WQA President Don McGhee announced that the organization has successfully taken a new approach to its marketing and communications initiatives. Led by Marketing & Communications Director Wes Bleed, the Marketing and Communications Department (MARCOM) is responsible for overseeing corporate and external communications, social media, management of the website and graphic design for the Association. (Amy Reichel and Stacie Ast-Kutzbach will serve as the Marketing & Communication Specialists.) At the end of September, WQA launched H2O and WQA Radio, its new podcast and blog. These two new tools will be used to keep members and the public up to date on issues involving the water treatment industry. The blog will share news and information about upcoming WQA events as well as tips for consumers, regarding their drinking water treatment needs. The podcast will help members and the public learn about WQA and the important issues it addresses.
Convention hotel information. Room reservations, within the WQA housing block are now being accepted through housing partner Experient. All room reservation requests require a credit card guarantee. Click here for more information or visit the WQA website. Please be advised that you may be targeted for unofficial solicitations. Do not accept phone calls from any housing company claiming to be associated with the WQA Convention & Exposition.. Experient is the only housing partner for the 2017 Convention and it will never call you directly. DO NOT provide your credit card to any company requesting or demanding full payment for a reservation. Please be aware of and report any unauthorized housing solicitations to WQA.
FLSA changes. Is your organization prepared for the new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption and overtime rules taking effect December 1? WQA is offering a free online webinar on November 17, 10-11a.m (CST). Be sure to register as soon as possible.
Member appreciation initiatives. WQA recently declared November as WQA Member Appreciation Month. “We’re excited to let our members know how much we value your involvement and contributions in making a positive impact for the water treatment industry,” shared WQA Deputy Executive Director Pauli Undesser. “It’s part of our WE CARE focus on customer service and responsiveness.” WQA has more than 2,500 company members worldwide, including approximately 600 manufacturer/ supplier companies, 1,700 dealers and 200 allied. WQA members benefit from the combined resources, talent, knowledge and expertise. The organization is proud to offer its members technical resources, product certification and professional certification so that WQA remains the leading voice of the water treatment industry.