Dec 07, 2010

Jim Kendzel Named ASPE Executive Director

Kendzel brings extensive experience in codes and standards

At the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Convention in Philadelphia last month, Jim Kendzel was introduced as the society’s new executive director and CEO, officially starting Jan. 1, 2011.

“I am humbled and honored to assume this position, and I look forward to serving the membership, achieving the vision of the society and advancing the plumbing engineering profession,” Kendzel said.

Kendzel came to ASPE from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), where he served as the executive director, as well as the lead executive for the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. His knowledge of standards, research, education and accreditation services will strengthen ASPE’s Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) program, as well as further the its goal to bring professional development opportunities to a wider range of plumbing industry professionals.

“I am looking forward to working with Jim, and I feel that he will bring fresh ideas to the society,” said ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr. “Having Jim as our new executive director will bring to ASPE different opportunities and open new doors that will further promote ASPE and develop new contacts for the society.”

Prior to ICE, Kendzel had more than 25 years of leadership experience in developing national and international product and system standards and providing conformity assessment services based on those standards to a wide range of industry sectors, including the plumbing industry, with NSF Intl. He has held volunteer leadership positions with the American National Standards Institute, ASTM Intl., the Intl. Code Council (ICC), American Council of Independent Laboratories and National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation. He also has served on committees responsible for the development of international standards through the Intl. Organization for Standardization.

Based on his background of working within code- and standards-development organizations, one of Kendzel’s first goals will be to further relationships with such associations, particularly ICC and the Intl. Assn. of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, with whom ASPE recently signed memorandums of understanding. ASPE plans on working with ICC and IAPMO to help advance the plumbing engineering profession within the international code community, as well as to utilize the resources of all three organizations to create quality educational programs for everyone in the plumbing industry.