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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.

Ricci, shower filter inventor, mourned

Friday, March 15th, 2019

E. George Ricci passed away on December 15, 2018 in Los Osos, California. Born November 4, 1930, in Los Angeles, he attended East Los Angeles College before completing his degree at UCLA and serving in the United States Navy. In 1957, Ricci married Geraldine Hurley, his love, best friend and his most loyal supporter throughout all of his adventures. After she passed in 1995, Ricci fully immersed himself in his passion for cleaner, better water. Realizing the unique criteria required for a truly effective shower filter, he founded Rainshow’r in 1989, after two years of research and development in producing the first KDF-based shower filter on the market. The success of his shower filters spurred the growth and expansion of the company and it continues to produce water treatment products for the shower, bath and garden to this day.
Throughout his long life and career, the most lasting impression of Ricci is that of a teacher. Ricci understood that while simple problems might be fixed with money, the most important problems required deeper solutions. He was many things in life: a husband, a father, a student, a veteran, an entrepreneur, a founder, an inventor and a teacher. But to his many grateful employees and colleagues, he was above all else a good man and a good friend. Ricci is survived by five children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Elias added to IDE Board

Friday, March 15th, 2019

IDE Technologies announced that Dan Elias, attorney, Founder and managing partner of Elias Group LLP, was appointed to the IDE Americas Board of Directors. He founded Elias Group in 1986 and developed it into one of the most reputable business and legal advisory firms in the US water market. Elias has more than 30 years of experience in the water sector, serving as a board member, business advisor and legal counsel. He has successfully structured, negotiated and managed the development of hundreds of P3 and industrial projects, while completing dozens of domestic and cross-border M&A engagements involving companies active in the North American water space. On the board, Elias will focus on organic growth and support IDE’s M&A activities.

Elder promoted at Kemco Systems

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Kemco Systems announced the promotion of Ann Elder to VP of Engineering. She joined the Kemco team as a Project Engineer in 2013, as the second female engineer in the 50-year history of the company. Two years later, Elder was promoted to Director of Engineering. Her consistent process improvement mentality and meticulous attention to detail has assisted in the company’s overall evolution and earned her this latest promotion.

Haws staff changes announced

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Haws® announced a series of new hires and one promotion, as the team continues to grow and evolve. Brett Engelland, Director of National Accounts, North America, has 16 years of experience in the wholesale plumbing industry. Most recently, he served as the National Builder Sales Manager at Spectrum Brands Hardware and Home Improvement Division, and was responsible for building key relationships and driving business results with large national and regional builders. In his new role, Engelland will be responsible for developing and executing key business strategies to maintain and strategically grow the company’s hydration and emergency response products. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University.

Nicole Denison, Marketing Manager, brings over 12 years of marketing and project management experience with local firms in the Reno, NV area. She will work with sales channel representatives and distributors to drive go-to-market activities for Haws emergency and hydration product lines. Denison will also work internally to further strengthen the brand definition and deepen the relationship with the marketing and sales teams. She holds an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Samantha Hoch, Vertical Market Specialist-East, has been with Haws since 2012, serving in various roles within the marketing department. In January, she joined the Haws Outside Sales Team, working more directly with sales representative groups on the East Coast. Hoch’s extensive product knowledge and customer-first approach will drive success in her new role to further expand the Haws value. She will provide educational resources on compliance standards and establish key relationships within the specification communities. Hoch holds a Bachelor’s Degree in business from the University of Nevada-Reno.

Elliott new AWWA President-elect

Friday, March 15th, 2019

The American Water Works Association’s Board of Directors elected Melissa Elliott, a manager at Raftelis Financial Consultants, as the association’s next President-elect. Elliott, an AWWA member for 15 years, has served as chair of the Public Affairs Council and the Affordability Symposium Conference Committee and as a member of the Lead Technical Advisory Workgroup. She has also served as trustee and chair of AWWA’s Rocky Mountain Section. Elliott will begin her term as President-elect in June at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Denver, CO and will serve her one-year presidential term beginning in June 2020.

Saralaya honored by IAPMO

Friday, March 15th, 2019

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) announced Swathi Saralaya, Project Manager with IAPMO India, is the recipient of a 2018 World Plumbing Council (WPC) Education and Training Scholarship. Saralaya is the first woman to be awarded a WPC scholarship. The primary liaison and master trainer for IAPMO India’s Plumbing Education to Employment Program (PEEP), Saralaya plans to travel to Australia to explore the implementation of building regulations and plumbing standards. The scholarship will help fund her efforts to learn about advancements in plumbing from the perspective of sustainability and the impact plumbing systems have on the health of consumers and the state of the environment.

Nowicki to receive Hall of Fame Award

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Henry G. Nowicki, PhD is the 40th Activated Carbon Hall of Fame honoree. His Professional Analytical and Consulting Services (PACS) group has developed advanced performance testing, called Activated Carbon Gravimetric Adsorption Energy Distribution, Heat of Immersion and Remaining Service Time. Nowicki has been awarded eight SBIR awards, taught American Chemical Society short courses and PACS short courses to train people in activated carbon adsorption phenomena. He has published over 100 technical papers on activated carbon and will present a plenary talk, Review Per- and Poly-Fluoronated Organics in Drinking Water at the 2019 International Activated Carbon Conference & Courses.

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