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Lost In Translation: Good Communication is No Easy Feat

PMI’s chief product is information. Members join PMI because they want access to the latest industry issues, codes and standards developments, regulations and legislation. Communicating that information is the most important function we provide. But communication is no easy task. It is truly a gift to be able to succinctly and accurately impart important information, and to have that information understood by the recipient precisely as intended.

2016 Predictions – PMI Technical Director Looks Ahead

With the dawn of a new year comes predictions for the year ahead. Whether it is the next President of the United States or the NFL Super Bowl Champion, there has been no shortage of predictions for 2016. So if Sean Hannity or John Madden can make predictions, why can’t I when it comes to technical issues that PMI and our members will face in 2016?

Answering the Call to Action – What Happens Next?

Persons outside our industry may be surprised to know just how often we are called upon to answer a “call to action,” but the truth is plumbing is a dynamic and often fast evolving industry. Changes to codes and standards, breakthroughs in new technology, challenges from Mother Nature and more keep many of us up at night. Often these changes are good and result in positive growth, while others can be more challenging. Some happen naturally as research and development teams strive for success, and some are the results of a driving need outside our ability to control, such as the current drought.

Setting Goals to Increase Involvement and Value

PMI had another great year in 2015. Our voice is becoming stronger as we continue to grow and build on our foundation as the “go-to source” for industry input. Since my involvement on PMI’s Board of Directors, I have watched the board come together and develop into a strong team, providing thoughtful leadership and making continuous improvements in PMI.

Stoking The Fire In The Belly – 40 Years Since PBI

Are you energized, coming off of the holiday break? Ready to take the world by storm? Keeping fresh and motivated on-the-job is a challenge that affects most of us at some point or another during our careers. For me, routine in a job is the kiss of death. No “same old, same old” for me! I’m always on the lookout for a new challenge on the horizon, a new partnership to form, a new way to enhance and highlight PMI’s successes and in turn, the value to members.

Reflections on a Great Year: Resolve to Evolve

We are now a few weeks removed from our 2015 Annual Conference. I recall flying into San Antonio on a Saturday and noticing the unfavorable weather conditions thinking I didn’t want it to rain because the downtown area is very pleasant for a stroll by the Riverwalk area. Fortunately, I brought some of that SoCal (Southern California) sunny weather and the rest is history.

Time Flies When You’re Managing an Industry Association!

August through early November was a crazy busy time for PMI and in particular… for me. Member visits, industry meetings, the September Executive Fly-In, government meetings, the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) conference in the UK and our own PMI conference resulted in nearly non-stop travel.

Safer Consumer Products Regulation Warrants Watching

As covered in my last Ripple Effect article, the regulations known as “California Proposition 65” put restrictions on the chemicals that manufacturers utilize in their products by requiring them to provide a “clear and reasonable” warning before knowingly exposing the public to a chemical included on the Proposition 65 List. In my opinion, there is one regulation in California that could eventually have a more costly impact on plumbing product manufacturers than California Proposition 65 known as the “Safer Consumer Products” program.

All for One and One for All – Are You In or Out?

I was asked a question recently in casual conversation and my answer was apparently not what the questioner expected. The topic was the formation of a group in our industry focused on “women’s” issues. I’m not a fan of such segmentation in business.

The road to equality has been a long and ongoing one. Subsets have long yearned to be considered part of the larger group, whether the distinctions are based on gender, ethnicity or something else. Why now at this late stage in our history do we want to separate out groups which have otherwise become amalgamated?