SMRP Announces Record Attendance at Annual Conference

New Board of Directors Introduced to Over 1,000 Event Attendees

ATLANTA, Ga. (October 22, 2015) The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) today announced attendees at its 23rd Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, reached a record 1,013 from 27 different countries. The event provided a unique opportunity for these professionals, practitioners, technicians, educators and executives to come together to educate, equip and excel in the maintenance, reliability and physical asset management profession.

"Every year the SMRP Conference provides a unique opportunity for industry professionals to come together and to learn from the brightest and most influential individuals,” said Christopher Mears, SMRP 2015 Annual Conference Chair. "The growing and diverse attendance reflects SMRP’s goal of providing world-class education.”

The conference attendees featured 54 track sessions and 19 workshops over the course of four days, including keynote addresses from renowned thought leaders Cam Marston and Ricky Smith. Attendees were also able to interact with 80 exhibiting companies and tour six different facilities throughout Cincinnati.  

During the closing ceremonies of the conference, the new Board of Directors was introduced to all attendees and SMRP members. SMRP is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Board of Directors:

  • Bob Kazar, Chair
  • Larry Hoing, Vice Chair
  • Howard Penrose, Treasurer
  • Vlad Bacalu, Secretary
  • Craig Seibold, Past Chair
  • Gina Kittle, Member Services Director
  • Bruce Hawkins, Certification Director
  • Carl Schultz, Outreach Director
  • Paul Casto, Body of Knowledge Director
  • Christopher Mears, Education Director

Registration for the 24th Annual Conference opens in May 2016. The event will take place in Jacksonville, FL from October 17-19.

About Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals 
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is a not-for-profit professional society formed by practitioners to serve leaders and advance reliability, maintenance and physical asset management. SMRP provides value for professionals, individual practitioners and companies who are committed to sustaining best practices within their industries. With over 4,000 members worldwide, SMRP provides its community with a vast array of benefits, including international affiliations, domestic public and private partnerships, educational opportunities, Body of Knowledge resources and ANSI-accredited certifications, plus local and global networking events. For more information on SMRP, please visit



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