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IAPMO Conference 
DJ Nunez,
IAPMO President

As IAPMO prepares for our 88th annual Education and Business Conference in scenic Anchorage, Alaska, I can’t help but wonder where the time has gone. It seems like just a few years ago I was attending my first IAPMO conference, but it was in fact 15 years ago in Denver.

As a new IAPMO member, I was awestruck by the first-timer experience. I didn’t know many people in attendance and was more than a little concerned about not understanding fully what to expect. As the conference unfolded, however, I quickly became comfortable with the family-like environment and the many new friends and colleagues with whom I interacted.

As the week progressed, I enjoyed the speakers, educational opportunities, social gatherings, and connecting with the leaders of our industry. I was impressed by the attention to detail displayed by IAPMO staff, including how organized and well run the conference was, and struck by the value received by the members in attendance.

Upon my return to work, I spoke with my supervisor and explained the newfound importance of my involvement with IAPMO by volunteering to serve on committees, attending as many conferences as possible, and signing up for each of the seminars and training opportunities the association offered. Thankfully, he was completely supportive. It didn’t hurt, of course, that his boss was Bob Courtnier, who had just been elected IAPMO president!

Fast forward to last year’s 87th annual conference in Albuquerque, where a great many of the same faces I first encountered at that 2002 event have become as familiar as my own family. That, in and of itself, is a testimony to the commitment IAPMO makes by providing an extraordinary experience for all to enjoy.

During my 16-plus years of membership, I have watched IAPMO evolve into the premier domestic and international organization representing the codes and standards aspects of our industry, and thus observed how our annual conference has reflected this evolution by expanding educational opportunities and promoting the significance of our ANSI accredited consensus code development process. An IAPMO conference so much more than a networking event — the training provided and actual work that goes into evolving the Uniform Codes becomes more pivotal year by year.

One of the most exciting things is seeing more and more new faces each year, and we continue to reach out across the industry for members who are willing to get involved in the organization by volunteering on committees or participating in the code development process. IAPMO’s Board of Directors is committed to recruiting and retaining the brightest young talent our industry can offer, and staff is very much in touch with that mission, as demonstrated by the recent hire of Social Media Coordinator Chris Sanchez and his efforts #ReachingMillennials. (That’s not a typo; it’s a hashtag for those not in the know. If you’re confused, just ask Siri or Alexa.)

The vital work of finding and welcoming IAPMO’s future leaders into our ranks — and simply into our industry, for that matter — is a task that must be embraced by all of us. Please share your conference experience with a coworker or peer and invite them to join IAPMO. If you see a new face at conference, go up and introduce yourself; share a few stories of your experiences at past conferences. And if you’re new to IAPMO and attending your first conference, please say hello to me and/or any of my fellow Board members and allow us to answer any questions you may have. We are here to serve you.

It fills me with great pride to be part of IAPMO’s progress and I can’t wait to reunite with you all in Anchorage for another eventful Education and Business Conference. I look forward to seeing all my old friends, make many new ones, and encourage each of them to lend their voice and vote as we complete our next code development cycle. See you all in Alaska!

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The Hotel Captain Cook has limited room availability. To make a reservation please contact Hotel Captain Cook directly at 1-800-843-1950.  Ask for the IAPMO rate.                                      

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Attendee Recruitment Program                                                    

In an effort to get the word out about IAPMO’s Annual Education & Business Conference as well as bring new members to the association, IAPMO will extend a discount to existing members who recruit someone to attend Conference. In particular, IAPMO is looking to welcome someone who has never or not recently attended an Annual Conference.

The member who recruits the most attendees will be recognized for their efforts during the conference’s Opening Session.

Qualifying requirements for Recruiter:

    * The recruiter must be an existing member of IAPMO, in good standing.
    * Only one individual or organization can receive credit for the recruit(s). Qualifying requirements for Recruit:
    * The recruit must be or become a member of IAPMO prior to recruit receiving credit.
    * The recruit must have a fully paid Conference registration.
    * The recruit is required to list the referring individual or organization.
    * The recruit will not have attended an IAPMO Annual Education and Business Conference in the past 3 years.

For each person recruited in accordance with the rules above, the member (recruiter) will receive a $50 discount off of the member Full Conference Registration Fee up to a maximum of $500.


We are trying something new this year by having the Expo area in the foyer outside the meetings rooms. Attendees are welcome to interact with the exhibitors before and during breaks in the business and education sessions.

 Set up:  Sunday, 9/24  11:00am – 6:00pm
 Expo:  Monday, 9/25  7:30am – 9:30am
 Expo:  Tuesday, 9/26  7:00am – 8:30am
 Expo:  Wednesday, 9/27  7:00am – 8:30am
 Dismantle:  Wednesday, 9/27  8:30am – 12:00pm

Association Technical Meeting Convention    Tuesday, September 26, 2017                                                               9am -


Monday, September 25, 2017
An Update on the United Association Training and Recruitment Efforts 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Presented by Chris Haslinger and Laura Biggie
Calculating Peak Water Demand Using New Methods (0.2 CEUs) 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Dan Cole
Backflow Protection of Labs, Multi-Station Dental, and Dialysis Equipment (0.2 CEUs) 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Sean Cleary
Energy Code Requirements for Plumbing and Mechanical Systems (0.2 CEUs) 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Roger Fuller
Is Our Water Supply Vulnerable to Terrorism? How It Can Be Protected (0.2 CEUs) 3:45pm – 5:15pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Dan Rademacher
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Accessibility and the UPC (0.2 CEUs) 9:00am – 10:30am
Concurrent Education Presented by Dan Rademacher
Spotting Counterfeit Plumbing Products (0.2 CEUs) 9:00 am – 10:30am
Concurrent Education Presented by Tim Collings  
Solar of Heating of Water, Space, and Swimming Pools (0.2 CEUs) 10:45am – 12:15pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Les Nelson
2015 UMC Grease ducts and Hood installations (wood frame construction etc.) (0.2 CEUs) 10:45am – 12:15pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Roger Fuller
UPC/UMC Workshop (0.2 CEUs)
Presented by the UPC/UMC Workshop Committees 1:30pm – 5pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Infectious Disease Control for Construction In Hospitals and Similar Facilities (0.2 CEUs) 1:30pm – 3pm
Presented by John Pint