FWQA Annual Convention Offered New Events, Higher Attendance
2012 board members were also announced
The 2011 Florida Water Quality Assn.’s (FWQA) annual convention and trade show was held in Orlando, Fla., June 10 and 11 at the Caribe Royale Resort. Attendance was higher this year than in the past several years, with water treatment professionals from around the state participating in the two-day event.
There was also good participation by members and manufacturers who arrived on June 9 for the annual FWQA golf outing and luncheon, held this year at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club in Orlando.
The convention’s program was modified from previous years to add new hospitality venues and to make the event more family friendly. Six villas on the resort grounds were set up as manufacturer-sponsored hospitality suites on the evening of June 9, with each suite offering a different theme and entertainment varying from Wii games to darts to karaoke.
The convention included a lineup of educational seminars with sessions on managing the cost of service calls, installing and troubleshooting both under-sink and whole-house reverse osmosis systems, and the tear-down and rebuild of the Pentair Residential Water Systems Fleck 2510 valve.
The business meeting covered the normal operating affairs of the organization and the announcement of the new board of directors for 2012. The officers this year are President Denny Mahle of Water Treatment Warehouse; Vice President Forrest Vincent of Aqua Solutions; Secretary Eric Beck of Charger Water Products; and Treasurer Jim Suomi of Watts. The remaining directors on the board are Phil Fralix of Mavea/Brita; Cindy Schieber of Stenner Pump Co.;, Mark Maddon of Coast Pump Co.;, Stephen Payne of Southern Water Services; and Dan Story of Grundfos Pumps Corp. as past president.
The convention also offered an exhibition area that was attended throughout the day. The convention ended with an ice cream and dessert bar in the exhibition area for members to network and meet with exhibitors.
FWQA’s next event will be the Fall Educational Seminar, which will be offered in the second week of November.