Bill Howe Named Most Admired CEO of 2011 by San Diego Business Journal

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Bill Howe, CEO of Bill Howe Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. was named the Most Admired CEO of the large family-owned business category by the San Diego Business Journal.

Bill Howe of San Diego Plumbing Company, Bill Howe Plumbing, accepting his trophie

Bill Howe on stage at the San Diego Business Journal's Most Admired CEO Awards accepting his winner's trophie

“I’m only as great as the people around me. I might have won the Most Admired CEO Award, but it’s my employees and everyone I’m surrounded by everyday who I admire,” said Bill Howe, CEO of the Bill Howe Family of Companies.

On Thursday, December 8th the San Diego Business Journal honored Bill Howe of the Bill Howe Family of Companies with the 2011 Most Admired CEO Award in the large, family-owned business category. In 1980 Bill Howe started what is now one of the largest San Diego plumbing companies and he has been instrumental in its growth and success not only in the plumbing industry but the San Diego heating and air conditioning, and restoration and flood services as well.

The criteria for the award nomination was based on several key points including the CEO’s contribution to the company’s financial success; what the CEO has done to create and maintain a positive work environment and employee satisfaction; and the CEO’s community involvement and philanthropic contributions. Seventy-five finalists were honored at the event, given plaques for their commitment to their business, trade and communities. The winners were selected in the following categories: Nonprofit Organization, Business Nonprofit Organization, Education, Public Company, Privately Held Company, and Family-Owned Business.

Over the past 30 years, Bill Howe has continued to uphold the commitment he made to his employees, to the community, and to the plumbing trade. Most notably, Bill Howe has been very active in helping young adults who are looking to enter the San Diego plumbing industry as he is an active sponsor of two organizations that provide both in-class and on-the-job training: San Diego Job Corps and the Andrew Chapman Mentorship Program.

Bill Howe’s commitment to the company’s growth and his employees has contributed to the company’s low turn-over rate and has won him and the company awards such as the San Diego Business Journal’s 2010 and 2011 Best Places to Work Finalist Awards. Additionally, Bill Howe’s commitment to his trade is proven not only in his active involvement with the San Diego Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Contractors Association (PHCC), but also with the recent recognition by the National PHCC when they, along with Delta Faucet Co., awarded Bill Howe with the 2011 National Contractor of the Year Award.

“There are a lot of great, remarkable CEOs throughout the San Diego community. It’s truly an honor to receive this award,” said Bill Howe CEO of the Bill Howe Family of Companies. “I’m only as great as the people around me. I might have won the Most Admired CEO Award, but it’s my employees and everyone I’m surrounded by everyday who I admire.”

In its fifth year of honoring CEOs of businesses throughout San Diego County, the Most Admired CEO Awards ceremony took place at the Paradise Point Resort in Mission Bay.

About Bill Howe Family of Companies
Bill Howe Family of Companies is comprised of Bill Howe Plumbing, Inc.; Bill Howe Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.; and Bill Howe Restoration & Flood Services, Inc. The family-owned and operated company begin in 1980 with the plumbing division and has grown into San Diego County’s largest low-cost property maintenance, repair and installation company, offering both residential and commercial services. 1364 Morena Boulevard, Suite A, San Diego CA 92110. Call 1-800-BILL-HOWE because We Know Howe!


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