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.

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