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April 26, 2018



Hilton Hotel, Palm Springs, CA
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This symposium is for Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Architects and Equipment Dealers concerned with the reliable operability of emergency/backup power systems and fire pump reliability.  The Emergency Power/Fire Pump and Design Reliability Symposium have drawn the foremost experts in their respective fields to provide attendees with the very latest technology and research available to assist the specifiers in the design of 7x24 facilities.  Registration is limited so complete and return the attached registration as soon as possible.

To reduce Attendee’s time away from the office we have reduced the 2 day Symposium to a 1 day event, Thursday, April 26th.  There will be 6 Speakers plus a Key Note.  This will allow Attendee’s to arrive on Wednesday, April 25th, in late afternoon or evening and depart late Thursday evening, April 26th or Friday the 27th.  The hosted “Spirits, Wine and Cigars” Networking Social will be held at the Poolside Bar between 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM Wednesday, April 25th.  Golfers, we are going to have the 1st Annual 2 Person Best Ball Tournament on Friday, April 27th at Indian Canyons Golf Resort.

Registration $675.00
Government Rate

This is an educational format with CEU’s attached
2 nights lodging

Registration Includes:

This is an educational format with CEU’s attached
2 nights lodging
Breakfast, lunch, dinner on Wednesday and Thursday
Door Prize Drawings

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Symposium Schedule:

Wednesday April 25

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM FTI Sales Meeting (FTI Sales Reps only)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner for FTI Reps and arriving Attendee’s
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM Poolside Bar Hosted “Networking Social”

Thursday April 26

8:00 AM Opening Remarks
8:15 AM – 8:50 AM Brian Buscher –
NFPA 20 Considerations for Diesel Driven Fire Pumps
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Dave Forrester –
Water, the #1 Contaminant of Diesel Fuel-How to Remove It and Control It.
10:00 AM – 10:50 AM

Howard Chesneau –
Biological Issues in Long Term storage and how to prevent them.

11:00 AM- 11:50 AM KEY NOTE : Norm Arikawa –
International Trade through the Los Angeles Gateway.
12:00 Noon      Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM

Scott Grossbauer –
Eliminating Condensation from Diesel Fuel Storage Tanks.

2:30 PM – 3:20 PM

Victoria Horton –
“Stored Battery Reliability”

3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

Gregory Hagopian –
5 Steps to Assure Operable Diesel Fuel in Long Term Storage

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner

Friday April 27

9:30 AM 2 Person Best Ball Golf, Indian Canyon Golf Resort

About our speakers:

Howard Chesneau is the President of Fuel Quality Services, Inc. Fuel Quality Services, Inc. is registered as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). His experience in fuel additives, microbial detection, distillate fuel problems, fuel filtration and tank remediation extends over 30 years. Mr. Chesneau is the current Chairman of and is on the IASH Board of Directors (International Association for Stability, Handling, and Use of Liquid Fuels, Inc.). He served as editor for the ASTM, STP 1005 “Distillate Fuel Contamination, Storage, and Handling”. Mr. Chesneau is the author of the section “Remediation Techniques”, in ASTM Manual 47 titled “Fuel and Fuel System Microbiology: fundamentals, diagnosis, and contamination control”.

Gregory Hagopian is President of Fuel Technologies International; a manufacturer of FM Approved automated stored diesel fuel maintenance equipment installed to preserve the quality of stored diesel fuel for assurance of operability of emergency power and fire suppression systems. Prior to his asset purchase of Fuel Technologies, Inc. in May of 2003, Mr. Hagopian served as Vice President of Operations at Fuel Technologies, Inc. for nine years. Mr. Hagopian has been a featured or guest speaker for numerous professional organizations and design engineer groups. Mr. Hagopian has authored several articles regarding stored diesel fuel stability for industry publications and is the editor of the FTI Technical Information Report.  Mr. Hagopian is a member of NFPA, EGSA, AFE & Midwest Chapter of 7x24 Exchange.  Mr. Hagopian received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army in 1969.

David Forester joined Fuel Quality Services, Inc. in Global Products Development. He has over 30 years experience in the fuels business to include development of new products, reformulations, improvements to diesel fuel additive product lines, and has designed, implemented and automated many fuel test methods including many ASTM standards. Mr. Forester has over 13 years of experience directly related to refinery process chemicals, coke retardants for delayed coker and resid furnaces, and metal passivators. As a research chemist he has had many years in evaluation and development of the following items; overbased Ca and Mg detergents, industrial lubricants, natural gas engine lubricants, asphalt product support, use of foreign base oils for domestic additive translation to Latin America, South America, and Far East and fire resistant hydraulic fluid research, industrial gear oil research, including field trials in coal fired power generation plants.

Mr. Forester has authored, co-authored and provided technical input to the following Literature & Publications;

  • Laboratory Thermal Stability Test Methods for Aviation Turbine Fuel: Static and Laminar Flow Evaluations for JP8+100 Thermal Stability
  • 7th International Conference on Stability and Handling of Liquid Fuels, Graz, Austria, Sept 24-29, 2000 Author(s): David R. Forester - The Lubrizol Corp.; George A. Malchow – The Lubrizol Corp.; Bharat B. Malik - The Lubrizol Corp.; George R Wilson, III – SWRI.
  • Jet Fuel Thermal Stability - Lab Testing for JP8+100
    • Date Published: 2002-05-06 Paper Number: 2002-01-1651 DOI: 10.4271/2002-01-1651
    • Citation:  Forester, D., Malik, B., and Taylor, S., "Jet Fuel Thermal Stability - Lab Testing for JP8+100," SAE Technical Paper 2002-01-1651, 2002, doi: 10.4271/2002-01-1651.
    • Author(s): David R. Forester - The Lubrizol Corp.; Bharat B. Malik - The Lubrizol Corp.  Spencer E. Taylor - BP Oil
  • Co-authored Chapter 11 “Methods for Assessing Stability and Cleanliness of Liquid Fuels in Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products” 8th Edition published 2010 by ASTM.

Scott Grossbauer works for Donaldson Company, a global manufacturer of filtration systems for a broad range of air and liquid markets. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and his MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Scott’s professional career has been spent at Donaldson Company. He began as an engineer in the Exhaust & Emissions group, designing products for the heavy duty truck and retrofit markets. He then moved into a Business Development roll within Donaldson’s Industrial Air Filtration division. Currently Scott is the Global Director for Donaldson’s Clean Fuel & Lubricant Solutions division: a business unit dedicated to contamination control resulting in the delivery of clean fluids into customers’ equipment.

Brian Buscher is the Global Product Manager for Fire Protection for Xylem Inc, whose brands include AC Fire Pump. Brian is a Principal member of the NFPA 20 Technical Committee on Fire Pumps and a member of the UL448 Standards Technical Panel. Brian has 20 years of experience in the stationary fire pump market and has conducted seminars and trained thousands of contractors, fire authorities, consultants and engineers all over the world.

Victoria Horton
Keller, TX
EPAC Sales and Service Co. Inc.

TCCC – (1980) Associates Degree; Mid-Management
UTA - (1981-1986) Marketing & Mid-Management

(1993) EGSA – “On-Site Power Generation Systems”

Manufacture Trained:
Marathon Electric – Generator Principals and Trouble Shooting
Thomson Technology – Automatic Transfer Switches and Switchgear
Miratech (and others) – Silencers and Exhaust Systems
Pryco – Fuel Systems; Storage, controls and movement of fuel
Fuel Technologies Int’l – Fuel Maintenance Systems
Saft – NiCad Batteries for Engine Cranking Applications.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Norman Arikawa has worked at the Port of Los Angeles for over 40 years and is currently the Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port. His responsibilities include promotion of the port and to develop inbound and outbound trade. He has helped to develop a program to outreach to small and medium businesses that promotes export opportunities and to educate them on the available resources for exporting called “trade connect” which received the Presidential “E Star” Award in 2013. He also is responsible for coordinating visits by foreign officials to the port and frequently meets with government leaders such as heads of state, ministers and ambassadors from countries around the world.  He is assigned to assist the staff of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to promote and assist foreign direct investment for Los Angeles. He has served as co-chairperson of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Global Initiatives Committee and is currently advisor to the Brazil California Chamber of Commerce. He is also currently a member of the District Export Council of Southern California by appointment of the US Secretary of Commerce and is a member of the board of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council.

Prior to his current position, he held positions of chief accountant for the Port and was involved in several major port financings including the development of the port’s $1 billion construction program for development of Terminal Island. He instituted the port’s risk management and insurance program and has served on several national port industry committees for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration. He served as a national co-chair for the US Maritime Administration committee for the development of the publication “Port Risk Management and Insurance Guidebook – 1998” which was published in October 1998. He also has served as chairman of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities Insurance and Finance Committee.

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