By: Tim Kilbane, PMI President and National Sales Manager, Symmons Industries
Happy New Year to everyone! Another year is here and some big changes are coming our way as PMI opens registration for its final Spring Conference. As the 2014 PMI President, I am looking forward to a productive and exciting year by first making our final Spring Conference one of our best!
The conference (March 2–5 in Charleston, S.C.) will focus on ‘Making a World of Difference Together’ and will continue PMI’s long history of being a leader in the industry constantly striving for improvement in all things. That constant drive to be better is what led our staff, leadership, and Board of Directors to restructure our event schedule in 2015 when we will focus on a single, annual conference in the fall, with CEO fly-ins to Washington, D.C. during the spring to better connect with Congressional leaders.
In addition to preparing for our Spring Conference, PMI is constantly working toward its vision of ‘Safe, responsible plumbing. Always.’ As part of that effort, our Board of Directors and Executive teams are cycling through changes to their structure to improve their function and allow them to be more agile—strengthening our organization; PMI staff is continuing to grow with its newest addition to the team, Association Coordinator, Jodi Stuhrberg; and our committees and outreach efforts continue to extend their spheres of influence on the issues of the day that can and will affect the way our member companies conduct their respective businesses.
As I look ahead to the events scheduled for 2014, the targets and goals of PMI, I am proud to a part of this active and engaging group that does so much good work for not only our members, but for the wellbeing of our industry as a whole. After all, we are the sum of our parts and having the benefit of additional input from all of the various sectors of plumbing industry just makes our collective voice that much stronger.
As we work on the new structure, our immediate focus for 2014 continues and promises to be a banner year! With registration already underway the 2014 PMI Spring Conference has registrants from our membership as well as our international colleagues, an exciting lineup of speakers and panelists, and more. New coalitions of members and staff are working together to reach out to prospective members and engage with new faces, to form coalitions and strengthen our connections to industry partners. PMI invites anyone with an interest in our industry to join us at our conference and take advantage of our recently available Prospective Member and First-Time Attendee “Discovery Rates”. You will find the time well worth the investment.
I am excited to participate in the coming Spring Conference and look forward to working with the PMI staff, leadership, Board and members who make up this great group. I encourage anyone who isn’t a member to reach out to learn more about all the wonderful work PMI does. Come to Charleston in March, attend our Spring Conference, and join us in “Making a World of Difference Together!”… it’s going to be a great event and an even better year!