Issue: 4/03

ISH North America show organizers have announced a new multi-level structure for its seminar program unveiled last year at ISH North America in Toronto, ON. Show attendees at this year's event at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino's new Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, from October 1-3 will experience a variety of educational sessions in six key industry areas.

The seminar tracks include: Hydronics; Hvac; Kitchen & Bath; Plumbing--Pipes, Valves and Fittings; Environmental (Green) Systems; and Business Management/Marketing.

Recognized as industry leaders and "must see" speakers, ISH North America's initial line-up of "hands-on" professionals includes Julius Ballanco, Jim Olsztynski, John Siegenthaler, Matt Freije, and Rick Fedrizzi.

Julius Ballanco, P.E., is president of JB Engineering and Code Consulting, P.C., a firm specializing in code and standard consulting in the areas of plumbing, mechanical, life safety and fire protection engineering. Before establishing this firm, Ballanco was head of Plumbing and Mechanical Engineering for Building Official and Code Administrators (BOCA) International, Inc. He is a well-known lecturer, having instructed over 1,200 seminars. He serves as the vice president-legislative for the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. Ballanco is also a monthly columnist in both PME and Plumbing & Mechanical magazines. He has authored "Ballanco on Plumbing," "The BOCA National Plumbing Code Commentary," and "The Plumbing of Residential Fire Sprinklers," and has also co-authored "The Illustrated National Plumbing Code Design Manual." Ballanco serves on many national standard committees, including ANSI/ASME, ASTM, NSF, and ASSE. A graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology, he is both a Registered Professional Engineer and Licensed Master Plumber. He will give two presentations in the Plumbing--PVF area: "Major Code Revision on Drainage and Venting," and "Water and Backflow Plumbing Code Update."

Jim Olsztynski is Consulting Editor of PME, Editorial Director of Plumbing & Mechanical and Editor of Supply House Times. He has been a professional writer-editor for 30 years, 25 of them associated with the plumbing industry. He also publishes an online newsletter for contractors, "e-PHC Profit Report," and another for the advertising community, "PME Insider." Olsztynski is the recipient of seven national awards for editorial excellence, and a nine-time winner of "F.M. Cockrell Editorial Excellence" Awards, named after the BNP founder. Olsztynski will moderate a discussion of current plumbing/PVF issues by a blue-ribbon panel of industry VIPs.

John Siegenthaler, P.E., is principal of Appropriate Designs, a consulting engineering firm in Holland Patent, NY. He has been involved in the design of hydronic heating systems for 25 years and has taught numerous seminars across North America. John is a frequent hydronics article author in PME and a monthly columnist in PM magazine. He is also the author of the texts "Modern Hydronic Heating," and "Radiant Precision," and co-developer of software called the Hydronics Design Studio. His hydronics course topic is "Cures for Short-Cycling in Hydronic Heating Systems." John will also lead several educational programs for the Radiant Panel Association in conjunction with his presentations at ISH NA. These classes will be open to both RPA members and non-members.

One of the plumbing engineering community's foremost authorities on Legionnaire's Disease, Matt Freije is the author of "Legionellae Control in Health Care Facilities: A Guide for Minimizing Risk and Management Plan for Legionella and Other Waterborne Pathogens," "Home Plumbing Systems: How to Reduce Your Risk of Legionnaires' Disease and Other Bacterial Infections," and "Spas, Hot Tubs, and Whirlpool Bathtubs: A Guide for Disease Prevention." He is president of HC Information Resource, a firm that offers publications, consulting, and seminars on Legionella and other waterborne pathogens. He will address the hvac audience with a Legionnaires' Disease Update.

Rick Fedrizzi is a principal with the Global Environment and Technology Foundation, the Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, and president of Green-Think, an environmentally focused marketing and communications consulting firm providing services for the residential and commercial built environments. Rick founded Green-Think after a distinguished 25-year career at United Technologies subsidiary Carrier Corp., where he directed environmental marketing and communication efforts. Fedrizzi is the founding chairman of the U.S. Green Buildings Council, an organization dedicated to promoting the understanding, development and accelerated implementation of "Green Building" policies, programs (LEED), technologies, standards and design practices. He is also currently serving as president of the World Green Building Council. His seminar topic is "Selling Green Beyond Marketing."

Additional speakers and topics within each of the six separate seminar tracks will be announced shortly.

ISH NA is produced in partnership with Messe Frankfurt, Inc., the American Supply Association (ASA), the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association (PHCC-NA). Last year, 475 companies presented their latest products and services to an audience approaching 11,000 trade buyers and visitors. ASA and PHCC-NA will again hold their annual meetings in conjunction with ISH North America.

The show partners have also announced that ISH North America 2004 will be held in Boston. Dates and times have not been released. Visit for show updates.

For more show information, contact Messe Frankfurt, Inc., 1600 Parkwood Circle, Ste. 515, Atlanta, GA 30339, ph. (770) 984-8016, (866) 984-8016, Fax (770) 984-8023, e-mail,