The American Society of Plumbing Engineers is meeting – and it’s great to be back

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — It has been nearly four years since the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) convention and exposition met in person. And it was great to be back. Although the numbers are not yet known, “The 2022 ASPE Convention and Expo in Indianapolis was one of the best shows in ASPE’s history – one of, if not the busiest from a business perspective. numbers, and interactions between exhibitors and attendees were outstanding from all accounts, said Billy Smith, FASPE, Executive Director/CEO, ASPE.

“Overall, feedback from our members, fellow attendees and exhibitors has been overwhelmingly positive, and we couldn’t have asked for more. Also, all of our social media platforms provided rave reviews, which is always a plus,” Smith continued.

After hosting the 2021 Tech Symposium in San Diego, in person, ASPE officials saw the enthusiasm of those in attendance. With this, officials wanted to ensure that the Indy show was on point with all segments – education, networking, social events and most importantly the Expo. “There’s not much you can do and gain from the continued deluge of virtual meetings. There comes a time when you just hit a wall. Being able to hold this event in person was a way to break down those walls and remove all the boundaries that the pandemic had imposed on our industry,” Smith said.

Launch celebration

The biennial convention usually begins with a celebration for its members. This year’s Sunday night party, presented by NIBCO Inc., was special for everyone in attendance. “ASPE’s kick-off party on Sunday night felt like a reunion in the best sense of the word,” said Aaron Kilburg, Commercial Sales Manager, NIBCO, Inc. enjoying incredible live entertainment. It was a privilege for NIBCO, Inc. to host the evening’s festivities.”

According to Smith, the Sunday night party set the bar high for the upcoming Convention & Expo in Columbus, Ohio. “In fact, a member of the Columbus Convention Bureau was on hand to witness the party up close, so they’re already looking at ways to kick things into high gear in 2024,” Smith said.

Opening speech

The keynote featured former Air Force fighter pilot and Thunderbirds air show crew member Chris Stricklin. Stricklin told the story of his career in the Air Force and then later joining the Thunderbirds at a young age.

At an air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho, Chris was piloting Thunderbird Six, a solo demonstration aircraft. At the start of the show, Stricklin was forced to perform an emergency ejection while performing a Split S maneuver, which he had successfully performed over 200 times previously. Chris angled the F-16 away from the crowd of onlookers and ejected when it was only 140 feet above the ground. The $20 million fighter jet slammed into the surface 0.8 seconds later and was completely destroyed, and Chris’ life was changed forever.

“The tragic air show crash and its story of recovery and family has culminated in a great and moving story that has stirred feelings of anxiety, empathy, grief and patriotism,” said Ron George, CPD, President of Plumb-Tech Design & Consulting Services, LLC. , and ASPE member for 43 years.

After the years-long in-person hiatus from physical exposure and virtual meetings, George looked forward to seeing new product enhancements, networking with industry friends, receiving CEU credits and participating in programs. educational.

Technical sessions

“ASPE is the only convention and exhibition reserved for plumbing engineers. Attendees can choose from 30 educational/technical sessions, helping them maintain their credentials, and the varied topics we offer connect seamlessly to their daily work,” said Billy Smith.

Technical sessions covered Legionella, hot water controls, carbon monoxide and plastic flues, as well as disasters that can occur in plumbing systems due to floods, hurricanes, chemical spills and other environmental disasters, among other topics.

“My favorite technical presentation was given by Matt Freije, President, HC Information Resources Inc. Freije gave an excellent presentation on Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease, and how facility owners can control Legionella by establishing a water management team and then carrying out an appropriate assessment to construct a water pipe system to locate areas of the system that may be conducive to bacteria growth as part of an overall program of water management,” said George.

On the living room

What was the quality of the Expo floor? “Well, one exhibitor said the first day he never looked down to see what time it was until we announced the floor would be closing in 10 minutes. That’s impressive,” Smith said.

Exhibitors were pleased with the show and the attendance and it gave them the opportunity to show products on the floor. “It’s great to be back at this post-COVID show in Indianapolis, where we showcased our new tankless models with built-in circulation,” said Brian Fenske, Commercial Affairs Manager, Navien.

Don’t forget that ASPE is also a place where you can meet friends and other plumbing engineers who are dealing with similar projects. Having the opportunity to speak with all the manufacturers in the industry, see new and innovative products, and discuss your respective needs in the spec market – all in one place – can be the most important part of the convention. and the ASPE exhibition. “No other industry show has it all in one place: networking, social events, educational classes and the best show floor just for the plumbing industry,” Smith said.

Looking forward

Given the quality of Convention and Expo 2022, ASPE officials are already planning a big event for 2024 in Columbus. At every ASPE show, exhibitors pre-sign up for the next event, and it looks like a record number of pre-show booths have signed up for 2024. connect to the Convention Center as well as to Indy. Columbus also has an exciting downtown area with many new restaurants and shops, all within walking distance from the hotels. We are very excited about what Columbus will offer in 2024,” said Smith.

Box: Board of Directors

At the 2022 ASPE Business Meeting in Indianapolis on Sept. 18, delegates from chapters representing the society’s more than 6,500 members elected their new Board of Directors for the 2022-2024 term. They are:

  • President: James T. ZebrowskiEP, CPD, FASPE
  • Technical Vice President: W. Blair MinyardEP, CPD, CDT
  • Vice President, Education: Bryan L. HuttonCPD, MBA
  • Vice President, Legislative: Brianne N. HallPE, CPD, PA LEED BD+C, GGP
  • Vice President, Membership: Jason SA McDonaldCPD, FASPE
  • Vice President, Affiliate: Thomas P. Sharp
  • Treasurer: Vincent FalkowskiEP, PMP, CCM
  • Region 1 Director: Paul FreemanPE, CPD
  • Region 2 Director: Steve J. KormanikCPD, GPD
  • Region 3 Director: Curtis A. Ray Jr.CPD, FASPE
  • Region 4 Director: Gwynne M. MorrisonCPD, GPD, PA LEED
  • Region 5 Director: Nicholas HippCPD

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