Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine


Saturday, February 24th, 2001

New staff at Essentia
James Tonkin has been promoted CEO of Essentia Water Inc. of Phoenix. He has over 26 years of experience in the food and beverage industry. Tonkin has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Oregon. Also, Joyce Hansen was hired as accounting manager for the company. Diane Micola is the new customer service/office manager, and  Bonnie Morgan was hired as customer service/marketing coordinator.

Mulloy elected president
The Association of Water Technologies (AWT) announced the election of James Mulloy as the group’s president. Mulloy began his career in the water treatment industry in 1983 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University. The AWT also elected to serve on the 2001 Executive committee are: Anthony McNamara, CWT, president-elect; William Pearson II, CWT, secretary; Cynthia Davidson, CWT, treasurer; and Alfred Nickels, immediate past president.

Grounds for president
John Grounds, III, PE, has been elected to serve as president of the American Water Resources Association for 2001. He is a senior engineer with Halff Associates Inc. of Houston. He is responsible for the management, design and analysis of hydraulic and hydrologic engineering projects. Grounds received a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from Southern Methodist University, and both his master’s degree in civil engineering and doctor of philosophy in civil engineering at the University of Houston.

CET board chooses Hendrick
Englewood, Colo.-based CET Environmental Services Inc. has elected John D. Hendrick, Ph.D., P.E., to its board of directors. He received his doctorate in hydrology and water resources from Colorado State University and also holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering. Hendrick has been involved in water resources planning and engineering for over 30 years.

Goober picked new director
Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc. has announced that Robert Goober, P.E., has been promoted to the position of director of marketing. He has been with Weston since 1985, most recently as an associate/team leader for the Wastewater Group. He has earned master’s of business administration and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering.

NGWA assigns new duties
The National Ground Water Association has announced a couple of staff title changes. Jill Ross, previously publishing manager, has been promoted to the position of director of publishing services. She is now in charge of daily publishing operations, overseeing the production of NGWA’s publications: Water Well Journal®, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation™, the journal Ground Water® and Drilling Marketplace™. This change allows Anita Stanley, vice president of member services programming, to focus on NGWA’s marketing efforts and the oversight of all programs.

Pentair adds & cuts
Pentair announced in December that Frank Feraco, formerly president of Textron’s Industrial Products Segment, will become president and COO of the company’s tools group, effective Dec. 20. Feraco succeeds James White, who resigned as executive vice president and president of the tools business on Sept. 13. Feraco earned his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in business from Syracuse University. In other company news, Pentair has discontinued its equipment segment and will implement a restructuring and downsizing to improve near-term financial performance. Century/Lincoln and Lincoln Industrial equipment businesses with combined annual sales of approximately $250 million, are being sold.

Ionics names new CFO
Daniel Kuzmak has been named chief financial officer and vice president at Ionics Inc. of Watertown, Mass. Kuzmak replaces former CFO Robert Halliday, who left the company in September. Kuzmak was previously CFO of ABB Inc. Ionics also named Gary Groom as vice president of project finance, and treasurer. Groom was most recently a vice president at Raytheon Co.

Three moving at Trojan
Trojan Technologies Inc. has appointed three new employees. Linda Gowman has been selected as vice president of science and technology. She brings over 12 years of industrial and research experience in production, product and research engineering. Gowman earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto. She also earned a master’s degree in biophysics from the University of Western Ontario. David Harburn was selected as vice president of manufacturing operations. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and management and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from McMaster University. Peter McBain was appointed vice president of human resources. He has a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Western Ontario.



Wednesday, January 24th, 2001

Matt-Son president, John Scott, succumbs to fight against cancer
John Scott, most recently president of Matt-Son Inc. of Barrington, Ill., passed away from cancer on Nov. 5 at his home in Chicago. He was 60. For the past 33 years, he held various executive positions with The Marmon Group of Companies. He began his career with Marmon (then Union Tank Car) in October 1967, and moved to EcoWater Systems in 1973. Scott was the international sales manager until 1981, when he was appointed director of marketing. In 1995, Scott was named EcoWater’s vice president of North America—the position he held until he became president of Matt-Son in March 1998.

Scott was a graduate of Loyola Academy, John Carroll University and Northwestern University. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Lt. Commander.

Pentair picks next CEO
Pentair announced Randall Hogan, the president and COO who was recruited to the company after successful executive careers at Mc-Kinsey & Company, General Electric and United Technologies Corp., will succeed Winslow Buxton as CEO, effective Jan. 1. Buxton will remain as chairman. Hogan will retain the title of president. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas. In other news, Frederick Leers—formerly vice president of International Business Development at Pentair’s Lincoln Industrial business in St. Louis—has been named to the new position of vice president of Water Technologies-Asia. Leers graduated from the University of Illinois in Chicago with a degree in finance.

NSF gets new advisor
Dr. Joseph A. Cotruvo is assuming the position of senior advisor of environmental health sciences at NSF International. A recognized leader in water, pollution prevention and risk assessment, Cotruvo will continue to direct the NSF/WHO Collaborating Center for Drinking Water Safety and Treatment, represent NSF with regulatory agencies, and serve as senior technical advisor to NSF’s symposia and technology expositions on small drinking water and wastewater systems.

Zenith board grows
Zenith International of the United Kingdom announced three senior management appointments. John Findlay, projects director, becomes a board member. Findlay is credited with successfully expanding the water and environment division into the leading U.K. groundwater consultancy. Jason Holway, research director, has also become a board member. He was formerly with Kleinwort Benson and ERC Statistics International. Emma Chambers joins Zenith as a senior consultant in strategic consulting activities. She is a food technologist who has spent the past eight years with Tesco and Waitrose.  

Delivering the goods
Jeff McGarity has been named home and office delivery salesperson of 2000 by Pasadena, Calif.-based Sparkletts Water Products Co. McGarity was selected for the honor (a plaque and a monetary award) based on his outstanding performance in categories such as customer service, driving safety and the amount of water delivered. He works at the company’s San Diego facility.

Water industry loses veteran
The water treatment industry said goodbye to a longtime veteran with the death of Irwin Treibitz on Oct. 5 in California. Treibitz was the president of Creative Performance Chemicals (CPC) of Walnut, Calif. He founded the firm as a manufacturer’s representative for over a dozen water and wastewater chemical and equipment suppliers including BFGoodrich. He received his bachelor’s degree from City College of New York and had over 40 years of water industry experience. CPC will continue operations under the leadership of Miles Martin.

NWRI hails researcher
The National Water Research Institute has honored water quality researcher Charles Richard O’Melia, Ph.D., with the Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize. For the last seven years, it has been given to outstanding water research scientists. O’Melia, an environmental engineering professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, received a gold medallion and a $50,000 award, which he’s decided to donate to several education institutions.

First recipient of prize
Wenjun Liu has won the first Membrane Technology Prize from Zenon Environmental Inc. and will receive $10,000 for his innovative research on extractive membrane bioreactor treatment for wastewater. Liu is a doctoral candidate at the University of Bath, U.K., under supervision from Prof. John Howell.


Sunday, December 3rd, 2000

Nowak gets promotion
Scott/Bacharach Instruments LLC of Exton, Pa., has promoted Jim Nowak from northeast regional sales manager to director of marketing. Nowak has more than 14 years of sales and management experience. He earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at State University of New York and is working toward his MBA.

Shake up at Spectrum Labs
Spectrum Labs of New Brighton, Minn., has been restructured into two business units to focus on the company’s customer base—water treatment and environmental testing. Kent Hemminger, formerly head of Lanosheen (which Spectrum acquired last year), has been named business unit manager for the Water Treatment Division and is responsible for promoting the full line of Spectrum products and services offered to water treatment companies. He has been in the water treatment industry for over 20 years and has been a sales manager at Spectrum since 1992. Gerard Herrow has been named Environmental Testing Division business manager. Spectrum is a member of the Marmon Group, which has sales in excess of $6 billion.

IMC’s Pertz adds title
The board of directors of IMC Global Inc. of Lake Forest, Ill.,  elected president and CEO Douglas Pertz to the additional post of chairman of the board. Pertz succeeds Joseph Sullivan, who served as interim chairman since Oct. 1, 1999. Pertz joined IMC on Oct. 1, 1998, as president and chief operating officer and a board director. Before joining IMC, he served from 1995-98 as president and CEO of the former Culligan Water Technologies Inc. He left Culligan when it was acquired by USFilter, which was bought by Vivendi of France a year later. Pertz was credited with making Culligan a much more competitive, independent company after a couple decades of being swapped by various corporate owners.

IBWA elects Bell, others
William Bell, executive vice president of Tyler Mountain Water Co., was elected chairman of the board of directors for the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) at its annual convention and trade show in October. In addition to Bell’s appointment, the IBWA installed the following directors and officers: Doug Oberhamer, vice chairman, Deep Rock Water Co.; Michael Verrochi, secretary/treasurer, Blue Hills Spring Water Inc.; Daniel Geiger of Alpine Spring Water Co.; Henry Hidell, III of Hidell-Eyster International; Anthony Salamone of Sunroc Corp, and Tara White of Berkshire Springs Inc.

Davis becomes director
Cal State University in San Bernardino has named Jeff Davis as director of the school’s Water Resources Institute. He has 20 years of experience in the water industry. Davis has two degrees in water resources engineering—a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt and a master’s from Stanford.

Stowe gets top post
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has elected Joe Stowe, Jr. as its president. The WEF is a 40,000-member technical, scientific and educational water quality organization. Stowe brings more than 39 years experience in the utility industry to the post. He is currently vice president and area manager for CH2M Hill’s Charlotte, N.C., office. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from North Carolina State University.

Déjà vu for Gossage
The board of directors of Hercules Inc. said that Thomas Gossage, who retired in 1996 as chairman and CEO of Hercules, has been named interim chairman and CEO. The board has begun a nationwide search for a permanent chairman and CEO. Gossage joined Hercules, owner of BetzDearborn, in 1988 as president of Hercules Specialty Chemicals Co. after serving 26 years with Monsanto.

Glacier team adds 2
Glacier Water Services Inc. has made two additions to its management team. Peter Neuwirth was appointed vice chairman of the board of directors and will take an active role in day-to-day management of the company. He has been president of several companies in the automotive industry. Steven Murphy joined Glacier as chief operating officer. He was previously with World Wide Parts and Accessories Co.

Tower Tech head resigns
Harold D. Curtis, founder and chairman of Tower Tech Inc. of Oklahoma City, has retired. He founded Tower Tech in 1985 as a builder of water cooling towers for U.S. industrial customers.

Calgon engineer a ‘hero’
Calgon Carbon Corp. of Pittsburgh, has announced that one of their engineers, K. Raman Venkatesh, 28, is one of 12 honorees of the American Chemical Society’s Heroes of Chemistry 2000 program. He was selected for developing the first cost-effective process to eliminate perchlorate and nitrate from drinking water and catalytically destroy them on-site.


Friday, November 3rd, 2000

CUNO appoints manager
Robert A. Governal, Ph.D., has been appointed senior marketing manager for CUNO’s WaterGroup. He will be responsible for exploring new strategic business opportunities in both domestic and international markets. Governal will also be responsible for the presentation and publication of CUNO’s innovations to the marketplace. Previously employed by Waterlink, IIT and USFilter, he earned his doctorate in chemical engineering at the University of Arizona.

Perry joins NORIT team
As of July, David A. Perry has been the executive vice president of Atlanta-based NORIT Americas, one of the largest producers of activated carbon in the world. Perry’s purification background includes 11 years as president of Koch Membrane Systems and 14 years in sales/marketing and general management at the Chemical Process Products Division of The Norton Company. He has a chemical engineering degree from Northeastern University.

Newco names president
Ken Shea has been named president of Newco Enterprises Inc. of
St. Charles, Mo. The appointment was effective July 31. Shea is an industry veteran with many years of experience in office coffee service as well as product distribution. Previously, he had been vice president of operations at the Standard Companies for nine years.

Ionics to fill void
Chief Financial Officer Robert Halliday will leave Ionics to pursue other opportunities with software developer Unica Corp. Ionics has not named a replacement but has an executive search pending Halliday was to remain for a brief transition period.

USFilter’s new manager
John Wolanski has joined USFilter Operating Services in Houston as project development manager for industrial outsourcing. Prior to joining USFilter, Wolanski was division vice president for Nalco Chemical Co. Before that, he served as the executive director of sales for Calgon Corp. He has served in the petrochemical and pulp and paper industries for more than 20 years.

EcoWater names VP
Steve Dakolios has been named vice president of operations for EcoWater Systems Inc. of St. Paul, Minn. He will be responsible for manufacturing plants in St. Paul and Ripley, Miss., and all supporting operations. Most recently, he acted as vice president and general manager for Applied Power Inc. Dakolios has also held various operational management positions for both Applied and Newell Companies.

Medina fills position
Pedro Medina has temporarily assumed the presidency of Danone’s worldwide water division. Medina replaces James Stevens, who has left Great Brands of Europe and Danone International Brands.

Osmonics adds 2 managers
Minnetonka, Minn.-based Os-monics Household Water Group has added two new regional account managers to its sales team. Patrick Byle will cover the Midwest, and will be based out of Milwaukee. Based out of Florida, Robert Bennett will cover the Southeast.


Tuesday, October 3rd, 2000

Siddiqui new So-Safe GM
So-Safe Water Technologies, of Karachi, Pakistan, has appointed Salamn Siddiqui as its general manager. He has over 14 years experience in public relations and media. A professional trainer, Siddiqui has graduated from various foreign academies. Prior to So-Safe, he worked with PIA Duty Free Shops for the last 12 years. Once a Jaycee member, Siddiqui last served as the organization’s president in Karachi.

TWQA names president
At its annual convention in late July, the Texas Water Quality Association elected Bob Shelton, of Shelton’s Water, as president for the year 2000-2001. Also, Jo Grace was appointed interim director for the coming year while a new director is chosen.

Calgon increases board
After approving a temporary increase in the number of directors from 8 to 10, Calgon Carbon Corp., of Pittsburgh, Pa., elected Julie Roberts and John P. Surma. Roberts earned her bachelor’s degree in economics/management from the University of Iowa and an MBA from George Washington University. Surma holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pennsylvania State University and is a certified public accountant.

New VP at SRE
Lisa Westerfield has joined SRE, Inc., of Nutley, N.J., as vice president of sales and marketing. With extensive experience in new market development and business management in the chemical industry, Westerfield was most recently the manager of marketing at Degussa-Huls Corp. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology cum laude and a master’s from Monmouth University.
Changing of the guard
The Marmon Water Group, Inc., of Chicago, announced Troy A. Ethen as president of Spectrum Labs, Inc. Previously, Ethen was general manager of standard equipment and components for Osmonics, Inc., of Minnetonka, Minn. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Carlton College in Northfield, Minn., where he graduated magna cum laude. Appointed in July, Ethen replaces Dr. Duane Nowlin, who has since been appointed senior vice president of science and technology for Marmon. Nowlin had been Spectrum’s president for the last 10 years. He earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Iowa State University. Both Ethen and Nowlin will report to John Goody, president of Marmon.

Apyron hires CUNO scientist
Dr. Wei-Chih W. Chen has been hired by Apyron Technologies Inc., of Atlanta, as its new director of product development. He holds three U.S. patents and has more than 13 years in product development for the water industry. Previously, Chen worked at Connecticut-based CUNO Inc., where he was a senior research scientist. At Apyron, he will structure the development process for new applications of adsorbent and antimicrobial medias. He also hopes to facilitate commercialization of water treatment innovations.

Walters heads to Precision
Precision Analytical Laboratories, of Tempe, Ariz., welcomes the addition of Karen Walters as vice president of business development services. Her expertise for developing personalized client server platforms will be utilized to further enhance and implement the company’s programs. Walters has worked in the analytical science field for over a decade. Most recently, she was employed with Del Mar Analytical Laboratories as a marketing representative for all Arizona operations.

Guest’s Hoyle in new role
John Guest Ltd. has announced that Brian Hoyle will move from his position as director of international sales to that of export consultant. Hoyle joined John Guest in 1981 to take responsibility for the sales of Speedfit push-in fittings and was instrumental in introducing the first plastic push-in fitting for beer and beverage and pure water applications. He will be based at group headquarters in England.

DSWA welcomes associate
Jim Geselbracht, P.E., has joined Damon S. Williams Associates (DSWA), of Concord, Calif., as an associate and will be the company’s chief engineer. Geselbracht has 20 years of experience in modeling, design and troubleshooting of biological processes for the treatment of wastewater and solid waste.

Smith named as VP
Multi-Pure Drinking Water Systems, of Las Vegas, has appointed Dr. Kenneth E. Smith as vice president. His responsibilities will include research and development, quality assurance and laboratories. Previously, Smith was the company’s director of laboratories and quality assurance. He has a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry from the University of Iowa.

Warnes’ celebrate birth
Andrew and Edna Warnes are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Natalie Louise Warnes on August 17. Both mother and daughter are doing fine. Natalie weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and was 20½ inches long. Andrew is manager of international operations for Kinetico, of Newbury, Ohio.

Royalty of ion exchange
Representing nearly 500 years in the ion exchange industry, 10 of the most respected members of the fraternity gathered at the Ion Exchange at the Millennium symposium, July 16-21, held at Churchill College of Cambridge University in Cambridge, England. Standing, from left to right, are Mike Sadler (Consultant UK), George Critz (Consultant USA) and Dr. Zdenek Matejka (Professor, Inst. of Chem. Tech., Czech Republic). Sitting, from left to right, are Dr. Robert Kunin (Consultant USA), Dr. Sallie Fisher (Puricons USA), Mike Gottlieb (ResinTech USA), Dr. Brian Bolto (CSIRO Australia), Tom Arden (Consultant UK), Craig Brown (EcoTech Canada) and Frank McGarvey (Consultant USA).


Saturday, September 2nd, 2000

Cosulich at top of U.K. Peak
Pure 1 Systems, of New Rochelle, N.Y., has opened a European office and appointed Lena Cosulich to head up operations. The building is located at the offices of the company’s largest current European distributor—Peak Drink Dispense Ltd., in Chesterfield, England. As European sales manager, Cosulich will oversee marketing, sales and after-sales service throughout the continent. Born in Sweden, she is an Italian citizen and studied at SSIT in Genoa and IULM in Milan. She speaks English, Italian, French, Swedish and Croatian, with a working knowledge of German.

Culotta among five appointed by NSF
NSF International has announced five new management appointments including Nancy J. Culotta as its general manager of food safety programs. She rejoined NSF after serving as president and CEO of HIV/Aids Resource Center (HARC). Prior to HARC, Culotta worked at NSF for 14 years in establishing its certification program for drinking water filters and treatment technologies. In other news, Kevan P. Lawlor has been elected president of NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd. He will continue to serve as NSF’s senior vice president. Leslie L. Loomans has been elected senior vice president and CFO. Kristen L. Reimink was promoted to senior director of finance. James G. Kendzel was named vice president of standards.

Scott takes over at CWWA
The board of directors at Canadian Water and Wastewater Association has announced Doug Scott as their new president for an 18-month period beginning in May 2000 and ending October 2001. He replaces Ted Gillespie, who moves to the office of past president. Scott’s work experience includes over 30 years with one of Canada’s major municipal engineering consultants. Since 1993, he has served as manager of engineering with the city of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Scott graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Brown to head CEI office
With a new office open in Manhattan, Ill., Carbon Enterprises Inc. has put Karen Brown in charge of operations. Having extensive experience in industrial and drinking water filtration, her background is in filter media such as gravel, sand, anthracite, etc. Brown will also aid CEI in sales of activated carbons. The Manhattan location helps handle the company’s customers in Northern U.S. and Canada.

Environmental Products adds two managers
Hoffinger Industries has named Pete Perez as product/technical manager and Steve Pflueger as national sales manager of its Environmental Products Division (EPD)—the corporation’s industrial/commercial and drinking water system filtration division. Perez, who joined the company in 1996, previously served as electro/ mechanical technician and designer and returns to EPD after an 11-month absence. He’ll oversee new product design. Before joining Hoffinger, he served as control systems designer for Equinox Industries. Pflueger will handle domestic distribution of EPD’s industrial/commercial and drinking water filtration systems. He brings 20 years of experience in the aquatic industry to the job, having served as sales manager for Waterline Technologies, where he specialized in commercial aquatic facilities among other duties.

Burkert USA names president, VP
Hal J. Reisiger has been appointed president and Andrew Harris picked as vice president of marketing for Burkert USA, a division of Burkert GmbH, a world leader in fluid control systems with offices and manufacturing facilities in 43 countries that integrate intelligence into valves and sensors. Reisiger joined Burkert in 1998 as executive vice president of operations after 17 years with Hasken International where he was vice president of operations and director of worldwide distribution. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Tech and an MBA from UCLA. His appointment ends a succession of European personnel that previously headed Burkert’s U.S. operations. Harris is responsible for new business development and marketing management. Before joining Burkert in 1999, he was corporate sales manager for Hercules Inc.’s Betz-Dearborn Division. He began his career as a project engineer with Exxon and holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona and an MBA from the University of Southern California.

Wise leads sales at Better Water
Better Water Industries Inc., of Tyler, Minn., has appointed Cary Wise to head up sales and marketing divisions for their chlorination system divisions. Among his duties will be scheduling nationwide dealer and distributor training sessions and providing technical assistance. Previously, Wise was VP of sales/marketing for Alamo Water Refiners and PJD International.


Wednesday, August 2nd, 2000

Stenner mourns long-time employee
Stenner and Company of Jacksonville, Fla., lost a great friend with the passing of Bill King. He was 36. Described as “a devoted son and native of Jacksonville who lived life passionately and to the fullest,” King held the position of vice president of marketing and sales and was an employee at Stenner for 15 years. An active member of the Water Quality Association, King served on the WQA Convention Committee between 1996-2000; the Membership Marketing Executive Board in 1999-2000; and the Members Services Committee between 1995-1998. He was a member of WQA’s President’s Club, and had recruited 17 members to the organization since 1998.

Watkins to replace Scott as Matt-Son president
Matt-Son Inc., of Barrington, Ill., has appointed Scott Watkins as its president/general manager. Previously, he served as the director of engineering and manufacturing at Ecodyne Water Treatment Inc. for seven years. With over 20 years of experience in the water treatment industry, Watkins has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Former president John Scott continues at parent company Marmon Water Group on special projects.

Anti new marketing VP
William Anti was named vice president of marketing for Water Pik Technologies Inc. of Fort Collins, Colo., overseeing strategic direction, planning and all marketing initiatives for the shower, water filtration and oral healthcare divisions. Anti was with Whirlpool Corp. for over 25 years, most recently as marketing director.

Taylor names Amos to post
Water test kit maker Taylor Technologies Inc. of Sparks, Md., Paul Amos as communications coordinator of its marketing department. He’ll be responsible for researching, writing and editing the company’s published materials. Prior to Taylor, he was an executive editor for Albany, N.Y.-based publisher National Trade Publications.

Innowave dealer profiled by Working Women
Citing her determination in battling a debilitating waterborne pathogen, Lynne Leahy, president and CEO of AquaPrix Inc., in Hayward, Calif., has been honored with Working Women Magazine’s “Entrepreneurial Excellence Award 2000 for Overcoming Obstacles.” In the early ‘70s, at age 25 with no experience and raising two children, she received an opportunity with a Fortune 100 company. Since then, she started five companies, enlightened people with her technology training, became an advisor to government and major corporations and wrote three books. Last year, after opening an innowave dealership, her support for distilled water took on more personal meaning when she contracted a waterborne disease from Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC), which left a golf ball-sized hole in her right lung. Her life became a testimonial for safer drinking water. Her business, which works with San Francisco-area businesses such as Lawrence Livermore Labs, Alza Pharmaceuticals and Compaq Computers, is expected to gross $3 million in revenues this year.

Fisher is president again
By succeeding his father, Ray T. Fisher became the third generation to head the family-owned Fisher Manufacturing, a leading maker of commercial plumbing equipment for the food service industry. He began as a sales manager in 1989.

Giles honored for top sales
EcoWater Systems at its international convention in Maui, Hawaii, presented Carroll Giles of Dayton Water Systems, Dayton, Ohio, with its Admiral’s Award for being the salesperson of the decade. Giles, who recently celebrated 35 years with Dayton Water, finished in the No. 1 spot in 1993-1997 and 1999. The award was presented by EcoWater president Don Brockley.

Larocco joins Everpure
John LaRocco has been appointed vice president and general manager of Everpure Inc., a Culligan subsidiary. He assumes Dick Suda’s current role, with Suda providing senior level sales support, and reports to Culligan president Michael Reardon. LaRocco has over a decade of experience with General Electric, Osmonics and Crane Co. Most recently, he was president of Cochrane Inc., where his responsibilities included water treatment and environmental products. Before that, he was general manager of Autotrol and Aquamatic Divisions of Osmonics Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and an MBA from Temple University.


Sunday, July 2nd, 2000

Dodd wins election in Napa

William H. Dodd, CWS-V, general manager of Culligan of Napa and Solano County, Calif., won a seat on the Napa County Board of Supervisors, garnering 51.8 percent of the vote. The incumbent had 38.1 percent and a third candidate, a Sierra Club spokesperson, placed third with 10.5 percent.

Dodd said the closest he came to elective office prior to this was with the Water Quality Association (WQA). He served as president of the Pacific WQA in 1985 and the WQA in 1993.

“In those positions,” he said, “I always was interested in the governmental affairs focus. I’d spent time in Sacramento lobbying on bills that were important to WQA and PWQA. That’s where I initially got my interest (in running for political office)… And I really feel like in local politics—where there are only five supervisors in our county—you really can make a difference. We have a lot of important issues with growth and agriculture, this being ‘wine country.’

“One way they relate to water is in the use of water. What’s happened in Napa Valley is there’ve been so many vineyards going up that, as the water supply has dropped, the quality has dropped at about the same rate. While that’s been good for Culligan, it’s a very difficult thing for people in the community.”

Dodd, who was born and raised in the Napa Valley, said he’ll focus now on his campaign promises including fixing local traffic problems, protecting agriculture and open spaces, and improving water quality.

His father, William D. Dodd, founded Diversified Water Systems—an independent Culligan dealership—in 1954. The elder Dodd, who won the Hall of Fame Award from the Water Conditioning Association International—a predecessor of the Water Quality Association (WQA)—and Pacific WQA, was president of the first organization in 1965 and the second in 1959. The younger Dodd won PWQA’s Hall of Fame Award in 1995 and WQA’s Award of Merit in 1997. In 1998, the business was sold to USFilter, which transferred it back to Culligan that same year when USFilter bought Culligan.


Thursday, June 1st, 2000

Two picked at Waterpik
Waterpik Technologies Inc. of Fort Collins, Colo., named Tim Laughlin vice president of sales and Nancy Drake consumer oral health product marketing manager.
Laughlin will manage domestic and international sales efforts as well as all aspects of customer service. He’ll also direct professional oral health sales initiatives. Prior to this position, Laughlin was vice president of business development and support at Duracell.
Drake will coordinate marketing programs and new product development for the oral irrigator and electric toothbrush lines, including a new battery-operated flossing product. Prior to this position she was senior product manager at Sunbeam Corp., where she directed consumer research, new product development and promotions.

Hickey heads West Coast
Bob Hickey was named head of West Coast operations for BevStar Inc, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., responsible for expanding the western distribution of its Beverage Factory units. Prior to this position he was vice president, point of use services for the Suntory Water Group and prior to that was area vice president for Hinckley & Schmitt. Hickey held a variety of positions during his 21 years at Hinckley & Schmitt including sales management, route operations and independent distributor. His bachelor’s degree in business administration is from California Coast University. He’s also attended Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Consumer Market Strategy.

Mellen now ‘market maker’
ChemicalDesk Corp. of Houston, Texas, hired Michael P. Mellen as “market maker” for the water treatment chemicals section of its website, www.chemicaldesk.com, responsible for managing content and bringing customers and suppliers to the water treatment business e-commerce site. Prior to this position, Mellen was an account manager for Koch Gateway Piping Co. of Houston.

Chem-Tainer promotes 2
Chem-Tainer Industries of Babylon, N.Y., has promoted Bob Willig to general manager of its tank products division, responsible for sales, marketing and product development. Willig has been with the company for 14 years, as inside sales manager for the last nine years and as tank product salesman for five years prior to that. In addition, Louise Strain has been promoted to inside sales manager, having been with the company for nine years and coming from the sales department.

Consumer Cap hires COO, CFO
Consumer Cap Corp. of New Castle, Pa., has made two executive appointments. Bob Bennardo is the new chief operating officer, a 26-year veteran of consumer product general management, strategic planning, and international sales and marketing. He signed a three-year contract. Also, the company hired its longtime financial consultant and public accountant Scott King as chief financial officer. He’s the founder and managing director of King Capital Group, a consulting firm to regional manufacturing companies. Prior to that he was a partner at Ernst and Young’s Pittsburgh office.

Lobel top 50 in business
Sharon Lobel, president and chief executive officer of Seal-It Inc. of Farmingdale, N.Y., was selected as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Business Women. Winners were selected by a panel of business community leaders and based on professional accomplishments, impact on local economy and leadership in the women’s business world.

Reading now Sanitaire VP
Sanitaire Corp. of Brown Deer, Wis., a subsidiary of ITT Industries, has appointed Charles “Chuck” Reading vice president, business development, with responsibilities for company strategic and corporate development activities worldwide. Reading has been with the company for just over three years and continues responsibility for its joint venture, Safe Water Solutions L.L.C., a manufacturer of advanced ultraviolet disinfection equipment. He’s also one of 23 appointed representatives to USEPA’s Federal Advisory Committee, assisting in the development of new drinking water regulations. He serves on the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Manufacturers Associates Council and the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) Disinfection Committee. Reading is also past chairman of the Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) and currently chairs its Drinking Water Regulatory Committee and is a member of the board of directors.

Nalco elects new officers
Nalco Chemical Co. of Naperville, Ill., a subsidiary of Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, recently announced the election of new company officers. Christian Maurin is the company’s new chairman and chief executive officer. Prior to this position he was chairman of the board and president of Degrémont, a subsidiary of France’s Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux. Steve Newlin was also named vice chairman of the board and chief operating officer.
Daniel M. Harker is now vice president, manufacturing and logistics. A mechanical engineering graduate of Youngstown State University, his first job was with Union Carbide Corp., where he held a variety of manufacturing positions; he then worked for Rhone-Poulenc where he served as director of manufacturing, surfactants and specialties. For the past two years, Harker has been vice president, Operations at Calgon Corp.

Roger Nass is now vice president of research and development. Nass joined Nalco in 1969 as a chemist and was named technical director for boiler chemicals and cooling water chemicals before being promoted to technical director in 1984. In 1987 Nass was appointed division vice president, industrial chemicals research, and in 1992 he transferred to Nalco Europe as vice president, research and development. In 1996 Nass relocated to Naperville and was promoted to division vice president, technical support.
James M. Ondyak is now vice president of corporate marketing. Ondyak joined Nalco in 1982 as product specialist in cooling water marketing. In 1983, he was named product manager in solids/liquid separation and, in 1986, joined Nalco’s UNISOLV Group as market development manager. After a number of assignments in the field, he joined the Basic Industry Group in 1994 as marketing manager for paper and became general marketing manager for Nalco’s Paper Chemicals Group in 1996. In 1998, Ondyak was promoted to general manager of paper for Europe.


Monday, May 1st, 2000

Apyron hires 2 executives
Apyron Technologies Inc. of Atlanta, Ga., hired two key executives: Leslie J. Story as president and chief operating officer and Rich Cavagnaro as vice president sales and marketing.

Story has over 34 years of direct operating and business development experience; he was executive vice president for Dallas-based Occidental Chemical responsible for corporate engineering, research, and pharmaceutical and commercial development. He also held executive positions at BASF and DuPont.

Cavagnaro has over 15 years sales and marketing experience and was global director of sales for LaRoche Industries’ Specialty Chemicals division prior to this position. While at LaRouche and previously with Degussa-Huls of Germany, Cavagnaro gained extensive experience in building salesforces and spearheading specialty chemical new product development programs.

Apyron produces advanced adsorbents, catalysts and antimicrobials for air and water treatment applications.

Skupien new at Sta-Rite
Michael Skupien was named senior product manager-filtration at Sta-Rite Industries of Delavan, Wis., with responsibility for the development of retail and OEM water filtration marketing strategy. Prior to this position, Skupien was marketing manager at Sunrise Medical of Stevens Point, Wis., and has also worked at Rival and Fiskars. His master’s degree in people and project management is from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry is from Elmhurst College in Illinois.

Clapper joins CORDLEY/ Temprite
Rob Clapper has joined the sales team of CORDLEY/Temprite of Oak Brook, Ill., as its national accounts manager responsible for all direct sales activity with the Perrier Group of America, and for the development and maintenance of relationships with various national companies including Culligan, EcoWater, Allied Purchasing and Kinetico. Prior to this position, Clapper was with the Bradley Corp. of Menomonee Falls, Wis., for 13 years, working his way from product sales manager to director of sales.

Metzger gets Seal-It nod
Seal-It Inc. of Farmingdale, N.Y., appointed Brian Metzger as its national accounts manager responsible for company accounts across the country. Metzger has an extensive background in the packaging business, according to President Sharon Lobel.

Trybulski chosen by Myron L
Dan Trybulski was hired as sales manager for the Myron L Company of Carlsbad, Calif., with the responsibility of developing and expanding the company’s sales and presence in the U.S. market. Prior to this position he was a district representative for Nalco Chemical Co. at the industrial/commercial water treatment level, and prior to that he was the sales
development manager for NWW Acumem/USFilter and eastern region sales manager for its desalination systems.

Ozotech promotes Hoag
Kathleen Hoag was promoted to director of marketing for Ozotech Inc. of Yreka, Calif., with responsibility for company marketing plans including advertising, budgeting, global expansion and the revamping of the company website in accordance with its pursuit of e-commerce growth. Hoag has been with Ozotech for eight years, first starting with the company as an assembler and working her way through the manufacturing and inventory control facets of the business. Prior to Ozotech, Hoag was in charge of inventory and production control at Martin Decker Instrumentation Co.

Carmer moves to Aquaflex
Rodney A. Carmer has joined Aquaflex International of Corona, Calif., as its new filtration sales manager, with responsibilities over domestic and international sales and marketing, customer service, business development and prospecting new lines of distribution. Prior to this position Carmer was the filtration manager for The Chester Paul Company. He has over 15 years of experience in the water improvement industry for such companies as Zemarc, Challenger Water International, Hydro-Flow and Pure Solutions International. Carmer has served on the WQA reverse osmosis and task force ethics committee.

Selecto picks Tazi for post
Selecto Scientific of Suwanee, Ga., named Dr. Mo Tazi as technology director with responsibility for expansion of technology programs using his polymer experience and strong record of accomplishments. Prior to Selecto, he was director of technology at Chemtronics and before that was section manager at International Specialty Products. Tazi holds 41 U.S. patents, has authored over 30 publications and lectures on polymeric systems and their application. Tazi’s Ph.D. in polymer science is from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris, France, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering are from the Industrial Institute of Liege, Belgium.

Monro leaves BetzDearborn
Alistair Monro was appointed sales and marketing director for Weir Westgarth, the desalination and water treatment arm of the Weir Group of Glasgow, Scotland. Prior to this position, Monro was regional director-new projects for water treatment chemical supplier BetzDearborn, based in Singapore covering the Asia and Pacific market. A Scot and chemist graduate from Paisley University, Munro has 20 years experience in the water industry, including a tour in the Middle East. He’s worked on a number of large multi-stage flash desalination projects and was in charge of Ciba Geigy’s desalination chemicals business for five years, where he supplied chemicals to the Ras Abu Fontas (Qatar) and Jebel Ali (Dubai) plants—two of the biggest built by Weir Westgarth. Monro succeeds Bill Stewart, who was appointed commercial director for Weir Engineering Services.

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