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E30 Profile: Plumb Tite

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

At the age of 15, Dave Talbert, majority owner of Plumb Tite, had begun his plumbing career apprenticing with his father’s general contracting business. His father is the person who taught Dave the value hard work, learning from past mistakes and who he admires most in business.

In 2002, when Plumb Tite opened, in Erlanger, becoming an Emerging 30 (E30) designee was not a priority or goal. However, as their mission states, Plumb Tite strives “to provide each and every customer with a truly exceptional plumbing experience…by delivering the highest quality products, services and customer relations…at affordable and fair prices.” The company organically became a leader in its industry, region, and unquestionably qualified for the 2014 Emerging 30 designation as a by-product of that mission.

The application process reminded and validated for Dave, Bruce Barnium, his business partner, and their company’s twenty-three employees of the great accomplishments and obstacles they overcame together throughout the past decade. Dave said one of Plumb Tite’s biggest challenges was “learning to grow and adapt to the changing economic challenges that have occurred throughout the last seven years,” and ensuring that their growth is sustained by staying true to their mission.

Dave believes that although starting and operating a new business presents many challenges, building a business, truly embodies ones personal and professional strengths, and is a most exciting and rewarding experience.

Submitted by: Scott J. Malof, CPA/PFS, Malof & Associates CPAs

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