Mid-Atlantic Cross Connection Control Conference (MAC-4)

BWI Airport Marriott, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090 USA

Join us in 2014 for the Mid-Atlantic Cross-Connection Control Conference (MAC-4) to be held at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport Marriott. The BWI Marriott is a luxury hotel conveniently located close to downtown Baltimore and less than 30 minutes from Washington DC. The hotel facilities include an indoor pool, restaurant, fitness center, free WiFi and business center. Complimentary round trip shuttle service from BWI airport is available to all hotel guests.


Regular Conference Attendees:  

Licensed Inspectors Only

Schedule of Events

7:30 AM   Registration/Check-In, Breakfast and Exhibits Open
8:30 AM   Moderator – Les O’Brien - Introduction, Greeting, CEU Notification
8:35 AM  

Session 1

Changes within the UF TREEO Backflow Prevention Program
Carol Hinton – Acting Director,
University of Florida – Training, Research, & Education for Environmental Occupations
9:00 AM  

Session 2

Paul Schwartz, P.E. – Chief Engineer
University of Southern California: Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulic Research
10:00 AM   Break and Exhibits Open
10:30 AM  

Session 3

Maryland State Code Requirements for Cross Connection Control
Dick Wagner, P.E.
10:50 AM  

Session 4

Comparing backflow assembly test procedures throughout the United State
Sean Cleary, V.P. IAPMO Backflow Prevention Institute, Past President ASSE

11:30 AM  

Session 5

Cross Connection Control Program Updates
Washington Suburban Sanitary Comission: Tom Buckley
Anne Arundel County, MD:  Justin Manns
Charles County, MDKristy McAndrew & Steve Fox (HDI, Inc.)
12:00 PM   Lunch Provided and Exhibits Open
1:00 PM  

Session 6

Survey & Inspection: Best Practices
Glenn Adamus – HydroDesigns, Inc.
2:00 PM   Break and Exhibits Open
2:30 PM  

Session 7

Backflow Test Kit Design and Operation
Mike Leuck – Midwest Instrument, Inc.
3:30 PM  

Session 8

The Lead Free Law
Jim Purzycki – BAVCO
4:30 - 5:00 PM   Closing Comments, Door Prizes, & Adjourn

Conference Organizer

Chip Matthews

Integrated Cross Connection Partners, LLC
Chip started Integrated Cross Connection Partners, LLC with a single mission, “To educate and empower the public to manage non-potable water in their communities”. He is a Maryland State Certified Backflow Instructor, UF TREEO Certified in Survey & Inspection, Program Management, Repair, and Certified as a UF TREEO Instructor. He has a B.S. degree in Law & Public Policy from the University of Maryland and a MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. Most of all, Chip is dedicated to finding creative ways to create awareness and alternative educational opportunities pertaining to Cross Connection Control and backflow.


Les O'Brien

Loben Consulting, Inc.
Les has been an instructor for backflow prevention and cross-connection control courses in Florida since 1983 and has been responsible for training instructors of backflow prevention tester training programs throughout the United States. He is a Past President of the American Backflow Prevention Association  (1989-90). He is currently a member of the ABPA Public Awareness and Education Committee. Les was also a member of AWWA's 512 Committee. Les and his family created the story line for the comic/coloring book, "Buster Backflow."


Carol Hinton

Carol Hinton University of Florida
Training, Research, & Education for Environmental Occupations (TREEO)

Carol is responsible for all administrative, financial, promotional and programming areas at UF/TREEO. She handles all administrative functions for FlaWARN including deploying to the EOC during an emergency. She has been employed at UF/TREEO for more than 20 years and involved with FlaWARN from its inception.

She is the Vice President of the Florida Section American Water Resources Association, a member of the leadership team for Florida Section American Water Works Association Region XI, a member of the Utility Management Committee of Florida Water Environment Association and the Water Environment Foundation Utility Management Committee. She is also a member of the Green Meeting Industry Council, Society of Government Meeting Professionals and served as vice chair for the communication committee for the APEX green meetings standards panel that is tasked with setting standards for green meetings for the US EPA.

Paul Schwartz

  University of Southern California
Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research

Paul received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He has been the Chief Engineer of the U.S.C. Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research since 1977, with responsibilities to oversee the Laboratory and Field Evaluation Program; instruct at the Foundation’s training courses; and coordinate the update of the Foundation’s Manual of Cross-Connection Control. Paul also maintains a Professional Engineer’s License in the State of California.

Sean Cleary

Sean Cleary IAPMO Backflow Prevention Institute

Sean started his career in the plumbing and mechanical industry at age 18 in 1978 as a first year apprentice with United Association Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 524, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Four years later he received his Journeyman Plumber License from the City of Scranton, and in 1988 he received his Master Plumbers License. Over the course of his career he has worked on projects ranging from single family housing to prisons, power plants, hospitals, and heavy industrial systems. In 1994 Sean became a journeyman and apprentice instructor with Local 524 and over the years set up the Local’s Backflow, Medical Gas, and Valve Repair Certification Programs. Sean attended the United Associations Instructor Program, graduating in 1999. In 2005, he began teaching at the United Association Instructor Training Program. Sean is currently the lead instructor for backflow certification training at the Instructor Training Program. In 2008 he became a Field Manager with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. In December of 2010 he was appointed the Director of Education and Training for the IAPMO Backflow Prevention Institute. Sean has written numerous articles for a number of trade publications including DW&BP, Plumbing Standards, Official, and Plumbing Engineer magazines on plumbing code and cross-connection control issues.

Sean involvement with the American Society of Sanitary Engineering began in 1994. He has served the ASSE as both a Society Officer and on a number of working groups and technical committees. He was elected International President during the Society’s centennial year in 2006. Sean is currently the Chairman of the ASSE Cross-Connection Control Technical Committee and the Working Group Chairman for the ongoing ASSE Series 5000 Standard revision.

Tom Buckley

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Tom is a 21 year veteran with WSSC. He began his career as a Code Enforcement Specialist (now known as Plumbing Inspector) and was later promoted to Senior Code Enforcement Specialist (nka Senior Plumbing Inspector). He was promoted to Plans Review and Licensing Supervisor then after several years in that position, he became the Chief Plumbing Inspector. Today, Tom is the Code Planning and Cross Connection Coordinator.

Glenn Adamus

Glenn Adamus Hydrodesigns, Inc.

Glenn has been with Hydro Designs, Inc. since 2001. He has managed cross connection control programs within Municipal, Commercial, and Industrial segments throughout multiple states and Canada. He has performed cross connection survey, backflow prevention assembly testing, cross connection control training and water distribution analysis work in manufacturing, medical, food processing, and military sectors throughout the USA and Canada. He received his undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Michigan Dearborn.

Mike Lueck

Mike Lueck MidWest Instrument

Mike has been active in cross-connection control and backflow prevention with ABPA, ASSE, BPMA, State of Michigan and the UA since 1984 and is currently a member of the ABPA Certification committee. He has been recognized on many occasions for his contributions to the field, including: receiving the ABPA Golden Eagle Award in 2000, being named the Michigan Chapter of ASSE Cross Connection Control Person of the Year in 2002, and receiving the Vistage Michigan CE 15 Soaring Eagle in 2013. Additionally, he has been recognized for his work on the ASME B40.6 standard covering Pressure Limiter Valves and is the recipient of a U.S. Patent (7,059,194 B1) for a Pressure Fault Device.

Mike received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and joined Mid-West Instrument in 1984 where his first responsibility was the backflow test kit program. He is currently the Vice-President of Engineering & Quality Control.

Jim Purzcyki


Jim holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from California State University at Long Beach in Management and Finance. He began his career as a backflow assembly tester and repair technician, and has held these certifications for the past 41 years. He sits on the committee of the American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA) in addition to many regional Cross Connection Control groups around the country. Jim currently works as Manager of BAVCO, a wholesale distributor of backflow assembly repair parts, where he has provided training and education in the development, implementation and running of Cross Connection Control Programs across the United States for the past 31 years.