Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Appoints Members to the State Plumbing Code Committee

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 08, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed two new members to the State Plumbing Code Committee and reappointed three others.

Gregory L. Brown, of Independence, was a new appointee.  Brown is president of Vitech Inc., a wastewater treatment system design and manufacturing company.  He is a registered engineer in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana and is licensed by the National Council of Engineering Examiners. 

Brown served as state director of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) from 1995 to 1996 and is treasurer and past president of the organization’s northern Kentucky chapter.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and recipient of the KSPE Award of Achievement in Industry and the National Society of Professional Engineers State Award for Achievement in Industry.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky and is married to Barbara I. Brown.  He represents the KSPE on the committee.

James W. Gibson, of Benton, was also a new appointee.  Gibson owns Gibson Piping Inc. in Benton.  He is a member of the Kentucky Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors and the Associated General Contractors of Kentucky, which he represents on the committee.  He attended Murray State University and is married to Wendy Gibson.

Gary W. Schardein, of Louisville, was reappointed.  Schardein is president and owner of F.S. Schardein and Sons, a full-service mechanical contracting company in Louisville.  He is a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kentucky, which he represents on the committee, and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial education from Morehead State University.  He is married to Deanna E. Schardein.

Robert G. Fleenor, of Bowling Green, was also reappointed.  Fleenor is the owner of Fleenor Plumbing LLC in Bowling Green.  He graduated from Warren Central High School and is married to Beverly Fleenor.  He represents the Kentucky Home Builders Association on the committee.

Ricky Russ, of Louisville, was also reappointed.  Russ is an officer of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Service Technicians Local 502 and is a graduate of Bullitt Central High School.  He represents the United Association of Journeymen on the committee and is married to Debbie Russ.

The State Plumbing Code Committee is made up of seven members appointed by the Governor, representing interested professional organizations.  The committee is responsible for regulating the licensing and conduct of plumbers, and for setting the state’s plumbing regulations.