2012 Fall Conference

Promoting Plumbing as a Profession

Promoting Plumbing as a Profession: PMI Fall Conference 2012

The 2012 PMI Fall Conference is set for October 7-10 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in downtown Washington, D.C. As the conference will take place in the shadow of Capitol Hill, we are taking advantage of our location by offering Hill visits again this year. Please don’t leave Washington, D.C. before 4 pm on Wednesday, October 10 to allow enough time to visit your state representatives. Take this opportunity to let your voice be heard!

NOTE: The September 14 Hotel Registration Deadline has passed. Please contact Amy Berg-Ferguson, email or 847-481-5500, for hotel information.

Among the highlights of the PMI conference is the panel discussion set for Tuesday, October 9, focusing on the subject Promoting Plumbing as a Profession. The plumbing industry has saved more lives than the medical industry…but we don't get the attention and respect we deserve! The panel discussion will investigate what we can do to improve the image of our plumbing industry. Are we to blame for some of these stereotypes? The industry is indeed innovative but we don't get credit for the strides we have made in health, safety and water efficiency. Panelists will be members of related associations as well as image and branding experts. Don't miss out on this enlightening panel discussion!

2012 Fall Conference in Washington D.C.

The Fall Conference will kick off on Monday, October 8 with a keynote speech from political analyst Donna Brazile who will speak on the upcoming political elections and the current environment in Washington, DC. PMI will demonstrate its new online training platform. This training program is the outgrowth of a Memorandum of Understanding between PMI and IAPMO.

Election of officers and budget approval will occur at the General Membership session followed by Christian Richter of the Nickel Institute, who will provide a timely update.

Monday's sessions will close with the dual track format. Meeting tracks for both the Advocacy and Outreach Council (formerly the Marketing Council) and the Technical Council will be held Monday, October 8. We have had great attendance for the dual track sessions and we encourage you to make sure an employee from your company attends the Fall Conference to take advantage of this popular format. After a long day of informative sessions, our members are invited to take an optional evening boat cruise down the Potomac River to see our nation’s capitol at its best, as we network.

Tuesday's sessions will feature presentations by Ann Mason of the American Chemistry Council, who will discuss Hex Chrome and Rex Pace of the U.S. Access Board. After the close of the panel discussion on plumbing as a profession, attendees will sit down for dinner and entertainment by the improvisational group Capitol Steps.

Please note, the registration deadline for both the meeting and the hotel are September 14. Register today and make plans to participate in the Capitol Hill lobbying visits. We'll see you there!

Note: The last day to cancel meeting registration and receive a refund is September 31.