2019 Annual Convention and Exposition


Keynote Session

Thursday, September 12
9:00 am–10:00 am

The Magic of Water Treatment
Ryan Oakes

We'll start the educational sessions out right with an illuminating presentation by Ryan Oakes, who will present on "The Magic of Water Treatment." Water treatment professionals are magicians—tackling the hard work of treating water, which is both a science and an art. And this is done all while serving and delighting the customer. Water treatment professionals provide first-class service. This means seamlessly handling the day-to-day troubleshooting issues when they arise and sweating the details. Customers must know they can count on their water treater. They must feel valued and understood. You'll walk away from this keynote address amazed at the magic you bring every day.

AWT/Pure Water for the World Charity Auction

Opens: Wednesday, September 11 at 4 p.m.
Closes: Friday, September 13 at 12 p.m.

Located in the Exhibit Hall, visit AWT’s very first silent auction! A wide variety of donated items are available, and all proceeds will go directly to AWT’s charity partner, Pure Water for the World. To see the initial list of items available, please see the auction site.

Golf Tournament at the Indian Wells Golf Resort

Wednesday, September 11
6:15 am–2:30 pm

The golf tournament will be held at Indian Wells Golf Resort, which is one of the few properties to have two courses ranked in the Top 25 of the "Best Municipal Courses in the United States" by Golfweek Magazine. In addition to spectacular mountain views, the Par-72 Celebrity Course features breathtaking fairways and flowing water in the form of streams, brooks, and split-level lakes connected by striking waterfalls, with vibrant floral detail. This course is unrivaled in beauty and playability. From start to finish, the Celebrity Course offers an unmatched golf experience. You won't want to miss the chance to play at this incredible location.

Women of Water Reception

Wednesday, September 11
6:00 pm–7:00 pm

Join the Women of Water (WOW) for a networking reception. This is your opportunity to speak with other women in the industry.

CWT and New Member Reception (by invitation only)

Wednesday, September 11
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.

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. The Portrait Lounge, booth 425 in the exhibit hall, will be open Wednesday through Friday.

Annual Reception and Awards Dinner

Thursday, September 12
6:00 pm–10:00 pm

We'll be celebrating in style this year with a red-carpet magical event. Enjoy music, food, and illusions, during our evening to network among new and old friends. Don't miss out on congratulating the Supplier of the Year, the Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year, and the winner of our first ever Innovation Award!

Young Professionals Happy Hour

Friday, September 13
6:00 pm–7:00 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 happy hour to meet with your peers in the industry.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Full Convention Registration: 5 CEUs
One-Day Pass Registration: 1.5 CEUs per day

Chillers Bookstore

Don't forget to stop by Chillers Bookstore and Lounge where you can speak with staff and AWT leadership, purchase bookstore items (shipping charges waived), and more!

Annual Convention & Exposition Etiquette

AWT has conducted the Annual Convention & Exposition since 1988. The event has grown steadily in size, professionalism, and importance since that time. We seek to create a professional, well-managed, and upscale environment that is conducive to engaging in the business of water treatment by:

  • Refraining from discussions that may violate antitrust policies.
  • Avoiding slanderous statements or activities.
  • Refraining from hosting hospitality suites.
  • Avoiding religious or political discussions.


AWT adheres to strict antitrust guidelines. Our aim is to conduct ourselves in such a way as to avoid any potential antitrust exposure. Full compliance with antitrust laws rests with each member of AWT. To comply with antitrust laws, members who compete should not discuss certain subjects when they are together—whether at formal or informal AWT meetings or during informal or social contacts with other AWT or industry members. Topics to avoid discussing with competitors include proprietary prices, price trends, timing of price changes, terms of sale, advertised prices, promotional programs, business strategies, proposed new ventures, and the like.

AWT 2019 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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