AWT 2020 Interactive Annual Convention & Exposition

With great educational sessions, networking opportunities, and a dynamic exhibition hall, you won't want to miss this year's event!

Wednesday, September 30 : 12 Noon – 5:30 pm ET

Thursday, October 1 : 11:00 am – 6:15 pm ET

Friday, October 2 : 11:00 am – 3:45 pm ET


About the Event

The AWT Annual Convention is where over 600 water treatment professionals and industry partners gather to exchange resources, strategies, solutions, and more. Over three days of learning, growing, and finding inspiration, attendees are equipped with a year's worth of support in their daily responsibilities as leaders in the industry. We hope you can participate in our first-ever digital event. This will be an unforgettable experience!

 

600+ Attendees

50+ Exhibitors

40+ Speakers

 

 

What is happening at the AWT Convention

 

Sessions

You'll walk away with even more tools and skills that can have an immediate effect on the future direction of your business-and impact your bottom line.

Networking

More attendees means more networking opportunities. The convention is a perfect time to meet leading experts in the field and build long-term relationships.

Exposition Hall

Visit the exhibit hall where, you will learn about the latest advances in the industry and see demonstrations of products and technologies that are changing the field of water treatment.

Schedule

 

Wednesday, September 30

12 Noon – 12:15 pm

Welcome & Meeting Overview

12:15 pm –1:15 pm

Keynote Address - Leadership: Tao of Humor Sponsored by Grundfos

Tim Gard

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Break and Announcements Sponsored by Scranton Associates Inc.

1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall Opens

1:30 pm – 1:50 pm

Commercial Corner: Radical Polymers Introduction of a New Tagged Polymer System That Can Be Used in Conjunction With PTSA

Commercial Corner: LuminUltra Technologies, Ltd. - GeneCount qPCR Testing Solutions for Rapid, In-Field Detection of Legionella and Other Pathogens

1:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Virtual Stretch Break

2:00 pm – 2:20 pm

Ray Baum Award Presentation

2:20 pm – 2:30 pm

Break and Announcements

2:30 pm – 2:50 pm

Commercial Corner: Special Pathogens Laboratory Training and Tools for Your Legionella Water Management Toolbox

2:50 pm – 3:00 pm

Break and Announcements

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall – Appointments

3:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Track I

Moderator:

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Stabilized Chlorine For Cooling Towers

Ellen Meyer

Sigura

3:35 pm – 4:05 pm

History and Future - A Survey of Pilot Testing Methodologies and Results for High LSI Applications

Mike Standish

Radical Polymers

4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Interpreting and Applying Scale Indices and Saturation Ratios

Robert Ferguson

French Creek Software, Inc.

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Implementing a Sustainable Solution for Cooling Tower Treatment in the Food Industry

Michael Hunter

APTech Group, Inc.

Track II

Moderator:

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Navigating the Pandemic While Innovating for the Future

Trace Blackmore, CWT

Blackmore Enterprises, Inc.

Jill Cavano

Scranton Associates, Inc

3:35 pm – 4:05 pm

Chlorine Testing: Choosing the Right Test for the Right Stage of Your Process or Application

Catherine Allen

Lovibond Tintometer

4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Enhancing Efficiencies in Condenser Water Systems

Paul McLaine

ElectroCell Systems Inc.

Bruce T. Ketrick Sr.

Guardian CSC

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Cleaning and Sterilization of Ion Exchange Resins

Peter Meyers

ResinTech, Inc.

Track III

Moderator:

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Estimation of Best Treatment Conditions of Sunflower Oil Refinery Wastewater for Organic Removal Using Response Surface Methodology

Swati Sharma

Water Engineering, Inc.

4:10 pm – 4:40 pm

Wastewater Microbes and Wastewater Pretreatment Systems

Amanda Meitz

Biosolutions, LLC

4:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Fluorescent Tagged Polymers for Scale Control and Dispersancy

Klin Rodrigues

Nouryon Surface Chemistry

5:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Closing Day Remarks



Thursday, October 1

11:00 am - 11:15 am

Welcome Sponsored by Walchem, IWAKI America Inc.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

General Session

Cooling Towers and Water Management Programs

Chris Nagle

Evapco

12:15 pm - 12:30 pm

Break and Announcements Sponsored by Walchem, IWAKI America Inc.

12:20 pm – 2:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall Open

12:30 pm – 12:50 pm

Commercial Corner: Aquapharm-Aquapharm; Get to Know Us Better

12:50 pm - 1:00 pm

Break and Announcements

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

Commercial Corner: IDEXX- Delivering More Accurate and Consistent Legionella Results With Liquid Culture

Commercial Corner: Nouryon Surface Chemicals- LumaTreatR: Nouryon's Patented Tagged Polymer System

1:20 pm – 1:30 pm

Supplier of the Year Award Presentation

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall – Appointments

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Track I

Moderator:

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Government Contracts 101

Adam Green

Skip Hindman

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

2:05 pm – 2:35 pm

Multi-Generational Water Treatment Companies Leaving a Lasting Impact: Part 2

Thomas Hutchison

HOH Water Technology, Inc.

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm

Not Your Father's Employee Benefit Market: How Do You Navigate the Maze of Employee Benefits in 2020 and Beyond

Josh Estelle

McGowan Benefits Group

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Practical Cybersecurity for Non-Cybersecurity Professionals

Michael Reinert

Reinert Consulting Group

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

How Do You Attract New Hires?

Brian Katarski

AquaPhoenix Scientific Inc.

4:25 pm – 4:55 pm

Terminations 101: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Karen Smith

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Track II

Moderator:

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

On-Site qPCR for the Rapid Detection of Legionella Contamination: A Tool to Minimize Risk

Shaimaa Ahmed

Spartan Bioscience

2:05 pm – 2:35 pm

Regulatory Compliance Experiences of Supplemental Disinfection in Premise Plumbing Systems

Alberto Comazzi, Ph.D.

Sanipur US LLC

2:40 pm – 3:10 pm

Association of Amoeba and Legionella in Potable and Non-Potable Water Systems

Shivi Selvaratnam, Ph.D.

Weas Engineering, Inc.

3:50 pm – 4:20 pm

Investigation of EDTA/Sodium Thiosulfate For Neutralizing Metal Toxicities When Testing Building Water Samples for Legionella in the Presence of Copper/Silver Biocides

Richard D. Miller, Ph.D.

Environmental Safety Technologies. Inc.

4:25 pm – 4:55 pm

Going Beyond Legionella: Detection and Control of Other Waterborne Pathogens

Janet Stout, Ph.D.

Special Pathogens Laboratory

4:55 pm – 5:00 pm

Break and Announcements

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

General Session – 2020 - The Future of Water is Now!

Robert O'Donnell, Aqualine Water Treatment Products

Adam Green, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Lawrence Hindle, Aquanomix, LLC

Robert Cunningham III, P.E., Arthur Freedman Associates, Inc.

Colin Frayne, CWT, Aquassurance, Inc.

William Pearson II, CWT, Arthur Freedman Associates, Inc.

Lauren Black, Aquanomix, LLC

6:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Closing Day Remarks



Friday, October 2

11:00 am – 11:05 am

Day Three Welcome

11:05 am – 1:15 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall Opens

11:05 am – 11:45 am

General Session

Innovations Improving Efficiencies in Production and the Field

Nicholas Duncan

Hydro-Chem Ltd.

11:45 am – 11:50 am

Break and Announcements

11:50 am – 12:30 pm

General Session

Role of Water and Water Treatment in Renewal Energy Production

Jasbir Gill

Water Energy Solution Inc.

12:30 pm – 12:35 pm

Break and Announcements

12:35 pm – 1:00 pm

General Session

Improving Cooling Water Treatment Performance Through a Shared Responsibility Management Agreement

Kenneth Soeder, MS, CWT

Jamestown Technologies A Division of Azure Water Services, LLC

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Innovation Award Presentation

1:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Virtual Exhibit Hall – Appointments

1:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Track I

Moderator:

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

It's Time to Reverse the (Mental) Flow: High Recovery RO Resolved Water Quality Issues and Created Savings in a Beverage Plant

Ronit Erlitzki

AdEdge Water Technologies

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm

Hospitals? Hot Tubs? Pseudomonas aeruginosa: What Water Treaters Should Know

Kristin Majeska

Chelsea Schlabra

IDEXX

2:25 pm – 2:55 pm

The Importance of Quality Reporting and Maintaining Historical Data

Adam Dumler

AquaPhoenix Scientific Inc.

Track II

Moderator:

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Production of Aqueous Bromine using Electrohalogenation Systems

Andrew Boal, PhD.

De Nora Water Technologies

1:50 pm – 2:20 pm

Using PCR High-Value Screening for Legionella to Enhance Validation of Water Management Programs

Jonathan Kargas

Phigenics LLC

2:25 pm – 2:55 pm

Data-Driven Technology for Water Treatment With a People-Centered Strategy

Sean Parmelee

HOH Water Technology, Inc.

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Closing Remarks

Speakers

 

Shaimaa Ahmed

Spartan Bioscience

Catherine Allen

Lovibond Tintometer

Jeff Bates

IDEXX

Lauren Black

Aquanomix LLC

R. Trace Blackmore

Blackmore Enterprises, Inc.

Andrew Boal

De Nora Water Technologies

Jill Cavano

Scranton Associates, Inc.

Alberto Comazzi

Sanipur US LLC

Robert Cunningham

Arthur Freedman Associates, Inc.

Adam Dumler

AquaPhoenix Scientific Inc.

Nicholas Duncan

HydroChem Ltd.

Ronit Erlitzki

AdEdge Water Technologies

Josh Estelle

McGowan Benefits Group

Robert Ferguson

French Creek Software, Inc.

Colin Frayne

Aquassurance, Inc.

Tim Gard

Jasbir Gill

Water Energy Solution Inc.

Adam Green

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Lawrence Hindle

Aquanomix LLC

Skip Hindman

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Michael Hunter

APTech Group, Inc.

Tom Hutchison

HOH Water Technology, Inc.

Brian Katarski

AquaPhoenix Scientific Inc.

Jonathan Kargas

Phigenics

Paul Mclaine

ElecgtroCell Systems Inc.

Amanda Meitz

Biosolutions, LLC

Ellen Meyer

Sigura

Peter Meyers

ResinTech, Inc.

Richard Miller

Environmental Safety Technologies, Inc.

Chris Nagle

Evapco

Robert O'Donnell

Aqualine Water Treatment Products

Sean Parmelee

HOH Water Technology, Inc.

William Pearson

Arthur Freedman Associates, Inc.

Michael Reinert

Reinert Consulting Group

Klin Rodrigues

Nouryon Surface Chemistry

Shivi Selvaratnam

Weas Engineering, Inc.

Swati Sharma

Water Engineering, Inc.

Karen Smith

Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz

Kenneth Soeder

Jamestown Technologies A Division of Azure Water Services, LLC

Mike Standish

Radical Polymers

Janet Stout

Special Pathogens Laboratory

Exhibitors

 

  • Advantage Controls, Inc.
  • Aerobiology Laboratory Associates
  • American Water Chemicals, Inc.
  • AMSA, Inc.
  • APTech Group, Inc.
  • AquaMedix
  • Aquapharm Chemicals Pvt. Ltd.
  • AquaPhoenix Scientific Inc.
  • Biosolutions, LLC
  • Brenntag North America
  • Buckman 
  • CDG Environmental, LLC
  • Connect Chemicals USA LLC
  • De Nora Water Technologies
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Earthwise Environmental, Inc.
  • Enviro Tech Chemical Services, Inc.
  • Environmental Safety Technologies (EST)
  • Eurofins EMLab P&K
  • French Creek Software, Inc.
  • GEO Specialty Chemicals
  • HC Info
  • Heyl Brothers North America L.P.
  • IDEXX
  • Innovative Waters, LLC
  • Justeq LLC
  • Lakewood Instruments LLC
  • LaMotte
  • Lovibond
  • MARLO
  • Masters Company, Inc.
  • McGowan Insurance Group
  • Myron L
  • Nouryon Surface Chemistry
  • NuStream Filtration, Inc.
  • PathCon Laboratories
  • Phigenics, LLC
  • ProMinent Fluid Controls, Inc.
  • Pumps and Controls
  • Pure Water For the World
  • Pyxis Lab, Inc.
  • QualiChem, Inc.
  • Radical Polymers
  • ResinTech, Inc.
  • Scaling Up! H2O
  • Sigura
  • Smart Release
  • Solid State Technologies, LLC
  • Spartan Bioscience
  • Special Pathogens Laboratory
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • US Micro-Solutions, Inc.
  • Walchem, IWAKI America Inc.
  • WaterColor Management

Thank You to Our Sponsors

 

 

 

Supporting Sponsors

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

  • Wednesday, September 30  |  12 Noon – 5:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, October 1  |  11:00 am – 6:15 pm ET
  • Friday, October 2  |  11:00 am – 3:45 pm ET
Yes, at a reduced rate. You can find more information at www.awt.org
The speaker line-up remains the same, but the times of the sessions have shifted.
Yes. All of the educational sessions will be live.
During the educational sessions you’ll be able to chat with speakers and other attendees via the online chat box.
The conference opens at 9:00 EST on September 29, 2020. Sessions will be recorded live and will then we available after to view as a recording until October 29, 2020. All booths, papers, presentations, handouts and additional content will be available until October 29, 2020 on the conference platform. After this date, all papers, presentations and recorded sessions will be moved over onto the AWT website and will be available only to registered attendees.
The on-demand content will be hosted until October 29, 2020 on the conference platform, after which it will be housed on the AWT website and will be available to registered attendees only.
Yes! You can add all of the documents available to the online "My Documents" in your account and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues by simply entering their email.
Yes! Attendees will be able to visit exhibit booths – and chat with exhibitors – online or live – when they stop by the booth.
You will be able to chat with exhibitors live via online chat or via Zoom. You can also schedule an appointment in advance to speak with an exhibitor at an appointed time.
Yes! You’ll be able to visit with other attendees in the virtual lounge where there will be an ongoing chat and several pre-recorded learning lounge sessions will also be available.
Yes! Just like the in-person conference, you can expect to receive a goodie-bag in the mail with a few small sponsored items.
No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet. However, while you don’t need the Zoom app to attend, we do recommend having it, as it will be easier transition between sessions.
Yes — you can access the platform from anywhere while on the go, as long as you have a good internet connection.
We recommend Chrome and Firefox.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
Send an email to tech@vfairs.com for any technical assistance. Also, this platform has a helpdesk which brings you to a live chat for assistance
AWT is negotiating with the facilities in Louisville, Kentucky to return in 2024.
Yes! All 2021 meetings are being held as planned. The first AWT in-person event will be the Business Owner’s Meeting in February 2021.