Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine


Saturday, April 15th, 2000

Bryant now sales director
Jeff Bryant was promoted to retail director of sales at Sta-Rite Industries of Delavan, Wis., with expanded responsibilities over regional sales for all retail product lines, including Flotec, Simer and Omnifilter. Bryant joined the company as territory sales manager in 1983 and was responsible for several regions in the country before his 1993 appointment as Flotec’s Eastern regional sales manager. In 1997 he was appointed Flotec national sales manager. Bryant is credited as being a key contributor to the company’s significant growth in the retail business sector.

Hydropro picks LaMonica as new president
Hydropro Inc. of Lake Park, Fla., has appointed David LaMonica its new president. Prior to this position, LaMonica was president of the Rochem division of the Pall Corp. He has over 20 years experience in wastewater treatment and membrane technology and plans to use that expertise to expand the company into non-traditional markets.   

Torfs joins Pentair group
Frank Torfs, WQA World Assembly Division’s Advisory Board chairperson, was hired as marketing manager for Pentair Group’s European business, reporting directly to Vice President Bart Van Ouytsel and based out of its Structural Group offices in Herentals, Belgium. Torfs is the former head of Kinetico Europe and prior to that was with Amway’s European office. He’s been president of Aqua Europa and Aqua Belgica and is also active in the coordination between WQA Aqua Europa and the European CEN standards writing process.

Gosma covers Northwest
Plast-O-Matic Valves Inc. of Cedar Grove, N.J., has appointed Bill Gosma to Northwest regional manager to represent its line of corrosion-resistant valves and controls in Northern California, Northern Nevada and seven other states in the Northwest. Prior to this position Gosma was with Malema Sensors, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in civil/hydraulic engineering. He resides in San Ramon, Calif.

AWRA selects Bowers
The American Water Resources Association (AWRA) has elected Janet L. Bowers association president for 2000. Bowers is executive director of the Chester County Water Resources Authority in West Chester, Pa., where she is responsible for the preparation of the county’s Water Resources Management Plan and its drought and flood warning programs. She has 17 years of environmental and engineering consulting services experience.

Aqua Care CEO resigns
William K. Mackey tendered his resignation as president and CEO of Aqua Care Systems Inc., Coral Springs, Fla., to its board of directors. He served five years in the position and is credited with the successful turnaround of the company. The board’s current chair, Norman J. Hoskin, will serve in these capacities while the company explores its options.

In separate action, the board promoted George J. Overmeyer, its current controller, to vice president of finance.

Mahmood in Who’s Who
Sultan Mahmood, chief executive of So~Safe Water Technologies of Karachi, Pakistan, was selected for the year 2000 edition of the International Who’s Who of Professionals, which highlights individuals who have positive influences on their individual professions. Mahmood founded Advanced Water Technologies in Pakistan, the Institute of Safe Water Technologies and initiated the newsletter Safian. Mahmood is also credited with being one of the pioneers for creating a basic awareness of water quality issues in his country, starting his first water organization in 1976.

Park’s Curtis now available
Park International Corp. of Long Beach, Calif., announces Bob Curtis has joined the company and will be directly responsible for sales and marketing in the North American markets. He’ll also lend support to manufacturing and engineering functions. Curtis has extensive experience with FRP pressure vessel applications, manufacturing processes and design. He’s immediately available to the company’s customer base, adding more expertise to the most experienced staff for FRP pressure tanks in the water treatment industry.


Wednesday, March 15th, 2000

Coody, Conte assigned new jobs at John Guest
John Guest USA Inc. of Pine Brook, Ill., has promoted Jeff Coody to sales manager for the western region with responsibility for the territory sales managers in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest. He
was formerly West Coast territory sales manager. Coody will maintain direct sales in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Wyoming.

Mike Conte has been appointed Southwest Territory sales manager, responsible for California, Arizona and Nevada. Conte is formerly with Chester Paul Company.

ClearWater hires 2 for sales
ClearWater Tech, LLC of San Luis Obispo, Calif., has hired Ed Knueve and Jeff Freeman as outside sales representatives. They have a combined 35 years experience in the water treatment industry.

Knueve will handle sales in Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois. He has over 20 years industry experience and can assist client needs with ozone equipment in applications ranging from recreational water to small community drinking water systems. His degree in mechanical engineering is from Lima College and he’s a certified water specialist with the Water Quality Association, including membership on its Ozone Task Force. He’s also a member of the International Ozone Association.

Freeman will be the representative for the residential and commercial recreational water markets, which will include swimming pools, biological systems, hydraulics and filtration. His area will be from Central California to the border with Mexico, including Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson. He’s certified in advanced hydraulics and filtration and holds certifications for both residential and commercial electrical systems.   

Carney advances at CUNO
Timothy B. Carney was promoted to senior vice president, finance and administration of the Water Group of CUNO Inc. of Meriden, Conn. Carney will retain his current position as vice president, controller, with the added responsibility for all financial management and business development aspects of the group. Carney is a six-year veteran of the company with over 20 years of financial management experience. He’s been controller since 1996 and will continue to report to Frederick Flynn for these duties and to Michael Croft in his new position. Prior to this position, he was general manager of Water Factory Systems of Irvine, Calif.

Bertler joins Sta-Rite
Mark Bertler has joined Sta-Rite Industries as vice president, filtration, overseeing the company’s Filtration Business Unit. His responsibilities include sales and marketing, engineering, customer service and business development. Prior to joining the company, Bertler was a Midwest general manager for USFilter. He has a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The Filtration Business Unit will consolidate the company’s Hydro-Flow, Omni and Fiberdyne product lines. Bertler will also jointly oversee a newly formed Retail Water Team, which will focus on selling pump and filtration products into the retail distributor channel.

DePrefontaine is new VP at Saratoga Beverage
Saratoga Beverage Group, Inc. of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has appointed Louise DePrefontaine vice president of marketing. DePrefontaine has 20 years marketing experience in the multi-billion dollar food and beverage industry, serving previously as regional category director for Reckitt & Colman Inc., where she was responsible for new product development, planning and analysis for the Lysol Brand. Prior to that she was marketing director for Nabisco, where she increased market share, spearheaded acquisition efforts and introduced numerous new products nationally.

CEI names Carter new VP
CEI of Circleville, Ohio, has promoted Ryan Carter to vice president. Carter is a Wittenburg University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has over five years experience in the water purification industry, and was listed as an honorable professional in Who’s Who in executives and business. Recent company growth has been directly attributed to Ryan’s efforts.

Hoskin elected to board
Aqua Care Systems Inc. of Coral Springs, Fla., has elected Norman J. Hoskin to its board of directors. Hoskin will work in concert with President William K. Mackey, who will continue on the board but will focus on the business aspects of the company while Hoskin will evaluate avenues to increase shareholder value. “The board feels the true value of the company is not reflected in the stock price and is committed to actively exploring all options to help shareholders realize such value,” Hoskin said.

Hickling gets nod at NORIT
NORIT Americas Inc. of Atlanta, Ga., has hired Dr. Simon Hickling as its business development specialist responsible for new and existing markets for activated carbon in specialty areas including the pharmaceutical and catalyst areas. Hickling’s Ph.D. in physical chemistry is from the University of Bath and his bachelor’s degree in chemistry is from Sheffield Hallam University, both in the U.K. Prior to this position, Hickling was production manager for Bass Brewers Ltd. in Yorkshire, U.K.

Kinetico appoints Stanisz as new dealer manager
Kinetico Inc. of Newbury, Ohio, appointed John Stanisz as district manager with the responsibility of providing business management support to its independent retail dealer network in Indiana and Michigan. Prior to this position, Stanisz was vice president at Burkhart Insurance of Vincennes, Ind., and his background includes commercial sales, retail management and public relations. He was born and raised in Terre Haute, Ind.

Hamilton to head new group
ITT Industries of Upper Saddle River, N.J., appointed Richard J.M. Hamilton as president of its Specialty Products business segment. Formerly the president of its Commercial Products group, Hamilton will now be responsible for the company’s array of fluid specialty products. He’s been with the company since 1995, immediately following the breakup of the old ITT Corporation, which he’d been with for 25 years in a variety of management positions. Hamilton is the current director of the Hydraulic Institute and his bachelor’s degree of science is from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.


Tuesday, February 15th, 2000

Kruszewski new Suntory VP
Michael J. Kruszewski of Marietta, Ga., has been appointed division vice president, home and office sales for the Mid-Atlantic region of Suntory Water Group of Atlanta, Ga.  His responsibilities will include the planning, control and direct activities of its sales force, including the recruitment, development and training of the division’s sales associates. Kruszewski has more than 14 years experience in management, marketing, and sales in the beverage and consumer product industries, and his bachelor’s degree in marketing is from Penn State University.

Trojan appoints Griffith as new director
The board of directors of Trojan Technologies of London, Ontario, Canada, has appointed Anthony F. Griffiths as director. Griffiths currently serves on the board’s several public corporations and is chairman of Vitran Corp., Slater Steel Inc. and Russel Metals Inc. Griffiths—a Toronto-based independent consultant—has also held senior executive positions with a number of prominent corporations in both Canada and the United States. He is past chairman and CEO of Canadian Cablesystems Ltd. and is the former chairman, president and CEO of Mitel Corp.

Hubbard hired as RO manager at Osmonics
Jeff Hubbard has joined Osmonics of Minnetonka, Minn., as product manager of reverse osmosis (RO) components, bringing 10 years industry experience to the company. Prior to this position Hubbard was sales manager for GE SmartWater® products, and prior to that was in commercial and residential sales for EcoWater Systems in St. Paul, Minn. In this new position, Hubbard will specifically represent the company’s RO component segment, which includes pumps, membranes, housings and kits.

ITT names Hallberg president of Flygt AB
ITT Industries of Upper Saddle River, N.J., appointed Anders Hallberg president of ITT Flygt AB, part of its fluid business and where Hallberg is currently serving as regional director, Europe. He joined the company in 1996 as director of business development, and has held various engineering, marketing and sales positions with well-know corporations. His bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is from the Technical Institute of Stockholm and he succeeds Leif Carlsson, who retires from the position next month.

Romanyshyn gets post at Hydraulic Institute
Gregory W. Romanyshyn is the Hydraulic Institute’s new technical director, replacing John H. “Jack” Doolin, who is retiring. Prior to this position Romanyshyn was the senior mechanical equipment engineer for Foster Wheeler Corp., and he holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He’s also a licensed engineer in Pennsylvania. The Hydraulic Institute is an 82-year-old, Parsippany, N.J.-based association of pump manufacturers.

Haan heads Burgmann
Thomas E. Haan was appointed president of Burgmann Seals America of Houston, Texas. Prior to this position he was former group vice president of Flowserve Corp. and president of its fluid sealing division. Haan was also company president and CEO of Durametallic Corp. prior to its merger with Flowserve.

Pure 1 hires Rosen as VP
Pure 1 Systems has appointed Cliff Rosen as vice president of business development, responsible for both non-traditional markets for the existing product line and complimentary new products for additions to the line. Rosen will also explore company acquisition opportunities. He has over 25 years experience in marketing and sales at both the wholesale and retail levels, with additional experience in purchasing, product development, and M & A activities.

‘Call Bill’ Jr. at Amigo
Amigo Enterprises Inc. of Azle, Texas, has appointed Bill Hall Jr. president and chief operating officer. Bill Hall Sr. will remain on board as chief executive officer. Amigo has also added project management, and system start-up and troubleshooting to its list of services available. “Call Bill” is the company’s new slogan for this new assistance service.

Last year’s Corvette winner: Jerry Bishop, vice president of technical services for Water Resources International, Phoenix, Ariz., was last year’s winner of the Chevrolet Corvette convertible, the fundraiser prize that was given away by the Water Quality Association in celebration of its 25-year anniversary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bishop had initially purchased 20 raffle tickets prior to the show, then bought five more at the convention itself after a committee meeting he attended was repeatedly being interrupted with ticket sale solicitations. The winning ticket was one of those five. Bishop sold the car soon after winning it. “I owned the car long enough to drive it around and sunburn my head,” he said.

Myers Totes Toys: At the 1999 National Ground Water Association convention, F.E. Myers of Ashland, Ohio, and the National Ground Water Education Foundation (NGWEF) sponsored a drive for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Company representatives of this effort (pictured from left) are WellMate National Sales Manager Dick Becker, Fairbanks Morse Western Regional Manager Dave Edwards, Mike O’Brien, director of Water Systems Sales for Pentair Pump Group, and Kathleen Buetow, vice president sales and marketing for Pentair Pump Group. New toy donations were collected during the trade show and delivered to Nashville-area children. F.E. Myers also matched each toy with a $10 contribution to the NGWEF.


Saturday, January 15th, 2000

CEI names Carter VP
Carbon Enterprises Inc. (CEI) of Columbus, Ohio, named Ryan Carter as its vice president. Carter is a member of the American Water Works Association and a graduate of Wittenburg University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He has over four years experience in the water purification industry and will oversee all filter media purchasing and sales, an area of rapid company growth attributed directly to Ryan’s work.

CUNO appoints new VP
CUNO Inc. of Meriden, Conn., has promoted Paul Gaston Cleveland to vice president, in addition to his current role as managing director of CUNO Latina Ltda., a position he’s held since 1995. Cleveland, a 23-year company veteran, has served in a variety of positions including engineering, manufacturing, sales and marketing management. Cleveland’s degree in mechanical engineering is from the University of Concepcion in Chile. He’s a resident of Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, Lily, and their three children.

Hall wins ASTM honor
Jack R. Hall, corporate director of quality assurance, Quanterra Inc., Knoxville, Tenn., has received a 1999 American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) Award of Merit from ASTM Committee D-19 on Water. The title of Fellow accompanies the award, which is the society’s highest award granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in technical committee activities. Hall was cited for meritorious service and leadership in developing standards for analysis of organic constituents in water. A resident of Loudon, Tenn., he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1962. He worked for the Pennsylvania Health Department before joining Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich. While at its Hydroscience subsidiary in Knoxville, it was acquired by IT Corp. and became IT Analytical Services and later Quanterra Inc., one of the largest environmental testing firms in the United States. Hall, who has been a member of ASTM Committee D-19 on Water since 1973, moved into his current position in 1996.  He also is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Water Environment Federation, the American Institute of Chemists and the American Society for Quality.

Vasselli named HARC president
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) of The Woodlands, Texas, has appointed research and development management expert John J. Vasselli as president.

Vasselli, 49, has more than 25 years experience in research management in government, industry and not-for-profit sectors. He joins HARC after six years at Syracuse Research Corp., where he first served as director of its Science, Technology & Policy Center and later as director of corporate development for the parent not-for-profit corporation. Vasselli has worked with a large number of state agencies, universities, companies and economic development organizations to promote technology innovation and transfer. Vasselli holds master’s degrees in both electrical engineering and research management.

Lesan to direct RO/NF group
Rick Lesan has joined Koch Membrane Systems Inc., Wilmington, Mass., to lead the new technology group for reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF) products and processes. The new group was created to serve clients seeking a multiple membrane process approach to solving unique water challenges, and will be responsible for research and pilot studies for multiple membrane solutions. Lesan is a chemical engineer with 30 years experience in membrane systems. In 1974, while at Fluid Systems Corp., Lesan led the team that designed and introduced the first 8- by 40-inch spiral wound element, which soon became the industry standard; he also contributed to the design of the 12- by 60-inch long Magnum element that Fluid Systems introduced as part of the Yuma Desalter. In the late 1980s, Lesan led the creation of Hydraulics line; prior to this position he was technical advisor to Osmonics founder and CEO Dean Spatz.

Opella names new VP
Opella Inc. of Mariettta, Ga., has named Ron Svensson vice president sales and marketing. Svensson has been the national sales manager since 1989 when the company entered the U.S. market. Opella is a manufacturer of decorative products for kitchen and bath applications, including filtered water dispensing and design hardware products.

ResinTech race winners
Jeff Tate of E-Cell Corporation (pictured left) was the winner of the 13th Annual Fun Run sponsored by ResinTech Inc. of Cherry Hill, N.J., held at the 1999 International Water Conference in Pittsburgh. Dr. Mark Moore of Saudi Aramco was the second place winner. The course was 4.5 miles long and ran the length of the Allegheny River.

Hunter develops new business
G.H. Stenner & Co. Inc. of Jacksonville, Fla., appointed Joe Hunter to new business development. Formerly general sales manager for Pulsafeeder, Hunter has 18 years experience in various sales and marketing positions within the industry. Hunter’s appointment is part a strategic plan for the company’s international growth and development.

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