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WWEMA serves as the voice of water and wastewater solution providers. As a member-driven organization, it is made up of many of the most prominent and influential companies in the industry, who are working together to advance the interests of their individual businesses as well as the water industry as a whole.


Finance & Contract Administration Council Offers Hands-On Training

F&CA Council
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

EPA Panel 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 Announces New Dates, Location for 43rd Washington Forum
WWEMA on December 29 signed a contract with the Westin Washington D.C. City Center to hold the Washington Forum at that hotel on April 12-14, 2016. This was a change from the original dates and location. The previous host hotel notified WWEMA several weeks earlier that it would be unable to accommodate the program as it is discontinuing its events and banquet services.

The change in venue results in several excellent opportunities for attendees. Most significantly, the move to the Westin allows WWEMA to more readily collaborate with the four other water groups meeting at that location during that week—Water Week 2016—including the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, Water Environment Federation, Water Environment Research Foundation, and WateReuse Association. WWEMA members in attendance at the Washington Forum will participate in a joint Congressional Reception with these groups as well as a joint breakfast and three-hour regulatory panel session/roundtable discussion.

A preliminary schedule is available now; complete program details and registration information will be released in the coming weeks.

WWEMA Elects 2016 Officers, Directors

Tammy Bernier and Frank Rebori Outgoing Chairman Frank Rebori passes the gavel to WWEMA 2016 Chairman Tammy Bernier.

WWEMA elected new officers and directors during its 107th Annual Meeting, November 5-7 in Dallas, Texas. The 2015 WWEMA Executive Committee comprises:
Chairman 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 2015 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

Bill Decker 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

Registration Now Open for WWEMA Annual Meeting

2015 F&CA Council Registration is now open for WWEMA's 107th Annual Member Meeting, November 5-7, 2015 at Las Colinas Four Seasons Resort in Dallas, TX. "What You Need to Know for Your Business to Grow" will focus on three critical areas:

Internal operations: succession planning, talent management, and recruitment; protecting your brand name and products; and using social/digital media to promote and sell your products.
Interfacing with your reps and clients: the changing role of reps in the municipal and industrial markets; how various corporate financial solutions can help you grow organically, through mergers and acquisitions, and vendor programs to finance product sales; enforcing contracts, terms and conditions including dispute resolutions to keep valued customers.
A vision for the future: trends in municipal utility technology needs in the U.S. and abroad; trends in the industrial markets; and new opportunities in reuse.

The event is open exclusively to WWEMA members. An early registration discount is available to those registering by September 1.

2015 F&CA Council: Focus on Terms and Conditions

2015 F&CA Council 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 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

Water Challenge Goal 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 Introduces New Member Benefit: Market Analysis Reports
WWEMA now 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 first report, covering the third quarter of 2014, points generally to increased demand and funding in the very near-term with flattening demand over time.

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. The report is posted in the "Members Only" section of the WWEMA website.

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