WQA Business Boot Camp | March 31, 2020 | 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join us for the 2020 WQA Business Boot Camp and take your business to the next level.


"Leadership Lessons: Articulate Your Passion"
Candice Wentling, MWS, Certified Action


If you think your employees don't care about your business as much as you do, then this session is for you! Often, organizational growth happens at a speed that causes leaders to adapt and react as they go, which means that vital foundational matters are not developed, discussed or relayed effectively. Give yourself the time to rewind, reset and reignite your passion for your business in a way that can be emulated by your staff.

Candice Wentling is director of Certified Action, a business advisement and training company, and has been conducting sales training, field coaching and leadership accountability seminars for the last 13 years. Her degrees in Business and Social Work lend well to leadership and employee engagement.  Within the water treatment industry, Candice has extensive field sales experience, has organized training programs, conducted regional workshops, worked directly with on-boarding and training of new sales representatives, and became a Master Water Specialist and Presenter with the Water Quality Association. She is best known for her ability to connect management with their salespeople in a candid and energetic manner.

Listen to Candice on the WQA Radio podcast:  


"Recruit to Win: Winning the War for Talent" 
Jeff Kortes, Human Asset Management, LLC


Do you struggle to find talent in a candidate-driven market? Do you get frustrated trying to fill open positions? Do you wonder if there is a way to be successful in the war for talent? Jeff provides a “headhunter’s” insight into how to build a comprehensive recruiting strategy. Through real-life stories and interactive participation, Jeff has created a program that helps participants understand how to build a recruitment strategy so they can systematically fill their openings. Participants will leave the session with actionable steps to begin building their recruiting strategy so that they are able to win the war for talent. 

Jeff Kortes is the founder of Human Asset Management LLC, which helps organizations to recruit, engage, develop and retain talent.  He is a member of the National Speakers Association and a frequent speaker on the topics of loyalty, employee retention, recruitment and culture building.  Jeff has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources, working to recruit, retain and develop employees at companies including ConAgra Foods, SPX, Midas International and American Crystal Sugar. He is the author of Give Your Employees C.R.A.P...and 7 Other Secrets to Employee Retention and HR Horror Stories…True Tales from the Trenches.


"How to Onboard your Employees: Training Materials, Teaching Professionalism"
Doug Ramer, MWS, CWR, Martin Water Conditioning


This session will show you how to promote vision for a culture of professionalism in our companies and reduce the "Hire-Train-Leave" phenomenon so prevalent in business today. Participants will experience the step-by-step process of orientation, on-boarding and continuous training. Because every business is different, the participants will be able to customize their processes for a simple and bite-sized rollout. Trainers are a critical ingredient in the longevity of professionalism, and this session will help identify trainers and how to support them.

Doug Ramer is a leader at Martin Water Conditioning of Myerstown, Pa., since 1980, having served in many roles, most recently as general management of 370+ employees. Doug helped lead the company to the position of #1 Kinetico dealership in the U.S. for more than 10 years. Doug earned his first WQA certification in 1992 and currently holds MWS & CWR certifications. He has helped more than 40 employees maintain their water treatment education and WQA certifications. Doug has served as president on the Eastern Water Quality Association and serves on the WQA Board of Directors.  He also is a business advisor and facilitates HR workshops for small businesses.

Listen to Doug on the WQA Radio podcast:   


One full day of training at an affordable price:  Member: $375 | Non-member: $525 * 
*Onsite registration: Member: $400 | Non-member: $550

Register for Boot Camp when you register* for the WQA Convention & Exposition!
(If you are interested in registering for 
BOOT CAMP ONLY, call 774-247-4022 and get registered by phone).

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