North Carolina
State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors


State Board of Examiners

Each of the individuals appointed to the Board or employed by the Board is personally committed to fulfilling the Board's purpose of protecting the health safety and welfare of the public by carrying out the duties and responsibilities that the Board is charged with.

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Board Members

Board Members are appointed by the Governor to fill seven year terms as one of seven member positions established by the North Carolina General Statutes.

Board Member

J.R. Dunn
Chairman
Mr. Dunn was appointed to the Board in 2012 as the Fire Sprinkler Contractor member. He was elected as Vice-Chariman in 2016, and as Chairman in 2017.

He holds a Fire Sprinkler Installation Contractor license from the Board which he obtained in 2001 and operates a successful fire sprinkler installation company.
W.H. Sullivan III
Vice-Chairman 
Mr. Sullivan was appointed to the Board in 2012 as the Air Conditioning Contractor member and served through November 18, 2014. He was elected as Vice-Chairman in 2017.

He holds a Heating Group 1-Class I, Group 2, Group 3-Class I and Plumbing Class I license from the Board which he obtained in 1971, and operates a successful HVAC contracting business. 

Mr. Sullivan is a third-generation HVAC contractor and Board member, with his grandfather being one of two original Board members in 1931, serving as Chairman for 16 of his 28 years on the Board; and his father serving a 3 year term. 


R.J. Owens
Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Owens was appointed to the Board in 2013 as the Public member. He was elected as Secretary/Treasurer in 2017.

He has extensive experience in both engineering and business management. Mr. Owens currently owns and operates a consulting firm specializing in construction and engineering.
     
 
W.H. Eubanks
Past Chairman
Mr. Eubanks was appointed to the Board in 2008 as the Inspector member. He was elected as Chairman in 2012 and served in that office until 2016.

He holds a Plumbing Class I license from the Board which he obtained in 1988, and currently is retired as a municipal code enforcement supervisor following a career in the plumbing trade.
J.N. Royal
Board Member
Mr. Royal was appointed to the Board in 2006 as the School of Engineering member. He was elected as Secretary-Treasurer in 2013 and served in that position until 2017. 

He holds a Professional Engineer license from the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors which he obtained in 1977.

Mr. Royal currently works as a Building Construction and Management Specialist with the State University System, where he serves on the Executive Committee of the College of Engineering.
D.H. Edwards
Board Member
Mr. Edwards was appointed to the Board in 2014 as the Heating Contractor member.

He holds a Heating Group 1-Class I, Group 2 and Group 3-Class I license from the Board which he obtained in 1995, and operates a successful HVAC and Plumbing contracting business.
S.F. Schwartz
Board Member
Mr. Schwartz was appointed to the Board in 2017 as the Plumbing Contrator member.

He holds a Plumbing Class I license which he obtained in 1990, and operates a successful Plumbing contracting business.


  
Board Office Staff

The Board's office staff is responsible for conducting all   business activities of the organization as directed by the Board, including application review, examination, license issuance, complaint processing, and numerous other tasks. The office staff also has a good working relationship with the field staff to accomplish common goals.

Dale Dawson
Executive Director
Mr. Dawson joined the Board Staff in December, 1992 as an Administrative Officer, and served in the roles of Senior Administrative Officer and Assistant Director before being appointed by the Board to his current position in October, 2007.  He is responsible for all aspects of the Board's operation and is charged with running the organization as effectively, efficiently, and economically as possible, breaking the molds and stereotypes of 'state government agencies'. Mr. Dawson is actively involved in numerous trade associations and maintains healthy relationships with other regulatory  agencies with interests paralleling those of the Board. He holds a Plumbing Class I license from the Board, which he obtained in 1983. His previous career experience includes supervision in the pumbing trade prior to joining the Board.
Eric Hall
Business & Technology Manager
Mr. Hall joined the Board Staff in September 2004 as an Administrative Officer, and assumed his current role in December, 2007. He is responsible for the daily operations of the Board's office, as well as the management of the Board's information technology systems and services. His previous professional experience includes a career of twenty-five years where he served in a number of roles including code enforcement official, investigator and chief with a municipal fire department prior to joining the Board.
Sharon Pittman
Legal Coordinator
Ms. Pittman joined the Board Staff in July, 2001. She is responsible for overseeing the complaint process from initial receipt until final disposition, including preparation of files for review, resolution  conferences, formal hearings, or court proceedings, and hearings, monthly reports for the Board, and serves as the point of contact between the Board and legal counsel.
Karen Jolliffe
Exam Coordinator
Ms. Jolliffe joined the Board Staff in March, 2008.  She is responsible for processing all examination and licensing applications, providing exam results to licensees, and issuing certificates to new licensees. In addition, she also maintains contact with probationary licensees and reviews all required documentation submitted by them. Ms. Jolliffe previously worked in the real estate profession and was a licensed broker in North Carolina.  
DJ Soltys
Licensing Coordinator
Ms. Soltys joined the Board Staff in February, 2009. She is responsible for processing all licensing renewals, trade name changes, sublicensee, and other forms.  She manages the online renewal program and also serves as Executive Adminstrative Assistant to the Board's management team. Her previous career experience includes business and human resources management.  
Kerry Waldroup
Complaint Coordinator
Ms. Waldroup joined the Board Staff in March, 2014. She is responsible for receiving all complaints,  entering information into the database, and assigning cases to Adminstrative Officers. In addition, she prepares completed investigation files received from the Administrative Officers for review by the Executive Director and is the responsible for contacting licensees required to attend Resolution Conferences. Her previous career experience includes customer service in the field of retirement investment management firms.
Emily Rabon
Receptionist
& Office Assistant
Ms. Rabon joined the Board Staff in October, 2016. She is responsible for answering general inquiries, processing book orders, processing mail, and providing clerical support to the office staff. Her previous work experience includes retail management and sales.
  


    Board Field Staff

The Board's field staff consists of five Administrative Officers assigned to geographical regions of the state. Their primary duties are the investigation of complaints, assisting licensees, and participating in  local trade meetings, conferences, expos, and workshops.

Thomas Johnston
Senior Administrative Officer
Mr. Johnston joined the Board Staff in January, 2007 and is assigned to the North Central Region of the State. 

He holds HVAC Technician certification and worked in the trade prior to his employment with the Board.
David Boulay
Administrative Officer
Mr. Boulay joined the Board Staff in February, 2008 and is assigned to the Western Region of the State. 

He is an Air Force veteran and holds a Limited General Contractor license from the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors.  His previous career experience includes ten years as an investigator for the Judicial District Courts.
Kevin Thibodeaux
Administrative Officer
Mr. Thibodeaux joined the Board Staff in September, 2015 and is assigned to the Coastal Region of the State. 

His previous career experience includes many years as a loss prevention investigator for several major retailers throughout the nation.
Scott Bilsky
Administrative Officer
Mr. Bilsky joined the Board Staff in January, 2016 and is assigned to the Eastern Region of the State. 

His previous career experience includes many years in law enforcment at the local and federal levels.
Jonathan Yerkes Mr. Yerkes joined the Board Staff in October, 2016 and is assigned to the South Central Region of the State.

His previous career experience includes many years in law enforcement at the local level.

  
    Legal Counsel

The Board has a well established and long standing professional relationship with the law firm of Young Moore and Henderson, PA, which has provided the Board with an outstanding father-son team.  Services provided include advising the Board on all legislative and legal matters, handling formal proceedings for cases involving licensees,and court cases involving unlicensed individuals.

John N. Fountain
Attorney
Mr. Fountain has worked in many areas of law and has vast expertise in administrative and business law as well as mediation, and he works extensively with occupational licensing boards.  He has numerous awards and achievements to his credit, including the recent Award of Merit from the State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors for over forty years of dedicated and exemplary professional service to the Board.
Reed N. Fountain
Attorney
Mr. Fountain has been with the firm since 1996 and specializes in administrative and businees law as well as mediation, with a focus on occupational licensing boards. He has numerous awards and acheivements, and is very active in both professional and civic organizations.

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