Tate receives GM post
Omexell Inc., of Hatfield, Pa., hired Jeffrey Tate as general manager for North and South America, effective immediately. Tate has over 10 years experience in sales, marketing and engineering of water treatment and fluid handling systems. He has published several articles and presented numerous seminars on water treatment and electro-deionization. Tate has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a master’s degree in business administration from Temple University.

PWT chooses Berg for sales
Professional Water Technologies (PWT), of Vista, Calif., hired Chuck Berg for sales in North America. He has specialized in crossflow membrane and filtration processes since 1987, having worked with Water & Power Technologies (EarthTech) and Filterite (USFilter). PWT is a manufacturer of high-performance reverse osmosis chemicals and analytical/technical services.

Stovall takes gavel at AWWA
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) appointed Lyndon Stovall as the group’s new president for the 2002-2003 term. Stovall replaces Ron Schwarzwalder. The announcement was made at AWWA’s annual conference in New Orleans in June. A professional engineer, Stovall has been appointed to three South Carolina advisory committees; two on Safe Drinking Water Act implementation, and one as an AWWA representative for the South Carolina Environmental Training Center. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation and the South Carolina Water Environment Association.

KDF appoints new president
John Heskett, CWS-VI, accepted the presidential post at KDF Fluid Treatment Inc., of Three Rivers, Mich. Formerly the company’s vice president, he speaks at numerous technical seminars in the United States and abroad. He’s responsible for distributors and OEMs in the POU/POE markets. Before joining KDF, Heskett was sales manager for a water conditioning company where he implemented dealer programs and started the production and assembly of water conditioners. Prior to that he was plant manager at a small firm in Indiana. He is a member of the WQA and American Water Works Association (AWWA). Founded in 1984, KDF is in the fluid treatment industry and produces solutions for economical clean water.

Reyes takes reigns at Pro-Flo
Effective Aug. 29, Pro-Flo Products Inc., of Cedar Grove, N.J., has a new owner/president. Luis Reyes purchased all outstanding stock of the company from Richard Smith. Reyes worked at a New Jersey Culligan dealer for 16 years, most recently as a general manager. In August 2001, Pro-Flo Products sold its OEM product lines of high-end, point-of-use faucets, water bubblers, and components for water coolers to Tomlinson Industries, of Cleveland. Pro-Flo Products has been a distributor of drinking water products in New Jersey for over 16 years.

Wilker gets Alamo’s top post
Alamo Water Refiners Inc., of San Antonio, announced that Chris Wilker has been promoted to president and general manager. Wilker worked at EcoWater in 1985 and held a variety of positions including lab manager, catalog/special projects manager and regional manager. In 1996, he left EcoWater but returned to the company as national sales manager for it and North Star in January 1999. Alamo is a member of the Marmon Water Group.

ZENON hires ex-Toyota VP
ZENON Environmental, of Canada, hired the former vice president of Toyota’s Canadian manufacturing plant to head all of the company’s membrane production. Daryl Wilson joined the company on Aug. 1 and assumes responsibility for ZENON’s Canadian plant and the new manufacturing facility being built in Hungary. Wilson received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Toronto and his master’s degree in business administration from McMaster University. The company also announced that Upen Bharwada is the new vice president of business development. He will focus on selected markets in South Asia as well as developing new business opportunities for the company’s industrial business in the United States. Previously, Bharwada was vice president of business development at Dow FilmTec Corp., a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co.

Greenbank honored at IACC
Mick Greenbank, Ph.D., accepted the Carbon Hall of Fame Award. Dr. Greenbank was honored at a luncheon on Sept. 27 at the 10th International Activated Carbon Conference (IACC) in Pittsburgh. He provided two talks during the conference—”New Instruments for the Carbon Industry” and “Detective Work and New Methods for the Carbon Industry.” Dr. Greenbank also provided his two-day course, “Selecting the Best Activated Carbon for the Application,”before the conference. Nominations for the 11th International Activated Carbon Conference Hall-of-Fame Awards can be made before April 15, 2003. The award honors individuals who have made considerable contributions to the activated carbon industry.

Blue adds two directors
The board of directors of Blue Industries Inc., of Geneva, Switzerland, appointed two additional members—Patrick Gouverneur and Bernard Bouverot. Gouverneur graduated from the Lycee Ste Barbe and the European Business School, both in Paris. Bouverot graduated from Centre National des Arts et Metiers in Lyon, France. Blue Industries manufactures water treatment products for drinking water processing facilities. Meanwhile, the company said earnings for the first quarter of 2002 were $867,032.

Deauna gets consumer award
Dr. Jovito Deauna, CEO of J.Y. Deauna & Co. and inventor of Aquaclean’s water filtration system, received the annual National Consumers Award from the Consumers Union of the Philippines. Aquaclean/J.Y. Deauna was given the award as manufacturer and installer of complete, ready-to-operate water refilling stations and for its customer service.

British Water finds chairman
John Youings, managing director of Paterson Candy Limited, was confirmed as the new chairman of British Water, the trade body for the UK water and wastewater industry. He succeeds Henry Perfect, who until recently was chairman of Babtie Group Limited. Youings graduated from Imperial College.  

NGWA honors three students
The National Ground Water Association’s Educational Foundation presented special groundwater project awards to three high school students at this year’s Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. They are:

  • Paul Rossman of Deming High School in Deming, N.M., received the first-place award of $500. His project was “Remediation of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) Utilizing Dried Eichhornia crassipes.”
  • Tanner Brunsdale of Bountiful, Utah, received the second-place award of $250. His project was “Surfactant/Co-Solvent-enhanced Aquifer Remediation of DNAPLs.” Brunsdale was also a winner at last year’s fair.
  • Nuno Dias and Eunice Carrapico of Escola Secundaria de Tavira, Algarve, Portugal, received the third-place award of $200. Their project was “Salinity of Groundwater in the Algarve.”

In addition to the monetary awards, the students receive a one-year student NGWA membership, a groundwater science library for their school, and publication of their project abstract in the NGWA journal, Ground Water. The annual fair brings together students from 48 states and 40 nations to compete for scholarships, tuition grants, internships, scientific field trips, and the grand prize of a trip to Stockholm, Sweden, to attend the Nobel Prize ceremonies.


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