Beckman takes R&D reigns
Professional Water Technologies, of Vista, Calif., has hired James Beckman to lead the company’s ongoing research and development efforts and technical services department. Beckman has specialized in membrane process design and RO technical support since 1968 when he started working for the ROGA division of General Atomics, which evolved to become Fluid Systems and then Koch Membrane Systems. Professional Water Technologies develops, manufactures and sells an exclusive line of powder and super-concentrated liquid RO pretreatment and membrane maintenance chemicals.

Hartung joins group as VP
Severn Trent Services, of Fort Washington, Pa., announced that Robert Hartung, P.E., has joined the company as vice president of Water Operations for the Pipeline Services group. He will be responsible for the management of potable water field testing and engineering services. Previously, Hartung was employed for 25 years by BetzDearborn, a specialty chemical and service company managing water and wastewater systems that was recently purchased by General Electric, where he was manager of the company’s North American product line. Hartung graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. The Pipeline Services group provides water distribution system evaluations including water audits, “C” factor testing, hydraulic modeling, leak detection, hydraulic grade line analysis and flow monitoring.

ASTM appoints vice chairman
Ken Schaeffer, president of Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Carbon Resources LLC, has been named vice chairman of the ASTM (American Society for Testing Methods) committee D-28 on activated carbon. The ASTM D-28 committee writes, reviews and issues all ASTM standards regarding activated carbon media testing and specification. ASTM standards are used worldwide for activated carbon manufacturing quality control and used carbon comparison testing.

Pentair gets new salesmen
Bill Couturier has been hired by Pentair Water Treatment as residential/commercial sales manager for the southeast U.S. region. He will represent Pentair Fleck and Structural tank products to the water treatment industry. Previously, Couturier held sales management positions with Barnstead Co, of Boston, as well as owned a residential water dealership in Maryland. He has also worked with GE’s Smartwater Division. In other company news, Marcos Apodaca was appointed sales manager for Mexico representing Pentair Fleck and Structural tank products to the water treatment industry. Apodaca has been in residential and commercial water treatment for the past eight years with experience in the sales and manufacturing of pumps, pre-charged tanks, filters and their installations.

Greenback to receive award
Dr. Mick Greenback, of Pittsburgh-based Calgon Carbon Corp., will receive the International Activated Carbon Conference Hall of Fame award on Sept. 27 in Pittsburgh. At the meeting, he will provide a lecture entitled, “New Detective Tools for the Activated Carbon Industry.” Previous award recipients include Dr. Milton Manes, George Tobias, Jonathan Cooper, Dr. Amos Turk, Dr. Gordon Culp and Dr. Mietek Jaroniec.

Global changes take place
Global Water Technologies Inc., of Golden, Colo., has announced the appointments of Steven Rash as president of Global Water Technologies Inc., Chad Moller as director of finance and accounting for GWT, and Ron Bernard as senior vice president of Applied Water Technologies Inc. Rash holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Delaware, and a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Illinois University. Moller holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Dakota Wesleyan University. Bernard has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Global Water Technologies is a water technology and services company with major installations in the areas of power, process and HVAC.

Wittliff becomes new COO
Dan Wittliff has been appointed vice president and chief operating officer of Hydroprocessing LLC, an Austin, Texas-based technology company that has developed technology for the conversion of industrial or municipal organic sludges into useful products or power. Wittliff graduated from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his master’s degree in business administration is from the University of Oklahoma.

Texas water pioneer dies at 80; helped form TWQA in mid-1970s
Gilbert Warren Boerner, of San Antonio, passed away Feb. 19. He was 80. At the end of World War II, he went to Tufts University and earned a degree in economics. He attended the Wharton School of Business before beginning a career in the water quality improvement industry. “Gib” started in the Culligan system in Wheaton, Ill., in 1947 by working for his father-in-law, Wilbur L. Walton, who collaborated with Emmet J. Culligan and opened the first fledgling Culligan dealership (before they were known as Culligan)—W. L. Walton & Company, located in the Chicago area. Gib received top awards from Culligan International, including being named a top dealer in the United States and winning the “Culligan Silver Circle” and “Circle of Excellence” awards for all-around excellence. In 1987, the WQA honored him with the Hall of Fame Award and recognized him for his outstanding achievements in his personal and business life. Gib was instrumental in the formation of the Texas Water Quality Association in the mid-1970s along with other water conditioning pioneers including Sonny Cammack (who passed away last year) and the late Dick Grace, Jo Grace’s husband. Gib’s son, Bob Boerner, is president of Culligan Southwest. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oblate School of Theology, 285 Oblate Drive, San Antonio, TX 78216.

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