PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Always. Be. Learning. IAPMO Will Help!

Let me begin by wishing you all a happy new year and extending my best wishes that 2020 is a great year for each of you! I’m already certain it’s going to be another incredible year for IAPMO and I’m so honored to help lead our association through it.

As many of you know, near and dear to my heart throughout my time with IAPMO has been education and training. Helping my peers better understand our codes, instructing younger professionals in the trades and keeping our industry up to date on technological advances and solutions to emerging concerns are just a few of the educational offerings I feel passionate about.

With that in mind, I’m excited to report on something new coming to this year’s annual IAPMO Education and Business Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. We are adding an additional day of training dubbed “Industry Day,” dedicated to presentations from individuals and organizations representing a wide spectrum of the plumbing and mechanical industries.

IAPMO’s annual conference has always provided an excellent and unique opportunity for inspectors, designers and installers to expand their knowledge about our codes and standards, as well as new technology and innovations in the field.

As I write, we are reviewing submittals for presentations from industry experts on a host of topics, including new and updated standards, emerging trends, industry-related software, innovative plumbing products, sustainability, industry research and other topics we believe would be of interest to and benefit our fellow conference attendees. Presentations will last around 45 minutes and be educational in nature — not intended to sell a product or service.

If there’s one thing I’ve come to understand during my 40 years (and counting) in this industry, it’s that you’re never too old or experienced to learn something new. In fact, I believe it’s imperative that we continue to learn and expand our knowledge. We never know when it will come in handy, either in our own work or something we can pass along to a peer down the line.

I look forward to sharing more about this and other conference offerings in my next column. Until then, be well and keep learning!

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