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Information on the Organizational Meeting

Kick Off Conference Agenda

July 26, 2018

Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC


8:00 am Welcome and Introductions

8:15 am Keynote Address

Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX)

8:45 am SUE Association Organizational Considerations

John Palatiello, John M. Palatiello & Associates & SUE Association Consultant

9:45 am Break

10:15 am Why Are We Here? Issues Affecting SUE Practice

  • Jim Anspach, Director of Utility Market and Practice Development, Cardno & Chair, Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute (UESI), American Society of Civil Engineers
  • John Berrettini, Vice President and Co-Owner, A/I/DATA & Member, ASCE Committee on Utility Data Collection


11:45 am Lunch

Luncheon Speakers:

  • Anthony Bedell, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Bobby Fraser, Director, Office of Governmental, International, and Public Affairs; Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA); U.S. Department of Transportation

1:15 pm Risk Management and Professional Liability in SUE

Justin Klein, President, Klein Agency, LLC

2:00 pm Discussion and Vote on SUE Association Formation

John Palatiello, John M. Palatiello & Associates & SUE Association Consultant

2:30 pm Break

3:15 pm Open Forum: Next Steps & SUE Association Priorities

SUE Association President (TBD) and John Palatiello

4:00 pm Adjourn

Additional Information

In order to launch the SUE Association, an organizational meeting should be convened.  To attract participation, this meeting should be a conference that combines a meeting to establish the association with an education program.

The introductory meetings should be the basis for enrollment of original, founding members.  These members will convene to answer the following questions:

  1. Who will serve as the first Board Members?
  2. What are the Income and Expenses?
    1. Membership Dues – Whether there will be one set cost for all members or different options based on income, size of business, individual vs. company, etc., the dues structure needs to be reflective of the industry
    2. Non-Dues Income – This could include sponsorships, grants, registration fees, partnerships with industry partners, contributions from Board Members, etc. and is very important to an association’s bottom line since membership numbers will fluctuate from year to year
    3. Annual Budget – Once the income and expenses are determined, it is imperative to set an annual budget based on the projected income and expenses, so that the Board and its members know how much money is allotted for each of the activities of the association. Once the above steps are taken, the association will need to design marketing materials and obtain the necessary insurance policies.

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