Meet the Society Board of Directors

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Meet Mitch!

Our first Society Board member we'd like to introduce you to is Mitch Clemente, CPD, FASPE, who serves as the Society President. He's a member of the Cleveland Chapter and has served on the Chapter and Society Board of Directors, in addition to various local and society-level committees. He has been a member since 1993.

What is your favorite thing about being a member of ASPE?  My favorite thing about being an ASPE member is the opportunity to network with other professionals in the industry. The Society has thousands of experts in the field of plumbing engineering, and if I come across a system or product that I am not familiar with, I just need to make a quick call or email to my fellow members and they are more than willing to help me out.

What is your favorite thing about serving on the Society’s BOD?  My favorite thing about being on the ASPE BOD is that I have the opportunity to help improve upon the products and benefits that our members receive. This is important because it helps our members become more knowledgeable and valuable designers and engineers in this industry.

When you started as an ASPE member, what kept you coming back to renew your membership year after year?  I keep renewing my membership for a few different reasons. One reason is the Plumbing Engineering Design Handbooks. They are a tool that I use on a regular basis and are a benefit of membership. Another reason is the huge network of professionals in this industry. I have reached out on numerous occasions to fellow members for their advice, which has helped me solve a problem. The knowledge gained at the monthly Chapter meetings is another reason I keep coming back to ASPE.  

Any final words?  I would encourage members, if they have not already done so, to attend their Chapter meetings on a regular basis. Participation in these meetings alone will strengthen your knowledge in plumbing-related systems, and you will grow your social as well as your professional circle of friends. Please feel free to reach out to me any time if you want to learn more about how ASPE can help you. You can reach me at aspepres@aspe.org.


Meet David!

davidOur second Society Board member we'd like to introduce you to is David DeBord, CPD, FASPE, LEED AP BD+C, GPD, ARCSA-AP, CFPS, who serves as the Society Vice President Technical. He's a member of the Chicago Chapter and has served on the Chapter and Society Board of Directors, in addition to various local and society-level committees. He has been a member since 1995.

Who convinced you to join ASPE and become involved in the first place? William J. "Bill" McCarthy, may he rest in peace, in 1978. We was my boss at C.F.Murphy in 1978. I worked with him again at Cosentini in 1984, until he retired. He was President of the Chicago Chapter when I joined.

Why did you decide to specialize in plumbing systems? I actually started drafting in 1972, and worked in all trades. They needed a plumbing engineer so the big boss started teaching me, I learned to love plumbing engineering.  

What is your favorite ASPE member benefit? I think that my favorite ASPE member benefit is the dynamic technical information that is updated regularly. It is important to know that we are constantly trying to update our materials, based on changes in technology, new techniques, and empirical data from real-life experiences. ASPE is the critical resource for this information.

What would you say to aspiring plumbing engineers or designers who are early on in their careers? I would say, increase your involvement in ASPE! The more you become involved, the more you will learn. Eventually, you will be helping to develop new methods, standards, and codes. It can be very rewarding. Every young engineer or designer should become part of ASPE Young Professionals (AYP) and if they are a woman, they should join the Women of ASPE and network with like-minded individuals. These are great opportunities for young people to become our future leaders. You can reach David at aspevpt@aspe.org.


Meet Vinny!

vinnyOur next Society Board member we'd like to introduce you to is Vincent (Vinny) Falkowski, P.E., PMP, CCM who serves as the Society's Vice President Membership. He's a member of the Long Island Chapter and has served on the Chapter and Society Board of Directors, in addition to various local and society-level committees. He has been a member since 2007.

Why did you join ASPE? Who inspired you to join?
I joined ASPE in 2007 while preparing to take my professional engineer's licensure exam. Being involved in the design & construction industry for most of my professional career, validation of my skills became necessary to advance within the profession; licensure provided that validation. ASPE provided all the necessary materials required to study for the plumbing engineering portion of the exam. While plumbing engineering was relatively small compared to other areas of engineering covered by the exam. ASPE covered all of the essentials I needed to achieve success in this area of the subject matter. The former Plumbing & Systems Design magazine (PS&D) was so well put together that I remained a member after achieving my license.

What is your favorite thing about the industry?
I am predominately a design & construction manager with mechanical, electrical, and plumbing experience. Being versatile with my skills affords me the opportunity to often choose my next assignment and join high-stakes projects and lead those high-performance teams based on my experiences.

What is your favorite memory from an ASPE chapter meeting, golf outing, networking event, etc?
I have many fond memories of ASPE events at both the chapter level and at the society level. I would like to believe that my favorite event hasn't occurred yet or maybe isn't even planned yet. If I had to pin one down that was extra special, it would be at the last convention in Pheonix, Arizona. I was successful in running for the Vice President of Membership position on our Board of Directors and after the installation dinner, my friends convinced the dueling pianists to sing me Happy Birthday. I was spending a birthday with a hundred friends which is a very special memory.  

What is one piece of advice you’d give to an engineer or designer early on in their career?
Work harder than everyone around you and learn something new each and every day. The extra things you learn and do will no doubt complement your experiences and lead to successes both professionally and personally. Volunteer in professional organizations even though your free time is a commodity as the relationships you forge during those assignments could result in new opportunities. Stay engaged!


Meet Carol!

carolOur next Society Board member we'd like to introduce you to is Carol L. Johnson, CPD, LEED AP, CFI who serves as the Society's Vice President Legislative. She's a member of the Alabama Chapter and has served on the Chapter and Society Board of Directors, in addition to various local and society-level committees. She has been a member since 1998.

What is your favorite thing about being a member of ASPE?
My favorite thing about being an ASPE member are my fellow members. I feel like we are a select group that understand each other. I feel blessed that so many have committed their time to our cause and profession. Everyone  has always been supportive. I owe a great deal to this Society with the Growth of my knowledge base and professional talent.

When you started as an ASPE member, what kept you coming back to renew your membership year after year?
I renew and stay committed to ASPE because I believe in what we do as a profession. I believe we are critical to the health and safety of people and the planet. I believe that it is important to do what I can to the best of my ability to educate, influence code and develop good design practice. I renew for the betterment of the profession but also out of respect for all the people who have given so much. I see ASPE as a collective effort of people whom I respect.

What is your favorite ASPE member benefit?
My favorite benefit for me is to serve as a Board member and see my friends from around the country at Convention and Symposium.  My favorite benefit to the members is the education with design and code to improve their skillset and opportunity.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to an engineer or designer early on in their career?
Knowledge is what sets you apart. You should never stop learning. Knowledge is the key to being great at anything you do in life.


Meet Vince!

vinceOur next Society Board member we'd like to introduce you to is Vince Scriboni. Vince serves as ASPE's Vice President Affiliate. He is a member of the Greenville Chapter and has been a member of ASPE since 1988. 

Why did you decide to join ASPE?
I was employed as a Regional Sales Manager by Speakman Co., and had just attended the 1998 ASPE Convention in Long Beach, CA. I had the opportunity to speak with many members of ASPE as well as some affiliates, and they all felt that if you were to be calling on the designers and engineers that joining ASPE would be a big step in promoting our products.  

Who has made the biggest impact on your career and why?
There are many people that have had an impact on my career. The first is my father, he was a partner in a plumbing company in New Jersey, and it was because of him that I chose to follow the same path. The second was Jim Stanaland with Speakman Co. Jim hired me and during my time working for him, he guided me on how to understand sales management and the importance of knowing your products  The third was Henry “Rusty” Spratlin. Rusty gave me insight into the importance of relationships as well as how to make a call on the engineers. 

I also had the opportunity to work and/or become friends with many other leaders in our industry such as Bernie Dolan & John Traynor of Dolan & Traynor, Pete Warshaw of Delta, Bob Derry of Deery-Pardue, Richard Woods of Salisbury Sales, Nick Giuffre of Bradford White, Ron Bradford of Signature Sales and Tony Wasch of BK Resourses. 

These gentlemen always took the time to assist me in growing in the industry. They were always there to give me advice, guidance and life lessons that have helped me in my career.

Looking back at your career, what would you say to yourself when you started out in this industry? What’s one piece of advice you’d offer? 
Take your time to know your product and provide the customer with good service. Always communicate with your customers and provide them with the correct information. Don’t sell them...make them want to buy from you. 

What is your favorite ASPE member benefit?
It is a benefit that you cannot buy...it is the knowledge and networking that ASPE has given me. ASPE membership has allowed me to grow within the industry and make so many great friends along the way.