June 16, 2009

MAC, The Service Provider’s Voice

by Bob Murphy

For the past 5 years I have been involved the Manufacturers/Associates Council of AWWA. The mission of the MAC is to provide a voice for the Service Provider members of AWWA.

Service Providers are classified as:

  • Companies engaged in the construction of water supply and/or treatment facilities.
  • Firms engaged in providing consulting/professional services to the water industry.
  • Companies engaged in the contract operation of water utilities.

At this year’s Annual Conference in San Diego the MAC is sponsoring a number of sessions including:

Treatment of Emerging Contaminants
Moderator:  James E. Farmerie** (ITT WWW Leopold)

Preventative Maintenance on Distribution Systems
Wednesday June 17, 2-5pm
Moderator: Michael Simpson, M.E. Simpson Co., Inc.

Green Initiatives in the Water Works Industry
Wednesday June 17, 9:00am
Moderator: Ben Mason, American Cast Iron Pipe Company

A highlight of this year’s conference is the Water Industry Lunch being held today at noon. This year’s speaker is comedian Frank Caliendo. The walls of Ballroom 20 in the San Diego Convention Center will reverberate with laughter as attendees enjoy a wonderful lunch and the hilarious comedy of Frank Caliendo. From his many appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman to his weekly picks segment on the NFL on FOX Pregame show, comedian/actor/impressionist Frank Caliendo has been all over television the past few years. (Last year he even performed for the Vice President of the United States, broadcast on C-SPAN). He is known for his “dead on” impressions of famous actors (Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro), politicians (George W. Bush, Bill Clinton), and broadcasters (John Madden, David Letterman, Jay Leno).

My 5 years of service have been very rewarding and I have had the opportunity to meet a great many people dedicated to providing clean water to the world. I strongly encourage everyone to get involved and make a difference.

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