Plumbing manufacturers group seeks new director


The Plumbing Manufacturers Institute, Rolling Meadows, Illinois, has announced that long-serving CEO and executive director Barbara Higgins will step down and that the search is on for a replacement.

No reason was given for Higgins’ departure, but she will continue to lead the organization until a replacement is found.

“Barb has assembled a dedicated professional staff with a well-connected team of consultants committed to building trusted global industry relationships. With a strong financial footing to support the organization’s strategic plan, this team continues to add membership value year after year” said PMI board of directors president Peter Jahrling. “Our network of building industry coalitions expands, with strong and focused industry influence, and our member value is at an all-time high. It is on that solid foundation that PMI continues to build and grow.”

“In the meantime, it’s business as usual for PMI,” said Paul Patton, PMI immediate past board president. “We will ensure the transition is smooth and transparent,” Patton said. “We have achieved a lot over the past years as an organization, and we have great momentum to keep moving forward – an active board of directors and engaged member company CEOs, outstanding committee chairs and the willingness of association participants to step up to industry leadership roles, with member value ever increasing.”

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Megan Monaco by email:

Plumbing Manufacturers International is a voluntary, not-for-profit international industry association of manufacturers of plumbing products. It represents 90 percent of plumbing manufacturers in the U.S. It advocates for plumbing product performance and innovation contributing to water savings, sustainability, public health and safety, and consumer satisfaction. More information is available at


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