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AZ Water Association  

The AZ Water Association is proud to announce the selection of their new Executive Director, David Iwanski.  He has over 30 years of background and experience addressing issues related to water, energy, environmental regulatory compliance, agribusiness, and business development at the federal, state, and local levels. 



2014 YP Summit 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, Georgia
The 10th Annual YP Summit was held in conjunction with the Utility Management Conference, Feb. 25-28, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Savannah, GA.  Share the "Benefits of Attending" this event with your employer and other YP colleagues.  The theme for this year is:  Project Management and Young Professionals: Embracing the Inevitable Combination.  SubTopic Sessions are: Mentorship, Delegation, Client Relationships and Leadership Styles. 
Chair: Erin Gallimore
Co-Chair: Jeanne Jensen
WEF Staff:  Dianne Crilley
AWWA Staff:  Nancy Sullivan nsullivan@awwa.og 
Welcome by Erin Gallimore & Jeanne Jensen
Reflection by Eileen O’Neill
Mentorship by Bill Schnier
Reflection by David LaFrance
Delegation by Bill Spearman
Reflection by Erin Gallimore
Client Relationships by Jeff Zdrojewski
Summary by Alvin Pilobello
Closing Statements Lindsey Olson and Michelle Hatcher
WEF MESSAGE — by Eileen O'Neill, Executive Director
Harnessing the experience of the others for a better water future.
MENTORSHIP — by Bill Schnier
We examined the mentor/mentee relationship by exploring these questions:
How can you establish roles in the mentor/mentee relationship?
How can you transition from being a student to being a teacher? 

Bill reviewed mentoring models based on the age-old concept of apprenticeships by learning from some great mentors in history.

DELEGATION — by Bill Spearman
Delegation is one of the most important management skills that a manager can use to develop and empower staff - if the skill is properly used.  During this presentation, Richard Lannon's 12 rules of delegation will be discussed, as well as the various levels of delegation that may be encountered in an organization.

Jeff focused on developing relationships that can benefit your professional career, your personal life, and your involvement in professional associations.  Whether you work for a utility, contractor, consultant, or equipment supplier, this presentation will help you in developing lon-lasting relationships that can aid in the completion of projects, development of clients, and lifelong friendships.

REFLECTIONS — by Erin Gallimore
Focused on the importance of giving honest and sincere appreciation.  There is only one way to get anybody to do anything...Make them Want to Do It.  Become genuinely interested in other people.  Give honest and sincere appreciation.  You can win more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.

Thanks to our wonderful donors for supporting the Icebreaker held the evening prior to the Summit.  This offered the attendees a way to get to know each other through lots of networking, games, and fun.

DONORS — Thanks to our donors in support to the YP Summit Icebreaker:

  • The Georgia Association of Water Professionals
  • T & M Associates
  • Treatment Equipment Company
  • Municipal Valve & Equipment Company