ASPE 2021 Breaks Attendance Record
The 2021 ASPE Tech Symposium, held in San Diego, September 23-26, had an all-time high attendance.
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) held the 2021 Tech Symposium at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley September 23–26. Attendance for the biennial event reached an all-time high for this biennial event, eclipsing the previous attendance record in 2019 in Pittsburgh.
Plumbing engineers and designers interacted in person with event sponsors at the two-day Tech Symposium Product Show on Thursday evening and Friday morning. Attendees learned about the newest innovations and plumbing products from 54 of the industry’s top manufacturers and service providers while reengaging with their peers from across the country for the first time in almost two years. Numerous attendees remarked on how glad they were to be back in person for a national ASPE event.
The cornerstone of the ASPE Tech Symposium is the Technical Education Program, which spanned two and a half days this year and included 40 sessions offering up to 1.2 continuing education credits. Well-attended sessions included timely topics such as reopening buildings after shutdowns, changes to the latest plumbing codes, the environmental benefits of heat pump water heaters, and balancing sustainability and water safety.
A Welcome Party was sponsored by Charlotte Pipe, and ASPE Young Professionals (AYP) hosted a get-together at Park & Rec in University Heights. Prior to the Symposium, AYP held its biennial Leadership Academy, sponsored by Zurn, where young professionals gathered to learn proven strategies to bring out the best in themselves and their team members.
“After such an unsettled time, it was extremely exciting to see our members, Sponsors, and industry partners at the 2021 ASPE Tech Symposium,” says William “Billy” Smith, FASPE, ASPE’s Executive Director/CEO. “As reflected in the attendance numbers, the industry remains committed to ASPE and our members, and I wholeheartedly thank everyone who took the time to travel to San Diego to be part of such an amazing event.”
The next national ASPE event will be the 2022 ASPE Convention & Expo in Indianapolis on September 16–20. Registration will open in the spring.