The Irrigation Association’s Contractor Common Interest Group will again host its irrigation contractor leadership summit, known as Point of Connection, Feb. 2-4 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. at the Royal Plaza in the Walt Disney World Resort. A highlight of the summit will be a tour of Disney’s irrigation water management, exclusively for participating contractors.

“Built by contractors for contractors, Point of Connection specifically addresses the irrigation contractor’s unique business opportunities and challenges,” said Point of Connection Program Chair John Newlin, CIC, CLIA, president of Quality Sprinkling Systems, Inc.

The summit’s highlight will be a three-hour behind-the-scenes tour, “Irrigation Water Management at Walt Disney World Resort.” It will give attendees an insiders’ look at the parks’ 750 irrigation controllers, almost 10,000 irrigation valves and numerous sprinkler heads. Hosting the tour will be Tom Wyatt, CIC, CID, CGIA, CLIA, a 22-year veteran of the irrigation industry who oversees the day-to-day management of Disney’s irrigation control system.

Newlin notes that the program – featuring topics on rainwater harvesting, rain and soil moisture sensor technology, and new auditing practices – was designed based on feedback received from IA contractor members in 2010 surveys. The summit also offers contractors the opportunity to network with peers from around the country in a neutral environment.

Topics and speakers include:

“Implementation of Rain and Soil Moisture Sensor Technologies, What Research Has Taught Us” by Michael Dukes, PhD, PE, CID – University of Florida
“Applying Smart Technologies to Rainwater Harvesting, Green Roofs, LEED Projects and Storm Water Issues” by Tom Barrett, CIC, CID, CGIA, CLIA, CLWM – Green Water Infrastructure
“How I Grew My Company by Implementing Smart Technologies” by Judy Benson, CIC, CID, CLIA, 2010 WaterSense Partner of the Year – Clear Water Products and Services, Inc. and Tim Malooly, CIC, CID, CLIA, 2008 WaterSense Partner of the Year – Irrigation By Design, Inc.


Space is limited. Attendees must submit a completed registration form and payment to IA in order to secure a spot at this exclusive event. Registration fees include participation in two full days of programming, welcome reception, five meals and a tour of Disney’s irrigation facilities. Register by Dec. 16 for a reduced rate.

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