UMC 2014: An Event to Remember

By Jim Ginley
Posted March 6, 2014
 

 

Wow – that was a great conference! All the pieces that go into an event like The Utility Management Conference – planning, venue, (lots of) attendees, speakers, moderators, monitors, weather, location, food and beverage, camaraderie, networking, knowledge, fun – showed up at once and meshed nicely into one of the most memorable UMCs in quite some time.
 

Thanks are in order for the many folks who contributed to a great event, including Renee Kayal and her UMC team from WEF (Jenn, Norman, the two Brittanys, and Jessica), the senior staff and officer types from both WEF and AWWA, the UMC Conference Planning Committee, our City of Savannah hosts, the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, and the dozens of folks who worked the rooms as moderators and monitors. The warmest thanks go out to the water professionals who came to Savannah to truly engage in the process of sharing and learning; they were encouraged early on by my co-chair, Tom Arn, to jump in and get their money’s worth – I think they did just that and more!


The workshops were packed and people were talking about them all week long; YPs or young professionals got more exposed and better introduced and helped some of us old guys and gals feel better about the future; the opening general session was warm and full of laughter, along with some truly thought- provoking and mind- bending ideas for the future, and the sessions were completely full. Interaction in the three utility leader forums was even better than we could have hoped for – every one of them ran into the break and had people talking and learning until we kicked them out for the next session to get started; the receptions and lunches and dinners about town were lively and intimate in good measure, and the reunions and the introductions and the pledges to follow up were bountiful and in time, should prove to be productive. And at 10:30 on Friday morning, there were still dozens of people in the chairs during all three parallel sessions – listening, learning, asking, and sharing………it really was a special few days!


So, as the sun sets on “one of the best we’ve ever held,” we hope you have UMC 2015 in Austin, TX dialed in and scheduled already for February 17-20. We certainly have a gold standard to go by, and for me, I can’t wait to see everyone again just to see if we can’t make it even a bit better. Take care till then!

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UMC 2014: An Event to Remember

By Jim Ginley
Posted March 6, 2014
 

 

Wow – that was a great conference! All the pieces that go into an event like The Utility Management Conference – planning, venue, (lots of) attendees, speakers, moderators, monitors, weather, location, food and beverage, camaraderie, networking, knowledge, fun – showed up at once and meshed nicely into one of the most memorable UMCs in quite some time.
 

Thanks are in order for the many folks who contributed to a great event, including Renee Kayal and her UMC team from WEF (Jenn, Norman, the two Brittanys, and Jessica), the senior staff and officer types from both WEF and AWWA, the UMC Conference Planning Committee, our City of Savannah hosts, the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, and the dozens of folks who worked the rooms as moderators and monitors. The warmest thanks go out to the water professionals who came to Savannah to truly engage in the process of sharing and learning; they were encouraged early on by my co-chair, Tom Arn, to jump in and get their money’s worth – I think they did just that and more!


The workshops were packed and people were talking about them all week long; YPs or young professionals got more exposed and better introduced and helped some of us old guys and gals feel better about the future; the opening general session was warm and full of laughter, along with some truly thought- provoking and mind- bending ideas for the future, and the sessions were completely full. Interaction in the three utility leader forums was even better than we could have hoped for – every one of them ran into the break and had people talking and learning until we kicked them out for the next session to get started; the receptions and lunches and dinners about town were lively and intimate in good measure, and the reunions and the introductions and the pledges to follow up were bountiful and in time, should prove to be productive. And at 10:30 on Friday morning, there were still dozens of people in the chairs during all three parallel sessions – listening, learning, asking, and sharing………it really was a special few days!


So, as the sun sets on “one of the best we’ve ever held,” we hope you have UMC 2015 in Austin, TX dialed in and scheduled already for February 17-20. We certainly have a gold standard to go by, and for me, I can’t wait to see everyone again just to see if we can’t make it even a bit better. Take care till then!

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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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UMC Co-chair &
Principal Consultant,
SUNESIS Management Consulting