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Highlights From the 2017 Management Conference

Highlights From the 2017 Management Conference

On February 15-16, representatives from utilities around Kentucky gathered in Bowling Green, Kentucky for the 2017 Management Conference at the Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center. This year’s conference was attended by nearly 350 participants who took part in presentations that empowered them with an awareness of the leadership tools necessary to advance the goals of water and wastewater utilities. Forty-six tabletop exhibits enabled industry professionals to demonstrate the latest in supplies, materials, and services appropriate for utilities’ needs.

We sincerely appreciate our conference sponsors for their generous contributions toward this successful event: Aulick Chemical Solutions, Bell Engineering, Cannon & Cannon, Lewis Municipal Sales, Odle, Rustoleum/HPP Industrial Sales, S4 Water Sales & Services, and Wet or Dry Tank Inspection. We also would like to recognize our Corporate Partners—Diamond Partners: American Development Corporation; HD Supply Waterworks; Kentucky Engineering Group; Kenvirons; Raymond James; Thornton, Musso, & Bellemin; and Wascon. Emerald Partners: Brenntag Mid-South; Kentucky Glass Lined Tank Systems; and United Systems & Software.

Continuing education credit was available for up to twelve hours, with six hours of training offered on both Wednesday and Thursday. Robert Mohon, The Neil Group, kicked off Wednesday morning’s excellent lineup with The Power of Your Words. The morning continued with Gerald Wuetcher, Stoll Keenon Ogden, discussing Alternative Rate Adjustment Filing Procedures: Rate Adjustments Made Easy, Parts 1 and 2.

Sessions continued in the afternoon with Brian Woosley, Stiles, Carter and Associates, CPAs, discussing Accounting and Auditing Issues for Water and Wastewater Utilities. Jeff Merman, Automatic Controls Company, examined the use of meters as a management tool in Portable Flow Meters for Validation/Calibration – Know the Difference. The afternoon came to a close with Bob Cashion, S4 Water Sales and Service, discussing corrosion monitoring by utilizing technologies that provide real time feedback in It’s Not What You Know; It’s How Fast You Know It.

A very interesting agenda continued Thursday morning with Earl Rose, Department of Homeland Security; providing insight on security issues from the DHS point of view, with Cyber Security and Utilities. Ruth Lancaster, Louisville Water Company, recapped Certified Operator Staffing Requirements and Strategies encompassing an innovative alternative staffing program, operator recruiting, employee retention and a snapshot of certified operators in Kentucky. Robert Mohon, The Neil Group, finished off the morning sessions with How to Attract and Keep Great Employees.

Following a great lunch with featured speaker –Betsy B. Smith as Jemima Boone: Life on the Frontier 1762-1834, provided by Kentucky Chautauqua and funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council, the afternoon sessions continued with What Managers Need to Know about Compliance Parts 1, 2 & 3, featuring Donna McNeil and Steve Capps, Kentucky Rural Water Association.

Be sure to visit our flicker page to view a broad selection of photos from this year’s conference.