Chicago — The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) announced the hiring of William Smith, FASPE, to the newly created position of Senior Director of Technical and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, Smith will represent the interests of ASPE and the plumbing engineering community in code and standards activities as well as serve as a technical resource for the ASPE staff and membership. Smith will build relationships with other industry organizations to ensure that the public’s heath and safety are kept at the forefront of legislation and regulations regarding plumbing system design, installation, inspection, and maintenance.
“Billy’s experience and well-earned respect in the plumbing engineering industry are invaluable to ASPE continuing to increase its value and services for our members,” says ASPE Executive Director/CEO Jim Kendzel, MPH, CAE. “ASPE has been building its presence in the codes and standards arena for several years, and with Billy on the team the Society will have a full-time staff member devoted to strengthening the voice of plumbing engineers/designers in the development of consistent, safe plumbing codes.”
Smith joins the ASPE staff after a long and illustrious career with Jay R. Smith Mfg. Co., a leading manufacturer of quality engineered plumbing and drainage products in the nonresidential construction industry. Smith started with Jay R. Smith in 1981 as a plumbing product designer, after which he became a senior sales engineer and was promoted to engineering manager and finally regional sales manager covering both Jay R. Smith and Acorn Engineering product groups. His involvement with ASPE began in 1993 when he joined the Society as an affiliate member, and he currently is a full member of the Society. Smith assumed a leadership role in 2002 when he was appointed to the ASPE Board of Directors as Society Affiliate Liaison. During his tenure, the position evolved into Vice President, Affiliate. Smith also served as chair of ASPE’s Exhibitors Advisory Committee for several years. He was elected to ASPE’s College of Fellows in 2012 and received ASPE’s Distinguished Service Award that same year.
In addition to his involvement with ASPE, Smith has actively participated in the codes and standards development activities of other industry organizations, including the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association, ASSE International, ASME International, ASTM International, CSA Group, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, International Code Council, and Plumbing and Drainage Institute.
“I’m extremely excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the Society’s staff, our membership, and the industry as a whole, and the plumbing engineering industry in particular, in the interest of developing consistent codes and standards throughout all organizations and processes,” Smith says.