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IAPMO Conference 
Bruce Pfeiffer,
IAPMO President

IAPMO’s 87th annual Education and Business Conference will convene Sept. 26 in picturesque Albuquerque, N.M. Over the years, the conference has evolved into a showcase highlighting the talents of IAPMO staff and volunteers. The IAPMO Conference Planning and Special Projects Committee (CPSPC), in conjunction with IAPMO staff, have again been given the unenviable task of trying to surpass the events from last year’s conference in Las Vegas. During the week, while members are tending to association business, the CPSPC will be providing companions of attendees opportunities to attend interesting and exciting events and outings, many with a local flare. From the annual Roscoe King Memorial Golf Tournament to the closing Installation of Officers Banquet, the IAPMO conference has become one of the yearly highpoints for inspectors, installers, design professionals, and manufacturers.

As in the past, this year’s conference will feature educational opportunities for those wanting to stay abreast of the latest information related to the plumbing and mechanical trades. As an added bonus, all of the classes offered will have continuing education units (CEU) associated with them. Opening session will include a presentation by George McGraw, Founder and Executive Director of DIGDEEP. Mr. McGraw’s organization helps communities build and manage their own water utilities. While many of DIGDEEP’s projects are focused on providing clean water for third world countries, it is with pride that they claim to be the only global organization that provides those same services to communities in the United States. One of those communities happens to be right outside the Albuquerque area.

The IAPMO Plumbing and Mechanical Technical Committees have begun the process of reviewing numerous proposed code changes to the 2018 UPC and UMC. Their recommendations, formulated during the Technical Committee Meetings held in May, will be presented to the IAPMO membership on Tuesday during the conference. During those UPC/UMC Consideration Sessions, our membership will have an opportunity to review, debate, and vote on those proposed code changes. Additionally, classes covering other code and industry related issues, as well as the ever-popular Plumbing and Mechanical Code Workshops, will round out a great week of education and training.

This year’s conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency, located in downtown Albuquerque and within walking distance to great shopping and eateries. If shopping doesn’t interest you, world class golf courses are within a short drive, or for the nature lovers, visit the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park, the Albuquerque BioPark, La Luz Nature Trail, or the Sandia Peak Mountains. And don’t forget the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, which starts on Friday, Oct. 1, the day after our conference closes. The Fiesta consists of a week of fun and activities for the entire family and is well worth an extended stay!

Whether you’re a "first-timer" or a seasoned veteran, the IAPMO Education and Business Conference has proven to be an excellent educational value, as well an outstanding opportunity to network with the industry’s most influential leaders. And, of course, it’s a great time to catch up with old friends and make some new ones. See you in Albuquerque!

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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, 9/25  11:00am – 6:00pm
 Expo:  Monday, 9/26  7:30am – 5:00pm
 Expo:  Tuesday, 9/27  7:00am – 5:00pm
 Expo:  Wednesday, 9/28  7:00am – 5:00pm
 Dismantle:  Wednesday, 9/28  5:00pm – 7:00pm

Assembly Consideration Session    Tuesday, September 27, 2016                                                               9am -


Monday, September 26, 2016
The Future of Residential Water Distribution Design and Sizing – What We’ve Learned (0.2 CEUs) 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Dan Cole
Are all Backflow Assembly Product Listing Programs, and Field Test Procedures Equal? (0.2 CEUs) 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Sean Cleary
2015 UPC Roof Drainage (0.2 CEUs) 3:15pm – 4:45pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Dan Rademacher
Effect of Emergency Eye Wash Standards on Plumbing Systems (0.2 CEUs) 3:15pm – 4:45pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Scott Hamilton
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Improving Product Quality, Productivity and Service Utilizing the Principles of ISO 9001:2015 8:00am – 8:45am
Presented by Michael Madewell
2015 UPC Residential Fire Sprinklers (0.2 CEUs) 9:00am – 10:30am
Concurrent Education Presented by Scott Hamilton
2015 UMC Combustion Air and HVAC Venting (0.2 CEUs) 9:00 am – 10:30am
Concurrent Education Presented by Roger Fuller  
The Implication of Reduced Flows in Building Drains(0.2 CEUs) 10:45am – 12:15pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Pete DeMarco
2015 UMC Considerations for Clean Room Environments (0.2 CEUs) 10:45am – 12:15pm
Concurrent Education Presented by Tim Collings
UPC/UMC Workshop (0.2 CEUs)
Presented by the UPC/UMC Workshop Committees 1:30pm – 5pm
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Preventing Disasters: Flint, Michigan (0.2 CEUs) 1:30pm – 3pm
Presented by Sean Cleary