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April 26, 2018



Hilton Hotel, Palm Springs, CA
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This symposium is for Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Architects and Equipment Dealers concerned with the reliable operability of emergency/backup power systems and fire pump reliability.  The Emergency Power/Fire Pump and Design Reliability Symposium have drawn the foremost experts in their respective fields to provide attendees with the very latest technology and research available to assist the specifiers in the design of 7x24 facilities.  Registration is limited so complete and return the attached registration as soon as possible.

To reduce Attendee’s time away from the office we have reduced the 2 day Symposium to a 1 day event, Thursday, April 26th.  There will be 6 Speakers plus a Key Note.  This will allow Attendee’s to arrive on Wednesday, April 25th, in late afternoon or evening and depart late Thursday evening, April 26th or Friday the 27th.  The hosted “Spirits, Wine and Cigars” Networking Social will be held at the Poolside Bar between 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM Wednesday, April 25th.  Golfers, we are going to have the 1st Annual 2 Person Best Ball Tournament on Friday, April 27th at Indian Canyons Golf Resort.

Registration $675.00
Government Rate

This is an educational format with CEU’s attached
2 nights lodging

Registration Includes:

This is an educational format with CEU’s attached
2 nights lodging
Breakfast, lunch, dinner on Wednesday and Thursday
Door Prize Drawings

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Symposium Schedule:

Wednesday April 25

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM FTI Sales Meeting (FTI Sales Reps only)
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner for FTI Reps and arriving Attendee’s
8:00 PM – 10:30 PM Poolside Bar Hosted “Networking Social”

Thursday April 26

8:00 AM Opening Remarks
8:15 AM – 8:50 AM Water, the #1 Contaminant of Diesel Fuel-How to Remove It and Control It.
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Biological Issues in Long Term storage and how to prevent them.
10: AM – 10:50 AM

Eliminating Condensation from Diesel Fuel Storage Tanks.

11:00 AM- 11:50 AM KEY NOTE : International Trade through the Los Angeles Gateway.
12:00 Noon      Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:20 PM


2:30 PM – 3:20 PM


3:30 PM – 4:20 PM

5 Steps to Assure Operable Diesel Fuel in Long Term Storage

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Dinner

Friday April 27

9:30 AM 2 Person Best Ball Golf, Indian Canyon Golf Resort

About our speakers:

Gregory Hagopian is President of Fuel Technologies International; a manufacturer of FM Approved automated stored diesel fuel maintenance equipment installed to preserve the quality of stored diesel fuel for assurance of operability of emergency power and fire suppression systems. Prior to his asset purchase of Fuel Technologies, Inc. in May of 2003, Mr. Hagopian served as Vice President of Operations at Fuel Technologies, Inc. for nine years. Mr. Hagopian has been a featured or guest speaker for numerous professional organizations and design engineer groups. Mr. Hagopian has authored several articles regarding stored diesel fuel stability for industry publications and is the editor of the FTI Technical Information Report.  Mr. Hagopian is a member of NFPA, EGSA, AFE & Midwest Chapter of 7x24 Exchange.  Mr. Hagopian received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army in 1969.

Howard Chesneau is a graduate of the University of Florida.  Mr. Chesneau served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Army until discharged in 1969.  His experience in fuel additives, microbial detection, distillate fuel problems, fuel filtration and tank remediation extends over 30 years.  Mr. Chesneau has extensive knowledge and field experience of microbial contamination and detection. Mr. Chesneau has an international reputation as an expert on fuel related issues.

Mr. Chesneau is an active member of numerous professional organizations and associations.  Mr. Chesneau is the current past Chairman of IASH and is on the IASH Board of Directors (International Association for Stability, Handling, and Use of Liquid Fuels, Inc.)as well as being an active member since 1983, a former member of the IATA (International Aviation Transportation Association) Working Group on Microbial Contamination, serves on the ASTM D2 Section E committees dealing with fuel from middle distillates to heavy oil, the ASTM D2 Committee for establishing the specifications for Biodiesel and the ASTM J Committee for jet fuel. He has been the Chairman of the local Atlanta SAE.  

Mr. Chesneau is member of the SAE Speakers Bureau providing technical presentation and seminars at SAE meetings and conferences.  Mr. Chesneau has been invited to speak at various industry conferences on the topic of Microbial Contamination - Causes, Effects, Cures & Detection Methods.

Mr. Chesneau has authored and co-authored many articles on the subject of fuel storage and handling which have been published in various trade magazines.

David Forester

Mr. Forester has recently joined Fuel Quality Services, Inc. in Global Products Development. He has over 30 years experience in the fuels business to include development of new products, reformulations, improvements to diesel fuel additive product lines, and has designed, implemented and automated many fuel test methods including many ASTM standards. Mr. Forester has over 13 years of experience directly related to refinery process chemicals, coke retardants for delayed coker and resid furnaces, and metal passivators. As a research chemist he has had many years in evaluation and development of the following items; overbased Ca and Mg detergents, industrial lubricants, natural gas engine lubricants, asphalt product support, use of foreign base oils for domestic additive translation to Latin America, South America, and Far East and fire resistant hydraulic fluid research, industrial gear oil research, including field trials in coal fired power generation plants.

Mr. Forester has authored, co-authored and provided technical input to the following Literature & Publications;

  • Laboratory Thermal Stability Test Methods for Aviation Turbine Fuel: Static and Laminar Flow Evaluations for JP8+100 Thermal Stability
  • 7th International Conference on Stability and Handling of Liquid Fuels, Graz, Austria, Sept 24-29, 2000 Author(s): David R. Forester - The Lubrizol Corp.; George A. Malchow – The Lubrizol Corp.; Bharat B. Malik - The Lubrizol Corp.; George R Wilson, III – SWRI.
  • Jet Fuel Thermal Stability - Lab Testing for JP8+100
    • Date Published: 2002-05-06 Paper Number: 2002-01-1651 DOI: 10.4271/2002-01-1651
    • Citation:  Forester, D., Malik, B., and Taylor, S., "Jet Fuel Thermal Stability - Lab Testing for JP8+100," SAE Technical Paper 2002-01-1651, 2002, doi: 10.4271/2002-01-1651.
    • Author(s): David R. Forester - The Lubrizol Corp.; Bharat B. Malik - The Lubrizol Corp.  Spencer E. Taylor - BP Oil
  • Co-authored Chapter 11 “Methods for Assessing Stability and Cleanliness of Liquid Fuels in Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products” 8th Edition published 2010 by ASTM.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Norman Arikawa has worked at the Port of Los Angeles for over 40 years and is currently the Assistant Director of Trade Development for the Port. His responsibilities include promotion of the port and to develop inbound and outbound trade. He has helped to develop a program to outreach to small and medium businesses that promotes export opportunities and to educate them on the available resources for exporting called “trade connect” which received the Presidential “E Star” Award in 2013. He also is responsible for coordinating visits by foreign officials to the port and frequently meets with government leaders such as heads of state, ministers and ambassadors from countries around the world.  He is assigned to assist the staff of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to promote and assist foreign direct investment for Los Angeles. He has served as co-chairperson of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Global Initiatives Committee and is currently advisor to the Brazil California Chamber of Commerce. He is also currently a member of the District Export Council of Southern California by appointment of the US Secretary of Commerce and is a member of the board of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council.

Prior to his current position, he held positions of chief accountant for the Port and was involved in several major port financings including the development of the port’s $1 billion construction program for development of Terminal Island. He instituted the port’s risk management and insurance program and has served on several national port industry committees for the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration. He served as a national co-chair for the US Maritime Administration committee for the development of the publication “Port Risk Management and Insurance Guidebook – 1998” which was published in October 1998. He also has served as chairman of the Pacific Coast Association of Port Authorities Insurance and Finance Committee.

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