IAPMO concludes 88th Annual Education and Business Conference

IAPMO concludes 88th Annual Education and Business Conference


By Geoff Bilau

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) recently completed a successful 88th Annual Education and Business Conference at the Egan Convention Centre and Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska.

Membership made its final recommendations towards development of the 2018 editions of the American National Standard Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC) during the Association Technical Meeting Convention, debating and casting votes to approve or reject all proposed changes for the last time in this code cycle.

Membership recommendations will be sent to the Technical Committees for one final vote, and any filed appeals will be heard by the Standards Council in November. Look to the IAPMO website for council hearing information. The new editions will be released in the first quarter of 2018.

The association re-elected president DJ Nunez, who is a State of California plumbing and mechanical inspector; and vice-president David Straub, retired City and County of Denver plumbing inspector, to second one-year terms. It also re-elected board of director members Steve Panelli, chief plumbing inspector, City and County of San Francisco; Tom Bigley, director of plumbing services, United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters; and Jeremy Stettler, plumbing inspector, Davis School District, Davis County, Utah.

Membership also elected two new board of director members: Claudio Spagnuolo, plumbing inspector, City of Brampton, Canada; and Ian Longacre, plumbing and mechanical inspector, City of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Keith Bonenfant, State of California mechanical inspector, was appointed as board of directors secretary/treasurer.

During the opening session, for going above and beyond on behalf of the association, IAPMO honoured five members with the following awards for 2017:

Four-time Iditarod champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey delivered the conference’s inspirational keynote address. Conference goers participated in top-notch seminars and code workshops, as well as the annual Chapter Leadership Summit Luncheon, where local IAPMO chapter officials network and learn from one another.

IAPMO’s 89th Annual Education and Business Conference will be held in Philadelphia from 30 September to 4 October 2018.

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