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This year is one of milestone anniversaries for the Portable Sanitation Association International. The PSAI, which represents portable restroom companies from around the globe, is in the midst of a 40th anniversary celebration. In addition, one of the pillars of the association, the PSAI Certification Program, marks 20 years of providing industry and regulatory-approved education for the portable restroom industry.

In 1971, a group of business owners got together in New Orleans and started the Portable Sanitation Association. Several years later, when “Dixi” of Germany joined the association, “International” was added to the name. While there is no way to recognize all the early pioneers of our industry, several names stand out, including Ed Cooper, Ed Crafton, Barry Gump, George Harding, Al Hilde, Mary and Dick McChelick, Bill Reynolds Sr. and Dorothy and Clyde Samson (Dorothy was the first female PSAI president).

These individuals brought integrity, professionalism and recognition to our industry and to the PSAI. Through hard work and dedication, the PSAI became well established and experienced steady growth through the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1990, the PSAI was fortunate to have Bill and Millicent Carroll come on board. Their efforts in growing the PSAI and working with various governmental agencies, organizations and companies worldwide cannot be underestimated.

In 1992, the PSAI Certification Manual was written in great part by Flay Anthony and the original Certification Committee. This group created an industry-specific educational program that has developed into the gold standard for portable sanitation worldwide. Accepted by state and other regulatory organizations, PSAI certification is a must for every PSAI member company. Translated into Spanish, the Certification Program is international in scope. The program continues to raise the standards of education in the industry.

The M.Z. “Andy” Gump Award was established in 1993 to recognize lifetime achievement in our industry. The “best of the best” have been honored over 19 years with this distinguished honor.

James Elliot from Barbados became the first international president of the PSAI, serving 2010-2011. He was instrumental in founding the International Working Group Committee, which will be responsible for the further growth and expansion of PSAI membership beyond the U.S.

Today, 551 domestic member companies represent 50 states and 105 international companies represent 46 countries on six continents. The current board of directors includes three international members (Barbados, Colombia and India), the most ever. At the most recent convention in San Antonio, 15 international members attended from these countries: Barbados, Canada, Colombia, India, New Zealand, Nigeria and Trinidad and Tobago.

The PSAI has collaborative agreements with working groups or associations in England, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The world has become more connected and the PSAI is leading the way for the industry.

Plan to attend the grand finale of this yearlong anniversary celebration by attending the 2012 PSAI Convention Oct. 30-Nov. 4 in San Diego. Check out the new and improved website at www.psai.org for further details.



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