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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