American Water Summit: Smashing Silos Houston, Texas | October 23-24 2014



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American Water Summit 2014: Smashing Silos | Houston T.X. | October 23rd & 24th

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Why the American Water Summit?

The American Water Summit, now in its 5th year, is the only event in the water calendar that focuses entirely on the business of water in North America. The Summit brings together 400 top executives and thought leaders from the public and private sectors in a format that is geared toward maximum networking return as well as the discussion of cutting-edge ideas.

The Summit will be attended by a wide range of industry stakeholders, including public and private utilities, consulting engineers, contractors, water technology and service companies, industrial water users, banks, investment funds, oil & gas and power generation companies and state and federal government agencies.

Smashing Silos?

Silo mentality, where business units and departments operate in isolation and become stuck in their own patterns of thought and action, is a barrier to innovation and growth for the water industry and the wider economy.  Everybody knows the existing infrastructure model is broken, so why is there so much resistance to alternative solutions? The problem lies in our collective failure to communicate our ideas with those of different specialties and backgrounds. The objective of the 2014 Summit is to catalyze more effective communication across all segments of the water industry and between water and energy players. This will be achieved through new networking formats and the selection of thought provoking topics and panels that challenge the status quo. You will need to bring a lot of business cards!

Why Houston in 2014?

Although the epicenter of the drought may have moved west, Texas is still ground zero for many of the challenges that North America faces in terms of water and its role in the economy. Located between Bush International Airport and Texas’ “Energy Corridor,” the OMNI Galleria hotel and conference center is perfectly positioned to bring water leaders to the table with Big Energy.

What do our delegates say about us?

Over 80% of delegates said that the 2013 American Water Summit was “Better” or “Much Better” than other events that they had attended that year! 

“The Summit is still the only forum for the business of water – that makes it unique.” Mark LeChevallier, American Water

“Wonderful experience and I can't wait to go again.” Doug Stockbridge, Fidelity

“I'll go back to work and think about some things differently tomorrow than I did yesterday. That's very important for me. I think that's one of the greatest benefits from this gathering.” Jerry Johnson, Washington Suburban Sanitary District

“Excellent - would definitely join again next year.” Kevin France, Regenesis Management Group

“The American Water Summit is unique -- no other event brings together executive leaders from the water utility, consulting, and finance sectors and engages them in productive dialogue about how to foster progressive change in water service delivery.” Gina Wammock, CH2M Hill

“The single best national conference for networking within in the industry. It attracts the most senior and most expert of the water industry specialists.” Lawrence Chertoff, E.M.A. Consulting Services, Inc.

“It had some real specialists in areas where I was looking to learn more.” Alan van der Hilst, Pew Charitable Trusts

“I think the quality of attendees was exceptional. The engagement in the halls, during the conference, and afterwards proved to be very valuable.” Kevin Bolin AlterNRG

“Great networking is the highlight.” Dan McCarthy, Dan McCarthy Consulting

“It was very informative and provided excellent networking opportunities.” Martin Querin, City of Fresno

“Deeply enriching!” Michael Murphy, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center