"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." - Leonardo DaVinci
"Life happens to you while you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix
"Can you really explain to a fish what it's like to walk on land?
One day on land is worth a thousand years of talking about it,
and one day running a business has exactly the same kind of value."
- Warren Buffett
"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary." - Vince Lombardi
"Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple." - C.W. Ceran
"The reward of a thing well done is having done it." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine." - Lord Byron
"One moon shines in every pool ... and in every pool, the same moon" - Zen
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin
"I intend to live forever. So far, so good." - Steven Wright
"Back in 1995 (three years before Google was founded), when my local plumbing supply
distribution business was highly successful, I founded PlumbingSupply.com® on the Internet as
I saw a real need that we could fill. In addition in 1996 I also started a few other plumbing related websites including some eductional websites related to plumbing.
Many of my friends and my local plumbing supply store customers said that I was 'wasting' my time.
The Internet wasn't yet used or
accepted by most of them and so they told me things like
'Who could possibly want to buy plumbing supplies on the Internet?'
By 2004 our combined PlumbingSupply Group companies were so successful and had grown so much on the Net that
I decided to close our local plumbing supply division completely starting Jan. 1st, 2005
so that we could continue to
focus on and continue to be the best Internet plumbing supplier and I am determined that we will always provide
the best possible customer service on the Internet.
Today it's very wonderful for me to see the results of my dreams and goals.
On April 1st, 2009 our company began operating in the name of PlumbingSupply Group, LLC
as we had grown so much since 1995 that it became necessary for us to become a Limited Liability Company
rather than a sole proprietorship.
I'm truly proud to be able to continue to be part of our wonderful Company.
We have so many achievements and I would like to personally thank you, our customers
as well as our awesome team that has been providing such excellent customer service to our
Internet customers for so many years."
Many years ago, Vic, after having served in
the U.S. Navy Reserve (Vietnam veteran) graduated from Cal State University at Northridge. While searching for employment he stumbled into an excellent paying Plumbing Apprenticeship Program soon after graduating from CSUN. After 4 1/2 years (he was advanced ahead of all of his many peers) of intensive plumbing education he became a Journeyman Plumber. As soon as he qualified for the next step, he became a Plumbing Contractor. Then he became a College Plumbing Instructor at Butte College (Northern California) and finally a Plumbing Distributor.
Vic has had a lot of experience in the plumbing, kitchen and bath distribution business. He has written numerous articles regarding the Internet for such well recognized (in the plumbing distribution industry) magazines as the Supply House Times. He has been quoted in plumbing trade magazines such as Contractor Magazine, as well as many newspapers such as in the San Jose Mercury News, with a readership of nearly one million regarding e-commerce. Vic was one of the first plumbing suppliers on the Internet. He has been referred to in university college classes such as in Michigan State University's Internet Communications courses. He has also given speeches about Internet e-commerce to the Lions organizations as well as the Chamber of Commerce and he has been a paid Internet consultant for many companies.
Vic states that plumbing has contributed much to societies and his goal is to not only be able to provide quality plumbing products at very low prices, provide superior service, but to also educate people as to how important plumbing is to society. Vic believes in "giving back" to society, and therefor each year we give a considerable amount of moneys to charities. Vic has many personal favorite quotes that he hopes that you will read. They are located on virtually every one of our over 2,900 pages as well as on his most favorite quotable quotes page. You can see Vic on a few of his favorite vacations and you can see some of his personal pictures (they do take time to load due to large number of bytes). Also, to see his personal pond at his house just click here. Koi, ponds, kayaking (in mellow places), trailer "camping", Vic's BBQ, traveling to warm (and quiet) places, and sailing are some of his passions.
These days Vic has stepped back from many of his duties, but he will sometimes audit some transactions/sales to be sure that we are always providing you with the excellent service that we are known for and that he demands.
He is transitioning out of a day-to-day role at our company that he founded to spend more time on his health (yoga, aerobics, meditation, stress management),
as well as cooking, camping, traveling, practicing yoga, gardening and sailing.
"Conduct yourself in such a way that when others
think of fairness, honesty and cheerfulness, they think of you."
"The only completely consistent people are the dead."
- Aldous Huxley
"Not everything that counts can be counted
and not everything that can be counted counts."
- Albert Einstein
"The question is not what you look at, but what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau
"Happiness depends upon ourselves."
"Don't think you are on the right road just because it is a well-beaten path."
"I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt.
I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine."
- Bertrand Russell
"I'm not a genius. I'm just a tremendous bundle of experience."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
"Happiness is like time and space -- we make and measure it ourselves..."
- George Du Maurier
"Happiness begins where selfishness ends."
- John R Wooden
"Laughter is an instant vacation."
- Milton Berle
1956 - Vic and family immigrating to the U.S. (from Holland)
"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it". - Lou Holtz
2006 - Vic on the Great Wall of China with a Chinese businessman
Vic and family 2013 in Costa Rica
"Good wine is a necessity of life for me."
- Thomas Jefferson
click here to see Ingrid August year 2000 petting Vic's koi
"The fool thinks himself to be wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."
- William Shakespeare
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex.......
It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
- Albert Einstein
1995 - Vic's sons and his god-children.
"They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
- Edgar Allen Poe
Uncle Vic, Erika and Rachelle in Victoria, B.C. 1998
Wearing UVIC (University of Victoria) shirts.
"Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it - even if I have said it
- unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense."
- The Buddha
1997 - MacKerricher State Park - Northern California Coast
click here for more of Vic's MacKerricher adventures
1997 Josina and Ian - Pismo Beach
Vic's family May 2008
"Dreams without FOCUS and EXECUTION are just when you really think about it - they are just DREAMS.
You on the other hand have to take that DREAM, that LOVE OF YOUR LIFE, and bring FOCUS and EXECUTION to getting it done, to making it a reality.
You may still not be able to by the way, but you will have lived a life worth living, and in the end that's all your family, and YOU can ask you."
- Richard Stoyeck
2003 Erika and Sandy - Orcas Island