Events Committee

The Events Committee serves as a communications conduit between event participants and the Association. The Committee provides feedback on the event experience and recommends strategies for continuous improvement to boost value and return on investment for both attendees and exhibitors.

Based on feedback from the Committee, numerous new initiatives were launched during the 2017 WQA Convention and Exposition. A few of these initiatives included: a Young Professionals Event; moving the New Members Luncheon from the last day of the show to the first and making it a breakfast event, which included first time attendees; and committee members acting as ambassadors to our first time attendees and new members. 

Watch a video replay of the Events Committee meeting held online during the 2018 Mid-Year Leadership conference after Hurricane Florence forced the cancellation of the on site event in Hilton Head Island, SC. Watch it here.

Committee Charges: 

  1. Provides feedback on the event experience
  2. Serves as a communications conduit between participants and the Association
  3. Recommends strategies for continuous improvement to boost value and return on investment
  4. Acts as visible ambassadors to all event attendees
  5. Provides input on specific activities, practices, policies and procedures related to the Annual Convention and Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  6. Provides semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For: 

  • Representation from all membership categories
  • Representation from both exhibitors and attendees
  • Professionals with a collaborative, creative and analytical mindset who can bring new ideas and solutions to the Committee
  • Individuals with an understanding of what it takes to produce meetings and conventions 
  • Members who have previously attended the WQA Convention & Exposition and Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Willingness to serve as champions of WQA and its events

Frequency of Meetings: 

  • In Person Meetings: WQA Convention & Exposition, WQA Mid-Year Leadership Conference
  • Conference Call: approximately once every 2 months

Staff Liaison: Meeting Services Director LyNae Schleyer

Events Committee Roster
Name Role Company
Ted Jones Chairperson Kinetico Incorporated
Dave Hawkins Vice Chairperson Hawkins Water Tech, Inc.
Michael McGowan BOD Liaison McGowan Water Conditioning, Inc.
Sam Baron Member Maher Water Corporation
Sean Caughron Member Chester Paul Company
Sid Fly Member Turbidex
Janine Gompper Member TST Water, LLC
Daina Grace Member Texas Water Quality Association
Don Orr Member Icon Technology Systems
Chris Peterson
Member MTN Products
Preston Short Member Pro Products, LLC
Ken Steitz Member EcoWater of Central California
Jamie Wakem Member Atlantic Filter Coporation
Rachel Bishop  Observer Kinetico Incorporated
Buzz Goldstein Observer Charger Water Treatment Products, LLC
Alisha Java Observer Pentair Water Purification
Samantha Matovich  Observer Pentair Water Purification
Nicole Reisdorfer  Observer Allied Purchasing Company
Ryan Sowa Observer Great Lakes International, Inc.
Shawn Talley Observer Pentair Water Purification
Barbara Wakem Observer Atlantic Filter Corporation
Jorge Zukowski Observer Best Water Solutions
Stephanie Salvatierra Staff Observer Water Quality Association

A call for volunteers is issued each January.