The moment is finally here – it’s time to reveal Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling’s Team Member of the Year for 2019! We’re excited to announce that John Tapia (we know him as “JT”) won this honor, and we couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.
JT has been with Albuquerque Plumbing for almost eight years, and this is his first time to win Team Member of the Year. He admits that he’s lost count of how many times he’s won Team Member of the Month, but he says that it’s at least six times. He even won that honor four times in one year!
What Does JT Do At ABQ?
He decided to go into the trade many years ago because he wanted a change. JT didn’t want another job; he wanted a career. He also had a baby on the way, and he wanted to be able to provide a living for his wife and child. Several years into his new career, he had a friend with Albuquerque Plumbing that suggested to him that he apply with the company. He told JT how great the company was, and JT agrees to this day how wonderful it is to work here.
As our Commercial Plumbing Field Supervisor, JT helps to write estimates for our Commercial customers, reviews tickets from various plumbing jobs performed daily, and he does quality control on every plumbing job, particularly the more difficult ones. But don’t assume he stays behind a desk all day. He helps in the field as a plumber, which he loves because he can be in a different location every day. JT says he also loves the problem-solving aspect of his job and the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a task.
What Does JT Like Most About Albuquerque Plumbing Heating & Cooling?
When asked what he likes best about working for Albuquerque Plumbing, he instead says what he loves. JT says he loves the attitude of the company and that we do everything (plumbing, HVAC, electrical). He also loves the team that we have here and the owners, and that everyone in the company takes pride in their work.
JT offered some pearls of wisdom for anyone who wants to go into the trade. He says, “You need to be self-motivated and want to work. You need to understand that you will start at the bottom and work your way up and that you will learn something every day.”
What Does The Team Member Of The Year Get For Winning?
Whenever someone wins Team Member of the Year, they are gifted with a trip to the location of their choice, and they can take someone with them. This is just one way to thank the team member for their hard work and dedication. JT says he wants to go someplace historical, and for him, that place is in Rome, Italy. His face lights up as he lists all the sights he’d like to see and the other cities he’d like to visit.
We can’t think of a more kind and hard-working person than JT, and we’re so proud of and excited to share this happy news!