Quarterly e-Newsletter 

July 2018

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ABPA Board of Directors

International President
Tim Brown
International Vice President
Peter McLaughlin

Billie Vines

Patti Fauver

International Past President
John Graham

Region 1 Director (CT, NY, ME, MA, NH, NJ, RI, VT) - Open at this time

Region 2 Director (D.C., DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)     
Kevin Turcotte

Region 3 Director (AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN)
Kathy Riley

Region 4 Director (AR, LA, OK, TX)
Troy Baird

Region 5 Director (CO, NM, UT, WY)
Jesse Bockhouse

Region 6 Director (AZ, CA, HI, NV)
Lyle Greenhill

Region 7 Director (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)
Allen Wilder

Region 8 Director (AB, BC, MB, NT, NU, SK, YT) (Canada) - Open at this time

Region 9 Director (ON, PEI, PQ, NB, NL, NS) (Canada) - Open at this time

Region 10 Director (MN, ND, SD, WI)
Open at this time

Region 11 Director (IL, IN, KY, MI, OH)
Danny Jurkowitz

Region 12 Director (IA, KS, MO, NE)
Rich Koenig

Mike Lueck

Chair, Magazine/Newsletter Committee  
Fred Spengler

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In this issue:

ABPA President's Message

Photos from the 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show

Meet the New ABPA Staff

ABPA President's Message:


ABPA Members and Supporters,


I offer my apologies for the significant delay in this post-annual conference edition of the newsletter. As I relayed to you in my e-mail note of May 10, transition to a new management company had just begun at that time. 

On the day I was to leave for the Orlando conference in late April, I received the news from Association Resources (AR), which had managed the ABPA since 2016, and on which I focused my message in the February newsletter, that they would end their services to us in less than four weeks. This news was totally unexpected by the Board and me. To AR’s credit, however, they had laid the foundation for us to begin a relationship with Fernley & Fernley (Philadelphia).


In short, Fernley & Fernley is an association management company of the highest caliber. It is the oldest such company, and is widely considered one of the best, and the ABPA Board of Directors has already experienced some of this quality and level of professionalism. However, transition to a different management company, no matter how skilled the company, how good the communication between the two parties, and how coordinated the effort, is not without difficulties and set-backs, and is a process that simply requires time. F&F needed to learn how we do things, and the ABPA must adjust to the style of a new management company, being open to change and improvement. I have no doubt whatsoever that this change in management will bring increased professionalism, improved communication… and growth… to our Association. 

Below, you will hear from the staff at Fernley, and have the opportunity to meet several of those who are working for us. Complete contact information is listed for key staff members; please call or write them if you have questions, needs or concerns, or simply to say hello.

While transition to new management is never without some bumps in the road, it probably could not have come at a more challenging time regarding our Certification Program. Some 25% of the yearly total Tester exams were scheduled to occur in May and June, and there were significant delays in the distribution of certificates and wallet cards for renewal and newly-certified testers. The frustration felt by you testers was understandable, and we certainly recognized the potential effect on your livelihood. Let me repeat to you that the ABPA was not given a choice concerning this management change. F&F needed to learn our Certification process in a few short weeks, and we all worked feverishly to fix the problems. I am very pleased to tell you that we are now up-to-date in the distribution of tester documents. 

Daily progress has also been made to soon complete all other facets of transition, such as with membership services and finances. The Board adopted an FY2019 budget on June 27.   


I am admittedly not an unbiased commentator, but the 34th Annual Education Conference & Trade Show in Orlando was, by many accounts, a great success. Board members and I received feed-back from attendees and exhibitors that it was our best conference effort in several years. This alone certainly makes all the efforts worthwhile. Thirty-six presentations over 2½ days covering every facet of cross-connection control and backflow prevention, as well as other aspects of water quality, ensured that we had something significant to offer to everyone. Twenty-six exhibitors filled the large auditorium and provided information on their products and services, as well as on their company or association. The Silent Auction, along with additional donations, raised nearly $3,500 for our scholarship program and other educational activities. Mid-West Instrument President and Board Director-at-Large Mike Lueck was the well-deserved recipient of the Meritorious Service Award. I could continue, but will let the pictures of Carolinas Chapter member Brian Morrison do a much better job to tell the story of the conference.  

Not satisfied with the success of Orlando, the Conference Committee has already turned its attention to the 2019 conference to be held April 15-17 in Salt Lake City at the Marriott Downtown City Creek. We return to the West for the first time since 2016, and to SLC for a first conference in nearly thirty years (1991). The Utah Chapter has pledged its full support to make 2019 memorable. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us whether you are a regular attendee or have never had a previous opportunity to experience a conference; I assure you that, in either case, you will not be disappointed.  

Finally, the WRBC returns this fall! The Directors of the three Western Regions (Jesse Bockhouse, Lyle Greenhill and Allen Wilder), along with the assistance of former President Ken Ashworth, are in the midst of planning the details of a Western Regional Backflow Conference to be held October 29 and 30 (half-day) at The Orleans in Las Vegas. For both conferences, additional information will be available on the website soon.


With the next newsletter scheduled for September, we will return to our previous format that includes industry articles, Chapter activities, and Certification news, and with a possible new feature.

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy all that summer has to offer. Thank you, as always, for your support.



Photos from the 2018 Annual Conference & Trade Show

Region 12 Director Rich Koenig, a former Meritorious Service awardee,
is the one presenting to Mike Lueck.


Click here for more photos from the 2018 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

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Introduction to Fernley and Fernley

Founded in 1886, Fernley & Fernley is one of the most distinguished association management companies in the nation. Having received charter accreditation by the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI), exemplifies our commitment to quality and dedication to our industry. At Fernley & Fernley we recognize that each of our clients is unique, with their own special needs. We work hard to understand each client's specific agenda and align our services and staff to meet those goals and objectives. With the professionals at Fernley & Fernley, you can be confident that you have partnered with an association management company that will allow you to focus on your mission, while we manage the details.

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Update from Headquarters

By: John Dixon, Executive Director

Biographical Sketch – John H. Dixon, MPA

John Dixon joined Fernley & Fernley in March 2018, bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in non-profit leadership from his service in the fields of higher education administration, economic development (for the advanced manufacturing and technology sectors), prehospital 911 emergency medical services, wildlife education and rehabilitation; and, advocacy, policy development and project and program management for the breast health/breast cancer community.  

He is a veteran of the United States Army, having served honorably for six years on active duty as a combat medic, mental health specialist, and executive assistant to the leadership group of a combat support field hospital.  John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Linguistics, and a Master of Public Administration with specializations in nonprofit management and local government. His background and experience includes passion for creative writing and public speaking, leadership development and volunteer service to veterans and his daughter’s high school marching band.  

John resides in Woodbury, NJ, with his wife of 21 years and their 15 year old daughter. 

John H. Dixon, MPA
Executive Director
Office:  (215) 320-3711

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Meet the New ABPA Staff

Laura L Huestis, Associate Director

Laura has been working in Association Management for 16 years and has experience with both professional (National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists - NACNS & Society for Clinical Trials - SCT) and trade associations (National Demolition Association - NDA & National Association of Equipment Leasing Brokers - NAELB). Since NDA was a small staff association, she has acquired knowledge of most aspects of association management. Her college degree is in Biology and her early career was spent doing heart disease research. She managed a fabric and quilting shop for several years and still enjoys doing most forms of needlework. Laura has worked for Fernley & Fernley for almost 4 years.




Laura Huestis, Associate Director
(215) 564-3484 x2203


Malana Battle, ABPA’s Certification Coordinator

Malana Battle joined Fernley & Fernley and the ABPA Management Team as Certification Coordinator in June 2018. She brings over five years’ of experience in event management and logistics to the position. Her career highlights include event and television production work with VH1, MTV, Teen Nickelodeon, TLC and the Philadelphia affiliate of ABC. She has extensive project coordination experience with major media groups prominent nationally and in the Greater Philadelphia region.  


Malana received her Bachelor of Science in Studio Production with a concentration in Television and Journalism from Wilmington University in Delaware. She is engaged to be married with the ceremony set for early August 2018. Malana and her husband will reside in Delaware, where they will enjoy roller skating, concerts and sporting events.  


Malana Battle
Certification Coordinator
(215) 564-3484  x2249


Alexandra (Alex) Freeman, Meeting Planner

Alexandra (Alex) Freeman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications from Temple University. She began her career as the supervisor of the marketing department at Eastern Controls, Inc. (ECI) where she was responsible for all event planning including employee and customer events. Alex's biggest event was the annual Process Solutions Summit (PSS). From accepting abstracts and selecting vendors to organizing registration and monitoring classrooms, she was responsible for the entire success of the event. She looks forward to working with ABPA and Fernley and Fernley.





Alex Freeman
Meeting Planner
(215) 564-3484  x2251


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