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IAPMO’s 89th Annual Education and Business Conference Wraps Up in Philadelphia 

Philadelphia (Oct. 4, 2018) — The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) concluded its 89th annual Education and Business Conference today at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel in Philadelphia. The four-day event offered a number of unique education sessions, a Chapter Leadership Summit, and evening networking events.

• Dave Straub elected president
• David Gans elected vice president
• Marty Cooper elected secretary/treasurer
• Allen Becker elected to Board of Directors, two others reelected

“I am honored and humbled to be elected president of this distinguished organization,” Straub said. “None of us would be here today if it weren’t for the enduring strength and influence IAPMO has exhibited during its 92 years of existence.”

Conference awards were presented to Mike Layton, Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16 business manager (American Flag Award); Steve Nastruz, senior plumbing inspector, King County, Washington (Government Person of the Year); Randy Lorge, instructor of Plumbing Apprenticeship, UA Local 400 (Industry Person of the Year); Amir Tabakh, manager of LADWP’s La Kretz Labs and Energy Efficiency Solutions Engineering (Joseph Kneidinger Green Professional of the Year); and Denvert Boney, retired chief plumbing inspector, District of Columbia (George Kauffman Lifetime Achievement Award).

Former NBA all-star Mark Eaton, a 12-year veteran with the Utah Jazz, delivered the keynote address. Eaton has transitioned from the NBA to become a successful entrepreneur, TV and radio talk show host, and world-class speaker, trainer, and coach.

Dain Hansen, IAPMO’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and the Managing Director of the International Water, Hygiene and Sanitation (IWSH) Foundation, delivered several presentations on this month’s Navajo Nation Community Plumbing Challenge. Set for Oct. 22-26 in Thoreau, New Mexico, the collaboration with DigDeep will provide about 10 households with access to water and improved sanitation.

In addition to top-notch educational seminars, code workshops, industry expo, and invaluable networking opportunities, conference goers had the opportunity to participate in the Assembly Consideration Session toward development of the 2021 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®). IAPMO is employing an accelerated schedule within its ANSI-accredited code development cycle for these editions.

For more information, visit;www.iapmo.org.

Sponsor of the Uniform Codes, IAPMO® – The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials – works in concert with government and industry for safe, sanitary plumbing and mechanical systems. Learn more about IAPMO at www.iapmo.org.