We are proud to announce the addition of 2 new Keynote Speakers to our dynamic line-up for the Sustainable Manufacturer and Water 2.0 Conference, May 20-22, 2014, located at Northern Illinois University in Naperville (Chicago), IL.






Sally C. Gutierrez, Director, U.S. EPA’s Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development & Support Program

Christopher Peacock, Founder, Water Innovation Project

This three-day conference and tabletop exhibit, organized by the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF) and the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) is dedicated to answering the question, “How do I make my manufacturing operation more sustainable?” Featuring an array of high-quality educational and networking opportunities to sharpen leadership, management, and technical know-how; it will bring all the elements a manufacturer needs to know in order to adopt or enhance sustainable practices and efficient water manufacturing technologies together, in one location, at one time.

I am very excited about the quality of our Keynote Speakers and Panelists who are participating at our conference.  Sally Gutierrez and Christopher Peacock will add tremendous value to the discussion on water infrastructure repair (See my thoughts on U.S water infrastructure repair). A slate of expert panelists will present on the topics of waste management/diversion, lean and green, energy efficiency, reimagining/repurposing energy, renewables, and more. Many sessions will include presentations by end-users, giving attendees the opportunity to interact with and gain insight from industry peers, according to Jim Warren, Senior Director – Membership, Education, Foundation at FMA.

Keynotes include:
– Alan Hinchman, Global Marketing Director, Infrastructure, GE Intelligent Platforms
– Scott Anderson, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
– Kyle Reissner, Senior Marketing Manager, Automation Software, GE Intelligent Platforms
– Brent Giles, Ph.D., Senior Analyst, Lux Research, Inc.
– Kevin McGovern, CEO, The Water Initiative

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Panelists include:
– Tonja Rammel, EHS manager at Crown Equipment Corporation; Sustainable User Panel
– Brion Hurley, Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, Rockwell Collins; Lean and Green Panel
– James Hall, Vice President, Special Waste Solutions, Covanta; Waste Management/Diversion Panel

“Sustainable manufacturing is critical to the evolution of manufacturing in the U.S. and around the world. The number one issue with sustainable manufacturing is the effective and efficient use of water,” says Warren of the FMA.  The Sustainable Manufacturer & Water 2.0 Conference is designed for owners, plant managers, corporate executives, facilities & EHS managers, engineers, and all others who play a role in making their company’s processes, facilities, operation, and products more sustainable and profitable. Participants will rethink and reenergize their dedication to ecosavvy manufacturing thanks to the dynamic presenters who will share success stories, real world challenges, and practical solutions.

The show will be located at Northern Illinois University Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E. Diehl Road in Naperville, IL on May 20-22, 2014. Questions concerning the Conference should be directed to Conference Director, Vincent Caprio at 203-733-1949 or vince@waterinnovationsfoundation.org.

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Looking forward to you joining us in Naperville.


Vincent Caprio
Executive Director
Water Innovations Alliance Foundation