Podcast #104

“Bodenheimer Plumbing”

Featuring David Bodenheimer

Intro: Welcome to Profiles In Prosperity. The leading podcast for residential service contractors, sponsored by Service Roundtable and hosted by David Heimer.

David Heimer: Hi, this is David Heimer. Welcome to Profiles In Prosperity. I’m really happy today. My guest is David Bodenheimer of Bodenheimer Plumbing Services in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. And I have been wanting to interview David for quite a while. I think I first noticed him just because our names are so similar, David Heimer, David Bodenheimer. But what I realized very quickly is that David is a really smart guy. He runs a great business. And I’ve attended multiple meetings with David’s Service Nation Advisory Board, and when you listen to David, you realize he’s got great practical experience and advice. He’s a wonderful contributor and advisor. And additionally, David’s company has a proud family history starting back in the 1930s. I’m not the only person who thinks this; Bodenheimer Plumbing Service is a winner of multiple Readers’ Choice Awards, recipient of the Patriot Award. They participate in our industry associations, and they’re a member of Service Nation Alliance since 2020. So David Bodenheimer, welcome to Profiles In Prosperity.

David Bodenheimer: Thank you, Dave. Thank you for the introduction.

David Heimer: Tell us about your family history. This is really interesting.

David Bodenheimer: It goes back to my grandfather. They worked together. My grandfather started probably late thirties and my dad worked with him. And over the years, they did pumps, my grandfather sold supplies and my dad would do the plumbing portion for him to help people put their plumbing in, pumps and took care of that. And then my grandfather passed away and when that happened, my dad went to work for a large mechanical contractor that did plumbing and HVAC work. They did a lot of textile work, a lot of large industrial commercial-type projects. And he worked along there for several years until about 1977 and then he decided to come back to the plumbing shop, start plumbing again. And he worked on that. I think what got him back, me and my brothers were getting to be teenagers and we were probably driving our mom crazy. So I think that had some influence on him to get back home. But he started plumbing again back in 1977. And then my oldest brother was getting out of school. He’d come to work with my dad. Then my middle brother, he had got out of Appalachian State and he was looking for a job. He had graduated in the county in business and my dad brought him on and he started working in the office side of things. And then I’d come on when I graduated from Ap State, come on and started working also.