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The American Backflow Prevention Association is an organization whose members have a common interest in protecting drinking water from contamination through cross-connections. ABPA is an organization dedicated to education and technical assistance. Through its network of regions and chapters, local needs and interests are supported with the resources of the national organization. ABPA is committed to advancing all aspects of backflow prevention for the continued protection of all water users.



Registration now open for the
ABPA Western Regional Backflow Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada 
October 29-30, 2018

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President's Message from the July Newsletter


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.




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