SMRP 2014 Conference Review

2014 SMRP Conference

I had the privilege of attending the 2014 SMRP conference(Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals) in Orlando a few weeks ago. I always look forward to this annual conference. I enjoy spending time at the Marshall Institute Booth with co-workers. It’s always great catching up with colleagues whom I don’t see too often as we all travel so much. Marshall Institute typically works with 30+ clients at any given time. One of the things I love most about my job is that it never gets old. Each client has their own set of goals and opportunities. We help them identify these opportunities, put a strategic plan together as to how to address these opportunities and help them achieve success through training, consulting, and coaching.

SMRP Marshall Institute Booth

There was a great turnout at SMRP this year. We had a lot of visitors at our Marshall Institute booth. In the 3 days we were in Orlando, we had lots of opportunity to speak with new prospective clients as well as current and former clients. It’s always great to hear from clients that we have worked with in the past and learn that they are still benefiting for our services. There were a good number of attendees whom have completed our Maintenance and Reliability Management (MRM) course through NC State University. MRM is a 3 week course that affords the attendee a diploma in Maintenance and Reliability Management from NCSU and an opportunity to tak

e the CMRP test proctored by Marshall Institute. Many of our graduates are SMRP members and were in attendance at the Orlando conference.


The SMRP conference offered many presentations from some of the leaders in our industry. I attended several sessions and was impressed with both the quality of the speakers; most presentations were attended by 70 -100 enthused practitioners.

Greg Folts (President, Marshall Institute) and Chuck Jarrell (Powerhouse Leader, Campbell Soup Supply Company L.L.C.) presented on The Art of Good Leadership (article published by Plant Services). There were 80+people in attendance and they were all interested in the active question and answer session.

If you work in the Maintenance and Reliability world, I highly recommend you consider attending next years SMRP conference in Cincinnati, OH. It will afford you the opportunity to meet some of the greatest teachers, trainers, and authors in our industry. It’s also a great place to expand your network with fellow practitioners, but also with services providers such as consultancies, and product and tool manufacturers. I can assure you that your attendance and participation at the 2015 SMRP conference will be time and money well spent.  I hope to see you there.

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