Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

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.

Singh appointed to CEO position with SUEZ

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

SUEZ announced the appointment of Yuvbir Singh as CEO of the Water Technologies & Solutions Division, beginning April 8. A graduate of the University of Pune with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in electronics, Singh joined GE in 1995, holding various engineering, sales and marketing roles. Between 2004 and 2015, he worked for GE Water, where he gained extensive knowledge of the water industry, played an integral role in a series of transformative acquisitions and ultimately led the Engineered Systems team. In 2015, Singh was promoted to VP of the global locomotive business for GE Transportation and as VP of equipment in 2018.

Scarborough named to IAPMO team

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

IAPMO® has added beltway veteran Jim Scarborough to its Washington, DC team as Senior Manager of Government Relations. He will focus primarily on state and local issues of interest to IAPMO, particularly with regard to the adoption of the Uniform Codes. Scarborough brings more than 30 years of state and local policy experience, most recently with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as Senior Manager of State and Local Government Relations for the past six and a half years.

AWWA officers elected

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Four VPs and one Director-at-large were selected during the American Water Works Association Board of Directors’ annual winter meeting. Elizabeth Carter, a 15-year association member, is Director of the Rocky Mountain Section and a principal engineer at Aurora Water. Richard Hope, a 30-year association member, is also a member of the association’s International Council and Director of the Wisconsin Section. He is a senior VP at AECOM. Lee Anne Jones, a member for more than 25 years, is a member of AWWA’s Finance Committee and Director of the Ontario Section. She is a senior project manager at Jacobs (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Greg Lukasik, a member for more than 10 years, is Director of the Montana Section and an associate principal at Great West Engineering.

WWEMA election results announced

Monday, April 15th, 2019

The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) elected new officers and directors last November. The 2019 Executive Committee includes Chairman John Dyson, Product Channel Manager-AquaPrime, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc.; Chairman-elect Michael Dimitriou, President, WRT LLC; Vice-Chairman John Collins, CEO, JCM Industries, Inc.; Treasurer Vince Baldasare, Sales Manager, Gorman-Rupp Company and Immediate Past Chairman Thacher Worthen, President and CEO, Schreiber LLC. Five members were newly elected to the 2019 Board of Directors: Mark Handzel, VP of Product Regulatory Affairs and Compliance, Xylem, Inc.; Sergio Pino-Jelcic, Sales Manager, Evoqua Water Technologies LLC; Paul Ravelli, Sales Manager, Suez Treatment Technologies and Solutions; Nick Peyton, VP and GM, Specialty Valves, Mueller Water Products and Henk-Jan van Ettekoven, President, Huber Technology, Inc. In addition, the membership re-elected Marwan Nesicolaci, Global Senior VP, De Nora Water (Colmar, PA) for a second three-year term.

Gleason named WQA Lab Director

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Zac Gleason was appointed Water Quality Association’s new Laboratory Director, responsible for overall operations and strategic direction for both the Performance Laboratory and the Analytical Laboratory. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in water, sanitation and hygiene and 10 years of laboratory oversight experience to the role, a key component of the WQA’s Gold Seal Product Certification program. Gleason has hands-on knowledge of more than 85 different water treatment technologies and has worked with government agencies and regulatory bodies around the world. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology from the University of Washington-Seattle.

Anavi appointed Latin American Director for Zenith

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Zenith Global has announced the appointment of Luciano Anavi as Regional Director for Latin America. He joined Zenith Global on February 1, after 18 years in consulting work with Canadean and then GlobalData, most recently as Americas Research Director-Consumer. Previously he worked in marketing for Argentina’s Peñaflor drinks business, following a degree in marketing from UCES, Buenos Aires.

US Water appointments and promotions announced

Monday, April 15th, 2019

US Water Systems, Inc. announced the hiring and/or promotion of four key leaders for their team. Gerard McKeown, VP Sales and Marketing, has over 25 years of experience in the water space. He has been in water treatment and filtration for more than 20 of those years. McKeown started his career in valves and controls at IMI Cash Valve, then got into water treatment with Watersoft (at AMTROL), later moving on to Pentair and then Watts.

Robert Clark, VP Operations, joined US Water Systems in May 2018. Due to his past experience in training sales people and growing a family business, he is a natural choice to oversee sales. Although new to the water industry, Clark owned and ran Clark Appliance in Indianapolis, IN for 35 years. He will head up the company’s Builder Direct and Plumber Direct Programs.

Steve Timmons, Sales Manager, represents the third generation of the Timmons family in the water treatment industry. (US Water Systems was started 18 years ago by his parents, Mark and Patty Timmons.) Timmons graduated from Cardinal Ritter High School, then enrolled at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, where he is currently in his second year. He has been with the company for three years.

Kristi Moon, Business Development Manager, is an experienced marketing business development manager. She has a degree in business from Marian University and an MBA from Taylor University. Moon’s passion for vertical and channel marketing has created a unique opportunity for US Water Systems to expand upon their vision in the B2B market space.

Kildee, Upton honored by WQA

Monday, April 15th, 2019

US Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) has been honored with WQA’s Champion Award for his support of water-related legislation, particularly his work in forming a bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force. Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, Kildee joined forces with US Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) to form the bipartisan Congressional PFAS Task Force, which is advocating for policies and funding to better protect communities impacted by PFAS contamination.

The association also honored US Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) with the WQA Champion award for his support of water-related legislation. He co-sponsored the Federal Facility Accountability Act, which will require agencies such as US EPA to work with states on a joint plan to test, monitor and possibly remediate PFAS contamination.

Robert Barker mourned

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Robert Barker was born in Rhode Island in 1927 and died on January 2, 2019. From a very young age, he could be found with pencil and paper, drawing cowboys and horses. At the age of 10, the family lived on a large Wyoming cattle ranch, where the cowboys adopted Barker. He found himself on horseback, working cattle alongside the very heroes he’d drawn earlier in life. Barker attended high school in Virginia and took classes at the Cochran Gallery in Washington, DC. After high school, he joined the US Army during World War II, ‘for the duration,’ before returning to his beloved Wyoming. Barker then attended the University of Wyoming and spent summers working on a local ranch. Because he maintained his military connection through the US Air Force Reserve, he returned to active duty and started pilot training for the Korean War.
After Korea, Barker landed in Kentucky, working as a piping engineer and found Gin, the lady who shared the rest of his life. They returned to Wyoming for a time and after graduation, went to work for various companies in the petrochemical industry. In 1961, the Barkers moved to San Diego, CA, where he started his own company in the Rayne water conditioning business. Barker’s success in that endeavor saw him rise to PWQA President (1970-71) while developing an industry-wide reputation as a highly valued and respected water treatment industry professional. He retired from the industry in 2000, which gave him the opportunity to pursue his artistic bent and build a studio at his El Cajon home, were he created in bronze the horses, cowboy saddles and boots he cherished from his youth. Barker is survived by his wife, Gin, a son and a daughter.

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