Water industry loses ambassador at 58; Cammack headed Alamo for 25 years
Huette “Sonny” Cammack, founder of Alamo Water Refiners Inc., of San Antonio, passed away on September 30. He is survived by a brother, Addison Cammack; a son, John Dan Cammack; three stepchildren; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Sonny was 58. He established the retail water conditioning company in 1965. In 1978, the retail business was discontinued and Alamo became a manufacturer and wholesaler to the entire water treatment market. In August 2000, Marmon Group, of Chicago, purchased Alamo and subsequently merged last Jan. 1 with Matt-Son Inc. and Ecodyne Water Treatment Inc. Sonny was a founding member of the Texas Water Quality Association (TWQA) and served as its president and on many committees. An active member of the national WQA, he was on the board of directors for six years.

Jo Grace, executive director of TWQA, said, “Throughout those 28 years, anddespite the growth and expansion of his company from retail to retail/supplier to supplier/manufacturer, Sonny never forgot his humble beginnings and was always there to share his expertise, knowledge and experience with the ‘new man on the block’ as well as the people and businesses that had grown up with him… Sonny was always there for us individually and for us each personally. We had hoped he would be passing the gavel from the ‘old’ guard to the relatively ‘new’ and certainly the next generation, when we have our 30th anniversary party in 2003.”

Bill Hall, president of Amigo Enterprises Inc., of Azle, Texas, attended the funeral services and said of his friend, “I first knew Sonny as a competitor and, for many years, as my boss. Sonny was my friend. That statement as of itself may not sound like much but I heard it repeated hundreds of times at his memorial service (on Oct. 3). As I recollect what all the people in attendance said about Sonny, I am convinced that the statement ‘he was my friend’ is the greatest tribute we can pay to this great man.”

Ian Knapp, president of Alamo, recalled, “In all, I worked with Sonny for less than two years but, because it was Sonny, it feels like I’ve known him much longer. He had an incomparable way of making people feel welcome and at home. Sonny was my chief advisor after Alamo was purchased and more like a big brother guiding me through unfamiliar territory.  His boots can’t be filled, but we will all work to make this Alamo the best memorial that we can to the man who started it all.”

In lieu of flowers, the Cammack family has asked that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association at (800) 342-2383 or www.diabetes.org or St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 315 E. Pecan St., San Antonio, TX 78205. Cards can also be sent to Dan Cammack, 2611 Menard, San Antonio, TX 78251.

Severn exec added to board
The European Bottled Water Association (EBWA) has announced the appointment of Marwan Nesicolaci, general manager of international sales and marketing for Fort Washington, Pa.-based Severn Trent Services, to its board of directors. The move represents Nesicolaci’s second, three-year term with the EBWA. Prior to joining Severn Trent, he was founder and president of Universal Aqua Technologies—an international manufacturer of reverse osmosis, water purification systems and bottled water equipment. Severn Trent acquired the company last year. Nesicolaci earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in international finance from UCLA.

Beck gets new part owner
Neil Callahan, senior director of the Infrastructure Practice at R. W. Beck Inc., of Farmington, Mass., has been elected an owner of the company. R. W. Beck is an international management consulting and engineering firm. His election by the firm’s board of directors was in recognition of his four-year tenure and expertise in the rapidly-growing water/wastewater market. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science from Rutgers University.

Bertera chosen to head WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) has selected William Bertera as its executive director. He began his post on Nov. 1, replacing Quincalee Brown, who retired after 15 years at WEF’s helm. Previously, Bertera was the executive director of the Society for Nuclear Medicine. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from American International College and a master’s degree in urban affairs from American University.

USEPA nominee drops out
Sensing his nomination would be roadblocked, former Ohio environmental official Donald Schregardus withdrew his name from consideration to head the USEPA’s enforcement office. Schreg-ardus, a former USEPA regional official and director of the Ohio EPA, drew sharp criticism from Democrats and environmental groups concerned that the Bush Administration is making efforts to weaken the office. The Ohio USEPA office launched a wide-ranging review of Ohio’s environmental program last year in response to complaints and petitions from several environmental groups.  

StonePoint adds 2 to staff
StonePoint Group Ltd., of Vancouver, British Columbia, has announced the appointment of Paul Kirkman to executive vice president of sales for U.S. operations. Also, the company named Theodore Konyi to its board of directors. Kirkman has 21 years of experience in the beverage industry. Kirkman joins StonePoint from Water Source One where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of bottled water products for many national accounts for a partnership of privately owned bottling plants. StonePoint is a diversified beverage company that develops, produces and markets premium beverages for the private label and branded markets.

IACC puts one more in hall
Mietek Jaroniec, Ph.D., a professor at Kent State University, received the annual Activated Carbon Hall of Fame award at the 9th International Activated Carbon Conference in September. Jaroniec received the honor in large part for his “new porous carbons.” Previous award recipients include Dr. Milton Manes, George Tobias (deceased), Jonathan Cooper, Dr. Amos Turk and Gordon Culp.


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