KDF welcomes new CEO
Issa Al-Kharusy was appointed CEO of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc., of Three Rivers, Mich. Prior to his appointment, he was president of KDF from 1996 to 2002 and director of research and development at the company from 1993 to 1996. As director of research and development, he created a state-of-the-art research laboratory and was instrumental in obtaining NSF certification of KDF media. Al-Kharusy, CWS-VI, is a member of the Water Quality Association, and a WQA Education Committee member. He also belongs to the American Water Works Association and the International Society of Beverage Technologists, where he is part of the water quality technical committee. KDF is in the fluid treatment industry and produces economic solutions for clean water.  

Severn appoints new CEO
Leonard Graziano was appointed president and chief executive officer of Severn Trent Services, of Fort Washington, Pa. Graziano joined Severn Trent Services in January 2000 as senior vice president of the company’s Operating Services and Water Purification groups. One of his previous jobs was president of Brookshire, Texas-based Johnston Pump Inc., a global pump company specializing in the municipal, power and petroleum markets. Graziano earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in business administration from Temple University. He serves on the board of directors of the Water Partnership Council.  

O’Keefe named new Watts CEO
Watts Industries Inc., of North Andover, Mass., appointed new CEO Patrick O’Keefe in August. He replaces Timothy Horne who announced his retirement plans on June 20. O’Keefe has a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. Watts designs, manufactures and sells an extensive line of valves to the backflow prevention, water regulation and control markets, with annual sales of around $600 million. It also makes residential RO equipment through its Phoenix subsidiary, Watts Premier.

Firm promotes Lucas to post
Tomlinson Industries, of Cleveland, announced the promotion of Christine Lucas to human resources manager. She joined the company in 1999. Her responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of safety at the company, overseeing and handling OSHA and workers’ compensation. Lucas recently completed her associate’s degree at Cuyahoga Community College. Tomlinson is a manufacturer of equipment for the foodservice, hospitality, and water and beverage industries, and is ISO 9002 certified.

Norland grows by two
Lincoln, Neb.-based Norland International Inc. announced two staff additions—John Swancara as customer service technician and Barry Siedell as marketing communications manager. Swancara joins the company after 11 years as an applications and design engineer at Pure Water Inc., of Lincoln, Neb. Prior to that, he worked five years at Viking Water System, of Newport Beach, Calif. His primary responsibilities at Norland include both customer service and applications engineering for bottling water equipment, plant layout design and support. Swancara graduated from Humboldt State University with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management. Meanwhile, Siedell’s primary responsibilities include developing and executing the company’s advertising and public relations. Siedell is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He has 30 years experience in the advertising and public relations fields, including over 15 years with marketing and advertising agencies. Norland is a designer and manufacturer of water purification and bottling systems equipment used by commercial bottlers.  

Novazone hires 2 managers
Novazone Inc., of Livermore, Calif., named Marc Scanlon to regional accounts manager for the United States and Canada. He was formerly Midwest region sales manager at Aquafine Corp. He has been involved in water, air and process purification and treatment since 1987. In addition, the company appointed Jim Leung as western U.S. regional accounts manager. Novazone designs, sells and services ozone solutions for water, food and air.

NSF welcomes 2 new VPs
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NSF International appointed Kristen Reimink and Lori Bestervelt, Ph.D., to senior vice president posts. As senior VP and chief financial officer, Reimink is responsible for all financial matters of the company and implementation of NSF’s acquisition strategy. Previously, she served as VP of administration, finance director and controller. Reimink earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and is scheduled to get her master’s degree in business administration this month from the University of Michigan. As senior VP and chief technical officer, Bestervelt is responsible for laboratory operations and new laboratory technology for company product certification programs. She continues to serve as president of NSF’s Toxicology Group LLC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in microbiology/immunology, a master’s degree in nutritional biochemistry, and a doctorate degree in toxicology from the University of Michigan. Meanwhile, the company promoted Yoo-Mee Kim Tong to finance director. She will be responsible for all financial and accounting activities at the company including issuing financial statements, managing budgets and ensuring internal controls. Tong has worked at NSF for four years. Previously, she served as accountant, senior accountant and controller. Tong holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Giant makes manager changes
Rick Kelly was appointed national sales manager for consumer products at Little Giant Pump Co., of Oklahoma City, Okla. Previously, he was national accounts manager of consumer products. Meanwhile, Tracy Thomsen was named national sales manager of commercial/industrial products at the company. Prior to this, Thomsen was Little Giant’s national sales manager for consumer products. The company’s comprehensive line of pumps includes wastewater, sump, effluent and sewage, condensate, magnetic drive, and utility and pump products. They are sold through plumbing, HVAC and industrial distribution and other international outlets.

Paice gets top post at IMS
Innovative Medical Services (IMS), of El Cajon, Calif., announced the appointment of Mike Paice as president of the company’s Nutripure Water Treatment Division. Previously, he was president of Sharp Water Inc., a division of Chesapeake utilities (see May 2001 People). Before joining Sharp, Paice served as general manager for USFilter/Culligan, of Las Vegas, where he was responsible for operations, the acquisition of two additional water companies, marketing and operational transitions, and the management of three retail stores. From 1985-1997, he owned Rayne Water/Crystal Bottled Water, an independent water conditioning and treatment company in Las Vegas. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing. IMS is a biosciences company that develops and markets technology-based products involving water purification/treatment, pest control and anti-microbial applications.


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