Flomatic names new manager
Flomatic Valves, of Glen Falls, N.Y., announced the promotion of Nick Farrara to national sales manager. Farrara has been with Flomatic for five years. In 2000, he was named field sales manager responsible for all of the company’s sales including domestic water systems sales. In his new role, Farrara will head up all sales and marketing activities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing/management and is a certified backflow tester. Flomatic manufactures a wide range of valves for domestic water systems, industrial and municipal applications.  

Pentair tabs new CEO
Pentair Inc., of St. Paul, Minn., a maker of professional tools, electrical enclosures and water filtration products, said in March that CEO Randall Hogan will succeed Winslow Buxton as chairman when the latter retires April 30. Pentair has more than doubled its sales from $1.3 billion in 1993, when Buxton began on the company’s board, to $3 billion in 2001. Hogan, who joined Pentair in March 1998, was promoted to president and CEO on Jan. 1, 2001.

PWQA director loses job
After meeting with its Restructuring Task Force, the Pacific WQA decided to discontinue having a full-time executive director at this time. On Jan. 25, Debbie Cosper—who previously held that position—was informed that the position would be eliminated. The PWQA said the change was made so that financial resources could be used on programs rather than full-time staff. In other news, the association has hired Cyndi Pagliaro—wife of Tony Pagliaro, owner of Nimbus Water Systems Inc., of San Marcos, Calif.—as part-time administrative assistant. In addition, the PWQA has moved its offices. The new address is 288 Distribution Street, San Marcos, CA 92078. The phone number is (760) 644-7348 and email: pwqa2002@hotmail.com

Two move up at USFilter
USFilter has promoted Karen DeCampli to the position of municipal market manager in charge of leading the company’s municipal water and wastewater market team. Her responsibilities will include marketing strategies, product introduction and promotion, sales channels and customer relations. DeCampli will work out of USFilter’s Warrendale, Pa.’s office. She joined the company in 2000 as a marketing communications manager, and has over 20 years experience in the municipal filtration industry. In other staff news, USFilter promoted William Scully to the new position of director of e-marketing. He will develop and institute e-marketing programs and tools throughout the company. His responsibilities will cover database management, web-based programs, sales and customer communications. Located at the Sturbridge, Mass. office, Scully has served the company in product management, marketing and communications positions since 1997. Prior to USFilter, he was general manager of the municipal systems division for Westates Carbon.

Professor wins water prize
Venezuelan hydrologist Professor Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe of Princeton University has won the 2002 Stockholm Water Prize. The announcement was made on World Water Day on March 22. The $150,000 Stockholm Water Prize is presented by the Stockholm Water Foundation. It’s awarded to an individual, institution, organization or company that has made the most substantial contribution to the preservation, enhancement and availability of the world’s water resources. He is being honored for his scientific contributions to the understanding of the interaction between climate, soil and vegetation structures, surface water, floods and droughts. The award will be presented to Rodriguez-Iturbe on Aug. 15. He is the first South American to receive the 12-year-old Stockholm Water Prize.

Spencer for hire at FLORAN
FLORAN Technologies Inc., of Norman, Okla., developer of environmentally friendly cleaning solutions for the delivery of high quality drinking water, appointed Herb Spencer as northeast regional sales director. Spencer brings nearly 30 years of water treatment chemical sales and management experience to the company. He is an active member of numerous local, state and national organizations including the American Water Works Association. Based out of Philadelphia, he will oversee sales and market development from New England west to Ohio, and south to Virginia.

GET names sales manager
GET Inc., of Long Beach, Calif., made Marshall O’Neill its new sales manager. O’Neill has over 20 years of experience in sales and management. GET has specialized in seawater desalination for sea and land-based applications for nearly 25 years.

Bergman fills new position
WorldWater Corp. has promoted Brenda Bergman into the new position of project manager of its Philippine operations. The company will utilize its solar pumps in the region. They can deliver more than 2,000 gallons of irrigation water per minute. Bergman graduated from Boston College and is working toward her master’s degree in water resource engineering from Loughborough University in England.

Water sector gets manager
Black & Veatch has named Steven Winchester, a senior vice president, as the new water sector manager of the Pacific Northwest region. He will be responsible for the company’s water-related consulting, engineering and construction operations in the northwestern United States. He will oversee offices in Concord, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; Seattle; and Portland, Ore. Winchester has worked primarily in the water/environmental sectors during his 13 years with the company.

Pittsfield hires director
Peter Olsta has joined Pittsfield Plastics Inc., of Pittsfield, Mass., and Precision Spools Inc., as director of business development, effective April 1. Olsta’s responsibilities will include developing new products for existing markets and identifying new applications for the company’s core products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Pittsfield Plastics manufactures a wide range of standard and custom products for the water filtration, textile and medical industries, among others.

Benden named GIS manager
Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc., of Peabody, Mass., announced that Matt Benden joined the company as a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) manager. Previously, Benden built GIS programs at two firms. Weston & Sampson provides public and private clients throughout New England with planning, engineering and construction management expertise in the areas of water, wastewater, transportation, solid waste, geotechnical, environmental, operation and maintenance, training, IT, construction services, and landscape architecture.

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