Aug 02, 2011

PMI Plans Executive Roundtable at Fall Conference

Seven leaders in the plumbing industry will address current issues

Plumbing Manufacturers Intl. (PMI) President Jack Krecek, vice president and general manager of commercial channels for Elkay Mfg. Co., announced that PMI will host its Fall Conference Sept. 18 to 21 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

A highlight of the conference is an executive roundtable to be held on Sept. 19, moderated by political pundit and journalist George Will. Invited participants include Keith Allman, president of Delta Faucet Co.; Don Devine, CEO of American Standard Brands; Tim Jahnke, president and CEO of Elkay Mfg. Co.; David Lingafelter, president of Moen Inc.; Tim O'Keeffe, CEO of Symmons Industries; William L. Strang, chairman of TOTO Mexico and senior vice president of operations for TOTO USA; and Jim Westdorp, group president of kitchen and bath at Kohler Co.

These industry leaders will address current topics and answer attendees' questions. After the panel discussion, Will will offer a recap and the opening keynote address.

"It is an honor to feature this esteemed panel of top-notch executives at our fall conference. We appreciate the ongoing support of and active involvement in PMI initiatives by these executives. The PMI Executive Roundtable provides attendees with a unique look at our industry through the eyes of seven influential thought leaders," said PMI Executive Director Barbara C. Higgens.

For attendees interested in attending the executive roundtable event only, PMI is offering a special admission rate of $250 for members and $400 for non-members. This rate also includes lunch.

PMI will again offer a dual-track format at the Fall Conference. Meeting tracks in marketing and technical subjects will be held Sept. 19. The dual-track format made its debut at the Spring Conference. PMI hopes attendees will take advantage of this popular format.

Closing the meeting on Sept. 21, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has been invited to give a special presentation to attendees. As the Liaison Capitol Hill is located only two blocks from Capitol Hill, PMI will offer visits to Congress at the conclusion of the Fall Meeting. Attendees are encouraged to allow enough time to visit their state representatives and take this opportunity to let their voices be heard.