Nuts and Bolts Educational Conference

The PSAI Nuts and Bolts Educational Conference is the world’s premiere education event focused solely on the portable sanitation industry. Attendees are provided with a wide array of resources to grow their business. Whether you are a portable restroom veteran, just opened your business – or you’re somewhere in between – the Nuts and Bolts Educational Conference has something relevant for you.


Check back closer to the event as we unveil the 2018 program!
Updates will also be published in our weekly newsletter, Association Insight.



Nuts and Bolts 2017 Event Information


2017 Speakers


Bob Rubin

A. Robert (Bob) Rubin began his work in the North Carolina State University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering in 1978. He retired from the university in 2004, however, in his time there he conducted one of the most dynamic and far reaching programs in wastewater management and biosolids recovery/disposal in the United States. Since his retirement, Bob has offered consulting services and visits scientists as a spokesperson for the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). He has also remained involved with several US-based and international projects related to sanitation and wastewater. He is currently engaged with two International Standards Organization (ISO)/American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard setting projects dealing with Sustainable Non-sewered Sanitation Systems and Community Scale Sustainable Sanitation Treatment Systems. (The PSAI is also involved with both of these projects.) Bob will speak on “Environmental, Health, Land Use, and General Management Trends Affecting the Portable Sanitation Industry.”



Matt Lundeen

Matt Lundeen is the Resident Agent in Charge of EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Program (“EPA-CID”) in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He has been a Special Agent with EPA-CID for 15 years. Prior to working for EPA he was an attorney with the State of Minnesota. He earned his BA in Criminal Justice and Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and a JD from William Mitchell College of Law. Matt will present his session titled “EPA’s Criminal Enforcement Program – An Overview.”




Larry Towner

Larry Towner has over 35 years of experience in truck fleet maintenance, operations, and equipment selection processes. He has operated 2 different truck fleets, one consisting of 6 trucks, and one consisting of 75 trucks, with both averaging about 10 route stops per day. He founded an onsite maintenance service specializing in preventative maintenance services for truck and equipment fleets. He currently works for medium and heavy duty truck dealerships, specializing in vocational applications. He has specified and built trucks for numerous industries and has compiled and studied customer data to better understand what works for companies with trucks. He enjoys helping customers become more profitable through proper equipment selection and proper maintenance techniques. He will lead a panel of experts on all aspects of rolling stock in the session titled “Truck Specifications and Truck Maintenance for Maximum Profit.”



Kevin Henderson

Dr. Kevin Henderson is an Associate Professor of Management. He teaches organizational behavior and human resources in both the undergraduate level and Flex MBA programs. Dr. Henderson earned his Ph.D. in business administration from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. His research interests include psychological contracts, turnover, managing your boss, and the use of social media in selection. His primary area of research is on psychological contract breach, which focuses on the effects of broken organizational promises on employee attitudes and behaviors. Over the last five years, he has three peer-reviewed journal articles, including a forthcoming article in the Journal of Management. He has presented his research at multiple Academy of Management meetings and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Managerial Issues and Academy of Management Annual Meeting, where he has received multiple Outstanding Reviewer awards. Kevin and the students of his “Attracting and Retaining Talent” course will give their two-part session on “Attracting and Retaining Employees,” with part one titled “Take This Job and … Keep It?” and part two titled “Strategies for the Portable Sanitation Industry.”



Mike Adams

Mike Adams has been the Managing Director with PolyJohn Enterprises for 27 years. Specializing in business development and strategic planning, he fully understands this industry and how to maintain and grow your business within it. Mike received his BS in Business Administration and Management from University of Houston and eventually went on to work as Division President for Waste Management before finally landing at PolyJohn. He will present his session with Kelly Newcomb, Principal at JK Newcomb Consulting, on “Successfully Implementing Price Increases.”




Kelly Newcomb

Kelly Newcomb is the president of Newcomb & Companies. His companies consist of Newcomb Consulting Group (an independent family business coaching and consulting firm), i.e.Brand (an internal and external branding and marketing company), and Thrive! (a performance training and development company). He is a trained facilitator and public speaker. He holds several certifications including Master Balanced Scorecard Practitioner in strategic planning, and he is one of only eleven certified Blue Ocean marketing strategists worldwide. Kelly will present his session with Mike Adams, Managing Director at PolyJohn Enterprises, on “Successfully Implementing Price Increases.”




NEW! Urgent Run/Walk

Please join the PSAI in our first annual Urgent Run/Walk as a celebration of World Toilet Day and World Portable Sanitation Day! The PSAI will join with the World Toilet Organization (WTO), the United Nations, and other groups around the world to promote toilet options that help address the global sanitation crisis!

Have fun, get some exercise, raise awareness about global sanitation issues, and help raise money for Friends of Ngong Road/Karibu Loo, a nonprofit portable sanitation business in Kenya that helps kids from families with AIDS. Bus transportation from the Minneapolis Marriott City Center to one of our beautiful lakefront parks, event t-shirts, and other goodies are included in your separate Urgent Run registration


Site VisitsP1000995

Site visits are a favorite at PSAI events! On Site Sanitation and Satellite Industries have generously offered to host this year’s visits. Don’t miss the opportunity to network, connect, and learn from these industry professionals. Your registration fee includes both site tours, lunch, and bus transportation from the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.




Portable Sanitation at Work Sites PhotoThe PSAI Training Committee will debut its newest session, Transportation and Logistics in Portable Sanitation. This session is included with your registration.





The PSAI Basic Service Technician Training and Certification Exam will be held on Saturday, November 4.

Certification is voluntary and all participants had an opportunity to attend 5-6 hours of educational training to brush up and review of best practices.

At the conclusion of the classroom portion of this training, each participant could elect to pass a written test of technical skills and industry knowledge. There are additional fees for this course and the exam.



If you’re not yet a Member of the PSAI, or it’s just your first time at Nuts and Bolts, we want to welcome you! Please join us for a free training session on Portable Sanitation and Work Sites.

In this training you will learn:

  • How to differentiate needs and best practices for different types of work sites
  • What you need to know regarding special types of work sites such as federal installations, schools, and big box stores
  • Key considerations in determining the optimal number and types of portable units required for work sites
  • How to identify both ideal and acceptable placement configuration options at various work sites
  • Specific behaviors you should employ and those they should avoid when placing, servicing and picking up at work sites

For more information, call the PSAI office at 952-854-8300.


Social Events

The Friday night social event is a highlight of the Nuts and Bolts Educational Conference each year. It is a great way to enjoy a relaxing evening with good food, good friends, and potential customers. This year, we will gather for an evening at the Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States.

We will have dinner together at SMAAASH, a restaurant that spans a wide variety of cuisine and is known for its entertainment value. When purchasing a dinner ticket on the 2017 Nuts and Bolts registration form, attendees have the following two options:

  • Purchase a dinner ticket for $60, which will cover transportation to and from the Mall of America and a meal at SMAAASH.
  • Purchase a dinner and entertainment ticket for $90, which will cover transportation, a meal at SMAAASH, and $30 worth of interactive games and entertainment at the restaurant.
    • This entertainment ticket allows you to participate in a number of their interactive activities, ranging from virtual reality experiences, classic arcade games, shooting ranges, sports competitions, and much more.

After dinner, attendees are free to socialize and roam the mall. The Mall of America is made up of countless unique venues, meaning there truly is something for everyone.
Use this time to:

  • Shop at over 520 retail stores
  • Ride carnival rides at Nickelodeon Universe, one of the nation’s largest indoor theme parks
  • See a movie at the in-mall movie theatre
  • Go bowling or mini-golfing
  • Try your hand at The Escape Game escape room
  • See a comedy show at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
  • Visit numerous other entertainment options


If attendees are interested in staying later than the provided bus transportation, there is a Blue Line
train next to the mall that drops riders off within blocks of the hotel. The PSAI is proud to offer such an exciting social event to our Nuts and Bolts program. Our hope is that attendees take advantage of the outing, as the options for entertainment at this one-of-a-kind venue are endless. Be sure to purchase your ticket on the registration form today!



PSAI Event Policies:

In order to facilitate a positive experience for all, attendees must adhere to the PSAI’s event policies. Click here to review them. 
Additional policies may apply to specific groups of attendees including exhibitors and registrants for certain training or credentialing sessions. Refer to information supplied at the time of registration for these events or contact the PSAI office for more information.