Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine

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.

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.

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