Nuts & Bolts Conference

Due to ongoing limitations on on-person meetings, our combined Convention and Trade Show/Nuts & Bolts Educational Conference will be offered virtually November 17-20, 2020.

More information is available here. Registration will open October 1, 2020.

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Event Information

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Urgent Run / Walk

To learn more about the PSAI annual Urgent Run / Walk and how you can participate, please click "learn more" below.

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.

Event Highlights

Event Speakers

Barbara Weltman
Barbara Weltman, Esq. Weltman has been called “the guru of small business taxes” by The Wall Street Journal. Since 1977 she has been working as an attorney and small business advocate to make entrepreneurs smarter. Barbara is a recognized authority on tax, legal, financial, and other topics that affect small business owners. She is trusted for her judgment and insight and is a virtual mentor to thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Barbara will address two topics for the PSAI audience. Her first session, “Reducing Your Tax Burden and Maximizing Financial Results for Your Portable Sanitation Company,” will look at the options and strategies available in the new tax code for businesses like yours. In a later session titled “How to Thrive No Matter What Happens,” Barbara will address how small businesses can successfully adjust their business sails as the economic winds change. Her session will get you thinking about the steps you can take to ensure your company is ready for whatever lies ahead.

She has been the tax and law expert for, guest columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and U.S. News & World Report, and is currently a contributing author/blogger for various online sites, including, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Experian, Investopedia, and Small Business Trends. She is a media commentator, featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, MSNBC’s Your Business, and others; formerly an adjunct professor at Manhattanville College.

Chris Payne

Chris Payne, Vice President at National Toilet Rentals, has more than 20 years of experience in trucking and rental environments. He has helped develop the safety program at NTR and in a session titled, “Safety Starts before the Truck Rolls” he’ll discuss how they’ve built and implemented it since the company’s founding in 2016. At NTR, safety starts long before the truck rolls.

Karleen Kos

In a session called Waste Disposal in the Portable Sanitation Industry,” Executive Director Karleen Kos will report on the findings of PSAI’s first-ever comprehensive survey of North American disposal options, costs, and barriers. She’ll cover what industry members are reporting as reality in the field, and the options that companies can consider to mitigate the challenges they face.

Urgent Run/Walk

The PSAI Urgent Run/Walk, now in its third year, will take us to beautiful Memorial Park on Thursday morning, November 7. If you’re a runner, the course is about 5k and there’ll be prizes for the first male and female finishers. If you’re not a runner, this is for you! Each year the less athletically inclined join the Urgent Run for a great walk with friends and a chance to raise money for worthy causes related to portable sanitation.

This year we are again supporting Karibu Loo, a portable sanitation company helping kids in Kenya affected by AIDS. We are also joining with the Omni Hotel effort to support the Houston Food Bank, a charity that was a critical part of the disaster relief efforts in the city after Hurricane Harvey devastated the area in 2017. Sign up when you register or – better yet – form a team with your company and sign up to sponsor the event. Contact us for more information on sponsorship levels.

Please note that your donation to the Urgent Run/Walk is not tax deductible. To register to participate in the Urgent Run/Walk you can sign up at the same time when registering for the Nuts & Bolts Conference or you can click here.

Site Visit

​Site visits will take you to two of the most innovative portable sanitation companies in North America.

Texas Outhouse will welcome us to their 26-acre yard in the greater Houston area. They’ll share how they run a full operation including rental of a full line of portable equipment and luxury trailers, provision of disaster relief services, and operation of their own state-of-the-art waste transfer station.

On the way to Texas Outhouse, we’ll visit National Toilet Rentals in Deer Park, Texas. This relative newcomer to the industry has seen fast growth since its founding in 2016. Now with five locations serving central and south Texas, they are pioneering approaches to routing, inventory control, safety, and management.

We have secured a special rate of $189 per night at the newly renovated Omni Houston hotel. Please make your reservations beginning in July 2019.


The PSAI’s Training Committee is comprised of a group of dedicated volunteer experts. The Committee members have worked diligently over the past four years to create a total of six new training sessions specifically for the portable sanitation industry. Four of those sessions will be offered at Nuts & Bolts 2019.

  • All attendees are invited to take our free bonus training, “Portable Sanitation and Work Sites,” which will be offered Tuesday evening, November 5. This training material first debuted at Nuts & Bolts 2016, and it covers everything you and your team need to know about succeeding on a wide variety of work sites. We especially want to welcome nonmembers and first-time attendees to this session. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the PSAI’s training materials.

  • On Friday, November 8 we will offer three courses, collectively known as the Basic Service Technician Training Series. They can be taken individually or as a group. When taken as a group, they provide grounding in best practices for front line employees and as great preparation for the PSAI certification exam. The courses include, “Transportation and Logistics in Portable Sanitation,” “Servicing and Maintaining Portable Sanitation Equipment,” and “Health, Safety, and Professional Excellence.” These courses and the exam require an extra fee.

Social Event

Join your friends for a moon-landing themed party at The Black Swan, a private location at the Omni. We’ll have a DJ, dancing and fun that is out of this world. Wear your favorite moon-landing themed outfit – there’s a prize for the best one! Drink tickets and enough food for a light dinner are included in your $65 party ticket.


Hotel Information

Omni Houston Hotel

Four Riverway
Houston, Texas 77056 USA

To make reservation and check availability

Be sure to reserve your room by
October 18, 2019 to ensure our special rate of $189.

The Omni Houston is the most convenient hotel for the event. When you stay at the official
Nuts & Bolts hotel you see more of your colleagues and help keep costs down for everyone.

Schedule of Events

View the full schedule of events by clicking here.

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.