Penn Yan Plumbing under new ownership

John Christensen
The crew at Penn Yan Plumbing is Matt Briggs, Galen Cougevan, Brian Cunningham and Sean Ahearn.

Penn Yan Plumbing and Don D’Amico have been synonymous for many years and for many customers, and the new owner, Brian Cunningham, hopes to have the same said of him.

Brian has been with Penn Yan Plumbing ever since their move to the Horizon Business Park in May 2005.

Prior to that, he was employed by Chase-Pitkin in Canandaigua as a manager. But neither of those jobs were what he had planned to do when he graduated from Gananda High school 16 years ago.

The Spencerport native had decided on a building trades associates degree when he entered Alfred State, but the thought of someday being a 50-year old carpenter on top of a ladder in winter made him decide to take advantage of an optional dual major in business management.

Finishing that double major in three years while also playing on the college soccer and basketball teams, Cunningham then went on to Utica college for his bachelors in business and played basketball there, too.

After college, Chase-Pitkin offered him the opportunity to gain experience with contractors as well as the operation of a retail business. When they closed their doors, he joined Penn Yan Plumbing just in time for their move and expansion.

“Don’s plans had been to semi-retire and just have me run things, but then he decided to really retire and I was in a position to buy,” said Cunningham. Knowing everything about the business and its customer base before the purchase made for the smoothest transition possible. “My goal is to maintain the same high quality service to our customers Penn Yan Plumbing has always been known for,” he adds.