Feb 27, 2020

2020 IECA Annual Conference Wrap-Up

The 2020 IECA Annual Conference & Expo took place from Feb. 23-26 in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

The IECA Annual Conference brought together erosion control professionals for three-days of educational sessions and networking.
The IECA Annual Conference brought together erosion control professionals for three days of educational sessions and networking.

Monday, Feb. 24

Though the 2020 IECA Annual Conference & Expo began on Feb. 22 with certification courses, the exhibit floor and educational sessions kicked off on Feb. 24. 

Not before Keynote Speaker Kevin Snyder had the crowd sing “Don’t Stop Believin’ during “Keynote Karaoke” and dancing to get out of their comfort zones, though. Snyder spoke on “The Ripple Effect: Success Strategies from Extraordinary Leaders,” which he said has four parts; belief, growth mindset, vision for change and action. 


Following the presentation, conference attendees dispersed for various educational sessions, and at lunchtime, the IECA Awards Luncheon was held for select attendees. 

 The 2020 award winners include the following: 

Environmental Excellence Award: Dr. Rich McLaughlin (North Carolina State University Erosion, Sediment and Turbidity Control Program)

Outstanding Professional of the Year: Earl Norton, M.S. CPESC, CPAg

Sustained Contributor: Charles R. Riling Jr., TRETCNO, ABI, CESSWI 

Sustained Partner Award: East Coast Erosion Control 

Young Members’ Achievements

Three Outstanding Professionals Under 30; Michael A. Perez, Ph.D., CPESC; Kristine Sommer, CPESC, QISP, QSD; and Sylvie Spraakman, P.Eng.
Four Outstanding Professionals Under 40: Adam Dibble, CPESC, CESSWI; Wesley N. Donald, Ph.D., E.I., CPESC; Dylan Drudul, CPESC and Stefano Rignanese, MS.


As the afternoon educational sessions came to a close,the exhibit floor opened following a ribbon cutting ceremony. For two hours, attendees and exhibitors mingled while enjoying appetizers and drinks as the day wrapped up. 


Tuesday, Feb. 25 

The second full day of the conference kicked off with more educational sessions and networking on the exhibit floor.   

In addition to sessions ranging in topic from BMP maintenance to regulations, attendees could visit the IECA Learning Lab/Contractor’s Corner where companies presented on products and topics specific to contractors. It was also the setting of the vendor showcases where companies highlighted and demonstrated their newest innovations. 

At their booths, some companies showcased various products, including the USDA who demonstrated its rainfall simulator. 


The show floor closed at 3 p.m. that day, giving IECA chapters time to meet and mingle potential new members. 

Throughout the entire conference, attendees could participate in a scavenger hunt that got them interacting with sponsoring exhibitors. Those with the most correct answers in the hunt were awarded gift cards. Additionally, IECA University Partner Students presented research and case studies in five-minute presentations on the exhibit floor, and IECA hosted a photo contest showcasing project photos. 


Wednesday, Feb. 26 

The final day of the conference kicked off with an International Attendee Breakfast followed by more educational sessions and networking on the exhibit floor. 

As the exhibit came to a close, all attendees enjoyed a “Taste of Raleigh” Lunch before either heading home or out on field tours, including visits to North Carolina State University and an “Oaks & Jokes History and Brewery Tour.”

And that’s a wrap on the 2020 IECA Conference. Next year’s conference will be held from February 21-24 in Kansas City, Missouri, and will be colocated with the Geosynthetics Conference. For more information, click here




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