World Economic Development Congress
8th Annual Water Summit, Sept. 22-24, 1999
|Repositioning Your Global
Investment, Business and Risk Portfolio: Lessons from the Global Finanical Crises
|Bill Reinhardt, Publisher of industry bible Public Works Financing posing a probing question to Rebecca Mark, CEO of Asurix, the dynamic new entry in the water/wastewater service industry. Ms. Mark captured the attention and imagination of the audience with her riveting imagery of the growth potential of the industry.|
Mayor Patrick McManus giving a heartfelt plea to cnferees to spread the word of the benefits of public-partnering. Too, often, he told the audience those forces opposed to privatization (organized labor, municipal mangers, etc.) set the agenda for public debate. The water companies should be proactive in telling the benefits of public-private partnering in our industry
|Some registrants brought wives and staff members to assist in speech preparation and exhibit booth set-up. Here two staff members are taking a break outside the Omni Shoreham Hotel in the brilliant sunshine of the first day of Autumn. Networking and business plans flourished amid the pressured examination of an industry in the throes of great change.|
|Water and wastewater industry leaders such as Richard Heckmann, (pictured at right) former CEO of US Filter, now President of Vivendi, delivered a message predicting strong and continued growth in water delivery and filtration services. While shying away from characterizing our industry as the "new internet" he does anticipate excellent opporunities for aggressive companies willing to take advantage of the growing need for potable water around the world.|
|Bill Reinhardt, publisher of a popular trade journal, eagerly fielded questions from audiences filled with representatives of emerging market nations and government officials.|
Larry Summers (right) and an unidentified, dour, colleague respond to audience questions [file photo].
|Kenneth Lay, CEO and Chairman of Enron Corp gave an overview of world conditions and opportunities.|
Of course, not everyone who who loves the microphone attended this year's
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