Abilene businessman named to Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners


ABILENE, Texas (KTAB / KRBC) – A businessman from Abilene has been appointed to the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners.

Darrin Black was one of three Texas men appointed to the board of directors by Governor Greg Abbott with a term set to expire in September 2027.

The other two named are Thomas “Tommy” Rice Jr., of Houston, and Milton Gutierrez, of Georgetown.

The full biographies of Black and the others named are available below:

Black Darrin d’Abilene is the president of Black Plumbing. He is a member of Abilene Better Business Bureau, Abilene Chamber of Commerce Business Council, Abilene Crime Stoppers, Abilene Team Workforce, Military Affairs Committee from Abilene and the American Cancer Society. Black is a licensed Journeyman Plumber and a Responsible Master Plumber.

Thomas “Tommy” Rice Jr. of Houston is a plumbing contractor and is the owner and president of C&B Utilities, Inc. He is a member of the Trade Professionals Network and a certified instructor of apprenticeship programs from the National Center for Construction Education and Research. He also serves as a mentor for mentoring young adult traders. Rice received a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

Milton Gutierrez of Georgetown is the assistant chaplain of operations for the Texas Army National Guard. He is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States, the National Guard Association of Texas, the American Legion, and the Military Officers Association of America. Gutierrez received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Texas State University and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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