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Interview with WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby
June 10, 2014
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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 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.
WWEMA Elects 2015 Officers and Board
The WWEMA membership elected new officers and directors at its 106th Annual Meeting, November 6-8 in Tucson, Arizona. The WWEMA 2015 Executive Committee comprises:
- Chairman: Frank Rebori, President, Smith & Loveless Inc. (Lenexa, KS)
- Chairman-Elect: Ron Port, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, SPX Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
- Vice Chair: Tammy Bernier, President, Duperon Corporation (Saginaw, MI)
- Treasurer: Mark Turpin, Vice President and General Manager, Parkson Corporation (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
- Immediate Past Chairman: Chuck Powers, Director, Global Water Resource Industry & Product Management, Flowserve Corporation (Taneytown, MD)
- Andrew Fraher, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Xylem Inc. (Charlotte, NC)
- Louis LeBrun, Vice President, Pinnacle Ozone Solutions (Cocoa, FL)
- Leelon Scott, Director of OEM Business Development, Revere Control Systems (Birmingham, AL)
Tammy Bernier Honored as 2014 WWEMA Morriss Award Winner
WWEMA Chairman Chuck Powers named Tammy Bernier, President and Chief Executive Officer of Duperon Corporation in Saginaw, Michigan, as recipient of the 2014 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award at WWEMA's 106th Annual Meeting, November 6-8 in Tucson, Arizona.
The James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award each year is presented 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, Powers cited Bernier's outstanding service to WWEMA throughout the year, including serving as the Association's Treasurer, shepherding the work of a newly formed WWEMA Investment Committee, initiating an exploration of the WWEMA dues structure, and stepping in on short notice to serve as Chair of the 2014 Washington Forum.
Pictured above: Bernier is congratulated by (left to right) Aaron Collins, John Collins, Ron Collins, and WWEMA outgoing Chairman Chuck Powers. The James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award is named after Ron Collins' father-in-law and Aaron and John Collins' grandfather.
WWEMA Voices Opposition to WRRDA 'Buy American' Restrictions
WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby on May 16 sent a letter to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee expressing the association's adamant opposition to the American Iron and Steel language included in the proposed Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA).
While WWEMA applauds the bill's overall intent to support improvements to the nation's water infrastructure, the inclusion of trade-restrictive American Iron and Steel language "will negate many of the benefits, increase project costs, and ultimately hurt many U.S. businesses," the letter stated.
Read the full text of the letter.
2014 F&CA Council Puts Negotiation Skills to the Test
The WWEMA 2014 Finance & Contract Administration Council, May 8-9 in Indianapolis, Indiana, brought together 43 industry members to discuss challenges and solutions on everything from bidding, to contract terms, to ethics and internal controls, to collections. This year's event built upon last year's session with a role-playing exercise that tested attendees' negotiation skills in a buyer/seller scenario.
Post-event evaluation results indicate attendees found the event and the role-playing session extremely valuable and call for expansion of that exercise in 2015.
WWEMA Washington Forum
Want to know what happened at the WWEMA 41st Washington Forum? Check it out:
WWEMA Provides 'Buy American' Position Statement to EPA
WWEMA on February 14 sent the Environmental Protection Agency the WWEMA Position on "Iron and Steel" Language in FY-14 Appropriations Bill for Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Loan Funds (SRFs).
Provided at the request of EPA, the statement iterates WWEMA's opposition to "Buy American" restrictions on funding and urges the agency to apply an extremely limited interpretation of the restrictions and to ensure that requirements for compliance and applications for waivers to the law be as streamlined and as simple as possible.
WWEMA, Rep. Pascrell Lead Webinar on PABs
Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby co-presented a webinar on January 29 titled Funding Your Municipal Drinking Water and Wastewater Projects. The focus of the webinar, which was attended by more than 190 water and wastewater utilities and other stakeholders, was to discuss upcoming legislation being introduced by Rep. Pascrell to eliminate the volume cap on private activity bonds (PABs) for drinking water and wastewater systems.
The original legislation on PABs was introduced in the 112th Congress as the "Sustainable Water Infrastructure Act of 2011" and is slated to be reintroduced in this Congress in the next three weeks. WWEMA is working closely with the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Coalition to support the legislation.
The goal of the webinar was to inform drinking water and wastewater systems about the legislation and urge them to provide support for passage of the bill. The webinar was organized by WWEMA member Environment One Corporation in conjunction with Water Infrastructure Management (UIM) Journal. WWEMA members and all those who are concerned with the state of the nation's water infrastructure are encouraged to review the presentation and submit letters of support to their Congressional delegations.
WWEMA Chairman Addresses Conference in India
WWEMA Chairman Chuck Powers on January 24 presented a one-hour session on the "Global State of the Water and Wastewater Industry" at a forum as part of the fifth edition of the National Conference on Pumps in Coimbatore, India. Organized by the Southern India Engineering Manufacturers' Association and the Indian Pump Manufacturers Association, the event was attended by end users, manufacturers, consultants, and engineering firms. The presentation offered an overview of both the U.S. and global markets, including challenges, drivers, general industry trends, and technology trends. Coverage of the presentation appeared on page 2 of the January 25 edition of The Hindu, one of India's most widely read English-language newspapers.
WWEMA Elects 2014 Officers and Board
The WWEMA membership elected new officers and directors on November 15, 2013, at its 105th Annual Meeting in Ponte Vedra, Florida. The WWEMA 2014 Executive Committee comprises:
- Chairman: Chuck Powers, Director, Global Water Resource Industry & Product Management, Flowserve Corporation (Taneytown, MD)
- Chairman-Elect: Frank Rebori, President, Smith & Loveless Inc. (Lenexa, KS)
- Vice Chairman: Ron Port, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, SPX Corporation (Charlotte, NC)
- Treasurer: Tammy Bernier, President, Duperon Corporation (Saginaw, MI)
- Immediate Past Chairman: Deborah LaVelle, Owner, Bestt Consulting LLC (Rockton, IL)
- Secretary: Vanessa Leiby, Executive Director, WWEMA (Washington, D.C.)
- Jack Adams, Director, Calgon Carbon Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Vince Baldasare, Sales Manager, The Gorman-Rupp Company (Mansfield, OH)
- Anthony Dusovic, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Ozonia North America (Leonia, NJ)
- Fritz Egger, Director-Asia Pacific, JWC Environmental (Costa Mesa, CA)
- Michelle McNish, President, E & I Corporation (Westerville, OH)
WWEMA Names New Executive Director
WWEMA has named Vanessa Leiby to serve as executive director of the association, effective January 1, 2014. Leiby succeeds President Dawn Champney, who will retire December 31.
"Vanessa has a great deal of experience in the water industry and association management," said WWEMA Chairman Deb LaVelle. "What's more, throughout her career she has demonstrated a commitment to WWEMA's ideals and many of its advocacy positions. Our Board of Directors feels confident that Vanessa will lead the association on a path of continued success."
Leiby has more than 30 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry and has extensive experience in association management, having served as executive director of the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) from 1991 to 2003. Currently she is a principal for The Cadmus Group, where she provides support to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water on a wide range of projects related to water and energy efficiency, source water protection, and regulation development and implementation.
Prior to her positions at The Cadmus Group and ASDWA, Leiby worked from 1989 to 1991 as an environmental scientist at Wade Miller Associates and from 1987 to 1989 as an air-water quality scientist for the Ohio EPA state drinking water program. She holds a bachelor's of science in zoology, with a concentration in aquatic ecology, and a master's of science in zoology, with a concentration in aquatic toxicology, from The Ohio State University.
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