New Phases, New Faces
A lot is changing at Connelly Plumbing. Nearly two decades ago, Danny recruited his eldest son, Matt, to work in the service department. Now, he is the director of Connelly’s HVAC service department, which has a team of nearly 80 staff.
“I started as shop boy when I was 16, working summer breaks in high school,” Matt says. “I worked a ton of jobs in the company, working underneath supervisors along the way. I had to overcome being a part of their family and earn their respect. I learned this business from the other leaders at Connelly, not just Dad.”
Kayley, 35, started working at Connelly while in high school as well, working alongside Gina Coats, who serves as general manager. Under her leadership, Kayley learned a variety of administrative roles while supporting departments to make their administrative practices more efficient with technology.
“I’ve always been on the administrative side, but when I was in high school and helping with filing, there was never any pressure or expectation that I’d end up working here,” Kayley says. “Dad just encouraged us to find our own niche and do what made us happy. That’s why our roles are different because they’re all based on our strengths.”
Like his siblings, Brett spent summers at Connelly, and when he graduated from college, he headed straight there. His role is the most technology-focused as he leads the commercial branch of mechanical estimating, BIM and CAD management, as well as fabrication. He’s constantly researching the best equipment and practices to support a flawless experience for Connelly commercial customers.
“We take a lot of pride in hard work and doing things the right way,” Brett says. “Dad really set the tone of professionalism, and that will always continue. But now, new technology makes things more efficient, and we’re able to work smarter.”