2017 Annual Convention and Exposition

Event Highlights

Golf Tournament

Wednesday, September 13
6:30 am-2:00 pm

Join your colleagues for a fun golf tournament held at the Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe. The golf tournament will be held at the Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe. Thornapple Pointe’s wide fairways, matched with the flexibility of multiple tees, will challenge the limits of your ability while providing fair and enjoyable play. The Thornapple River provides the backdrop for this expansive 18-hole course featuring bentgrass fairways and impeccably groomed tees and greens. Winding along 7,000 feet of river frontage, your game guides you over gently rolling hills, through hardwood-lined fairways, and near three of the most enchanting, untouched wetlands found in the Midwest.

Golf Club at Thornapple Pointe
7211 48th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
(616) 554-4747

Muskegon Wastewater Plant Tour

Wednesday, September 13
9:15 am-12:30 pm

The Muskegon Wastwater Plant is a remarkable treatment system that handles wastewater from companies engaged in pulp and paper manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and everything in between. The story begins at the end of the 1960s, when community leaders and planners in Muskegon County decided to design and build a spray irrigation system that would reliably treat up to 42 million gallons per day of wastewater. This forward-looking solution has served the community since 1973 and now stands as a significant community asset for attracting economic development. We have the opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes tour of the plant, which uses a land treatment process encompassing 11,000 acres of aeration and settling basins, storage lagoons, and irrigated cropland.

Founders Brewery Tour SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, September 13
12:45 pm-3:00 pm

Visit one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States, Founders Brewery, and taste their award-winning brews. Founder’s Brewery is a fantastic regional brewing company in Grand Rapids. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility, including a stop in its 300-barrel brewhouse. While there, brewery staff will explain the brewing equipment that helped them produce enough beer to be the 17th largest craft brewery by sales volume in 2014. You’ll also get to see the bottling and canning lines as well as peek into their multiple cellars.

Women of Water Reception

Wednesday, September 13
6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Join the Women of Water (WOW) for a casual networking reception. This is your opportunity to speak and build connections with others in the industry.

CWT and New Member Reception (by invitation only)

Wednesday, September 13
7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Two celebrations in one! AWT will be hosting a reception recognizing the significant accomplishments of those who have achieved the status of Certified Water Technologist (CWT) and welcoming our new AWT members.

AWT Annual Reception and Awards Dinner

Thursday, September 14
6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Celebrate our annual awards winners and finish the evening with music, beer, and good food on the Amway Pedestrian Bridge.

Executive Portrait Lounge

Need to update your picture for your website, business card, or marketing materials? Take advantage of having a professional head shot taken by the convention photographer in booth 336. The Portrait Lounge, located across from Chillers Bookstore Lounge, will be open Wednesday through Friday.

Stump the Nerd

Beth Ziesenis, Your Nerdy Best Friend, will be speaking at the Owner’s Roundtable during the Convention. But we don’t want you to miss the opportunity to interact with Beth, so even if you can’t go to the Roundtable, be sure to stop by the table she will be manning during the Convention. She will be there to answer your tech questions, talk about apps you should be using, and teach you about free and bargain technology tools for business and personal use. Be sure to stop by and have your nerdy questions answered!

Young Professionals Happy Hour

Friday, September 15
5:15 pm-6:15 pm

The AWT Young Professionals Group was created to provide a place for young professionals within the water treatment industry to learn, mingle, and grow. Join us for a happy hour and meet your peers in the industry.

New This Year! Business Owner’s Meeting

Saturday, September 16
7:30 am–12:45 pm

(Requires a separate registration)

Part of AWT’s mission is to help independent water treatment companies survive and thrive. We do this in part by collaborating with and supporting each other. This spirit is the overriding ideal behind the owner’s meetings—to help propagate the continued growth of independent water treatment service companies. This half-day workshop is an intimate gathering for owners and one other person in top management from their company to learn, share, and network. It will provide learning and development opportunities featuring highly interactive workshops, leadership and personal development sessions, and common interest roundtable discussions. This is a unique meeting you won’t want to miss!




AWT 2017 Convention and Exposition

The AWT Annual Convention and Exposition is the place to get the tools, skills, and connections that will have an immediate effect on the future direction of your business—and impact your bottom line.

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Association of Water Technologies
1300 Piccard Drive, #LL-14
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 740-1421
Fax: (301) 990-9771

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