Founder and President of Wine to Water Named Keynote Speaker at IAPMO Kansas City 2013

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Keynote Speaker | Doc Hendley
Founder and President of Wine to Water and 2009 CNN Hero

HendleyDoc Hendley never set out to be a hero.

In 2004, Hendley — a small-town bartender — launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects and to bring awareness to the world's freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world's most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan.

There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the No. 1 weapon wasn't bullets — it was water. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn't build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each.

He'd found his mission. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

Doc is a regular, rough-and-tumble guy who loves booze, music and his Harley. Doc realized he “didn't have to be a perfect do-gooder to actually do some good in this world.”

His book, Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World (Avery: Penguin, January 2012), is a captivating story of an ordinary bartender who's changing the world through clean water.

Hear Doc Hendley's full story at IAPMO's 84th annual Education & Business Conference in Kansas City, Mo. IAPMO raises the bar each year with its annual conference, renowned for offering industry-leading educational opportunities, networking with industry peers and a voice in shaping upcoming editions of the Uniform Codes. This year promises to be no exception.

For more information and registration details click here.

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