspector for the city and county of San Francisco. During the past 20 years in the San Francisco Department of Building Inspections, he has worked as a district plumbing inspector, working on many large projects, including Chase Center. He has also served as a member of the San Francisco Code Enforcement Task Force, working with various city agencies to ensure properties throughout San Francisco are safe for their residents and neighbors.
Ledda is a second-generation United Association plumber, who started working for his family plumbing business while in high school. He later joined the UA in 1984, where he learned the value of “Doing the Job Right the First Time.”
Ledda has been a member of IAPMO since 2000. He served as a local chapter officer from 2004-2007 in IAPMO’s Central California chapter. He was named Local Government Person of the Year in 2008. He serves on the Mechanical Workshop Committee and has served as an alternate on the Plumbing and Mechanical Technical committees.
Ledda enjoys working with committee members and continuing to grow the knowledge he has gained through his time as a member of IAPMO. He also enjoys sharing the lessons he has learned as both a union plumber and an inspector with IAPMO members.
Ledda has been married to his wife, Carolyn, for 34 years; together they have two grown sons, Dominic and Anthony. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hunting and fishing.
A 27-year member of Minneapolis Plumbers Local 15, and current Training Coordinator for its journeyworker and apprentice programs, John Parizek has worked for the training program as lead instructor since 2004 and received the Plumbing Instructor of the Year Award from the PHCC, National Education Foundation, in 2012. He was named IAPMO’s Industry Person of the Year and received ASSE International’s Patrick J. Higgins Award, both in 2017.
Parizek began working in the multi-housing industry in 1974, and was befriended by a plumbing contractor who encouraged him to pursue a career in plumbing, registering him as a state apprentice in 1990. He acquired his Minnesota Journeyman Plumber license in 1995 and Master license in 1997, specializing in residential/light commercial service, repair, and remodeling.
In 2007, he was appointed by the Governor of Minnesota to the newly formed State Plumbing Board, where he served as Chairman until this past July. In this capacity, Parizek made a great impact for the people of Minnesota when as chairman he helped guide the State Plumbing Board through the process of adopting the Uniform Plumbing Code in January 2016 — the state’s first non-homegrown plumbing code — and led the board in developing the Minnesota-specific amendments so that the 5.5 million residents of the Land of 10,000 Lakes are protected by the best combination of nationwide and state specific expertise possible.
In addition to his stewardship of the UPC in his home state, Parizek serves on various committees and on the Board of Directors of the ASSE International chapter of IAPMO.
A longtime member of the Sports Car Club of America and bluegrass fan, he has mothballed his race cars and now spends his leisure time restoring a 1949 Allis Chalmers farm tractor and frustrates himself by learning to play acoustic guitar, mandolin and dobro. And topping it all off, his chocolate strata pie has won the blue ribbon and title of Ghirardelli Chocolate Champion at the Minnesota State Fair.
He and his wife, Julie, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Claudio Spagnuolo is a plumbing inspector for the city of Brampton in Ontario, Canada. Brampton is the ninth largest city in Canada, with a population of approximately 600,000 people — a number that is growing rapidly. He has been an inspector with the city of Brampton for 23 years and is also an ongoing member of the Ontario Plumbing Inspector Association (OPIA) advisory committee.
Spagnuolo started working just after high school as he pushed a broom around for a mechanical contractor in his prefabrication shop. This led to an opportunity for an apprenticeship in the plumbing industry and thus started his career. He became licensed and continued his education by completing courses through the Local 46 night school, then achieved his Master Plumbing Certificate at Local 46. During the Ontario recession of 1989 and after a year of unemployment, he obtained the position of plumbing inspector with the city of Brampton.
In 1997, Spagnuolo started teaching night school with Local 46 and enrolled in the United Association (UA) Instructor Training Program. He taught various courses to apprentices, including basic plumbing, code updates and regulations, and backflow prevention. In 2000, during Instructor Training in Ann Arbor, Mich. IAPMO CEO Russ Chaney approached him and asked if he was interested in participating in a plumbing certification committee and standards review committee.
Spagnuolo has been a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), serving on multiple committees, throughout the past two decades. In late 2008, he accepted a seat on the CSA-CIPH (Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating) committee for the Canadian Plumbing Inspectors Education and Training Program Steering Committee. This committee initialized and implemented a program for national standardization of plumbing inspectors across Canada. Prior to this, in 2004, he was asked to sit on the plumbing sub-committee to update and rewrite the Certificate of Qualification Provincial Exam due to his knowledge and expertise regarding the plumbing trade. This led to Spagnuolo participating in the draft and validation of the “Plumber” Interprovincial (Red Seal) examination.
In 2015, he was presented with the Canadian Standard of Excellence award at the Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS) Workshop for significant contributions in the development and review of the plumber trade. Furthermore, the UA National Apprentice Competition recruited him to judge plumbing apprentices’ skills and knowledge primarily in 2015 and again in 2017. UA Canada relies on Spagnuolo as a resource person for plumbing-related issues due to his experience within the trade.
Recently, he became a Green Professional Building Skills Training (GPRO) Certified Instructor through the U.S. Green Building Council for Fundamentals of Building Green, Plumbing, and Mechanical Systems.
“The plumbing industry has become a big part of my life,” he says, “I have passion and respect for the trade and the people within it because they are guiding and shaping the future.” Spagnuolo is looking forward to working directly with President DJ Nunez and the IAPMO Board of Directors.
Claudio’s oldest son, Michael, has followed him into the trade and is a licensed plumber with Local 46. His second son, Alfredo, has completed his bachelor and graduated with honors from Wilfrid Laurier University and is now completing a Masters of Environment and Sustainability program at the University of Western Ontario. His youngest son, Spence, is a six-grader with a strong passion for hockey.
Many of Spagnuolo’s recent achievements and awards have been accomplished with the support and dedication of his loving girlfriend, Janice Stewart.
Jeremy Stettler wears many hats in his job with Davis School District, just north of Salt Lake City, Utah. As foreman, he and his staff of seven maintain the mechanical systems for just more than 10 million square feet of building space. He also serves as plumbing and mechanical inspector for all ongoing construction in the district, including a 200,000-square-foot middle school facility and a 100,000-square-foot elementary school building. Stettler performs plan review on the mechanical systems. The district works hard to keep its environmental impact to a minimum, whether it’s a net zero or Energy Star building.
A licensed master plumber, Stettler traces his career in the trades to a fateful service call.
“When I was 15, my mother’s sewer got plugged,” he says. “Not having much money, we called several plumbers from the phone book until we found one she could afford. Little did I know it would be the start of my career.”
The owner, Clark Browne, came to their home and Stettler took a keen interest in everything he was doing. Browne took time to explain things as he worked.
“I had no idea he was interviewing me, but at the end of the job he asked if I wanted a job being his helper,” he says. “I jumped at the opportunity and worked after school every day for him for two years.”
Browne introduced Stettler to the local high school plumbing instructor and got him enrolled. At 16, he enrolled in the apprenticeship program at Ogden Weber Applied Technical College. One of his instructors, Linc Talbot, worked for Davis School District and helped his “teacher’s pet” get a job as an apprentice plumber. He started the day after graduation and has been there ever since.
Stettler has since received his Journeyman’s, Master Plumber’s and inspector licenses.
“Plumbing has given me so many opportunities I could never have dreamed of when I got started as a plumber’s helper,” he says. “I continue to be passionate about my trade through IAPMO.”
Kevin Tindall is the president and owner of Tindall & Ranson Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, established in 1992. He has been a member of the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractor Association for 25 years, serving on the board of directors and various committees at the local, state and national level, including 2014-2015 national president.
The recipient of IAPMO’s 2012 Joseph Kneidinger Green Professional of the Year Award, Tindall works closely with IAPMO on the WE•Stand Committee and the Standards Council.
In July 2008, he testified before Congress in Washington, D.C., on behalf of small businesses and “The Role of Green Technology and Ensuring Economic Growth” as a representative of the National Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.
In January 2009, again representing PHCC, he signed a memorandum of understanding between the administrator of the U.S. EPA, National Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association, IAPMO and Alliance for Water Efficiency to set up a consortium to study flow reduction and high efficiency in appliances.
Tindall was named Contractor magazine’s 2012 Contractor of the Year.
In December 2017, at the request of the White House, Tindall attended a roundtable discussion with the president’s advisors and cabinet members about how federal regulations have impacted American businesses and then attended a press conference with the president of the United States in the Roosevelt Room.
Tindall and his wife of 41 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Heather, 38, and Nicole, 34, and one grandson, Liam, 3. In his free time, Tindall enjoys spending time on his boat and at his beach house.