Photo Credit: Steve Hernandez
Steve Hernandez, Owner
"My first CA-NV AWWA conference was about 16 years ago and the same
sense of belonging I felt back then has become deeply rooted through the course
of my career.
Each and every event that I have attended has been a great
experience and loaded with opportunities to learn a new variety of information,
practices, Industry equipment and technological advances.
2018 has been packed full of excitement and new opportunities with
CA-NV AWWA starting with the Operator Symposium event March 27 & 28 in
Burlingame, CA. It was a sold out event in which I attended both days for the
Water Operator Pipe Taping & Hydrant Hysteria Competitions. This year's
events were (in my opinion) the most competitive I've seen. The Operator
Competitions test skill, ability and knowledge of some of the top industry
professionals. The competitions are great for organizations in boosting morale,
building teamwork as well as promoting themselves as active leaders among
fellow water agencies.
I have built very strong relationships with colleagues throughout
the industry through seminars, training events and conferences. Most
recently, at the Operator Symposium I met Mr. John Tucker, Communications
Manager for the CA-NV AWWA Section. John encouraged me to consider working with
the Section's Education Committee for the upcoming Water Education Seminar
(WES) event. WES is an annual event (August 22) that attracts hundreds of
operators throughout California to gather for a day of learning from industry
leaders, educators, and specialists at Santiago Canyon College in Orange,
I also attended ACE18 in Las Vegas, NV this June and it was an
amazing event! The week was full of great options to learn, network and
grow as professionals, and for me it included a tour of the Las
Vegas Valley Water District /SNWA 1,200 MGD Booster Station L3PS,
that was in the construction phase and was definitely a pleasure to
see. At some point I heard there were over 12,000 attendees and over 400
vendors packed into the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino! I wish I had more time
during that week to get to all the technical sessions offered and vendor
displays, there was so much to see and do!
The one thing I have always loved about our industry is the amount
of "Opportunities" it has to offer any/everyone! I have to say that
if you are in the industry or trying to get into it, there are tons of
"opportunities" to get involved and to enhance your journey in this
CA-NV AWWA, I thank you for all of your efforts, past and future,
for making our AWWA Section one that I am very proud to be a part of!"