WASDA Annual Meeting 2022

We're Heading to Naples, FL!


You might have heard. The WASDA Annual Meeting is happening from February 6 – 9, 2022. We will gather on-site at the The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples.

Join your industry colleagues and peers this February for an honest-to-goodness, in-person event. To learn about the ScheduleRegistration, Accommodations, and more, keep scrolling.

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Important Note: Each member company must pay their 2022 WASDA Membership Dues and any outstanding invoices before registering for the Annual Meeting. There will be a section to renew your WASDA membership once you login to your WASDA account for registration.


Access to the Registrant List: Members can access the Registrant List for the WASDA Annual Meeting 2022 by logging into their WASDA account on wasda.com/login. The Registrant List is posted directly on the Member Landing Page once logged in. This list will be updated at the end of each week. 


About the Event

The WASDA Annual Meeting (February 6 – 9, 2022) is the perfect platform for professionals in the water and sewer industries to gather for networking, learn about trends and challenges in the industry, and celebrate our community. Spouses and Guests are invited to attend alongside the industry attendee but are also required to register for badges.



Here’s what’s in store for 2022! The sequence of events will look familiar to those who frequent the Annual Meeting. For a quick Snapshot, note the following:


Sunday, February 6th


Board of Directors Meeting & Working Lunch


Committee Forums

Program, Marketing, & Education


Welcome Reception & Dinner Party

Monday, February 7th


Scholarship Fund Board of Directors Meeting


Keynote Presentation

Blake Williams, Battle Tested LLC


Member-led Session (Roundtables)


Committee Forums

Associate, Industry, & Membership


FLC Activities

All attendees are welcome!
Tuesday, February 8th


The Bernie M. Pipan Memorial 5K Walk/Run


General Business Session


Educational Session

Christopher Kuehl, PhD, Armada Corporate Intelligence 


Annual Golf Tournament 


Networking Reception

Wednesday, February 9th


Board of Directors Meeting & Breakfast





The schedule is subject to change. For a complete Schedule of Events, click below.
Complete Schedule of Events



What would an Annual Meeting be without some critical content for running your business and managing your company’s bottom line? Check out the two top-notch presenters, hand-picked by the WASDA Professional Development Committee (PDC) and the WASDA Education Committee.



Toe the Line – and Bring Resilience with You

In these unprecedented times, we must have the courage and discipline to toe the line each day to face the giants that oppose us. In this session we'll explore the impact that having a resilient mindset can have as we toe the line each day.  You'll come away inspired and equipped to develop your "stone" of resilience. 

About the Presenter: Blake Williams, Battle Tested, LLC

Blake is a leadership and resilience coach and has been leading others all his life.  He has lived his life to be a role model to others. He has endured a lot of hardship in his life, which he has learned lessons from to make himself better after each one.  He has learned how to be a resilient leader the hard way and now equips current and future leaders to better handle the adversity they will face at work and at home.

His corporate journey began in international logistics in 1995 after moving to Illinois from Alabama. After 10 years he transitioned into the field of export compliance for three different Fortune 500 companies. During this time, he earned a master’s degree in Training and Development. 

In 2012 Blake founded a non-profit, Battle Tested, that serves high school and college sports teams through leadership development, team building, and character development.  He’s a gifted professional speaker that shares compelling stories that motivates his audiences.

Blake has written two books, The Battle-Tested Teammate and The Battle-Tested Leader and is currently working on a third. He is passionate about pouring into others to help them to become the best versions of themselves and is always looking for ways to serve others in that way. He’s provided leadership coaching to many students and adults over the years and, in the latter half of his life, has decided to invest even more heavily into equipping current and future leaders.

Blake is also a father of five, an endurance athlete, and a lover of college football.



Last Spring if you joined us for WASDA CONNECT 2021, you heard this presenter offer in industry-tailored assessment of issues, challenges and strategies to grow your business over the next two years. He’s back in 2022 to review what has happened in the U.S. during the past 9 to 10 months and how it may impact your business.  

About the Presenter: Dr. Christopher Kuehl (PhD)

Dr. Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. He has been Armada’s economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations in the last ten years. He is the Chief Economist for the National Association for Credit Management and is on the Board of Advisors for their global division – Finance, Credit and International Business. He prepares NACM’s monthly Credit Managers Index. He is the Economic Analyst for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and writes their bi-weekly publication, Fabrinomics, which details the impact of economic trends on the manufacturer. 

Chris is the chief editor for the Business Intelligence Briefs, distributed all over the world by business organizations and he is one of the primary writers (with Keith Prather) for the Executive Intelligence Briefs. He also makes close to a hundred presentations each year to business and industry associations in the US and overseas. He is on the Board of the Business Information Industry Association in Hong Kong and serves as a resource for the media and for many trade publications.

Chris has a doctorate in Political Economics and advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years prior to starting Armada.


Annual Golf Tournament

  • WhenTuesday, February 8th, 2022
  • Tee Off: 1 PM Eastern
  • Round Fee: $290 inclusive (excludes Golf Club Rentals)

Enjoy a day outdoors at Tiburon Naples! The WASDA Annual Golf Tournament is ideal for an afternoon of sharing and networking. 

The Gold Course is a par 72 Championship Golf Course and host of the LPGA’s CME Globe and PGA’s QBE Shark Shootout. It showcases open fairways with large, tiered greens and sod stacked bunkers.


Golf Club Rentals

Golfers are responsible for their own golf club rental charges. Club rentals are estimated at $70 inclusive of taxes and per player. Six golf balls and Callaway Golf Club (rentals) are included. Please plan to pay onsite at the golf course.


To make golf rental plans ahead of time, contact Tiburon Naples at (239) 593 - 2200 for more information. 


Registration Badges

Secure your registration badge today! Please note that all fees are in USD.

Important Note: Each member company must pay their 2022 WASDA Membership Dues before registering for the Annual Meeting. Please make dues payment before registering. Contact WASDA at [email protected] or 630.672.3670 with any questions.


Early Bird Rate

Through January 7th

Regular Rate

After January 7th
1st and 2nd Delegates

(Same Company)


$750 / per person


$900 / per person

3rd and Additional Delegates*

(Same Company)


 $650 / per person


$800 / per person



$300 / per person


 $400 / per person

Bernie M. Pipan Memorial 5K Walk/Run


$50 / per person


$75 / per person

Golf Tournament

Note: Golf Club Rentals are available. 
Please note your rental needs during registration. 
The Course will contact you accordingly.



$290 / per person



$290 / per person

Please note the following items:
  • The registration fee is per person. The fee per person for the first two registrants is $750.00 / $900.00. The fee per person for any additional registrants is $650.00 / $800.00.
  • The Early Bird rate is automatically applied until Friday, January 7th.
  • *Two (2) Delegates from your company must be registered before selecting the "Third and Additional Delegates" registration type.
  • Spouses/Guests are individuals that do not work in the industry.
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Registration Tips

To register for the WASDA Annual Meeting, you will need your WASDA login credentials.
  • Your username is your email address associated with WASDA.
  • If you do not remember your password, please select "Forgot Password" to reset your password.
  • If you are a new user/member and do not have WASDA login credentials, please contact our office at the below information to set up a profile.

If you experience technical difficulties, please clear your web browser’s cookies, cache, and history in your web browser's "Settings."

Please contact Kaitlin O’Brien, WASDA Association Coordinator, at [email protected] if you continue to experience technical difficulties during registration.


Cancellation & Refunds

Cancellations received by Friday, January 7th, 2022, will receive a full refund. No refunds will be issued after Friday, January 7th. Cancellations must be in writing and sent to [email protected]. Please allow thirty (30) days for the processing of refunds. 

If the event cannot take place due to reasons of Force Majeure, WASDA will provide monetary credits for registrations fees purchased in 2022 for this event. 



Payment is accepted via online payment, a mailed check, or by fax. The following credit cards are accepted by WASDA: VISA, MasterCard, and American Express.

Payments by check can be mailed to WASDA at 800 Roosevelt Road, C-312, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137.


Safety Guidelines Consent

WASDA is committed to your safety and comfort at the WASDA Annual Meeting (February 6 – 9, 2022) and will adhere to the guidelines and restrictions set forth by the State of Florida, the City of Naples, and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples at the time of the event. By registering as an attendee, I agree to abide by these guidelines and any restrictions.


Photography & Video Recording Consent

Photography and video recording will be used throughout WASDA Annual Meeting 2022 and at related activities. Registration and attendance at and/or participation in Annual Meeting or other activities constitutes an agreement and consent by each registrant or participant for WASDA and/or its licenses to use and distribute (both now and in the future) the image, likeness and voice of each registrant or participant (or family members) in photographs, videotapes, printed material, electronic reproductions and audio recording that are taken or recorded at such event or related activities.



The block at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is currently sold out as of January 6th.

  • Rate: $309 / night plus taxes (additional $5 / night resort fee)
  • Cut-off Date: Thursday, January 6th, 2022 
  • The block is sold out.
  • Phone: If you need additional assistance, please contact The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples at at 1-877-557-3092.

If the group rate and/or block are no longer available, prevailing rates may be offered for some or all of your dates. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night’s room and tax deposit or confirmed via a major credit card.

Check-in is currently at 4:00 PM Eastern. Check-out is currently at 11:00 AM Eastern.

Cancellation Policy: Guestroom reservations must be cancelled no less than seven (7) days prior to the arrival date on each reservation to avoid a fee of one night’s room and tax.

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Travel Information

The preferred airport for travel to Naples, Florida is as follows: Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) approximately 25 miles (30 minutes) from the hotel and downtown Naples.


Check flight options accordingly. Note that ground travel times will vary pending time of day and traffic patterns between the airport and the hotel. Please plan accordingly.


Check out the Ground Transportation page on the airport website.

Parking at the The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is available for an additional fee.



If you have any questions, please contact WASDA at [email protected] or 630.672.3670.