AMPP Eastern Conference

Coatings and corrosion prevention for all industries

Welcome to the AMPP Eastern Conference, an extraordinary gathering in Grand Rapids, West Michigan. This year, we're thrilled to introduce an enhanced three-track program, meticulously designed to maximize your learning and engagement:

  • Industrial Coatings Track - Focused on Manufacturing, Processing Plants, Electrical, Marine Coatings, Offshore, Wind, and Water & Wastewater Utilities.
  • Pipeline Coatings Track - Tailored for the Oil & Gas and Water Industries.
  • Corrosion Prevention Track - Explore Corrosion Prevention Strategies from Operators, Consultants, & Product Manufactures.

Our prestigious conference is a hub for the best in the industry to connect, share insights, and discuss groundbreaking techniques and trends in corrosion prevention and materials performance to protect your valuable assets, both steel and concrete structures. An exclusive opportunity to explore cutting-edge of coating and corrosion prevention, with an increased focus on Industrial Assets for Heavy Industries like Paper, Sugar, Steel Mills, Automotive, Food and Beverage, Water & Wastewater along with Oil, Gas & Water Pipeline Markets. 

In addition to the insightful tracks, we offer a unique one-day rectifier class to enhance your understanding of rectifier operations and troubleshooting.

Nestled in the heart of West Michigan, Grand Rapids is home to some of the nation's largest industry concentrations in metals, plastics, medical devices, production technology, automotive, office furniture, and food processing plants. As the second-largest city in Michigan, Grand Rapids stands as a dynamic and culturally rich city that boasts a diverse array of attractions, making it a compelling destination for visitors and conferences alike. October in Michigan is an ideal time to witness the beauty of our Fall colors, take a quick drive to the Lake Michigan shoreline, enjoy championship golf courses, and superior fishing opportunities.

Join us for an unparalleled experience at the AMPP Eastern Conference, where you'll expand your professional network and find growth opportunities. Our committee, formed by the AMPP Great Lakes Chapter, includes regional, national, and international experts, all committed to delivering an exceptional event. Don't miss this chance to be part of one of the best AMPP Eastern Conferences yet.

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Call for abstracts

Call for abstracts

Become a valuable contributor by sharing your expertise, experience, and research with the top professionals in the coatings and corrosion industry. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your knowledge and learn from the best in the field!

We are looking for presentations on the following topics:
Corrosion – Submit Abstract
  • Mega Rule and PHMSA Updates
  • AC Mitigation and Monitoring Topics
  • Stray Current Interference
  • Internal or External Tank CP and Corrosion Issues (Oil, Gas, Water or Industrial Products)
  • Internal Corrosion Monitoring and Concerns
  • Carbon Capture or Green Energy Corrosion Issues
  • Volatile Corrosion Inhibitors
  • Corrosion Under Insulation
  • Process and Industrial Piping Corrosion
  • Stress Corrosion Cracking
  • Aboveground Survey and Corrosion Monitoring Techniques
  • Abstract for Hands-On Presentation
Pipeline Coatings – Submit Abstract
  • Innovations in Pipeline Coatings - Systems, Surface Prep & Application Technologies
  • Standards/Regulations for Pipeline Coatings.
  • Pipeline Coatings Inspection - Best Practices, Equipment & Technologies
  • Atmospheric Coating Inspection
  • Surface Preparation
  • Maintenance Coatings
  • Biofuels, Hydrogen, Renewable Fuels
Industrial Coatings – Submit Abstract
  • Coating Systems and Selection. (engineering approach, "fit-2-purpose", specification)
  • Coatings Failure Analysis, Causes, and Process Improvements
  • Key Applications of Industrial Coatings - Bridges, Stadiums, Tanks, Buildings, Piping, Flooring, Roofing
  • Shop vs. Field Application of Coatings
  • Concrete Coating & Holiday Testing
  • Coating Galvanized Surfaces
  • Intumescent Coatings
  • New Regulations – Industrial
  • Lessons Learned – Bridges, Stadiums, Tanks, Buildings, Piping, Flooring, Roofing
  • Coating Technologies – Application & Testing
  • Marine Coatings
  • Offshore Wind
Hands-On-Presentation – Submit Abstract
  • Corrosion
  • Pipeline Coatings
  • Industrial Coatings

Important deadlines:
Deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2024
Deadline for presentation: September 1, 2024


Register by September 14th to save up to $100! 

Register for the Full Conference and gain access to a wealth of resources: immerse yourself in expert-led technical presentations with access to a copy for each, earn 10 Professional Development Hours, enjoy a complimentary drink at networking events, explore cutting-edge solutions in the exhibit hall, and savor lunch on us on Tuesday. It's an all-inclusive pass to elevate your professional edge at the AMPP Eastern Conference. 

A discount is available for multiple people from the same company. Contact Kristie Saber to learn more.

Registration Type Member Price Non-Member Price
Advance $300 USD $325 USD Register
Regular $400 USD $425 USD Begins September 14, 2024
One Day $200 USD $225 USD Register
Student* Free $20 USD Contact

Registration policy

Online registration closes on October 11, 2024, and will be available onsite. 
*For student registration, contact

Hotel information

Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Discover historic charm and modern comforts at our Grand Rapids hotel. Set along the Grand River, we have skywalk access to Van Andel Arena and downtown hot spots. We offer nine on-site restaurants and bars, and extensive event space, including four ballrooms and 42 versatile meeting rooms. Enjoy our indoor pool, fitness center, and on-site spa.

Rate: $199 per night plus tax

Deadline to book your room is September 20, 2024.

Book Your Room


Attendees of the AMPP Eastern Conference want to learn about the latest products and services in coatings and corrosion prevention and mitigation. This gives exhibiting companies the opportunity to showcase how their products and services can be effective in assisting with these concerns.

Table Top - $550 USD

Exhibit fee includes:

  • Table top exhibit space (includes one 6’ ft table and two chairs)
  • 1 full conference registration
  • 1 tent card displaying your company name
  • Company name listed on floor plan located on conference website

Additional booth attendants may register for the full conference registration fee. 

For more information, please reach out to Stephanie Decker.

Reserve Your Booth Floorplan


Sponsoring the AMPP Eastern Conference offers prime exposure for top companies, placing them center stage to attract the full attention of vital decision-makers and participants. Our approach surpasses traditional brand exposure methods by providing dynamic sponsorship options. These options guarantee that your brand remains a central highlight, actively interacting with the audience and creating memorable impacts on all attendees.

For more information, please reach out to Stephanie Decker.


Opening Reception in the exhibit hall

Monday, October 14
5 – 7 p.m.

A favorite social event, this year’s Opening Reception features hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks. It is a great opportunity to network with attendees. A cash bar will also be available. Join us as we kick off this year’s Eastern Conference!

Happy Hour in the exhibit hall

Tuesday, October 15
5 - 6 p.m.

Join us as we close out day two with hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and soft drinks. Enjoy this excellent opportunity to network with people in your industry.

Social event at The B.O.B.

Tuesday, October 15
6 - 9 p.m.

Ticket to attend included with all conference registrations. 

Join us at The B.O.B Tuesday night as we take over the whole floor of Bobarinos! Located just steps from the conference hotel, this venue is nestled in the heart of Grand Rapids' energetic nightlife. Enjoy friendly competitions in pool and ping pong, drinks, and delicious food while networking with fellow corrosion industry professionals.

 The B.O.B, a historic 70,000 sq ft entertainment hub housed in a beautifully remodeled brick building, stands as a cornerstone of the local entertainment district. Come celebrate with us in a city renowned for being the "Best Beer City" in the USA for a decade!

Lunch Speaker

AMPP and its Role in Materials Protection & Performance
Melanie Diaz - AMPP Senior Manager/Education Global Business Development
Tuesday, October 15

Results-driven, tenacious business development and education leader, with an entrepreneurial spirit and ability to grow business internationally. Over 30 years’ experience in business development, training, project management, speaking engagements, accounting/auditing.

Currently, Senior Manager, Education Business Development for AMPP, responsible for researching and pursuing new business opportunities, creating and maintaining global corporate relationships, providing education/certification solutions to customers, serving a multitude of industries and market segments.

Previously worked for ASME leading the pipeline and oil and gas education programs internationally for 7 years. Specific industry experience includes: corrosion, coatings, oil and gas, pipelines, offshore, automotive, waste management, information technology, and manufacturing. Member of the CESSE Program Committee and possess a CPP certification from LERN, with a BS degree in Accounting from LSU.

Conference committee

Conference Chair - Brent Curtiss

Conference Chair - Brent Curtiss, Helios Rising, Inc.

Conference Co-Chair - Doug Klingensmith

Conference Co-Chair - Doug Klingensmith, Unconventional Solutions, Inc.

Exhibitors & Sponsors Chair - Stephanie Decker

Exhibits & Sponsors Chair - Stephanie Decker, Tinker & Rasor

Social Media & Event Chair - Hiedi Brooks

Social Event Chair - Hiedi Brooks, VCP Sales

Corrosion Chair - Keith Boswell

Corrosion Chair - Keith Boswell, National Pipeline Services, LLC

Corrosion Co-Chair - Tommy Tarantella

Corrosion Co-Chair - Tommy Tarantella, Eastern Gas Transmission & Storage, Inc., BHE GT&S, A Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company

Coatings Program Chair - Dave Evans

Coatings Program Chair - Dave Evans, AMPP

Pipeline Coatings Chair - Jarret Brelsford

Pipeline Coatings Chair - Jarret Brelsford, Mesa Services

Pipeline Coatings Co-Chair - Nickey Zafris

Pipeline Coatings Co-Chair - Nickey Zafris, Equitrans Midstream Corporation

Industrial Coatings Chair - Jim Kunkle

Industrial Coatings Chair - Jim Kunkle, AkzoNobel / International Key

Industrial Coatings Co-Chair - Chris Buyle

Industrial Coatings Co-Chair - Chris Buyle, SME Inc, - USA

October 14-16
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Rectifier training

Interested in learning the operation, functions, and basic troubleshooting steps for rectifiers.
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Exhibitor Move-in:
Monday, October 14
12 - 5 p.m.

Show Hours:
Monday, October 14
5 - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 15
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Exhibitor Move-out:
Wednesday, October 16
12 - 2 p.m.

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Rectifier Training

Basic Cathodic Protection Rectifier Training

October 14
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
$225 per person (limited spots available)

This class will teach students the operation, functions and basic troubleshooting steps for rectifiers. It will involve lecture as well as hands on troubleshooting.  

Don Olson - Mobiltex Data Inc.

Presenter: Don Olson - Mobiltex Data Inc.

A long-standing member of AMPP (formerly NACE), Don has been providing training to the industry for 35+ years and has taught thousands of CP professionals.

Don offers rectifier training classes to not only enhance general knowledge of Cathodic Protection rectifiers but also to aid in selecting the best type of rectifier for the specific application. Classes include discussions on Cathodic Protection fundamentals, general safety practices, design considerations, rectifier types, applications and selection, basic rectifier theory, installation and maintenance considerations, troubleshooting and repair, etc. In addition to the theory portion of the class, students can also expect to receive direct hands-on troubleshooting training on rectifier units.

A Certificate of Completion will be presented to attendees at the conclusion of class. Please note this is not an AMPP course and certificates will be provided from the instructor.

Students are encouraged to bring and use their multimeters for the hands-on troubleshooting part of the class.

Thank you to our sponsors

Exhibitor Payment & Cancellation Policy: Payment is due at the time of contract submission. If you request to be invoiced, payment is due within 30 days of invoice date. After 30 days of the invoice date, your pre-selected booth space will be forfeited without full payment. You will be required to select another booth space when payment is received. All unpaid booth spaces will remain in "reserved" status until full payment is received. Contracts received less than 30 days prior to event must be paid in full at the time of contract submission.

All requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing. All paid and guaranteed exhibitor booth registrations cancelled in writing at least 30 calendar days or more prior to the start of the event will receive a full refund, less a 10% service fee of the total exhibit space fees; including booth attendant registrations. Paid and guaranteed exhibitor booth registrations cancelled in writing 29 to 15 days prior to the start of the event will receive a refund of 50% of the total exhibit space fees; including booth attendant registrations. No refunds or credit will be issued on cancellation requests received less than 14 days before the event begins. If the conference is cancelled due to Federal, State, or local regulations, exhibitors will receive a full refund.

Standard Registration Policy: Paid registrations cancelled in writing at least 30 calendar days or more prior to the start of the event will receive a full refund, less a 10% service fee. Paid registrations cancelled in writing 29 to 7 calendar days before the starting date of the event will receive a refund of 50% of the registration fee. No refunds or credit will be issued on cancellation requests received less than 7 calendar days before the event begins. Transfer of registration is permitted one time with an accompanying fee of $100.00 USD. Transfers may not be made less than 7 calendar days before the event begins. This policy supersedes any previously published policy regarding the cancellation process for AMPP Conferences.

All requests for transfer or cancellation must be submitted in writing to No refund will be processed if the registrant is a no show.

Right to Deny or Remove: We reserve the right to deny registration or admission to, or remove any party from the Conference, in our sole discretion.