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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Patterson added to Canature team
Canature WaterGroup announced the addition of Russell Patterson as Executive VP of Business Development. He will lead the Rainfresh® retail sales initiatives in the US and Mexico and be responsible for overall sales strategy in Mexico. An accomplished leader with extensive business strategy and operational management experience, Patterson has spent 34 years building his career in the water conditioning and retail industries. During his 20-year career with Marmon Water LLC, he held successive management positions, including serving as President of EcoWater Systems (2016-18) and of KX Technologies LLC (2007-15). Prior to joining Marmon Water, Patterson learned the consumer goods industry through his 14 years at Electrolux.

ASTM Board members announced
ASTM International announced its slate of six new Board of Director nominees for 2020, five of whom are women. In addition, the organization’s President, Katharine Morgan, unveiled a new Women in Standards video, highlighting the growing role of women in developing technical standards. The nominees are experts representing perspectives of industry, government, consumers and more. They include Francine Bovard, Senior Technical Specialist, Arconic; Bonnie McWade-Furtado, Associate Research and Development Scientist, Cabot Corp.; Carol Pollack-Nelson, PhD, Owner of Independent Safety Consulting LLC; Casandra W. Robinson, Physical Scientist, US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Dalia Yarom, Director of the Standardization Division, Standards Institution of Israel (SII). Michael J. Brisson, Technical Advisor, Savannah River National Laboratory, was also nominated.

2019 WEF Fellows selected
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced 15 distinguished members as the 2019 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature and contributions in the water profession. The members are: Bradley Fix, Indiana Water Environment Association; Adel Hagekhalil, California Water Environment Association; Jerome Iltis, Water Environment Association of Texas; Dr. Jose Jimenez, Florida Water Environment Association; Dr. Chih-Ming (Jimmy) Kao, Taiwan Environmental Engineering Association; Dr. Eakalak Khan, Nevada Water Environment Association; Dr. Richard Kuchenrither, Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association; Garry Macdonald, Water New Zealand; Dr. Johannes (JB) Neethling, California Water Environment Association; Daniel F. Riney, Iowa Water Environment Association and Kansas Water Environment Association; Dr. Leonard Ripley, Water Environment Association of Texas; Kenneth Schnaars, Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky & Tennessee; Dr. Robert Sharp, New York Water Environment Association; Patrick Stevens, Indiana Water Environment Association and Dr. Berrin Tansel, Florida Water Environment Association. Additionally, Joe Stowe, Jr. has been selected as an honorary WEF Fellow for his eminence and contributions to the water profession as a leader in utility management and leadership. A WEF Life Member, Stowe has spent more than 50 years working in the water sector and led Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) Utilities (now Charlotte Water) for 12 years.


Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Jayjack, Van Sickle advance at Water-Right
Water-Right® has promoted Melanie Jayjack as the organization’s Marketing Manager. Previously Brand Manager in charge of the Evolve® and WaterCare® brands, she will continue to use her skills to progress the marketing division across all brands and distribution channels. Christine Van Sickle joined Water-Right to assume the position of Brand Manager. She will provide support to the Evolve and WaterCare brands, including website management and social media campaigns. Van Sickle will work with the team to develop brand plans and strategies and provide support to professional dealers through product advertising.

Willis named to ResinTech sales team
ResinTech announced that Grady Willis joined its Midwest Technical Sales team. He brings over two decades of industry experience, including 17 years in the power and water industry sector. Before joining ResinTech, Willis held positions at GE Water and Process Technologies, GE Betz, Nalco Chemical Company, GE Digital Energy & PMC Biogenix. He graduated from Kings Point, the US Merchant Marine Academy and was an LCDP in the Naval Reserve.

AWQA Director to retire
In early August, the administrative duties of the Arizona Water Quality Association were transferred to Tri-advocates, when David Perry concluded his tenure of more than 41 years. Perry joined AWQA in May 1978, before its current name was considered, under the presidency of Ray Moses. During his tenure, the organization has been involved in a number of key areas and is currently continuing to work on salinity discharge and other environmental issues. Perry will still be available and can be reached via email or phone (480) 947-8969.

Morecraft named NSF Global Director
NSF International announced the promotion of Jen Morecraft to Global Director. She most recently held the position of Director of NSF’s Supplier Assurance programs. Previously, Morecraft worked on the frontlines of public health as an environmental health sanitarian in Illinois and as an AmeriCorps member with the Illinois Public Health Association. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in community health from Western Illinois University.

Westerhoff named Clarke Prize Laureate
The National Water Research Institute (NWRI) announced Dr. Paul Westerhoff, Regents Professor and Fulton Chair of Environmental Engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University, as the 2019 Clarke Prize Laureate. His research touches on a wide range of water issues, from watersheds to nanomaterials and from rivers, groundwater and wastewater to water condensation. Westerhoff’s work has focused on natural organic material and nitrogen in water, DBP formation and control, water reuse, control of endocrine disruptors and pharmaceuticals, and characterization
and control of nanoparticles. He has advanced adoption of the One Water concept, the idea that all water, regardless of the source, is part of the water cycle and is an important resource.

Rizcallah honored with Seidner award
Philip Rizcallah, Director, Research and Development, Construction at the National Research Council of Canada is the 19th recipient of the Joseph K. Seidner Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards. He joined NRC in 1999 as a Technical Advisor for the National Fire Code. He progressed to Manager of Codes Canada and was appointed Program Director for the Building Regulations for Market Access Program in 2014. Currently, Rizcallah serves as Program Director at the Construction Research Centre of the National Research Centre.

Industry veteran Angel mourned
Long-time water treatment industry veteran John Robert Angel passed away peacefully July 1. He was born in 1924, to Robert and Marie Angel, in East Cleveland, OH. Angel attended Shaw High School and Ohio University. He served honorably from 1943-1946 as a P38 armorer in the US Army Air Corp, stationed in the US and South Pacific. In 1948, Angel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in commerce from Ohio University and began his career in Regional Sales for Westinghouse. In 1955, he and his wife Sally moved to southern California, where he worked in the water treatment industry for more than 40 years. Angel was preceded in death by his wife Sally and son Steve. He is survived by son Nicholas (Vikki) and daughter Laura (Randall); five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial service was held September 7 at Community Presbyterian Church of Cambria.


Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Legionella Conference speaker announced
Pat Breysse, PhD, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, will deliver the keynote address at Legionella Conference 2019, to be held September 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA. Breysse will talk about Legionella and building water systems. The US is now in a fight against infection and he will highlight innovative strategies and projects that CDC and partners are working on to combat it.

Avery, Kramer to keynote WAHC
Ryan Avery, an Emmy award-winning journalist, two-time best-selling author, 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International and world record holder, will deliver game-changing, life-magnifying strategies that allow World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) audience members to step up to achieve next-level results. His focus will be showing leaders how to Go From A to THE® in their industry. Actor and historian Mitchell Kramer, from Philadelphia, PA, has been portraying Benjamin Franklin for 10 years and will transport attendees to the past to help them learn about this amazing man of history. Franklin was an avid swimmer his entire life and his study of swimming led to his earliest invention, the swim flippers. His love of nature and his idea of man’s place in the world began in a small swimming pond off Mill Street in South Boston.

Buck promoted at NSF
Stefan Buck has been promoted to General Manager of NSF International’s Global Drinking Water Treatment Unit and Biosafety Cabinet Programs. He will be responsible for NSF International’s certification services for POU and POE drinking water treatment systems and components as well as for NSF’s biosafety cabinet certification and field certifier accreditation program. Buck joined NSF in 2013, was named Business Unit Manager for NSF’s Global Water Program–Filtration Division in 2014 and was directly involved in NSF International’s public health communication efforts during the Flint water crisis. Before joining NSF International, he served more than 10 years in the environmental industry. Buck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental studies from Lake Forest College and a Master’s Degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland.

Evans named Director of IWER
Stetson University has named Jason Evans, PhD interim Executive Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience (IWER), beginning August 15. He is an Associate Professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson, as well as Faculty Director of IWER. Evans will fill the position while the university searches for a permanent replacement for Clay Henderson, JD, who is retiring.


Monday, July 15th, 2019

Annocki promoted at ResinTech
ResinTech’s Michael Annocki has been promoted to Vice President. In his new position, he will be responsible for all procurement activities, as well as day-to-day operations for ResinTech’s production and distribution facilities around the world. Annocki joined ResinTech in 2011 as a purchasing agent and became General Manager in 2014. His 15 years of purchasing experience and strong track record for driving process improvement have helped ResinTech meet the rapidly growing demand for its products.

Wilker named to Canature team
Canature WaterGroup has appointed Chris Wilker to its Canature North America team. He will serve as the Executive VP of Business Development to drive company growth. Wilker has shown excellence in the areas of branded dealer management, business operations and new technology development throughout his almost 30-year career at Ecowater Systems and Marmon Water. He has also been a key contributor to the water treatment industry as a six-year member of the Water Quality Association (WQA) Board of Governors and most recently completed his tenure as President. Wilker was the 2019 WQA Ray Cross award recipient, which recognizes a current or former member whose pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment has made a notable difference in the water treatment industry and has not been previously honored with the Hall of Fame or Lifetime Member Award.

Ticcioni retirement announced
In June, industry veteran Jim Ticcioni entered retirement after 26 years at Marlo Incorporated. He worked both as Engineering Manager and most recently, Director of Technical Services, where he assisted countless customers with technical support, spare parts sales, troubleshooting, field start-ups and equipment training. Coupled with his previous 25 years with Bruner Corporation, Ticcioni is one of the select few in the water treatment industry to serve over 50 years. He will be dearly missed within the industry.

Wilderer name CEO of De Nora
De Nora has named Mirka Wilderer, PhD, to lead De Nora’s Water Technologies group as CEO. She joined De Nora in February 2019 as Global Integration Director. Wilderer is committed to bolstering the company’s revenue growth with geographic and application market expansion, technology advancements and improved processes that will bring an enhanced 21st century experience to De Nora’s global customer base. She had 15 years of water industry experience in numerous countries in Europe and Asia before moving to the United States in 2009. Wilderer holds a Doctorate in international management.

WEF Director announced
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the selection of Walter Marlowe, PE, CAE as its new Executive Director. He brings extensive, high-level experience in association leadership and the areas of civil engineering, construction, certification and science to the WEF position, including tenure as a Director at the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Marlowe is currently the Executive Director of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. Previously, he held the same position with the Construction Specifications Institute and the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. Marlowe has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in civil engineering from Stevens Institute of Engineering and an MBA from George Washington University.

Dyck named Manufacturer’s Agent
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) has named Andrew Dyck, VP of Sales for Barclay Sales, as the 72nd CIPH Chairman. He began his career in 1987 with Honeywell Limited, then moved onto ECR International in 2001 as a Territory Manager for British Columbia. Dyck joined the CIPH Board in 2011 and has been very active with the Agents Council and with the BC Region Board, having served twice as their Region President and the Chairman of the CIPH Agents Council.

AWWA poster winners announced
The American Water Works Association announced the winners of its annual Fresh Ideas Poster Competition for students, which took place during AWWA’s recent Annual Conference & Exposition in Denver, CO. The first-place winner was Amir Alansari representing AWWA’s North Carolina and South Carolina Sections for his poster, Next-Generation Coagulation Optimization for Drinking Water Treatment Plants: A Case Study. He will receive $500 and the opportunity to write an article for Journal–American Water Works Association. The second-place winner was Carmen Velasco from AWWA’s Rocky Mountain Section for her poster, Influence of pH on the Solubility of U(VI) and Natural Organic Matter in Laboratory Controlled Conditions. The third-place winner was Ryan Hanson from AWWA’s Minnesota Section for his poster, Generation of PFOS and PFOA from Cationic and Zwitterionic Precursors during Conventional Drinking Water Disinfection.

Roberts named to Zenith Team
Zenith Global appointed Michael Roberts as Principal Sustainability Consultant, to lead the company’s continued expansion into sustainability services across the food and drink sectors. He will retain his current role as Global Business Development Director for Capri-Sun, while building up the Zenith Global sustainability team. Much of Roberts’ previous career was in the Coca-Cola system, predominantly in Europe, the Middle East and China, often working with partners including Nestlé and McDonald’s.


Saturday, June 15th, 2019

Kennedy appointed at Soft Water Specialists
Dennis Kennedy has been appointed to the Soft Water Specialists LLC team, heading the company’s salt and maintenance service, along with marketing. He enjoys working with people and helping them push beyond their limits, positive skills for essential customer service. While not yet certified, Kennedy plans to gain WQA certification in the near future. He has been in the fitness industry since he graduated from the University of Akron. Previously, Kennedy started personal training in 2012 then trained at Rackleys Sports Performance in West Richland, WA in 2015-16. He is training at Mission Accomplish Fitness in Kennewick, WA and is certified through ACTION.

Rogerson appointed to ACS VP position
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced Audrey M. Rogerson, PhD, assumed the new role of VP of Development, effective June 3. She brings to ACS 17 years of experience as a fundraiser and organizational strategist for non-profits, focused on scientific research and science education. Rogerson will assume leadership in designing, articulating and implementing the future fundraising strategies of the organization. She will provide the strategic vision and leadership for a comprehensive development plan to elevate ACS’ philanthropic success by building a culture of philanthropy across the ACS community. Most recently, Rogerson served as the Director of Resource Development for the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) and prior to BIOS, she worked as the Director of Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations for Boston’s Museum of Science and as Director of Development for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. She holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Brown University.

Hawkins to keynote Water Smart
George Hawkins, former CEO and GM of DC Water, will deliver the keynote opening address for the 12th Annual WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, NV on October 2. He launched his leadership and innovation-focused consulting business Moonshot LLC and a parallel non-profit enterprise Moonshot Missions after stepping down from DC Water, where he served for 11 years, including several as a board member. Hawkins serves on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council, is a strategic advisor to Xylem, Inc., is an Executive in Residence for XPV Water Partners and is a Professor of Practice for American University’s School of Public Affairs, where he teaches graduate students about urban development, infrastructure and innovation. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School, and taught environmental law and policy for the Princeton Environmental Institute from 1999 to 2017.

Haynes appointed at Little Beaver
Little Beaver welcomed Joseph Haynes as Product Engineer at the company’s manufacturing facility in Livingston, TX. A fourth-generation Little Beaver team member, he brings a familiarity of the family business and innovative knowledge of product design processes. Haynes most recently spent 11 years as a product engineer at pipe-fitting manufacturer WFI International, where he designed and developed a variety of fittings for different industries. He brings a wealth of manufacturing experience, as well as a strong understanding of mechanical engineering and product development to his new role. Haynes holds a Bachelor’s Degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University.

García-Bartolomei named IDA scholarship winner
The International Desalination Association (IDA) has awarded its Channabasappa Memorial Scholarship to Enzo Rene García-Bartolomei of Chile for the 2019/2020 academic year. The Institute of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization (ISDMU), SOA (Tianjin, China), co-sponsored the 2019/2020 scholarship through a matching contribution to the IDA Sustainable Water Resources Foundation (SWRF), which will issue a $5,000 (USD) matching grant. This makes the total scholarship value $10,000.

Kemco sales team expanded
Kemco Systems announced the hire of three new sales team members. Matt Lewis brings an extensive sales background in the laundry industry and outfitting laundry automation systems. Based in Atlanta, GA, he will lead the global Laundry Market Vertical.

Dillon Moran’s diverse background in water technologies makes for a smooth transition as Regional Sales Manager in the Northeast Territory.

David Schwartzel, CE, has 20+ years designing and selling disinfection and water technologies and will be Regional Sales Manager in the Northwest Territory.

Fortiva promotions announced

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Fortiva® Retail Credit announced the promotions of Ed Beldowicz to SVP of Client Development and Tessa Komer to VP of Client Development. As key members of the team, they will be responsible for growing partner relationships, maximizing retail credit program success and providing an overall prime experience. For almost 20 years, Beldowicz has fostered the organization’s largest client relationships, while also working with strategic partners to solidify new business. With his partnership and transaction experience focused on the less-than-prime consumer finance space, Beldowicz has worked to successfully educate hundreds of retailers and partners on the importance of this untapped consumer credit segment.

After seven years directing Fortiva’s retail marketing division, Komer brings over a decade of experience successfully strengthening existing partnership portfolios. Her ability to identify new revenue-driving opportunities for clients, along with her proven marketing perspective, will enhance Fortiva’s already strong relationships by fostering symbiotic long-term growth and strategic-thought partnerships.

Freedman named to WateReuse committee

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The WateReuse Association has selected Jon Freedman, the global government affairs leader for SUEZ’s Water Technologies & Solutions business unit, to chair its Legislative and Regulatory Policy Committee. The committee supports the Board of Directors in setting an agenda to advocate for policies and funding that increase water reuse. As chair, Freedman will use his expertise in global affairs to lead the committee in developing position papers, letters, congressional testimony, frequently asked questions and other content. The WateReuse Association has been successful in securing laws, policy and funding to support water recycling.

WaterStart Australia leader announced

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

WaterStart Australia, a subsidiary of Nevada-based WaterStart, recently announced the addition of Nick Shewring as its new General Manager in Queensland, Australia. After working as a startup founder for nearly 15 years, Shewring joins the WaterStart Australia team to further water innovation efforts and help attract more international technology companies to Queensland by working with major water utilities and water consumers across the state. Shrewing is currently also the founder and CEO of the ikiFounder Network, which provides mentorship and financial support to venture founders.

King honored with 2019 Stockholm Water Prize

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Dr. Jackie King was named the 2019 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for her game-changing contributions to global river management. She has advanced the scientific understanding of water flows, giving decision-makers methods and tools to assess the full range of costs and benefits when managing or developing river systems. Dr King led the early development of the methods as a researcher at the University of Cape Town, funded by South Africa’s Water Research Commission. Later, she and colleagues Dr. Cate Brown and Dr. Alison Joubert created ecosystem models to demonstrate the ecological and social implications of damming and de-watering rivers. This has enabled objective assessment of the costs of water-resource developments that could emerge linked to benefits such as hydropower and irrigated crops.

WQA awardees named

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

The Water Quality Association honored 12 people with leadership awards during the WQA Convention and Exposition in April. Hall of Fame awards were presented to Douglas C. Haring, MRW, CI, CWR, Clack Corporation and Douglas R. Oberhamer, Culligan of Phoenix. Lifetime Member award went to Vincent M. Kent, CWS, CI, Abendroth Water Conditioning, Inc. An Honorary Member award was presented to The Hon. Richard A. Gephardt, Gephardt Government Affairs and former majority leader of the US House of Representatives. Donald K. McGhee, MWS, Hydro Systems Inc., was honored with the Key Award while Joe Landowski, Culligan of Waukesha, received the Regents Award and the Ray Cross Award was presented to Chris Wilker, EcoWater Systems LLC. Two recipients were honored with the Award of Merit: David Martin, Lenzi Marketing and contributing Editor to WC&P International and Kelly R. Thompson, MWS, CI, Moti-Vitality. The International Award of Merit was received by Michael R. Long, MWS, ELKEN Sdn Bhd and the Next Gen Award was presented to Sterling McNeill of Parker Hannifin and Ryan Prince, GE Appliances.

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