The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute hired Charles Hernandez as technical specialist. He will be responsible for fielding and researching members' technical questions, analyzing and reporting on proposed code and standard changes and attending and monitoring code and standard hearings and meetings. Hernandez most recently worked as an independent consultant, providing guidance on project management, efficiency improvements and maintenance management. He also has worked with the Illinois Labor Relations Board as a board member, administering the Illinois Labor Relations Act and policymaking actions in regards to state law.