Nov 07, 2012

PMI Conference Promotes Plumbing as Profession

The conference focused on strengthening the plumbing industry by elevating its perception

PMI Fall Conference Washington, D.C. Plumbing Industry

Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) held its 2012 Fall Conference in Washington, D.C., Oct. 7 to 10. The conference focused on “Promoting Plumbing as a Profession” and in strengthening partnerships surrounding the industry.

Focused on strengthening the plumbing industry by elevating its perception as both a vital professional and highly skilled industry, PMI and its members used this conference to lay out the framework for strengthening industry partnerships. From manufacturing to legislative and regulatory sectors, from engineering to environmental, from professional to public, from domestic and to international—all sectors were considered.

Nearly 100 people attended the conference representing PMI’s member companies and prospective new members from 14 states (a 94% attendance rate). Water Pik Inc., PMI’s newest member company, was also in attendance.

Seventeen speakers and presenters represented the wide range of partners and interests associated with PMI. The keynote speakers included Donna Brazile, political strategist and analyst, who delivered the opening keynote address; Annie Longsworth, CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi; and Erin Streeter, senior vice president of communications for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Also included in the presenters and speakers were representatives from the American Chemistry Council, the Nickel Institute, NSF Intl., the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the American Society of Plumbing Engineers and the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Assn. International attendees also were present from Canada and Australia.

Honored at this event was long-time PMI member Craig Selover, director of plumbing products technology for Masco Corp. He received PMI’s President’s Award, presented by current PMI President Stewart Yang, vice president of engineering and global faucets for Kohler Co. Selover served as president of PMI in 1990 and has been a member of the organization for more than 30 years. Established in 2009, the PMI President’s Award is given in recognition of lifetime achievements and outstanding contributions to the plumbing industry.

Following the close of the conference, PMI and several of its members made visits to Capitol Hill to speak directly with legislators about the issues surrounding the plumbing industry today.

PMI’s Spring Conference is scheduled for April 7 to 11, 2013, at the Barton Creek Resort in Austin, Texas.