Plumbing Manufacturers International Brings on New Board Member

Bob Neff, product compliance and regulatory manager at Delta Faucet, says he’ll be able to bring a perspective not currently represented on the PMI board of directors

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Bob Neff of Delta Faucet Company has joined the board of directors of Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI).

An active PMI member since 2016 and co-chair of PMI’s Technical Committee since 2019, Neff is the product compliance and regulatory manager at Delta Faucet Co. In this role at Delta, he leads the compliance and regulatory team in new product development and sustainment.

As the co-chair of PMI’s Technical Committee, Neff plays a key role among a group of industry technical experts who monitor proposed changes to local, state, national and international plumbing codes and standards, including “green” codes to foster greater sustainability.

Bob Neff
Bob Neff

“Our group relies on collaboration and feedback from PMI members to guide our activities,” he says. “It’s amazing how much activity there is to keep up with and how quickly things move.”

Having started his career at Delta as a lab technician in 2012, Neff says this personal perspective will complement other PMI board members who come mostly from engineering backgrounds. Lab testing validates whether or not plumbing products meet codes and standards. And, as a self-described millennial, Neff says his point of view will help the board to more thoroughly understand the values and contributions younger workers bring into the workplace.

A graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology, Neff says he is looking forward to building bridges between PMI and industry allies. For example, he recalls introducing himself at a town hall event in Indianapolis to Dave Yanchulis, director of the Office of Technical and Information Services at the U.S. Access Board, the federal agency that develops and maintains accessibility guidelines and standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other laws.

This introduction led to Yanchulis coming to St. Pete Beach, Florida, to present at the PMI19 Manufacturing Success Conference and opened the door to PMI members having the opportunity to provide feedback on the ADA Standards chapter on plumbing elements and facilities.

“His presentation at the conference was very interesting and helpful,” Neff says.

About Plumbing Manufacturers International

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the trade association of plumbing product manufacturers that produce more than 90% of the United States’ plumbing products, represent more than 150 iconic brands, and develop safe, reliable and innovative water-efficient plumbing technologies. PMI advocates for plumbing product performance contributing to water efficiency and savings, sustainability, public health and safety, and consumer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.safeplumbing.org.



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