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U.S. Water Groups Collaborate to Promote Sustainability
by Vanessa Leiby
WWEMA Window: Unleash The Entrepreneurial Spirit-Answer The Call To Innovation
by Tammy Bernier
Considering the Manufacturer as a Strategic Success Partner
by TR Gregg
WWEMA VideosTestimonial: Thomas Mills
Interview with WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby
June 10, 2014
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(June 11, 2014)
Interview with 2012-'13 Chairman Deb LaVelle
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WWEMA NEWS AND UPDATES
Register Now for the 2017 F&CA Council Meeting
Register now for the 2017 WWEMA Finance & Contract Administration Council (F&CA) Meeting! The F&CA Council meeting is a must-attend for anyone working with contracts for their organizations. Experts will discuss important issues like terms and conditions, payments and warranties, intellectual property and contracts, incoterms and risk, common insurance issues, and more. The meeting offers attendees the opportunity for education related to contract administration. Find out what you need to know before you sign! For additional details, go to the F&CA Council section of the website.
Program, Speakers and Schedule of Events
Elevate Water as a National Priority
America's economic future depends on safe and clean water. It's time to renew the Local-State-Federal Safe and Clean Water Funding Partnership. WWEMA, along with eight other industry water associations were in Washington the week of March 20th for Water Week 2017. Let's Work Together to Elevate Water!
Elevate Water as a National Priority
WWEMA 44th Washington Forum a Success!
The 44th Washington Forum, held March 21-23, 2017 at the Westin Georgetown in Washington, DC, was a huge success bringing many WWEMA members together to understand the changing political landscape. This year's theme was appropriately titled Understanding the New Reality | Making Sense Out of Change. General sessions included discussions about the direction of the new Administration, navigating Buy America(n), an outlook on the economy, investing in water infrastructure, and a panel discussion with EPA officials. All of the presentations are now available on the Members-Only website. Eight other water associations were also in Washington for Water Week 2017, and WWEMA co-sponsored a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill to engage Congress and unite as one voice for water.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors JCM Industries and WRT LLC and to our Silver Sponsors KLa Systems Inc. and Pentair for their support of the 44th Washington Forum.
Final Program, Speakers and Schedule of Events
WWEMA Priority Issues for the New Administration
WWEMA has released a Transition Paper articulating its position and priorities for the new administration: Building a Strong Manufacturing Base for Economic Growth and Public Health and Environmental Protection. The link to the Transition Paper is to the right.
WWEMA Publishes Value-Based Procurement Position Paper
At its 108th Annual Meeting on November 2, 2016, the WWEMA Board of Directors approved a new Value-Based Procurement Position Paper summarizing years of work in this area. The link to the Position Paper is to the right on the front page of the website and in the Members-Only section of the website. Questions or comments on the Position Paper can be directed to WWEMA Executive Director, Vanessa Leiby.
WWEMA & SplashLink Partnership
During the 108th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, WWEMA announced a new partnership with SplashLink that will allow WWEMA members unique access to Waters Online Platform. SplashLink serves companies that are concerned about missing opportunities within the water industry and looking to grow their market share. SplashLink.com provides a one-stop resource that helps industry buyers, sellers, and innovators of water solutions to find one another as well as millions in funding, and thousands of project opportunities from sources across the industry. There is a 60-day free trial available exclusively for WWEMA members. Contact WWEMA for more details.
2016 WWEMA Market Indicators Survey Results
Each year, WWEMA surveys its members with the Market Indicators Survey to gauge the state of the water and wastewater equipment manufacturing market. The survey results are reported to the membership and serve as a critical data point within the industry for tracking market trends from year-to-year. This years results showed a slight decrease in domestic sales versus the previous year, while respondents indicated increases in bookings and orders in 2016. WWEMA members expressed cautious optimism regarding near-term sales with none predicting a decline in domestic sales for the next 12 months. The results and analysis of the 2016 Market Indicators Survey may be viewed on the Members-Only Section of the WWEMA website.
WWEMA 108th Annual Meeting a Success
WWEMA's 108th Annual Meeting was a huge success, bringing almost 90 WWEMA members together at the Rosen Shingle Creek, November 2-4, in Orlando, FL to learn, connect, and imagine the water industry of the future.
In addition to talks on the future of reclaimed water and trends in procurement delivery systems, WWEMA members heard about a new model to modernize U.S. infrastructure and the impacts a new Administration and Congress may have on closing the funding gap, development of EPA's National Action Plan for Safe Drinking Water, and an outlook on the economy that projects a 2 - 3% growth rate.
The meeting was focused on enhancing operational performance so several talks were invaluable including opportunities to connect more directly with end-users and opportunities to improve efficiency and success in targeting the right projects for member companies.
Thank you to our Gold Sponsors - Duperon Corporation, JCM Industries, and Suez, and our Bronze Sponsors - KLa and Val-Matic for your support of our annual event.
WWEMA Elects 2017 Officers, Directors
Outgoing Chair Tammy Bernier passes the gavel to WWEMA 2017 Chairman Mark Turpin.
The Board and members of WWEMA elected new Officers and Directors during its 108th Annual Meeting, November 2-4, in Orlando, Florida. The 2017 WWEMA Executive Committee comprises:
• Chairman Mark Turpin, President, Duperon Corporation (Saginaw, MI)
• Chairman-Elect Thacher Worthen, President, Schreiber LLC (Trussville, AL)
• Vice Chairman John Dyson, Product Channel Manager-AquaPrime, Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc. (Loves Park, IL)
• Treasurer Vince Baldasare, Manager, Gorman-Rupp Company (Mansfield, OH)
• Immediate Past Chair Tammy Bernier, Chief Executive Officer, Duperon Corporation (Saginaw, MI)
Three members were newly elected to the WWEMA 2017 Board of Directors:
• Thomas McCurdy, Environmental Sales Manager, Aerzen USA (Coatesville, PA)
• Adam Neumayer, Operations Director, Hydro International (Hillsboro, OR)
• Donald Schwerin, Sales Support Manager, Evoqua Water Technologies (Warrendale, PA)
In addition, the membership re-elected Jack Adams, Director of Government Affairs at Calgon Carbon Corporation; Vince Baldasare, Sales Manager at Gorman-Rupp Company; and Fritz Egger, Managing Director, Asia, Pacific, Middle East & Africa Operations at JWC Environmental, to serve second terms on the board.
John Dyson Named 2016 James C. Morriss Award Recipient
2016 WWEMA Chair Tammy Bernier named John Dyson, Product Channel Manager-AquaPrime at Aqua-Aerobic Systems Inc., as the recipient of the 2016 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award at the WWEMA Annual Meeting, November 2-4, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
The James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award is presented each year to a WWEMA member for significant contributions to the mission of the Association and to the benefit of the water and wastewater industry. In presenting the award, Bernier cited Dyson's outstanding service to WWEMA throughout the year, including his contributions as a WWEMA Board Member, Treasurer on the WWEMA Executive Committee, Chairman of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee, and a member of the WWEMA Investment Committee.
Dyson is a longtime member of WWEMA and has served on its Board of Directors since 2011. He also represents WWEMA to many outside organizations, most notably as chair of the Water and Environment Federation (WEF) Manufacturers and Representatives Committee where he works closely with manufacturers and WEF to ensure the best possible opportunities for business growth and development at WEFTEC and other events.
Finance & Contract Administration Council Offers Hands-On Training
Fifty WWEMA representatives of manufacturers, rep firms, and related industry companies gathered in Chicago, Illinois, in May for the WWEMA 2016 Finance & Contract Administration Council event.
Sessions included a negotiations skills training workshop (pictured) led by attorney Alan Fishel of Arent Fox, a mock trial examining breach of contract issues, a panel discussion on six of the most commonly disputed contract terms and conditions, sessions on joint ventures and Construction Management at Risk, and more. Copies of the speakers' PowerPoint presentations are available on the Members Only section of the website.
Washington Forum Brings Together
Members, Experts for Water Week 2016
The WWEMA Washington Forum drew more than 90 members and industry experts for three days of meetings, sessions, and receptions in a celebration of Water Week 2016. Among the highlights were a report on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan; an inside look at Coca-Cola's water sustainability initiatives; reports on the legislative and economic outlooks for the coming year; a presentation on opportunities in the industrial sector; and discussions on innovations taking place at DC Water and at the Camden County (NJ) Municipal Utilities Authority. Speaker PowerPoints are now available on the Members Only section of the WWEMA website.
Pictured above: The Water Week Joint Regulatory Session included a panel discussion followed by roundtables led by the EPA Office of Water leadership, including (left to right) Benita Best-Wong, Jeff Lape, Peter Grevatt, and Andrew Sawyers.
WWEMA Elects 2016 Officers, Directors
Outgoing Chairman Frank Rebori passes the gavel to WWEMA 2016 Chair Tammy Bernier.
WWEMA elected new officers and directors during its 107th Annual Meeting, November 5-7 in Dallas, Texas. The 2016 WWEMA Executive Committee comprises:
• Chair Tammy Bernier, President, Duperon Corporation (Saginaw, MI)
• Chairman-Elect Mark Turpin, Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Parkson Corporation (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
• Vice Chairman Thacher Worthen, President, Schreiber LLC (Trussville, AL)
• Treasurer John Dyson, Commercialization Manager, De Nora Water Technologies (Henrico, VA)
• Immediate Past Chairman Frank Rebori, President, Smith & Loveless Inc. (Lenexa, KS)
Three members were newly elected to the WWEMA 2016 Board of Directors:
• John Collins, Vice President of Sales and Chief Operating Officer, JCM Industries (Nash, TX)
• Marwan Nesicolaci, Senior Vice President of Global Sales, De Nora Water Technologies, (Colmar, PA)
• Jay Sivigny, Product/Marketing Manager, Flowserve Corporation (Taneytown, MD)
In addition, the membership re-elected Bill Decker, Vice President and General Manager of the Equipment and Services Group at Aqua-Aerobic Systems, and Mike Dimitriou, President of WRT, to serve second terms on the board.
Finally, the membership confirmed two members who were appointed earlier this year to serve unfulfilled terms on the board: TR Gregg, Director of Business Development and Marketing at Huber Technologies, and Nathen Myers, Vice President-Municipal Sales at SUEZ environnement Water Treatment.
WWEMA Recognizes Member Leadership, Achievement
Morris Award Winner Bill Decker, left, is congratulated by (left to right) Ron Collins, John Collins, and Julie Collins of JCM Industries. The award is named after Julie's father, James C. Morriss.
WWEMA recognized several members for their support of the Association and their leadership and achievement within the industry during the Annual Meeting, November 2-4 in Dallas, Texas.
Winner of the 2015 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award was Bill Decker, Vice President and General Manager of the Equipment and Services Group at Aqua-Aerobic Systems. Decker was recognized for his service to WWEMA as a member of the Board of Directors, Vice Chairman of the Marketing & Member Services Committee, member of the Legislative & Regulatory Committee and the Investment Committee, and founding member of the new WWEMA Industrial Council. Decker also serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce's Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee and is on the regional board for the Children's Home + Aid Society of Northern Illinois. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Additional award presentations included:
• Special Appreciation Award: Presented to Deb LaVelle, Aquarius Technologies, and Chuck Powers, Flowserve Corporation, for providing vision and leadership during a time of recent transition for the Association.
• WWEMA/Water & Wastes Digest (WWD) Scholarship: $1,000 scholarship presented to Kyra Salamon, intern at Huber Technologies, by WWD Managing Editor Elisabeth Lisican
• Outgoing Chairman's Award: Presented to Frank Rebori, Smith & Loveless Inc.
• Outgoing Immediate Past Chairman's Award: Presented to Chuck Powers, Flowserve Corporation
2015 F&CA Council: Focus on Terms and Conditions
The WWEMA 2015 Finance & Contract Administration Council, May 13-14 in Chicago, Illinois, brought together more than 50 industry members, with a focus on contract terms and conditions, negotiations, and enforcement.
Among the highlights of the event was a panel discussion on 12 of the most common terms and conditions water and wastewater manufacturers encounter - from warranties, to indemnity, to payment terms and more. Panelists shared varying perspectives on these "Ts and Cs," with (shown here, left to right) Phil Beck, Partner at Smith, Currie & Hancock, providing the contractor's perspective; Robert Lewis, Director of Public Works for the Village of Westchester, Illinois, providing the owner's perspective; and Jim Brown, General Counsel at SUEZ environnement Treatment Solutions, providing the manufacturer's perspective.
Now Available: WWEMA 2014 Annual Report
WWEMA has released its 2014 Annual Report, detailing the strategies, activities, and accomplishments of the Association over the past year.
Among the highlights in 2014 were the introduction of the WWEMA Leading Indicator Index, a tool that provides members with exclusive insights into the funding outlook for water and wastewater projects; the development of a weekly email Member Bulletin filled with legislative, regulatory, and industry news as well as market opportunities; the Association's successful advocacy efforts to include many of its members' products in trade talks aimed at reducing or eliminating export tariffs and to exclude many of its members' products from local content restrictions for federal funding; support of increased funding through the State Revolving Funds and the removal of state caps on private activity bonds; and support of initiatives to promote the advancement of new technologies into the market place.
WWEMA Launches Water Challenge to Raise Funding Awareness
WWEMA on March 12 launched the WWEMA Water Challenge to raise awareness of the value of water and the need for adequate funding for water and wastewater infrastructure.
"It's a fun way to demonstrate the myriad ways we rely on ready access to water in our daily lives, and how much we take that access for granted," said WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby. "We're using the #NoWater hashtag to spread the word and draw attention to our most precious resource."
WWEMA is challenging local, state, and federal officials as well as community leaders and other concerned citizens to "turn off their taps," whether literally or figuratively, and share their experiences on social media. The Challenge will continue through Water Week, April 12-18, which coincides with the WWEMA Washington Forum as well as several other water advocacy group events.
According to the Water Challenge website: "You can decide for yourself how long you want to go without tap water, whether you try it for a few hours or longer. Spoiler alert: It gets harder the longer you try. (Especially since you may need to flush your toilet at some point. Because, yes, toilets count, too. So do dishwashers, laundry, food prep ... you get the idea.)"
The site offers complete details on the Challenge as well as suggestions on additional steps individuals can take, including an online petition calling for increased awareness and support for water and wastewater funding.
WWEMA Board Approves 2015-2017 Strategic Plan
The WWEMA Board of Directors in November 2014 approved the Association's 2015 - 2017 Strategic Plan. The Plan was developed based on feedback from a WWEMA Member Survey circulated in August and reflects a broadening of the Association's mission to:
Advocate and Influence legislative, regulatory, and industry stakeholders
Inform and Educate the membership and the industry
Connect and Create Opportunities for members and business growth
WWEMA thanks the members of the 2014 Strategic Planning Committee:
* Chairman Frank Rebori (Smith & Loveless)
* Chuck Powers (Flowserve Corporation)
* Ron Port (SPX Corporation)
* Tammy Bernier (Duperon Corporation)
* Deb LaVelle (Bestt Consulting LLC)
* Fritz Egger (JWC Environmental)
* Mark Turpin (Parkson Corporation)
* Thacher Worthen (Schreiber LLC)
WWEMA Market Analysis Reports
WWEMA offers exclusively to members a quarterly Water and Wastewater Equipment Market Analysis Report. The report includes the newly created WWEMA Leading Index, formulated to provide insight into the market and funding conditions related to municipal water and wastewater projects. The index and the analysis were developed based on six data-driven factors: municipal bond issuance; municipal financial health/pensions; water and wastewater utility employment figures; water infrastructure equity performance; residential building permits; and ductile iron pipe pricing. The report includes graphs and charts relating to these factors, depicting data and trends dating back as far as 2005. 2016 Q3 is now posted in the "Members-Only" section of the WWEMA website.
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