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ABMA Taps Astronaut Chris Cassidy to Keynote 'BOILER 2022'

Nov. 22, 2021
Group also opens registration for April special event, names speakers for January annual meeting. Early Bird pricing available for both events. Check for deadlines.

By SHAUNICA JAYSON, Director of Communications, ABMA

The American Boiler Manufactuers Association (ABMA) is excited to announce that Capt. Chris Cassidy (USN-ret.) will be the keynote speaker at BOILER 2022’s Opening Session on Tuesday, April 12. 

Now open for registration, BOILER 2022 – ABMA Boiler Technology Conference & Expo will take place April 11-13, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas, TX. It will be the first and only event ever focused exclusively on the boiler supply chain, with direct engagement between boiler industry manufacturers and those engaged in the purchasing, operation and maintenance of boilers.

Capt. Cassidy is a decorated veteran of the sea, air, land, and even outer space. As a member of an exclusive and distinguished group of accomplished astronauts, he had made an impact on and beyond this world. “Chris will inspire BOILER 2022 attendees to believe that it’s in all of us to thrive in clutch moments and successfully lead when challenges arise,” said ABMA President Scott Lynch.

Cassidy’s career began as a member of the U.S. Navy SEAL team where he spent 11 of his 28 years in the Navy, making two six-month deployments to Afghanistan and two additional deployments to the Mediterranean. He served as Ground Assault Force Commander for combat missions, and amassed several hundred hours underwater as a navigator or mission commander of a two-man flooded submersible SDV.

Following his decorated Navy Seal career, Cassidy transitioned from Earth to the Cosmos, becoming a NASA Astronaut in 2004 where he accumulated 378 days in space. That included 54 hours, 51 minutes of spacewalk time, which placed him in yet another elite group of astronauts who had performed at least 10 spacewalks. In 2015, Cassidy was named NASA’s Chief Astronaut, a role in which he was responsible for flight assignments, mission preparation, and in-orbit support of U.S. crews. His NASA career culminated in 2020 when he took over command of the International Space Station.

Two Packed Days of Quality Content

With two days of exhibition and insightful educational content, BOILER 2022 offers a unique occasion for the supply chain to connect with the leading manufacturers in the boiler industry and where engineers, operators, facility managers, heads of procurement, EPCs, technicians and consultants will learn about boiler room solutions and energy efficiency opportunities. Day two of the expo will feature a student component where the next generation will engage with the boiler supply chain.

“BOILER 2022 addresses an industry need by bringing together the boiler supply chain to educate our customers and those working with boilers to ensure the safe and efficient operation of our products,” added Lynch.

More than 65 of the leading boiler industry manufacturers have already confirmed their participation in BOILER 2022 and ABMA expects to sell out the exhibit hall in the coming months. Due to overwhelming demand, exhibit sales are limited to members only. Non-members interested in exhibiting are encouraged to contact ABMA directly to discuss membership options.

“If you're involved with or responsible for a boiler room operation, it's going to be a can't miss event,” says John Viskup, President & CEO of Victory Energy.

Specifically, BOILER 2022 will feature timely sessions on all facets of the boiler room, from new product selection and energy efficiency to maintenance and retrofitting. among other topics along with best-in-class tours of boiler rooms and a new awards program recognizing excellence in boiler projects. In addition, ABMA is offering a pre-conference workshop on Boiler Types and Applications presented by the instructors from WARE’s Boiler University.

Session Topics Include:

  • Boiler Contingency Plans
  • Role of Steam Plants in the Decarbonization of the Energy Intensive Industries
  • The SCR approach for Ultra-Low NOx Compliance
  • Evolution of the Boiler Technician
  • Preparing for a Boiler Inspection
  • Analyzing the Investment – When Does a Retrofit Make Sense
  • Effective Use of Drum Level Instrumentation
  • The Future of Alternative Fuels in the Boiler Room.

An All-Access pass enables an attendee to fully experience BOILER 2022 that includes the keynote session with Capt. Cassidy, timely educational sessions, 75+ boiler industry exhibitors in the expo hall, industry tours, social events and much more. Supply chain partners can also purchase one- and two-day expo only passes.

To register or for more details, visit where you can also access a schedule of events and a current list of exhibiting companies.


Check regularly for updates and additional information.




ABMA and its members will also convene this January in Southern California to learn about current and emerging industry trends and to provide networking opportunities to enhance and grow business relationships.

In addition to networking, attendees will benefit from top speakers, compelling topics and actionable content designed to deliver a significant return on investment. 

Early-Bird Price ends December 10th!



ABMA's Annual Meeting wouldn't be complete without Alan Beaulieu from ITR Economics. Alan will be speaking at the Monday General Session and he will provide insights to prepare everyone for the year ahead.

  • One of the country’s most informed economists;
  • Principal at the ITR Economics;
  • Consults with companies throughout the globe on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis;
  • Contributing Editor for Industry Week.

Mike Pierce, better known as Antarctic Mike, works with organizations that want to find, engage and keep the best performing people. Mike’s background professionally started in the recruiting business in 1997, working specifically to show managers and leaders exactly how to identify and recruit the best people. He now speaks across the U.S. and Canada to executive teams, organizations, associations and sales teams about how to lead people so they are fully engaged in what they do.

Mike is an avid fan of polar expedition history and is an endurance athlete. In 2006, Mike became one of 9 people to run the first ever Antarctic Ice Marathon and a year later became the first American to run the Antarctic 100k, a grueling 62 miles on an ice shelf 600 miles from the South Pole.

His flagship program, Leading at 90 Below Zero, connects the drivers and principles of Antarctic expedition history stories to the real world of finding, engaging and keeping great people in today’s business world.


Check out the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort by clicking here

Book your hotel room ASAP, as we anticipate a sellout! 

About ABMA

Since our founding in 1888, the American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) has advocated for the safe production and operation of boilers, facilitated advances in energy efficiency, and provided solutions for our member companies. Throughout our history, the boiler industry and our member base have relied on the ABMA to lead the industry as it tackles challenges and embraces opportunities in our constantly evolving sector. Through participation with ABMA, our members are better informed, connected, and positioned to thrive in today’s global boiler industry. To learn more, please visit