PM Engineer editorial director, Julius Ballanco, has submitted his candidacy for the post of Secretary/Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.

"It has always been my ambition to one day lead the Society as President," he said in his letter of nomination. "By deciding to run for the position of Secretary/Treasurer, I intend to begin my journey to the Presidency. In the future, my interest would be in the positions of Vice President-Legislative and Vice President-Technical. I believe that my background and experience qualify me for these positions."

Ballanco continued, "Our current and past officers have brought the Society to its present day position as the well-known, leading authority for the plumbing engineering community. I would like to be a part of the group that will clearly establish the Society as a peer among the other engineering and architectural societies.

"Being the Secretary/Treasurer is an important part of the plan in moving the Society forward. While some consider the Treasurer part of the position as one to just look at financial figures, I do not. As a business owner for the past eight years, I know the importance of the financial picture of a business. I also understand the importance of using financial status to develop a long-term business plan. Without proper financial backing, you cannot advance any business, including the Society. As Secretary/Treasurer, I would like to establish a strong financial backing for the future advancements of ASPE."

Voting is slated to take place October 26 at the ASPE convention in Indianapolis.