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People: April 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Wilfong named CSI Business Manager


Chandler Systems Inc. has hired Brett Wilfong as Business Development Manager. His responsibilities will include working with manufacturers’ representatives, wholesale distributors and contractors throughout the US and Canada. Wilfong brings over 20 years of sales experience in the water treatment and wastewater industries, having served as the Regional Sales Manager with SJE-Rhombus for the past five years.

Water Man of India 2015 Stockholm Water Prize winner

Rajendra Singh of India was named the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, for his innovative water restoration efforts, improving water security in rural India and for showing extraordinary courage and determination in his quest to improve the living conditions for those most in need. Singh lives and works in the arid Indian state of Rajasthan, where for several decades he has dedicated himself to defeating drought and empowering communities. In close cooperation with local residents, he and his organization have revived several rivers, brought water and life back to a thousand villages and given hope to countless people. After studying Ayurvedic medicine and surgery,he went into the countryside in the largely impoverished state of Rajasthan in the mid-1980s with the aim of setting up health clinics. Instead, after being told that the greatest need was not health care but water and with the help of the villagers, he set out to build johads, or traditional earthen dams. Two decades after Rajendra Singh arrived in Rajasthan, 8,600 johads and other structures to collect water have been built. Singh and his co-workers in Tarun Bharat Sangh (India Youth Association) had gotten water to flow again in several rivers of Rajasthan. His methods are modernizations of traditional Indian ways of collecting and storing rainwater, dating back thousands of years, which fell out of use during British colonial rule, but have now brought water back to the driest state in one of the world’s most populous nations. H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, Patron of the Stockholm Water Prize, will present the prize to Rajendra Singh at a Royal Award Ceremony during 2015 World Water Week in Stockholm on August 26.

GE Innovation Challenge winners announced

GE named five winners of its latest innovation challenge to develop a new design for a central tube connector for its spiral-wound RO membranes. Specifically, the challenge asked for 3D design ideas to simplify the spiral-wound RO membrane assemblies in pressure-driven, spiral-wound water filtration systems, by identifying a novel means of connecting the component tubing. The winners were Thomas Henninger, PhD, PE, JTH Consulting LLC; Thomas Goddu, Blazing Pencils LLC; Sandy Richardson, Design Edge; Paul Santarsiero, Siero Design and Jan Bullema, TNO.

Hillawi named Parsons Senior Vice President

Parsons announced that Jaafar Hillawi has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of its environment and infrastructure business unit for the Middle East Africa (MEA) region. In this role, he will provide leadership for business development and operational delivery to execute and grow Parsons’ water, industrial and oil and gas business in the MEA region. Hillawi has nearly 40 years of project management, business development and engineering experience in the design, construction and start-up of petroleum refineries, gas processing and infrastructure facilities. He previously worked for Parsons from 1976 to 1996. Hillawi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University in Massachusetts. He is based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Executive Board changes at Krones AG

Christoph Klenk has been appointed Chairman of the Executive Board of Krones AG, effective January 1, 2016. He has been with KRONES AG since 1994. After serving in leadership positions in sales for the Asia-Pacific region, Klenk was appointed to the Executive Board in 2003. Until 2011, he was the Executive Board Member responsible for Research & Development and Product Divisions. Klenk has been the Executive Board Member responsible for Finance (CFO) at Krones AG since 2012.

NGWA scholarships awarded

The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation announced it has awarded $25,000 from its Len Assante Scholarship Fund to 15 students. Each of the scholarship recipients is entering a field of study that serves, supports or promotes the groundwater professions. Alexandra Polasko (Scottsdale, AZ) received the Past President’s Award, the top scholarship presented to the most qualified of
the applicants. Polasko, who received $3,500, is studying environmental sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. Annette Hein (Laramie, WY) received the Ora Lyons Award named in honor of a former distinguished NGWA member. Hein, who also received $3,500, is studying geology at the University of Wyoming. The other scholarship recipients included Kaitlyn Alrdrich (Urbandale, IA), hydrogeology, Iowa State University; Kiloaulani Ka’awa-Gonzales (Kaunakakai, HI), environmental sciences, Colorado State University; Katherine Landoni (Sequim, WA), geology, school undecided; Ryan Ronzoni (Goshen, NY), environmental sciences, Cornell University and Tyler Rush (Black River Falls, WI), hydrology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, $2,000 each. Recipients of $1,000 were Maribeth Ault (Peach Bottom, PA), environmental sciences, Juniata College; Hannah Gibbs (London, KY), environmental sciences, Centre College; Erin Gray (Tucson, AZ), hydrology, University of Arizona; Brenden Green (Antelope, CA), environmental sciences, Humboldt State University; Dylan Landon (Waterville, WA), environmental sciences, California Polytechnic State University; Ythalya Ortuno (Houston, TX), environmental sciences, Texas A&M University; Amy Plechacek (Blacksburg, VA), environmental sciences, Virginia Tech and Sarah Welsh (Bellingham, WA), environmental sciences, Harvard University.

Industry mourns the loss of William Granger

William F. Granger of Manitowoc, MN died Saturday, March 14 at the age of 63 . Born August 31, 1951 in Manitowoc to William and Mary (Fitzgerald) Granger, he attended Roncalli High School and graduated with the class of 1969. Granger was a thirdgeneration owner of Water Care until his retirement, as well as Past President and member of the Water Quality Association (WQA). Said WQA Executive Director David Westman: “The Water Quality Association is saddened by the passing of Bill Granger, who faithfully served on our Board of Directors. Mr. Granger was an asset to WQA and the industry as a whole. He will be missed.” His survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Matthew (Jaime) and Ethan (Erin) Granger and five grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Sara (Bruce) Ando and Susan Granger; one niece; one nephew and many other relatives and friends. Granger was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were held March 21 in Manitowoc with burial at Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com

People: March 2015

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Rogers appointed to IAPMO management position


The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) has hired Brian Rogers as Field Services Manager for Region 4, responsible for IAPMO’s interests in the midwestern states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. A 20-year veteran of the trades, he has enjoyed a varied career, splitting his time as a superintendent, inspector, contractor and instructor. After completing his plumbing apprenticeship with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 125 (Cedar Rapids, IA), Rogers worked for Omega Plumbing, then served as superintendent for Bowker Mechanical Contractors, working on large commercial, industrial, school and hospital projects. In 2000, he accepted a full-time plumbing instructor position at Local 125 JATC and held that position until 2007, returning to contracting as a service manager and project manager with AAA Mechanical Contractors and Pike Pro Inc., respectively. He holds a master license in plumbing, hydronics, refrigeration and HVAC, and is a certified medical-gas installer and backflow technician.

Yerkes appointed to NSF General Manager position

NSF International has appointed Tina Yerkes, PhD, to General Manager of Filtration Products under its Global Water Division. She will help NSF International grow its testing, auditing and certification services for POU/POE drinking water treatment and filtration products. Dr. Yerkes has more than 20 years of experience in strategic business-unit operations with an emphasis on water quality issues, wetlands conservation and environmental education. She has held leadership positions at non-profit organizations, most recently served as Chief Operating Officer of The Stewardship Network and also spent more than 12 years in management roles at Ducks Unlimited, culminating in Director of Conservation Programs. She earned her doctoral degree in zoology with an emphasis on wetlands and waterfowl from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s Degree in ecology and chemistry from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and psychology from the University of Maryland. She has also completed executive education programs at Harvard Business School.

Baliva named CWQA Program Manager

CanadianWQA President Aaron Biffert announced Anne Baliva has joined CWQA as Program Manager reporting to the Board of Directors. She will assist in managing, coordinating, planning and providing support to the board and various committees. Baliva has over five years of association management experience, recently working at the Water Environment Association of Ontario. She recently received her Certified Association Executive designation from the Canadian Society of Association Executives. Baliva can be reached by email at a.baliva@cwqa.com.

Ellison named IDE regional director

IDE Technologies announced its US expansion with a new office in Texas with Mark Ellison as a Regional Director of sales. He brings years of management and economic development experience in the water industry. Previously having served as Manager of Strategic Water Initiatives for Governor Rick Perry, Ellison is well-positioned to increase awareness and sales of IDE’s water desalination and industrial water treatment solutions throughout Texas. He also previously served as Special Advisor for Economic Development at the Texas Water Development Board.

NGWA CEO named to federal committee; directors and officers for 2015 announced

National Ground Water Association CEO Kevin McCray, CAE, has been appointed to the federal Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, which is under the US Department of Commerce. The committee is charged with developing actionable recommendations to improve the export competitiveness of environmental technologies. In addition to representing NGWA, McCray will represent the trade association segment of the nation’s environmental technology sector. His appointment is effective immediately and runs through August 18, 2016. NGWA’s 2015 national and divisional boards feature a number of new officers and directors. Heading the national board is Richard Thron, MGWC, of Mantyla Well Drilling Inc. An NGWA member for 30 years, he has served on the boards of both NGWA and the Minnesota Water Well Association as well as on numerous committees for both associations. Thron started working at Mantyla Well Drilling, his father’s business, after completing a four-year stint in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. Other new officers for the national board are: President-Elect Jeffrey W. Williams, MGWC, CVCLD, Spafford & Sons Water Wells; Secretary David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, Bergerson Caswell Inc.; Treasurer Ronnie Hensley, Gicon Pumps and Equipment Ltd.; VP, Scientists and Engineers Division, Robert P. Schreiber, PE, BCEE, D.WRE, CDM Smith Inc.; VP, Contractors Division, Todd E. Hunter, CWD/PI, Ground Water Pump Systems; VP, Manufacturers Division, Paul Eberhardt, Western Rubber & Mfg.; VP Suppliers Division, Ron Brillhart, Johnston Supply Inc. and Past President Griffin Crosby Jr., CWD/PI, Crosby Well Drilling Inc. Three new national directors as well as new members of NGWA’s Contractors Division Board include: Patrick Casarez, Patrick Water Well Pump Repair Service; Brian Snelten, PG, Layne Christensen and David Traut, MGWC, CVCLD, Mark J. Traut Wells Inc.

AWWA President-elect, VPs announced

The American Water Works Association Board of Directors elected Jeanne Bennett-Bailey as the next President-elect and chose four new vice presidents and one new director-at-large. An AWWA member since 1990, Bennett-Bailey is the Public Affairs Officer for Fairfax (VA) Water. Currently Chair of the AWWA Public Affairs Council, she received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2014. Bennett-Bailey begins her new role in June 2015 and will serve her one-year term beginning in June 2016. A graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, she holds many leadership positions within AWWA, including member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Utility Quality Management Committee and the Diversity and Member Inclusion Committee. The four new VPs are Steve Dennis, who has served as Section Chair, as a member of the executive committee and governing board, and on various committees; Jon Eaton, Minnesota Section member for over 20 years and Superintendent of utilities at the City of Eagan, MN; Martha Segal, notable at the Kentucky/Tennessee Section for founding and chairing the section’s Diversity Committee and Assistant Director at Metro Water Services in Nashville, TN and Brian Steglitz, a Director at the Michigan Section and active on numerous committees at the association level. He received the Raymond J. Faust Award for Outstanding Personal Service the Water Supply Field from the Section in 2013. Sally Mills-Wright was elected as Directorat-large. From the Texas Section, she is the Water Treatment Manager at the City of Arlington’s Water Utilities Division. Mills-Wright has been particularly active in bringing veterans into the water profession as part of the AWWA Water Sector Veterans’ Workforce Initiative.

People: February 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Heckman named Sales Manager at Hydronovation


HydroNovation, Inc. announced that Terry Heckman, CWS-VI, has joined the company as their Western Regional Sales Manager. He brings over 27 years of residential and commercial water treatment experience, having worked previously for Nelsen Corporation, Pentair Residential Filtration, GE Water & Process Technologies, Osmonics and Autotrol in similar capacities. Heckman will use his extensive water background and industry channel partner contacts in commercializing the salt-free HydroDI™ water treatment technology to the residential and commercial markets. His comprehensive industry experience includes sales management, product training, water treatment equipment installation, troubleshooting and service, and development of marketing collateral for dealer network programs. Heckman will be based in Arizona and can be reached via email, terry@hydronovation.com or phone, (612) 803-3255.

Donahoe named Hellenbrand Sales Manager

Hellenbrand, Inc. recently named James ‘Jim’ Donohoe as Regional Sales Manager of the Eastern US region. He will provide ongoing support to the company’s current dealer base and also focus on new business development. Donahoe has 16 years of industry experience including sales, district management, regional management, multi-location business and sales management experience.

Worley named Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors4>
The father of HaloPure’s drinking water technology, S.D. ‘Dave’ Worley, PhD, was named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Worley, a scientific advisor to HaloSource as well as Professor Emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the College of Sciences and Mathematics, will be inducted on March 20 during the NAI annual conference. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from Auburn in 1964 and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. Worley returned to Auburn as a faculty member in 1974 and in 2006, won Auburn’s Creative Research and Scholarship Award.

Palkon at IAPMO

The IAPMO Group announced the appointment of Thomas Palkon as Senior Vice President of Water Systems. He brings 18 years of hands-on experience in strategic development and implementation, program/process design and development, and business operations within the water treatment industry. As previous VP and COO of WQA since 2012, Palkon provided oversight and direction to all phases of the association’s operations, including sales/marketing, product certification, laboratory testing, facility inspections and professional certification. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as WQA’s Director of Product Certification, overseeing service to more than 400 companies and thousands of certified products. Palkon began his work at WQA as a laboratory chemist before promotions to Laboratory Supervisor and ultimately, Director. A Bachelor of Science Degree (biology) graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, he received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, graduating with distinction. In June 2009, Palkon was honored as one of WC&P’s Top 50 people in the water treatment industry.

AIChE conference director named

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) named Kristine Chin as Director, Conferences, a newly created position combining the development of meeting content with meeting operations. Chin will join AIChE’s senior executive team. She earned a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering at The Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art and joined AIChE in 2001 as Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP). She became Publisher as well as Editor in 2003. In 2007, Chin shifted her focus to take on the management of content development for the Institute’s meetings. Before joining AIChE, Chin had been the Editor of ePlant, as well as an editor for Chemical Engineering. Prior to that, she worked in an industrial research and development laboratory.

Ebelhar Named 2015 ASTM International Board of Directors Chairman

Ronald J. Ebelhar, PE, DGE, Senior Principal with Terracon, has been named chairman of the 2015 ASTM International Board of Directors. After earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky (Lexington), he joined McClelland Engineers in Houston, TX as a staff engineer in 1977. From 1987 to 1996, Ebelhar served as Division Manager and then as Vice President for Rust Environment & Infrastructure (and its predecessors, S&ME, Westinghouse and SEC Donohue), before becoming Vice President with H.C. Nutting in 1996. He assumed his current role when Terracon purchased H.C. Nutting in 2007. A registered professional engineer in eight states, Ebelhar joined ASTM in 1980 and is a Past Chairman of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock and several D18 subcommittees. He has served on the ASTM Board of Directors since 2010. Ebelhar is also a Fellow and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, in the Academy of Geo Professionals.

Bertler added to WWIF team

Wishing Well International Foundation announced that Mark G. Bertler has joined the WWIF team as a member of the Board of Directors and VP of Marketing. He brings over 25 years of water industry expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business development, operations management, business analytics, strategic planning and sales and marketing management, both domestically and internationally. Previously, Bertler has held positions with numerous Fortune 500 companies as a senior-level executive, including Pentair, Sta-Rite Industries and US Filter.

WC&P mourns the passing of Larry Henke

Lawrence R. ‘Larry’ Henke, passed away January 1 at the age of 76 in Minnetonka, MN, with his children by his side. A deeply respected and highly regarded member of the water treatment industry, his career encompassed such positions as Technical Director at Robert B. Hill Co. and a principal partner in Ionex, Inc., in addition to positions with Cherne Industrial and Honeywell. Henke was an independent consultant at the time of his death. He was also one of the original founding members of the WC&P Technical Review Committee. Henke’s wit and wisdom, extensive industry knowledge and willingness to educate others about water treatment was the hallmark of his participation. He was a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the National Groundwater Association of Scientists and Engineers (NGWA). Henke graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1961 with an emphasis on physics and mathematics. He is survived by his children, Toni (Al) Plante, Tom (Nancy) Henke, Tracy (Mike) Stefan, Eric (Kat) Paavola, Chad (Julie) Paavola and Marc Paavola; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and sisters Kathy Hasse and Nancy Carlson. Funeral service were held January 9 in Excelsior, followed by interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association are preferred.

People: January 2015

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

Westman appointed Interim Executive Director


The Water Quality Association Board of Governors announced in early November that it selected David Westman as the new Interim Executive Director. In this role, he will be responsible for guiding the organization and conducting a comprehensive review of WQA’s financial management, governance structures, staff functions and core processes. Westman will also serve the board as a trusted resource who will guide the association and assemble the leadership team while focusing on finding a long-term executive solution. He holds an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago and is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Association Executive (CAE). While Westman serves as Interim Executive Director, the search has begun for a candidate to fill the permanent Executive Director position. The recruitment and hiring process will likely take some time, perhaps months.

IBWA board members announced

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced its 2014-2015 officers and Board of Directors, elected by IBWA members in November. Bryan Shinn (The Water Guy) was elected to serve as Chairman. He is a member of IBWA’s executive committee and Board of Directors and served as Vice Chairman in 2013 and Treasurer in 2012. Organization members also approved Joe Bell (Aqua Filter Fresh) as Vice Chairman and Breck Speed (Mountain Valley) as Immediate Past Chairman. Directors elected or re elected to the board for a three-year term expiring in 2017 include Joe Bell; Greg Nemec (Premium Waters, Inc.) and Brian Grant (Pure Flow). Other members who currently serve on the board include Philippe Caradec (Danone Waters North America); Andrew Eaton, PhD (Eurofins Eaton Analytical, Inc.); Brian Hess (Niagara Bottling LLC); Doug Hidding (Blackhawk Molding); Dave Holdener (Nicolet Forest Bottling); Scott Hoover (Roaring Spring Bottling); Dan Kelly (Polymer Solutions); Heidi Paul (Nestlé Waters North America, Inc.); Shayron Barnes-Selby (DS Services); Robert Smith (Grand Springs Distribution); Lynn Wachtmann (Maumee Valley Bottlers) and Bill Young (Absopure Water Co., Inc.).

Five NSPF promotions announced

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) announced several recent promotions, including four of existing team members to newly created positions. Alex Antoniou, PhD was promoted to Chief Marketing and Information Officer, in which he will oversee and guide IT processes. Prior to NSPF, he directed all aquatic programming and supervision for Rutgers University. Michelle Kavanaugh was promoted to Mission Development Director for the US and Canada. She has worked with NSPF since 2005, managing mission development, marketing and the World Aquatic Health Conference. Silvia Uribe was promoted to Mission Development Director for all International Markets, in which she will lead all business development and customer service outside the US and Canada. She joined NSPF in February of 2008 as the Special Project Coordinator focusing on Spanish translation, interpretation and education development. Natalie Strong was promoted to Senior Customer Service Specialist and will help develop and support a cohesive customer service team, performing supervision and leadership. She has worked with NSPF since 2012 as a Customer Service and Fulfillment Specialist. Paloma Betancourt was promoted to International Mission Development Specialist, to support NSPF’s training distribution partner, APPAC in Mexico and Central and South America. Betancourt studied architecture and industrial design in both Universidad Politécnica and Universidad del Turabo.

Kunzel named to HM Digital manager position

HM Digital, Inc. announced that Brent Kunzel has joined the company as Business Development Manager, effective immediately. He will manage the marketing activities as well as coordinate the company’s growth strategies. Prior to HM Digital, Kunzel worked as a management consultant, helping a variety of businesses transform their operations. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

AIChE 2015 officers, board announced

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced that Cheryl Teich, Reaction Engineering Expertise Area Leader at The Dow Chemical Company, will become President of the organization in 2015. President-Elect Gregory Stephanopoulos, W.H. Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT (Cambridge, MA) joins Teich on AIChE’s Board of Directors. Newly elected directors include: Alan Nelson (The Dow Chemical Company); John O’Connell, Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia (Charlottesville); Anne Skaja Robinson, Chair of the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Tulane University (New Orleans, LA) and Sharon Robinson, senior staff member at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (TN). AIChE Directors serve three-year terms.

WWEMA 2015 officers, directors name

The members of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) elected new officers and directors during its annual meeting held in November. The Executive Committee comprises: Chairman Frank Rebori (President, Smith & Loveless Inc.); Chairman-Elect Ron Port (VP, Marketing and Business Development, SPX Corporation); Vice Chairman Tammy Bernier (President, Duperon Corporation); Treasurer Mark Turpin (VP and GM, Parkson Corporation) and Immediate Past Chairman Chuck Powers (Director, Global Water Resource Industry & Product Management, Flowserve Corporation). Three members were elected to the Board of Directors: Andrew Fraher (Director of Marketing and Business Development, Xylem Inc.); Louis LeBrun (VP, Pinnacle Ozone Solutions) and Leelon Scott (Director of OEM Business Development, Revere Control Solutions). Current Chairman Chuck Powers also named Tammy Bernier as recipient of the 2014 James C. Morriss Member Achievement Award, for significant contributions to the mission of the association and to the benefit of the water and wastewater industry.

People: December 2014

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Imbeault named Waterite area manager


Waterite Technologies, Inc. has named Mario Imbeault to the position of Eastern Area Manager, effective immediately. He will be responsible for sales in the Quebec and Maritime regions for all company product lines. Imbeault brings to Waterite many years of technical and sales management experience in the filtration and water products distribution business. Since 1995, he has worked with Industrial Filter Manufacturing and Pro Filtration in a sales administration capacity in both Ontario and Quebec. Imbeault will be based in the Montreal branch office.

Messana, Kearbey named to Wilo team

Wilo USA named Samuel D. Messana as National Sales Manager–Building Service and Regional Sales Manager for the Northeast. He will be responsible for directing, managing, implementing and driving Wilo sales strategies. With more than 20 years of experience as a hands-on sales and product marketing executive, he has a strong background in the global pump, hydronic and the OEM marketplace. Previously, Messana was OEM Sales Manager for Watts Regulator, developing strategic plans and new products for OEM customers and meeting sales revenue targets. He also served as National Account Sales Manager, Western Regional Sales Manager and Product Manager for Armstrong Pumps, Inc. Wilo has also welcomed Eric Kearbey as Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Water Management. A former Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Ekato Corporation, he has 17 years of experience in the chemical, pump and industrial markets. Kearby holds a BS Degree in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri.

WEF 2014-2015 Board of Trustees announced

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the members of its 2014-2015 Board of Trustees. In addition to incoming President Ed McCormick, the 2014-2015 Board of Trustees includes Immediate Past President Ralston; PresidentElect Paul Bowen; Vice President Rick Warner; Treasurer Ralph Exton; Secretary and WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill and Trustees Charles Bott, Jenny Hartfelder, Jackie Jarrell, Tom Kunetz, Garry Macdonald and Erin Mosley.

Nine to receive NSPF scholarships

Six students who are pursuing higher education around the US in a variety of subject areas have been named to receive National Swimming Pool Foundation scholarships. Alexandra June Adams, Central College, received the P. Cory Willis Scholarship for $1,000; Roxanne Klemm, St. Catherine University, was awarded the D.J. Wright Scholarship for $1,000; Kassidy Marie Kohout, University of Wisconsin-Platteville, received a Board of Directors Scholarship for $2,000; Summer Olson, University of South Dakota, was also awarded a Board of Directors Scholarship for $2,000; Karian Tjader, College of Lake County, was recipient of the Phillip Sperber Scholarship for $1,000 and Brittany Catherine Viboch, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, was awarded the William Rowley Scholarship for $1,000. The NSPF® Fellowship Program awarded $6,000 to three doctoral students who are performing risk reduction or health-benefit research related to aquatic activities and/or venues such as swimming pools, spas/hot tubs, therapy pools and waterparks. Adam Bradley Katchmarchi is a doctoral student in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. Talin Louder is a Presidential Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Utah State University, in Logan, UT. Katarzyna Ratajczak is a research investigator and Junior Lecturer at the Poznan University of Technology in Poznan, Poland.

New CA-NV AWWA Board of Directors Chair named

The California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association (CANV AWWA) named Sue Mosburg Chair of its Board of Directors during their annual fall conference. Mosburg, who previously served as Chair-elect, began her career in the water/wastewater industry at the City of San Diego’s Water Department, where she worked on the docks, scrubbed boats and assisted fishermen. With over 30 years in the industry, she has risen through the ranks to become a program manager at Sweetwater Authority where she is responsible for risk management, employee development, water-use efficiency and school education programs. Mosburg has also served on many CA-NV committees including the CA-NV Section Governing Board, Water Use Efficiency Committee, Workforce Development Council, Emergency and Security Preparedness Committee, Business Division and several others.

People: November 2014

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

Garcia, Parsons appointed to Watts management positions


Watts Water has appointed Guillermo Garcia, CWS-3, Outside Sales Manager for the Western Region of Watts’ Water Quality Division. A 13-year veteran of the water industry, he previously served as an Inside Sales Representative and provided customer service tech support for the Western Region, where he successfully secured and helped grow key Watts accounts. Peter Parsons joined the company as National Product Training Manager– Americas, responsible for the development of a comprehensive product training strategy for the Americas. This includes creating both online and in-person training programs, developing training facilities, identifying required resources and developing a consistent curriculum for individuals conducting training in the field. Parsons has more than 30 years of training experience and program leadership within global companies. He received certifications in electronics, cryptography and instructional design from the US Navy.

Essery new Branch Manager for Charger

Phil Essery has been appointed Branch Manager at Charger’s newest office in Phoenix, AZ, which opened in April. The 30-year water industry veteran has held a variety of management positions and brings a wealth of experience in service, installation and sales to Charger. Essery may be reached at the branch by phone, (844) 249-3081 (toll-free) or (623) 388-4837.

GE’s Exton named to WEF board

GE announced the appointment of Ralph Exton to serve as 2014-2015 Treasurer on the Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation (WEF). He was first elected to WEF’s Board of Trustees in 2012. Exton has extensive experience in various leadership, business and international roles and has more than 27 years of advanced water treatment, water purification and reuse experience. In his current role as the Chief Marketing Officer of Water and Process Technologies for GE Power & Water, Exton provides strategic leadership and program direction for the business’ marketing activities and sustainability efforts. He is an ambassador for ecomagination and the leader of the Water for Humanity program for GE. Exton is also the Business Program Manager for the GE Experienced Commercial Leadership Program designed to attract, retain and grow a diverse and global population of future sales and marketing leaders for GE businesses.

Zenith International Directors named

Zenith International has announced the appointment of two new directors. Paul Thomson, formerly head of Water & Environment, became Water & Environment Director on October 1. A widely respected hydrogeologist, Thomson is a specialist in water source development, protection and management. Gordon Robinson, formerly Operations Consulting Manager, was appointed Regional Director–Middle East and Africa on July 1. He moved to Dubai in May 2013 to manage a food factory building project and to lead other client projects involving market feasibility, production efficiency and construction planning.

Allen named Water Center Executive Director

The Desert Research Institute has named Nathan Allen as Executive Director of the Nevada Water Center of Excellence (COE). Prior to joining DRI, Allen served as CEO and Principal of TerraSwell, which he founded in response to environmental science and sustainability challenges encountered in the field. His experience in applied science includes previous positions as a Research Scientist and also as a Coordinator of Sustainability for the University of Arizona Biosphere 2. Allen serves on the US Green Buildings Council Arizona Chapter Board, and sits on the boards of both the Farm Education Resource Network and the Agrarian Freedom Project. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science from Simpson College and a Master’s Degree in education from the University of Arizona.

Shimkus appointed WSSCC Director

The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) announced David Shimkus has joined the Global Sanitation Fund as its new Program Director, bringing to the fund over 15 years of experience in international health and development. He will oversee ongoing efforts to support community-led sanitation programs in developing countries. Shimkus joins WSSCC from the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), where he served as Senior Manager of Global Health Partnerships, providing financial and programmatic oversight for collaborations between UNOPS and major global health organizations.

Braun appointed Minnesota Rubber CEO

Quadion LLC , which does business as Minnesota Rubber & Plastics, appointed Marlin Braun as its CEO in January, succeeding Jim Lande, who retired from Quadion after serving as CEO since 1985. Prior to joining the firm, Braun worked at Greene, Tweed Co., VEECO Instruments Inc. and Perkin Elmer Inc.

People: October 2014

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Whynot promoted to President at Mazzei


Mazzei Injector Company, LLC has promoted Geoffrey Whynot to the position of President. An integral part of the company since 2010, he was originally hired as CFO in 2010 and assumed the additional duties of COO in 2012. Angelo Mazzei, Chairman/ CEO and founder of the company, noted that in addition to his financial expertise, Whynot has thrown himself into learning the operation and technical applications of the company. In addition, he showed exceptional leadership and the ability and desire to develop the company team.

Lemieux Recipient of 2014 Joseph K. Seidner Award

France Lemieux of Health Canada was presented with the 13th Joseph K. Seidner Award at the annual Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing Meeting in Fredericton, NB in recognition of her outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards. Lemieux is the head of the Materials and Treatment Section, Water and Air Quality Bureau at Health Canada. She has been an integral part of the standards development community, participating on several committees, task groups and industry advisory bodies over the years. Lemieux has been the key voice of Health Canada within the standards community in both the US and Canada. Her most notable recent accomplishments were her role in the Council of Public Health Consultants at NSF and working with industry to smoothly integrate the Canadian Consumer Product Safety Act into Canada’s regime of regulations, codes and standards. The award was established by the CIPH Board of Directors in November 2000 to honor first recipient, industry leader and CIPH friend Seidner and his legacy to the standards community.

Adams named HaloSource General Counsel

HaloSource announced the appointment of Robyn Adams as General Counsel and IP Attorney. She will manage all legal and intellectual property matters for the company and its brands and is a member of its Leadership Team. Adams has over 15 years of experience in patent portfolio and intellectual property management with an expertise in aligning IP strategy with product commercialization and business focus. Prior to joining HaloSource, she worked as in-house counsel for ZymoGenetics and Epigenomics and also ran a solo law practice. Adams earned her JD from Seattle University School of Law, a Bachelor of Science Degree in microbiology from the University of Washington and is a registered patent attorney and member of the Washington State Bar Association.

McGarry appointed at Labstrong

LabStrong announced that Brian McGarry has accepted the position of Sales Account Manager and will be responsible for developing and executing the company’s strategic growth plan. He will be building and developing relationships with both new and existing customers. McGarry received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Wisconsin. He brings many years of sales and sales leadership experience from AT&T.

Battour named KMS sales rep for North Africa

Koch Membrane Systems (KMS) has appointed M. Hatem Bouattour as an independent sales representative. In this capacity, he will assist KMS with marketing and sales of its water and wastewater products for the region (including Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria) and provide a French-speaking liaison between KMS, end users and engineers. Hatem Bouattour has many years of experience in the North Africa region working with commercial and industrial organizations. He is an environmental and water specialist, with knowledge and experience in water management and governance.

In Memory of Robert E. ‘Bob’ Marsh

Earlier this year, the industry lost a true pioneer with the passing of Robert E. ‘Bob’ Marsh at the age of 93. His involvement in the industry as a prolific inventor and entrepreneur began in the 60s and over the years added much to what we take for granted today. Marsh’s indepth knowledge of plastics and plastic processing led to the first blow-molded brine tanks and cabinets, as well as pressure vessels with built-in distributors and separate chambers. As an early entrant to the residential RO business, he produced numerous unique systems and components still in use. Marsh was one of the first to custom design and sell softening equipment to the UK and Europe, which opened the opportunity for many other US companies to follow and led him to establish a manufacturing facility in England. He also established factories in California and Wisconsin with the best known being Plasworld in Racine, WI. Marsh is survived by his wife, best friend and business partner Marcie, as well as his brother and WWII combat veteran, Don.

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