Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

UV association leadership announced

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) installed Dr. Kati Bell, MWH Water Reuse Global Practice Leader, as President at the IUVA World Congress in February. Oliver Lawal, President of Aquisense, was voted President-elect with Dr. Karl Linden, Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado-Boulder, assuming the role of Immediate Past President. In addition, Gary Hunter of Black and Veatch assumed duties as Treasurer and Ron Hofmann, University of Toronto, as Secretary. Chip Blatchley, Purdue University was named Co-VP for the Americas with Jamal Award from GHD.

Lennox next AWWA President-elect

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

AWWA’s Board of Directors has elected Brenda Lennox as the association’s next President-elect. An AWWA member for 20 years, Lennox is Manager of Customer and Support Services for the Tualatin Valley Water District in Beaverton, OR. For AWWA, she is currently a Vice President as well as a member of the Management & Leadership Division and the Diversity & Member Inclusion Committee, in addition to heavy involvement in numerous committees at the Pacific Northwest Section. Lennox is also the 2014 recipient of AWWA’s George Warren Fuller Award. She begins her new role in June 2016 at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, IL, and will serve her one-year term beginning in June 2017. Lennox studied human resources and management at Portland State University in Portland, OR.

NSF leadership promotions announced

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Purkiss

Purkiss

NSF International promoted five general managers in its Global Water Division in response to the company’s increased growth. Dave Purkiss, a 27-year company veteran, was promoted to General Manager, Plumbing Products. In this new role, he will lead the growth of the plumbing certification programs. Purkiss is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), chairs both the AWWA Polyelectrolytes and Utility Quality Management Committees and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University.

Kashefi

Kashefi

Nasrin Kashefi, promoted to General Manager, Plastics Program began her career with NSF more than 24 years ago and most recently served as Business Unit Manager for the Plastics Program, where she was instrumental in driving a number of process improvement initiatives. She has also served as Operations Manager for both the Water Distribution Systems and Plastics Programs. Kashefi represents NSF on the PPI Hydrostatic Stress Board and is a member of the Plastics Pipe and Fitting Association, the Plastic Pipe Institute and the PVC Pipe Association. She has a Master’s Degree in interpersonal and organizational communication from Eastern Michigan University.

Bellish

Bellish

Theresa Bellish has been promoted to General Manager, Municipal Water Products and will help expand NSF International’s testing, auditing and certification services for drinking water treatment chemicals, distribution system components and recreational water products. She began her NSF career more than 15 years ago and has held several leadership positions in the Water Division. Previously, Bellish served as Senior Certification Project Manager. A member of AWWA, WEF and the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, she is also a Certified Pool and Spa Operator through NSPF and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in nutrition and food science from Wayne State University.

Stark

Stark

Blake Stark, promoted to General Manager, Treatment Chemicals & Filtration Media, will lead the program’s expansion into new areas, including developing a new certification service for pool and spa treatment chemicals. He has been with NSF for 26 years, beginning as a field auditor and rising to a number of leadership positions. Stark is a member of AWWA and Chair of its Disinfection Chemicals Committee, as well as an affiliate member of the National Association of Chemical Distributors. He has an MBA from Walsh College and a Bachelor’s Degree in geology from Adrian College. Amie Scott joined NSF as General Manager, New Global Water Programs. She will help develop new programs and expand existing standards and certification programs.

Scott

Scott

Scott has more than 10 years of public health experience and a strong drinking water industry knowledge base. She most recently served as a Business Health Research Analyst at SEAS Capital Partners. Previously, Scott was a Research Project Manager in the Department of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. She has a Master’s Degree in public health from Columbia University and is a member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

IAPMO collaborator mourned

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The IAPMO Group extended its deepest sympathies to the family and colleagues of Paul Pholeros, Architect and Director of Healthabitat, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 62 in Sydney, Australia on February 1. Since establishing non-profit Healthabitat in 1985, Pholeros worked tirelessly on a series of urban, rural and remote architectural projects throughout his native Australia and beyond. Pholeros was an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Sydney (his alma mater) and Vice-Chairman and Board Member of Emergency Architects Australia. In 2007, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition for his persistence and outstanding service to the health and well-being of the indigenous population of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. Since 2012, IAPMO has supported Healthabitat’s growing international Sanitation Studio program, addressing community sanitation and skills development needs in Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa and Papua, New Guinea. The Community Plumbing Challenge, presented for the first time in India, was the latest initiative to emerge under Pholeros’ direction and guidance.

WQA manager honored

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

March2016_Licko_mugWQA Toxicology Manager Kristin Licko, who joined WQA in 2011 as an intern in the Technical and Regulatory Affairs Department, has been chosen to receive the 2016 Women in Toxicology Celebrating Women in Toxicology Award. The award is being presented by Women in Toxicology (WIT), one of six special interest groups for the Society of Toxicology (SOT). Award recipients are selected on the basis of scientific merit, leadership and service, with a focus primarily on demonstration of leadership and service in the scientific/toxicology community. Licko serves as the Committee Chair for the Joint Peer Review Steering Committee (JPRSC), which works to consolidate and harmonize efforts toward development and external peer review of action levels for unregulated chemical contaminants originating from products in contact with drinking water. She is currently working toward a Master’s Degree in pharmacology and toxicology at Michigan State University.

Bertler, Simpson named McClean Group Directors

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

C0009-Bertler_Mark_101 - Version 2The McLean Group has established the Water, Wastewater & Environmental Practice Group with the addition of Managing Directors Mark Bertler and James Simpson. They collectively bring more than 50 years of executive-level water industry operating and investment-banking experience at leading global water companies, where they operated or advised water clients on a wide range of strategic alternatives including mergers and acquisitions (buy-side/sell-side), recapitalizations, management buyouts and capital formation. Collectively, Bertler and Simpson have completed or advised on more than 45 middle market transactions, ranging in value from $5 to $100 million (USD) and closed more than $1 billion in deal value. They have led transactions and strategic advisory engagements with many of the industry’s preeminent water and wastewater firms.

Nolan named to Water Tec operations

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

March2016_Nolan_mugMarc Nolan, MWS, has joined Water Tec Tucson’s Las Vegas, NV operation. He brings over 30 years of water industry experience and holds additional WQA certification as an installer and a sales representative. Nolan has been an active member of WQA, PWQA and is a board member of AWQA. He has excelled as a service technician, service manager, sales manager, business owner and a regional sales manager, previously working for Culligan, Kinetico and independent dealers, as well for OEMs and national manufactures. For the last two decades, Nolan has primarily specialized in consulting and sales of commercial applications employing ion exchange, filtration, UV and RO technologies.

Fralix appointed VP at Icon

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

March2016_Fralix_mugIcon Technologies appointed Philip Fralix, MWS, as Vice President of Food Service North American. Fralix has been an active member of the water filtration industry for more than 33 years. He brings extensive commercial, industrial and residential water filtration experience, gained through years of work in the residential and commercial water softening, OCS, food service, kidney dialysis and industrial printing markets, to Icon. Fralix has served in regional, national and international capacities for several major manufacturers and continues to participate in industry association committees with WQA and FWQA. He has serviced on the FWQA Board as Past President and currently serves on FWQA’s board as the Legislative Director.

Asia: Eco Expo Asia success hailed

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

The 10th edition of Eco Expo Asia held in October 2015 concluded with great success at the Asia World Expo. The event welcomed a record-breaking 320 exhibitors as well as 12,385 trade visitors—a 14-percent increase from last year. The pool of visitors represented 97 countries and regions, including the Chinese mainland, Taiwan, India, the US, Japan, Malaysia and Iran.

Middle East: Modern Water forward osmosis agreement announced

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Modern Water plc announced an agreement with Bilfinger Deutsche Babcock Middle East, one of the region’s leading service providers for construction, maintenance, rehabilitation, O&M and life-cycle services in a range of industries. The agreement covers the joint development and commercialization of Modern Water’s proprietary forward osmosis technology, in conjunction with multistage flash (MSF) desalination plants across the Middle East and northern Africa. The product offering will allow MSF desalination plant owners and operators to improve the performance and energy efficiency of both existing plants and any new plants under development.

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