ClearWater adds to sales
San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based ClearWater Tech LLC introduced Paul Vervalle to its sales team. Vervalle brings 10 years of experience in commercial plumbing along with 13 years of experience in ozone application with emphasis in food processing, problem water and wastewater treatment. He will be a field sales representative for California, Nevada and Arizona. Previously, he worked with ClearWater from 1994 to 1998 before leaving to help start a family business.

Gorden fills VP slot
American Water Works Co., of Voorhees, N.J., has named Stephen  Gorden as vice president of corporate development. Gorden has 30 years of experience in the water utility industry. Since 1994, he has served as director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the third largest water and sewerage utility in the United States.

WQA picks education head
The WQA named Mark Rowzee as the new director of education and certification. He has both a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s degree in civil (environmental) engineering from Iowa State University. Previously, Rowzee was the quality assurance manager for Chevron Chemical Co., Plexco Performance Pipe Division.

Change at VerticalNet top
VerticalNet said its chief executive, Joseph Galli, is leaving to become president and CEO of Newell Rubbermaid, and will be replaced by co-founder Michael Hagan. VerticalNet is an owner and operator of online marketplaces, including, for industries ranging from solid waste to adhesives and sealants. As of January, the company’s stock had fallen 96 percent to $5.31 from a 52-week high of $148.38.

Watts loses friend, worker
Tony Arthur, director of marketing for Watts Regulator Co., passed away Dec. 14 after a brief illness. Arthur worked at Watts for 11 years, holding the positions of backflow product manager and national sales manager before becoming marketing director. Arthur was an officer of the American Backflow Prevention Association, an active member of the Backflow Prevention Manufacturers’ Association and participated in a number of steering committees for the AWWA and the ASPE.
‘Encyclopedia’ has editors
John Wiley & Sons has commissioned Jack Keeley and Dr. Jay Lehr as editors of “The Encyclopedia of Water,” a three-year collaboration of works by scientists, educators and water professionals to form one of the largest and most comprehensive assortments of information on water. Keeley is the former head of Groundwater Research of the USEPA Water Resource Research Lab. Lehr is the managing editor of Environment & Climate News. The encyclopedia will be published in 2004.  

Hargy assists in UV guide
The National Water Research Institute and the AWWA Research Foundation have released “Ultraviolet Disinfection Guidelines for Drinking Water and Water Reuse.” Among the 10 writers who contributed to the effort is Thomas Hargy of Clancy Environmental Consultants. The guide is geared toward regulatory agencies who review applications for the use of ultraviolet (UV) disinfection systems for drinking water and water reuse, and water utilities who are considering use of UV technology for disinfection purposes. Included are protocols for testing and validating UV equipment performance.

Great Lakes CFO moves on
Specialty chemicals producer Great Lakes Chemical Corp. said in January that its chief financial officer, Mark Tomkins, will leave to become chief financial officer for Vulcan Materials Co. in Alabama. Indianapolis-based Great Lakes said Kevin Mulcrone, who was vice president and controller, will assume the role of CFO on an interim basis. Great Lakes produces chemicals for water treatment among other applications.

Shuffling at Pentair
Minneapolis-based Pentair has named Richard Cathcart as its president and COO of the company’s Water Technologies segment, effective immediately. Cathcart was formerly executive vice president and president of Water Technologies. He has led the division since October 1996. Cathcart joined Pentair in March 1995 as executive vice president of business development. In addition, George Danko was named president and COO of the company’s Enclosures segment, effective immediately. Danko had been senior vice president of corporate development and central operating services. Meanwhile, Joseph Collins has retired from the company. He will retain his seat on the company’s board of directors. Collins was named vice chairman in November 1998, after having led Pentair’s Tool and Equipment businesses since 1991.


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