2023 ABMA Annual Meeting

The 2023 Annual Meeting is where the boiler industry comes together to network and gain insights on the latest trends impacting our industry.

Last week, ABMA convened for the 2023 Annual Meeting, January 13-16 at the stunning Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA.

We opened the Annual Meeting on Friday afternoon with a keynote presentation by Robert Sher. Thank you to UL Solutions for sponsoring the session. Robert Sher from Mastering Midsized presented a keynote during our Opening General Session. Robert presented about how the best companies retain top talent. ABMA also recognized outgoing board members, Steve Rubarts, Williams & Davis, Steven Taylor, WARE, and Neil Whitworth, Power Flame for their service.

On Friday evening, ABMA hosted the Welcome Reception. A big thank you to The National Board of Boiler & Pressure Vessels Inspectors (NBBI) for sponsoring this event. Old friends connected, while others networked and made new friends during our Casino Night themed reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and roulette, craps, black jack, and war tables. It was a fantastic evening complete with gorgeous weather and beautiful ambiance on the terrace with an outdoor fireplace and surrounding lush green gardens.

We started Saturday morning with a Member Breakfast sponsored by Zeeco, followed by Yousset Ballot from the Idaho National Laboratory presenting for the Alternative Energy Group to update our members on the future of Nuclear power and the role of boilers. Our second session was a presentation by Paul Glanville with the Gas Technology Institute for the Hydronics Group Meeting. Paul presented on Energy Technology Investments and Evolutions to Meet a Decarbonization Agenda.

Our final Saturday presentation was Jason Garner with Clear Process Engineering for the Industrial Group on Sustainability Perspective: Drivers and Impacts on Industrial Capital Spending.

Thank you to RENTECH Boiler Systems for sponsoring the Saturday Group Lunch, the attendees enjoyed eating lunch while networking during the lunch break.

On Saturday evening, we gathered for a Networking Reception. A big thank you to Frederick Cowan Products by ICI and Howden for sponsoring the reception. Attendees had the opportunity to socialize and network while enjoying food and drinks.

Sunday kicked off with a Member Breakfast sponsored by Webster Combustion Technology and the Spouse Breakfast and Program featuring yoga, bath salt making workshop, and breakfast. Thank you to Nationwide Boiler for sponsoring the spouse event.

The Commercial Systems Group met on Sunday morning with a presentation from Ian Jarvis with Greening Healthcare Coalition about Tracking the Evolution of Boilers in the Healthcare Sector. The second presentation on Sunday featured Mike Valentino, Boiler Room Consulting LLC and ABMA Technical Consultant for the Burner Group presenting Firing Biogases in Steam and Hot Water Boilers. The final presentation on Sunday featured Henrik Andersen with Umicore Catalyst USA for the Environmental Affairs & Services Group discussing Achieving Ultra High DeNOx & Low Ammonia Slip.

Our final day of the Annual Meeting began with the Monday General Session Breakfast sponsored by Umicore Catalyst USA, followed by the Closing General Session sponsored by Applied Heat Recovery. ABMA recognized outgoing ABMA Board Chair, Doug Wright, Superior Boiler for his leadership and service to ABMA over the past two years at the start of the General Session. Incoming Board Chair, Mark Colman provided his remarks.

Next, ABMA hosted a Manufacturer Representatives Panel Discussion to offer key insights on end-user challenges and opportunities with sales, installation and service along with how manufacturers can assist their representatives to sell more product, maximize technology and ensure boiler safety. The panel consisted of
• Scott Carberry, PBBS
• Steve Graves, Campbell-Sevey
• Jim McDonough, Delval Equipment
• Kyle Stell, Gulf Coast Boiler

Then we closed out the Monday General Session with a presentation from Connor Lokar from ITR Economics on insights for the year ahead.

Special thanks to Miura America for sponsoring the golf tournament, along with our golf hole sponsors. The golf box lunches were served to the golfers indoors for a casual lunch with good conversation.

We ended the 2023 Annual Meeting with "An Evening to Die For" a Clue themed Murder Mystery Dinner & Reception complete with fantastic & thrilling entertainment, good company, & great food! A big thank you to Atlas Copco Rental and Powerhouse Equipment & Engineering for sponsoring the Closing Event.

Based on the initial feedback, the meeting was a big success and offered attendees an experience that outweighed the investment. Thank you to the ABMA team and all those who sponsored and attended the meeting.

A separate email will be going out to the attendees with the link to the presentations and videos. Please contact Tyler Vollmer at [email protected] for questions regarding the presentations and videos.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2023 Manufacturers Conference in April and the 2023 Summer Meeting in June at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia, Canada.

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the ABMA Annual Meeting 
  1. Making connections is smart business strategy. No matter how connected we are online, face-to-face interaction yields stronger relationships, which correlate to more sales and competitive business advantages. 
  2. Get ahead by staying ahead. Be among the first to know about industry changes, advancements and forecasts.
  3. Who wants to reinvent the wheel? Learning from and collaborating with others is what the most successful business leaders do regularly. 
  4. Get what you pay for. Membership meetings are part of your ABMA membership benefits – take advantage and your company will reap the rewards. 
  5. Downtime is good for you and your business. Studies show that taking time to “recharge” actually increases productivity.

 For questions about meetings, please contact ABMA at [email protected].