Alton Shannon was named the 2006 Trane/PHCC Contractor of the Year at the association’s annual convention, Sept. 26-30 in Chicago.

Shannon, president of Shannon’s Inc. in International Falls, Minn., was nominated by the Iron Range Association of the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors. He is a member of the Minnesota board of directors and has held several other industry-related offices.

Shannon is known for his involvement in both the community and the industry, officials said. He purchased an old school and renovated it to become his office, showroom and a classroom for the apprentice program.

The first runner-up honor went to Tom Warner, president of Utility Service Express LLC in Reston, Va., who was nominated by the Plumbing & Mechanical Professionals of Virginia.

Second runner-up was Patrick Nugent, president of John Nugent & Sons Inc. in McLean, Va., who was also nominated by the Plumbing & Mechanical Professionals of Virginia.

Candidates for HVAC Contractor of the Year are evaluated by a committee of PHCC members using a 100-point scale that weighs accomplishments in professionalism, merchandising skills, management skills, innovative plumbing skills, trade involvement and community service.

Shannon will receive a check for $2,500 and an award made of crystal. The runners-up received a check for $500 and a plaque.

PHCC presented Raymond Heffner with its Legislative Service Award. Heffner is the executive vice president of the Plumbing Industry Council in St. Louis. The award is presented in recognition of an individual who has made significant legislative contributions to the industry in the last year.

According to the nomination for Heffner, “Since Ray arrived at the Plumbing Industry Council 11 years ago, he has been the catalyst for many new and innovative programs, but none more important than the establishment of the Plumbing Industry Council’s Political Action Committees.”

In 2006, the council established a Government Relations Committee, which monitors legislative activities at the local, state and national level.

Mark Whalen, executive director of the New York State chapter, was named 2006 Association Executives Council Spectrum Award winner. The award honors outstanding achievement as a PHCC association executive.

Whalen has been the executive director of the New York PHCC since 1997. His accomplishments include establishing and serving as treasurer of the state association political action fund, as well as serving as adviser for the technical subcommittee, which rewrote the state building code. Whalen also testified before legislative committees on behalf of the industry and helped establish a state PHCC apprentice contest.