PMI 2015 Conference
Scheduled Activities

Mon. October 26
1:30 pm-5:00 pm PMI Board of Directors Meeting (Invitation only)
3:00 pm-5:00 pm Conference Registration
3:00 pm-7:00 pm Exhibit Hours and Networking
5:30 pm-6:00 pm VIP Reception (Invitation only)
6:00 pm-7:00 pm Welcome Reception for all attendees (Dinner on your own)
Tues. October 27
8:30 am-9:00 am Opening Remarks and Official Welcome
9:00 am-10:30 am Advocacy/Government Affairs Committee with reports from PMI government relations consultants Stephanie Salmon, Washington D.C. office, and Jerry Desmond, California office
10:30 am-10:45 am Networking Break and Exhibits
10:45 am-12:00 pm “The Plumbing Professor” Dr. Marc Edwards, environmental engineer, biophysicist and professor, Virginia Tech, will present “Achieving Water Conservation Without Compromising Public Health”
12:00 pm-1:30 pm Lunch, exhibits and free-time for office catch-up
1:30 pm-2:30 pm Dr. Paul Sturman, research engineer, industrial coordinator and professor, Center for Biofilm Engineering, Montana State University, will address “Biofilm Growth and Response to Antimicrobial Treatment”
2:30 pm-2:45 pm Networking Break and Exhibits
2:45 pm-5:00 pm Dual Tracks (Choose One):
Technical Track An expanded presentation by Dr. Paul Sturman on “Biofilms and Pathogen Survival,” and a Plumbing Efficiency Research Coalition (PERC) update from Pete DeMarco, senior vice president of advocacy and research, IAPMO, followed by an update on the European Water Label by Christian Taylor-Hamlin, technical director, Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA)
Outreach/Communications Track A special presentation by CMD Group’s Laura Marlow, senior director, business development and strategic partnerships, and Derek Guffey, senior director of enterprise solutions and registered architect; and a Communications Panel Discussion on “Social Media and Digital Communication Strategies” featuring Martha Sprague, social media manager, National Association of Manufacturing (NAM); John Mesenbrink, president, Mechanical-Hub; Wes Baerga, digital marketing strategist and client development, Vue Point Creative; Beth Livingston, WaterSense brand manager, Environmental Protection Agency; Yvonne Orgill, chief executive, BMA; and Ashlei Cooper, editorial director, PHC News and Plumbing Engineer Magazine. The panel will be moderated by Scott McDonald, vice president of marketing, Fluidmaster Inc.
6:30 pm-9:30 pm Dine Around San Antonio (attendees will dine at one of San Antonio’s top restaurants)
Wed. October 28
8:00 am-9:30 am Keynote address by Ross Shafer, six-time Emmy Award winning comedian, writer, and TV host of such shows as: “The Match Game” on ABC, “The Late Show” on FOX and “Day’s End” on ABC
9:30 am-9:45 am Networking Break and Exhibits
9:45 am-11:15 am Water Efficiency and Sustainability Committee presents “Net-Zero Building” with John Mesenbrink, president, Mechanical-Hub; Ralph Suppa, president and general manager, Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating, with updates on the Canadian plumbing industry; and Sustainability Task Group updates on the Product Category Rules (PCR) Guidance document
11:15 am-12:30 pm Fair Trade Committee featuring presentations by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Gary Stanley, director, Office of Materials Industries, and Salim Bhabhrawala, senior trade specialist; and Ralph Suppa, CIPH
12:30 pm-2:00 pm Lunch, Exhibits and Free Time for Office Catch-up
2:00 pm-2:30 pm Reports from the Dual Track Sessions and Allied Member Committee
2:30 pm-3:00 pm Networking Break and Exhibits
3:00 pm-4:30 pm General Membership Meeting and passing of the gavel
6:00 pm-7:15 pm Cocktail Reception and Exhibits
7:30 pm-9:30 pm Conference Dinner
Thurs. October 29
9:00 am-9:30 am Karen Guz, conservation director, San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS), shares insights on San Antonio’s successes and challenges in converting the city to WaterSense products
9:30 am-11:30 am “The Future of Water: Wins, Woes and Worries” panel discussion moderated by Jerry Desmond, PMI California government affairs consultant, with: Carole Baker, executive director, Texas Water Foundation and chair emeritus, Alliance for Water Efficiency; Eddie Wilcut, senior project manager, Alan Plummer Associates Inc.; Chris Piper, government relations, Denver Water; and Karen Guz, conservation director, SAWS

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