Coming to Savannah for UMC 2014?

By Jim Ginley
Posted Jan. 22, 2014
 

 

If you are a utility professional who works in management or you are a consultant working with the folks who manage utilities, then you ought to be at The Utility Management Conference ™2014: Making Progress More Apparent in Savannah, Georgia next month. UMC is simply the best venue to learn, share, explore, and discover the latest information, the keenest examples, the most proven methods, and without doubt the best place to get the answers to questions on the full spectrum of contemporary management challenges facing water sector utilities.
  

Okay – so maybe I’m biased because I co-chair the conference along with my long-time colleague, Tom Arn. Between the two of us we have worked with utilities and utility managers for close to 60 years, and a lot of the folks that we have come to know as colleagues, clients, and importantly, as friends, are regulars at UMC-- the place to see your colleagues, clients, and friends as well.
  

Or perhaps I’m biased because I’ve been attending UMCs since the mid to late 1990’s – from Portland, to Denver, to Charlotte and more (not in that order). I’ve also had a chance to work with the good folks at WEF and AWWA, who have tag-teamed and crisscrossed the country to put together the best conference for utility professionals interested in management topics – period. Doesn’t matter where we go…..it’s good.
  

Okay I’m biased. Seems like every year UMC gets a little better – kinda like one of them management principles we all hear about but don’t necessarily get after doing…..I think it has something to do with continual improvement…At this year’s meeting Feb 25-28 in Savannah, once again there will be a dynamite program with some great workshops, including one that is focused on how to “rebrand” yourself as an organization to better align with the times and expectations of your stakeholders. We have loaded up three more highly engaging Utility Leader Forums; you can have a real conversation with a panel of your peers on real topics that reveal real issues and real solutions. And of course, we have a full slate of presentations that have been hand-picked from a record setting number of submitted abstracts. It was hard to say “no” to so many good ones – but the ones we settled on as a planning committee are sure to deliver a breadth and depth of experiences, examples, and potential solutions for you and your colleagues.
  

And you’ll want to be in the room for the Opening General Session on Wednesday morning. Not only do we have a great featured speaker (more on him another day), we are in for a special treat from our ‘visiting dignitaries’ from WEF and AWWA……..can’t tell any more or I’m off the committee!
  

So, if you haven’t already made the arrangements to come – get after it – we’d love to see you there. And for everyone who is already on the way – can’t wait to see ya!



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Coming to Savannah for UMC 2014?

By Jim Ginley
Posted Jan. 22, 2014
 

 

If you are a utility professional who works in management or you are a consultant working with the folks who manage utilities, then you ought to be at The Utility Management Conference ™2014: Making Progress More Apparent in Savannah, Georgia next month. UMC is simply the best venue to learn, share, explore, and discover the latest information, the keenest examples, the most proven methods, and without doubt the best place to get the answers to questions on the full spectrum of contemporary management challenges facing water sector utilities.
  

Okay – so maybe I’m biased because I co-chair the conference along with my long-time colleague, Tom Arn. Between the two of us we have worked with utilities and utility managers for close to 60 years, and a lot of the folks that we have come to know as colleagues, clients, and importantly, as friends, are regulars at UMC-- the place to see your colleagues, clients, and friends as well.
  

Or perhaps I’m biased because I’ve been attending UMCs since the mid to late 1990’s – from Portland, to Denver, to Charlotte and more (not in that order). I’ve also had a chance to work with the good folks at WEF and AWWA, who have tag-teamed and crisscrossed the country to put together the best conference for utility professionals interested in management topics – period. Doesn’t matter where we go…..it’s good.
  

Okay I’m biased. Seems like every year UMC gets a little better – kinda like one of them management principles we all hear about but don’t necessarily get after doing…..I think it has something to do with continual improvement…At this year’s meeting Feb 25-28 in Savannah, once again there will be a dynamite program with some great workshops, including one that is focused on how to “rebrand” yourself as an organization to better align with the times and expectations of your stakeholders. We have loaded up three more highly engaging Utility Leader Forums; you can have a real conversation with a panel of your peers on real topics that reveal real issues and real solutions. And of course, we have a full slate of presentations that have been hand-picked from a record setting number of submitted abstracts. It was hard to say “no” to so many good ones – but the ones we settled on as a planning committee are sure to deliver a breadth and depth of experiences, examples, and potential solutions for you and your colleagues.
  

And you’ll want to be in the room for the Opening General Session on Wednesday morning. Not only do we have a great featured speaker (more on him another day), we are in for a special treat from our ‘visiting dignitaries’ from WEF and AWWA……..can’t tell any more or I’m off the committee!
  

So, if you haven’t already made the arrangements to come – get after it – we’d love to see you there. And for everyone who is already on the way – can’t wait to see ya!



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Jim Ginley is currently a Senior Consultant at Isle Inc., a boutique innovation consultancy that facilitates the market uptake of emerging and game-changing technology by water and wastewater agencies worldwide. Mr. Ginley has more than 26 years’ experience in the municipal water sector, having worked for nearly 17 years on the staff of the American Water Works Association, as well as a regulatory compliance specialist and utility management consultant. At AWWA, Jim managed national programs in technical training and utility improvement, and as a consultant he conducted organizational assessments, developed strategic plans, and conducted benchmarking studies. He is a frequent presenter, workshop leader, and facilitator of special sessions and forums at the AWWA Annual Conference, WEFTEC, and the AWWA/WEF Utility Management Conference (UMC). He has also presented and facilitated a number of webinars, including topics such as effective utility management, workforce challenges and strategies, and utility leadership. Jim chairs the AWWA Strategic Management Practices Committee and is the Conference Co-Chair of the 2014 UMC.


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