PMI heads to Texas for Spring Meeting

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Plumbing Manufacturers International will be heading to the Lone Star State
for the 2013 Spring Conference. PMI is taking the Spring Meeting 
to the Barton Creek Resort in Austin,
Texas, April 7–10. 
PMI is excited to announce that
it will participate in a Habitat for Humanity 
build project on Saturday, April
6. If you wish to participate, PMI asks that 
you arrange to arrive in Austin no later 
than April 5, as it will get an early start 
on Saturday, April 6. Space is limited for 
this volunteer opportunity. For more information
or to reserve your spot, please
 contact Dawn Robinson at 847-217-
6848 or

Barton Creek Resort is located in Texas 
Hill Country and is just minutes from
 downtown Austin. This beautifully appointed 
hotel features recently renovated
 guest rooms that include top-of-the-line amenities, including hardwood
 entryways, enhanced lighting, luxe 
linens and 42” flat-screen televisions.

The Spring Conference will open with
 a keynote presentation by Dr. Lowell 
Catlett, a Regent’s Professor/Dean and
 Chief Administrative Officer at New 
Mexico State University’s College of
Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental
 Sciences. An exciting futurist,
 his knowledge of technologies and their 
implications on the way we will live 
and work is addressed in his varied and
upbeat presentations. Don’t miss out on 
Dr. Catlett’s keynote address!

The Conference will once again feature 
the Dual Track format, but with a twist.
 Readers will remember that the format
 was adopted two years ago at the request 
of members who felt that there were topics
 uniquely targeted to each of our two 
core groups: marketing and technical.

Over time, the lines and interests of
the two groups have blurred and some
of the 2012 Fall Conference attendees
 asked that the format be changed. As
a result, we are evolving the dual track 
format based on this input, to keep the
 two groups effective.

The Outreach and Advocacy Track
will run for three hours with an
 action-packed agenda as set during
 the planning meeting held at PMI 
headquarters in January. The focus will
 be strictly on marketing/communications-
type issues. The fourth hour will
 combine the groups for a discussion 
of communications issues of interest
 to the technical group as well, such as 
the development of white papers and 
press releases to promote PMI and
our initiatives.

Conversely, the first two hours of the 
Technical Track will be structured into 
two specific topics, with the third hour 
reserved for some strategic brainstorming.
PMI Technical Director Len Swatkowski
will present the newly-released “Get the
Lead Out” presentation developed by the 
industry consortium. Then Russ Chaney,
Executive Director, International Association
of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
(IAPMO), will provide an update on
the implications of the acquisition of
 American Society of Sanitary Engineers 
by IAPMO. Finally, PMI will use a facilitator 
to spearhead a lively discussion of emerging 
issues and how PMI and the industry
 can proactively prepare for them. The 
last hour will see the groups combined as
 noted above.

Invited speakers include Joe Dorn,
 Partner, King & Spaulding, with an
 update on the industry anti-dumping 
case; updates from Up North, Across
the Pond and Down Under from Ralph
Suppa, President and General Manager,
 Canadian Institute of Plumbing and
 Heating; Glen Turbett, Director of
 Global Business-Plumbing, Construction,
 Lighting and Wiring, Canadian 
Standards Association; Tim Fisher,
 President, Plumbing Products Industry
 Group; and Yvonne Orgill, Chief
 Executive, Bathroom Manufacturers

Registration and hotel information
 will be available at
 Please note, the registration deadline 
for both the hotel and the conference is
 March 15. Remember space is limited 
for the Habitat for Humanity volunteer 

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