Focus on “Involving The Next Generation”


PARSIPPANY, NJ, December 21, 2001 - The Hydraulic Institute (HI) announces registration for its 2002 Annual Meeting, entitled "Involving The Next Generation," to be held February 9 to 12, 2002, at Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa in Ft. Myers, Florida.

In addition to current HI members and associate members, registration is open to prospective members including all manufacturers of pumps or pumping systems in the U.S., Canada or Mexico, as well as to suppliers of any of the following: bearings; component parts (e.g. foundries); couplings; gauges, control, instruments; drivers; motors/engines; seals and sealing systems; software (pump specific). Prospective members may attend an HI program once to experience the benefits of HI membership as they are considering joining the Institute. Invitations to prospective members for this meeting are also being extended by current HI members as part of the HI "Member-Get-A-Member" campaign.

"Our Annual Meeting offers unlimited networking opportunities for pump industry executives, marketing and technical professionals. Participants will have the chance to meet with peers from pump manufacturing and supplier companies throughout North America and Europe. In fact, this year a delegation of EUROPUMP executives, representing 15 countries, will be in attendance," said Robert Asdal, executive director of HI.

"In addition, an entire educational track has been added to this year's program. Because of this unique learning environment, we are encouraging HI members to bring staff who have not previously been involved in the important standards-writing and technical leadership of the Institute. To further that, we are offering a reduced registration fee for companies registering three or more people from the same location," he added.

Full Agenda

The meeting highlights include a CEO breakfast and roundtable, where participating CEOs identify and discuss topics of common interest such as wage and salary trends, labor and contract settlements. The exclusive, by-invitation only, CEO roundtable program is one of the most popular components of the Institute's meetings with between 45-50 chief executive officers participating. An orientation breakfast will be held for all first-time attendees, new member prospects, and those who just want to learn more about the Institute. A meeting of the newly established Small Business Network is scheduled, with possible discussion topics including co-development of technology/products, strategic alliances, licensing agreements, and export/import issues, among others. At the Institute Breakfast, attendees and guests will learn about HI's recent accomplishments and plans for the coming year; 2002 board members and officers will be elected at this time. A total of 15 technical committee meetings, associate member educational presentations, an HI/EUROPUMP meeting, and technical liaison luncheon round out the program.

Several noted speakers will address the general session on management topics of particular interest to pump manufacturers and suppliers. Among the presentations are "Creating a Successful Corporate Culture" by Irene E. Castelot, PhD, managing director of the San Francisco Bay Area Office of RHR International, a firm of management psychologists. Manuel Espinosa, industrial construction manager of the Ferrovial Group and general manager of Cadagua in Madrid, Spain, will speak about "Reverse Osmosis and the Impact of Water Factories." "Technical People in a Leadership Role: Management Opportunities" will be presented by business trainer, Doug Jones; and Robert Nadeau, managing principal for the Industrial Performance Group will speak about "Improving Manufacturer and Distributor Relationships in the New Working Order." HI counsel, David Versfelt, Esq., a member of the law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP in New York City and a representative of HI since 1984, will offer his remarks during the closing dinner.

On the recreational front, the Dunes Country Club is the site of this year's HI Golf Tournament. All meeting attendees and spouses are invited to play. While spouses are encouraged to participate in all conference meetings and activities, additional events have been scheduled.

About Hydraulic Institute

The 85-year old Hydraulic Institute, the largest association of pump producers in North America, serves member companies and pump users by providing product standards and forums for the exchange of industry information. For meeting registration information and/or to learn more about membership in the Hydraulic Institute, prospective members are invited to personally call HI Executive Director Bob Asdal at (973) 267-9700. Information on the Hydraulic Institute, its services, standards, publications and meetings, can be found at the HI web site at Requests may also be faxed to (973) 267-9055 or mailed to 9 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Visitors to the HI web site are invited to sign the HI Guest Book to receive future notices of new standards, ongoing energy savings tips and updates on educational offerings.

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