Paul Patton PMI Manufacturing Success Conference Award

The Paul Patton PMI Manufacturing Success Conference Award was instituted to recognize an employee of a PMI member company who shows outstanding potential for a career in plumbing manufacturing. The award recipient receives complimentary registration to the PMI Manufacturing Success Conference, including the PMI Inspiring Leaders Program and PMI Meeting of the Membership. The award’s namesake Paul Patton was a former president of the PMI Board of Directors. He was passionate about developing the talents of young people and industry newcomers, having served as a mentor for interns at Delta Faucet Company and as an advisor for students at Butler University.

The recipient of the inaugural 2023 award is Denise Dougherty, global regulatory manager for PMI member Sloan. A Sloan employee since 2020, Dougherty assisted in organizing the PMI23 Women’s Breakfast. In addition, Dougherty prides herself on bringing a high level of care to everything she does. That care extends to sharing industry information with her teammates via an internal regulatory newsletter she created, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and supporting the local PADS Shelter Program to help those who are homeless.

Nominations for the 2024 award will be evaluated starting this summer

Any employee of a PMI-member company who is nominated by a fellow employee or team member is eligible for the award. Nominees must show career potential and possess outstanding characteristics relating to leadership, community service, teamwork, or other personal qualities.

Fill out this nominating form and email to Jodi Stuhrberg at

The winner will be recognized at the annual PMI Meeting of the Membership.