Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) announced the election of Sal Gattone as president of the 2023 PMI Board of Directors during PMI’s 68th Annual Meeting of the Membership. The leader of research and development projects at LIXIL, Gattone succeeds Martin Knieps, senior director, operational excellence, Viega LLC. Knieps will remain on the board as immediate past president. The meeting was held during the PMI22 Manufacturing Success Conference in Louisville.
In addition to Gattone and Knieps, the other members of the 2023 board will be board vice president Chip Way, Lavelle Industries; board secretary/treasurer Cambria McLeod, Kohler Co.; and at-large directors Kevin Campbell, Moen, Inc.; Daniel Gleiberman, Sloan Valve Co.; Bob Neff, Delta Faucet Co.; and Belinda Wise, Kerox, Ltd.
“I am delighted and honored to lead as the next president of the PMI Board of Directors,” Gattone stated. “We are at a pivotal juncture. Record-breaking temperatures this summer, combined with historic drought conditions, remind us of the urgency with which we need to act to tackle water conservation challenges at every level of government. In collaboration with my colleagues at PMI, we will continue to focus on water efficiency, advising key stakeholders on proactive measures we can implement to advance responsible use of our water resources.”
Gattone thanked Knieps for his contributions as the 2022 PMI board president. He also announced that the 69th Annual Meeting of the Membership will be held as part of the PMI23 Manufacturing Success Conference from Oct. 23-26, 2023, at the Lotte Hotel in Seattle.
In remarks summing up 2022, Knieps recognized PMI member companies that joined during the year – BOCCHI, Speakman and Uponor. He presented the PMI President's Award to Troy Benavidez, leader, international governmental relations and policy, LIXIL International.
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Knieps introduced a video about the initiative and emphasized the importance of addressing the water shortages caused by climate change and aging infrastructure. Rethink Water is one of an “amazing array of forward-looking initiatives” PMI has planned for 2023 and beyond, he said. Knieps also announced the new Paul Patton PMI Conference Scholarship, named after the late former PMI president, to be awarded each year to provide complimentary attendance to the PMI Manufacturing Success Conference.
During his state of the association report, PMI CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole recognized the contributions of the PMI board, committee leaders, staff, and business support team. He named Kate Olinger, director, industry and regulatory affairs, Uponor, as the recipient of the PMI Ambassador Award, given each year to an employee of a PMI member company.