2014 Spring Conference — Making a World of Difference Together
The 2014 PMI Spring Conference was held March 2-5 at Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina.
The 2014 Spring Conference kicked off on Sunday, March 2 with a Welcome Reception and Networking Event, followed on Monday morning by an Opening Address from Dr. Marc Edwards, noted Environmental Engineer and bio-physicist. Time Magazine has referred to Dr. Edwards as “The Plumbing Professor” and listed him as one of the four most important ‘Innovators’ in water from around the world.
The Fair Trade Committee featured presentations from Salim Bhabhrawala, Senior Trade Specialist from the US Department of Commerce, on plumbing industry trade issues and Ralph Suppa, President and General Manager, Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) with John Walter, CEO of Standards Council of Canada (SCC) on the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and its efforts to streamline standards harmonization and Yvonne Orgill, CEO of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) on Eco-Design.
Mary Ann Dickinson, President of the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), spoke to the Water/Energy Nexus, followed by Yvonne Orgill, who addressed issues surrounding brick and mortar sales versus internet sales.
Monday concluded with a tour of the H.L. Hunley the world’s first successful combat submarine, which mysteriously sank during the Civil War and has recently been rediscovered and opened for tours, followed by a Dine Around Charleston event.
Tuesday, March 4, began with dual meeting tracks for the Advocacy/Outreach Council and the Technical Council.
Tuesday’s sessions also featured an update on the International Green Construction Code by Steve Thorsell, Manager of Environmental Programs for the International Code Council (ICC-ES) and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Green Plumbing and Mechanical Code Supplement by Lee Mercer, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations and Business Development for IAPMO. The day ended with a reception and dinner with entertainment by corporate entertainment personality Greg Schwem.
Wednesday, March 5, began with a presentation from Andrew Fairey, Chief Operating Officer, Charleston Water Systems, entitled “Charleston Water System - Past, Present and Future” addressing the challenges of ensuring safe distribution and sanitation of water in the face of a crumbling infrastructure. The conference concluded with a preview of the PMI Codes and Standards Workshop by Len Swatkowski, Technical Director, PMI.