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WQA Business Boot Camp speakers lineup announced
Business operations experts to inspire attendees at April 26 event

Ill. (Jan. 28, 2019) – Experts in leadership, human resources and business financial planning will share strategic planning ideas and tools in the second annual WQA Business Boot Camp, an intensive one-day workshop in all aspects of running a water treatment business.  Aimed primarily at dealers, the event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort.

“We are excited to offer such a great lineup of speakers, who can show water treatment specialists how to run more robust, profitable businesses,” said Tom Bruursema, WQA’s Associate Executive Director of Member & Public Engagement. “We’re building on a successful first Boot Camp to make this a don’t-miss event for our dealer members.”

Presenters include:

  • Mary Lynn Fayoumi, President and CEO of HR Source, on “Achieving Results Through Employee Engagement.”
  • Debra Zabloudil, President and CEO of The Learning Studio, Inc., speaking on “Developing the Leaders Within You.”
  • Kurt Rickhoff, second-generation owner of accounting firm Rickhoff and Associates, who will share tips on “Planning for Profitability: Business Management.”
  • Tim Miles, founder and CEO of marketing and management consulting firm Tim Miles & Co., who will provide inspirational closing remarks on leadership and management.

Last year, 75 people attended WQA’s first-ever Business Boot Camp, giving it positive reviews. This year’s event is the day following the 2019 WQA Convention & Exposition, which is expected to draw more than 3,000 water quality industry professionals from around the world to the Las Vegas Convention Center April 23-25.

Attendees can register for Boot Camp at the same time they register for the WQA Convention.  The cost is $350 for WQA members, $500 for non-members.


WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

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