January 2019 Print

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This Month's Meeting

January Technical Meeting

January 15, 2019
11:30 AM MST - 1:00 PM MST

Legends Sports Pub
677 S. 200 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Venue website


Main Presentation:

This month we will have Mitch Whittington from Elkay join us to talk about the dangers of lead in domestic plumbing systems.

Product Showcase:

The Product Showcase will also be by Mitch Whittington.

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President's Report

by Brad Welch

Congratulations to everyone for making it to 2019.  That is something to be proud of.  I tried to convince myself to not mention New Year’s Resolutions in my article this month, but I just have to.  I am a believer in making goals, whether you achieve them or not is another story.  However, if you are in the habit of making goals, you are bound to achieve one here and there.

My goals this year are focused on putting more life in my work-life balance.  Most of you are already thinking that this will result in less work in my work-life balance, but I don’t think that has to be the case.  My goals are geared toward putting more life in the life part of my work-life balance.  If you go home from work and sit on the couch for 3 hours watching TV, there is a lot of opportunity to add some life to those 3 hours.  I have not yet fallen into the habit of wasting 3 hours every day after work and calling it “decompressing”, but I have found some activities that I can adjust to allow more time for the better things in life (ie. kids, personal improvement, etc.).

I am convinced that I can pack more value into the time I spend away from work without sacrificing anything I really care about (ie. sleep).  I just had to take a step back and look at what I was doing with my time.  There are things I was doing just out of habit that I decided I could change and not lose anything.  The New Year is a great time to do this kind of evaluation.  We would each be regularly looking at what we do with our time.  Sometimes our priorities change, but we forget to change our activities and habits which results in spending time and resources on things that are not really priorities like they used to be.

If you do not make resolutions or goals because you think there is no point because you are just going to fail, I would encourage you to try again.  Sometimes failing at a goal can be as valuable as achieving it.  Also, if you never make any goals, you are guaranteed to not achieve any of them.  If you make some goals there is at least a chance of achieving it, even if it was by accident.  For those who did make some New Year’s Resolutions, I hope some of your resolutions were plumbing related.  We should always be trying to improve our expertise in the field and the field itself.  If you forget to make plumbing related goals, you will likely find yourself doing the same thing next year.  Improvement is like Ice Cream, there is always room for it.  I don’t want to sound pushy, but one great goal would be to participate in ASPE more energetically.  Maybe provide some feedback to a newsletter article or provide a tabletop presentation at one of our meetings.

I do enjoy having my article first in the newsletter so everyone else that writes about New Year’s Goals will look like they just copied my topic.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the food drive at last month’s meeting.  We were able to give 40 pounds of food to the food bank.  That food has probably been eaten already and I am sure it helped some very hungry people feel better for a little bit.  Thanks again.

Also, I wanted to thank everyone in this chapter for participating in the raffles we have at our technical meetings.  The money we receive through this raffle is saved until we have enough to make a generous charitable donation.  Our ASPE chapter has made a donation of $500 to Habitat for Humanity.  Thanks again to all who participate and thanks to all who provide raffle prizes.

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VP Technical Article

by Nick Allred

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2019!  Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions yet?  I sure haven’t!  I used to joke each year that my resolution was to keep my standards and expectations low, so that I wouldn’t be disappointed at the end of the year.  But really the typical “Eat healthier” or “Exercise regularly” or something more realistic to my life “Better watching my mouth, at work” were never something that I would have any luck changing as a New Year’s Resolution.   For me, the changes that I find that I want to make to be a better person are pointless to attempt unless one of a couple different situations happens.  Either one, I get tired of the physical or emotional pain and discomfort caused by the habit, attitude or behavior that I finally want to stop. Or two, I finally recognize and accept the truth about the lies I tell myself that the particular habit, attitude or behavior is actually of no benefit to me or my life.

Something else about making changes that I’ve found.  It’s easier to make small incremental changes over time instead of one big change at once.  A great example, I was talking with my oldest brother a couple years ago and he was telling me about how he was losing weight.  Instead of focusing on losing 25-30 pounds, he only worried about losing 5 pounds.  To lose 5 pounds he may only needed to exercise a few more minutes and maybe eat one or two meals that are healthier.  But 25-30 pounds would require an entire exercise regimen and a completely new diet.  A few minutes of exercise and a couple healthy meals sure sounds a lot easier to implement.  And after losing the first 5 pounds, what needs to be done to lose another 5 pounds and so on until the real goal of 25-30 pounds of weight loss is achieved.

Now switching gears, I would like to thank Jim Paschal from Aquatherm and Scott from Black Diamond Sales for their presentation and product showcase at our December meeting.  As for the technical presentation this month we will have Mitch Whittington from Elkay join us and will presenting an Elkay course called “The Lead Lowdown”.  Mitch will also be doing a product showcase as well.

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Member Spotlight

Scott Elkins

  1. How is it that you became involved in the plumbing industry?
    • I have 24 years working in the building products industry. I worked in the Doors and Hardware industry until 2017 when I was invited to join the Plumbing industry. Working for Fitzpatrick Sales (Manufacture Rep for 20 lines)  I was asked to continue my work with Engineers, Architects and End Users.
  2. How long have you been doing your current job?
    • Since Oct 2017.  (so I’m an Expert. Right? )
  3. What do you enjoy most about your work?
    • I enjoy the relationships and being able to help make everyone’s job easier.  Let me be that phone call when you have questions or a need.
  4. Tell us about your family?
    • I have 3 children 1 boy and two girls. Right now I have many new stages and titles: I am experiencing the feeling of being an empty nester.  Just sent my youngest off to college.  Just got that “In-Law” title with a daughter getting married. And I’ll have two of my kids graduate from College in 2019.
  5. What do you like to do for fun and excitement in your spare time?
    • I enjoy Fly-fishing all year round, reading a good book, Camping and spending time with family.
  6. What is your favorite movie and why?
    • Princes Bride – “Has it got any sports in it?  Grandpa : Are you kidding? Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... The Grandson : Doesn't sound too bad. I'll try to stay awake...” 
  7. What is the most terrifying animal you have ever encountered?
    • A Soccer mom -  When I didn’t start her child.  Ooohh I still get the chills.

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VP Legislative Article

by Gavin Mehraban

My last article talked about the beginning of the holiday season. Well…There that went. Now we are beginning the black hole of holidays. Most of us don’t get a holiday until Memorial Day. Those of us lucky enough to get presidents day, MLK day and Veterans’ day can just be quiet and let the rest of us work our lives away.

But I digress.

Let’s talk new year! New jobs. New ASPE commitments, New responsibilities, New toys, New Legislation and a shut-down government.

New jobs: Isn’t it somewhat refreshing to have a “fresh start”? A new beginning? A chance to kick butt and take names in this year of 2019. I wish you all a prosperous and issue free year.

New ASPE Commitments: Let’s all make a commitment to attend more ASPE luncheons and get more of our associates to join our Intermountain Society. We all know about the gains we can make in our careers by being a part of the ASPE Intermountain Society. Let’s let other people in on the apparent secret! If you know someone who could benefit from being a member of our society, bring them to the next luncheon meeting as a guest. Let’s convince them of the benefits and get them involved.

New Toys: Anyone get any fun new toys for Christmas? I know my kids did…so therefore I did. Hopefully the holiday was forthcoming, and everyone had a safe, family filled holiday.

New Legislation and Government Shut-Down: Who wants a border wall? Apparently half of us and the other half does not. So, hey why not shut down the government over the funding of said wall. I don’t know about anyone else, but it seems crazy that our government can shut-down causing a domino effect of crisis to take place and put families in jeopardy of not being able to pay their mortgages, bills and not to mention, vacation plans if said vacation involves a government run entity. But hey, congress still gets paid. Wait. Wait. That doesn’t seem right. But again, I digress. However, with the government shut down it seems my legislative duties will take a back seat until they re-open.

You know what is coming up and what I am looking forward in this new year? The annual ASPE golf tournament! I am writing this article while it is 25F outside and dumping snow but hey, one can dream! It’s never too early to start hitting up your ownership for sponsorship off the ASPE golf tournament. It’s been getting better and better each year. Let’s make this the best turn-out yet.

Stay warm, Stay Safe, Stay Involved.

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Special Announcement

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VP Membership Article

by Jeff Zaugg

I recently found a great deal on some used snow tires for my car.  One of my daughters is learning to drive and I have been teaching her about safe winter driving.  Here are some winter driving tips I found from AAA:

AAA recommends the following winter driving tips:

  • Avoid driving while you’re fatigued. Getting the proper amount of rest before taking on winter weather tasks reduces driving risks.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Make certain your tires are properly inflated.
  • Never mix radial tires with other tire types.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid gas line freeze-up.
  • If possible, avoid using your parking brake in cold, rainy and snowy weather.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface (wet, ice, sand).
  • Always look and steer where you want to go.
  • Use your seat belt every time you get into your vehicle.


Be safe out there and watch out for all those crazy drivers or inexperienced drivers.  And let it SNOW!

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Affiliate Liaison Article

by Kyle Sorenson

New Year! New Golf Tournament!  Not to mention the 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament!  20 years ASPE Intermountain has been doing this great event.  I do believe this is the one gathering that we all look forward to every year.  A chance to escape the office and deadlines and enjoy the outdoors, the game of golf and the cussing and swearing that go along with it. Ha!

South Mountain’s course is reserved and food, activities and fun are already being planned!  We have already had some registrations!  Speaking of registrations…..Registration is OPEN!  Click here to register now!  The sooner the better!  You know you are going anyway, why not make it a little easier on the board and register early *wink wink*.

We are also actively looking for sponsorships for regular holes, prize holes, breakfast, and lunch.  These can be purchased through registration as well.  Click here to register now!  Just like last year, June 3rd is the cut off date for registration so the board can get everything in order prior to the tournament without losing sleep, tearing our hair out, or thinking about jumping in front of a speeding train.

The Money Ball Challenge and Golfer Pack’s have been successful the last two years so we will be continuing these items as well as something else to spice things up.  Stay tuned.  Also, we want to hear from you on your thoughts and ideas.  If you have some input or suggestions that will make this tournament better than it already is we would love to hear it!  You can contact us through our website here.

This month’s Product Showcase will be given by our main technical presenter Mitchell Whittington with ELKAY.  Mitchell will be presenting on ELKAY’s product offering and company background.

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AYP Article

by Mauro Artica

I hope everyone had a great holiday season surrounded by those you love. The beginning of a new year is an excellent time to put things into perspective and set goals for what we want to accomplish this year. I invite you to make the effort and support our ASPE intermountain chapter with your active participation. We all find ourselves at different levels in our respective careers, some of us have worked in the plumbing industry for many years while others are just getting started. The contributions we provide to our association will differ based on our level of experience. I believe some of our younger ASPE members benefit from the experience of others and they are able to build a network of professionals who work in the same industry, while those with more experience can contribute so much by mentoring and fellowshipping those who are still in learning process. I hope this year our chapter can continue to grow and improve in its efforts to create an active society that will benefit us all.

Last year we started a soccer team sponsored by ASPE Intermountain and Van Boerum and Frank Associates. It has been a lot of fun spending time with engineers and designers outside or work. Unfortunately our participation from our ASPE members has not been ideal while the participation from VBFA employees has been exceptional. ASPE has decided to not sponsor our team this time around until participation from our local members increases. However, our soccer team is still going strong. VBFA has decided to continue to sponsor our soccer team and we are still inviting those interested to join our team. If you would like to play, even if it is to try it out for a single game, please contact me at [email protected]

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