Dec 08, 2011

NGWA Posts Strong Attendance at 2011 Expo and Annual Meeting

Delegates vote to amend bylaws, allowing for increase in number of voting board directors

The National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) posted strong numbers in both attendance and number of exhibitors for its 2011 Expo and Annual Meeting. The event was held Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in Las Vegas, and more than 300 exhibiting companies were present, setting an all-time record.

“The number of attendees and exhibitors this year exceeded our expectations,” said NGWA Executive Director Kevin McCray. “This shows me that in spite of, or perhaps because of, our challenging economy, our members truly value their membership in NGWA. It also speaks well to optimism about the future of the groundwater industry.”

McCray says NGWA plans to return to Las Vegas in 2012 and then head to Nashville, Tenn., in 2013.

NGWA announced a total attendance of 4,267 visitors from all sectors of the groundwater industry, making this year’s the 14th best-attended edition in the event’s 63-year history. Representatives came from all 50 states as well as from Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico and 34 other countries.

During the course of the general membership meeting on Dec. 2, delegates voted to amend the association’s bylaws to expand the number of voting directors on the national board from 16 to 19, and to allow directors from any of the four membership divisions to be elected by the board of directors to any board officer position.

“This action to amend the organization’s bylaws is a manifestation of the NGWA process—the NGWA board and members working together to determine the future of NGWA,” said incoming NGWA president John Pitz. “The outcome of the vote is that the NGWA membership will benefit by having the most qualified directors as officers of the board.”

The next NGWA Expo is scheduled to take place Dec. 4 to 7, 2012.