By Carlos David Mogollón, WC&P Executive Editor
It’s that time of year again. We’re putting away holiday decorations and sticking to New Year’s resolutions.
Our resolution is to renew our mission as the voice of the independent residential water treatment dealer and the suppliers that serve them. WC&P has evolved in recent years to include a number of other themes dealers might encounter in efforts to broaden their market base, such as bottled water, water vending, water stores, pools and spas, car washes, and other more advanced commercial/industrial or small system applications. We’ll maintain many of those themes, but push to have the articles written or co-written more by the dealers that make up the majority of our readership. It’s always a good idea to review the fundamentals periodically, so you’ll also see more “Basics of…” and “An Introduction to…” articles this year.
Roughly half of WC&P’s Technical Review Committee is retiring this year, so you’ll see a number of new names involved in the magazine. We expect past committee members will continue to contribute in various ways, as the magazine always keeps close contact with all its “family” members—old and new. But as the industry evolves, so do we.
This year, since a number of our committee members are returning, we also decided to only include biographies for new members. Still, we would like to recognize returning members first. They include:
- Peter S. Cartwright, P.E., CWS-VI—(1996- ) A founding committee member, he heads Cartwright Consulting Co., of Minneapolis.
- Dick Chmielewski—(2002- ) Dick is western regional sales manager for ion exchange resin manufacturer ResinTech Inc., of West Berlin, N.J.
- Lawrence R. Henke—(1996- ) Also a founding member, Larry is senior technical director at St. Louis Park, Minn.’s Robert B. Hill Co.
- Michael C. Keller—(2002- ) Mike is marketing manager of the Household Ion Exchange Division for Sybron Chemicals, a subsidiary of Bayer A.G.
- C.F. (Chubb) Michaud, CWS-VI—(1996-1999; 2002- ) Another founding member, Chubb is technical director of Systematix USA Inc., of Buena Park, Calif.
- Kelly A. Reynolds, Ph.D.—(1997- ) Kelly is a research scientist at the Environmental Research Laboratory of the University of Arizona’s Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science in Tucson. She writes the On Tap column for WC&P and De la Llave for its sister publication, Agua Latinoamérica.
New members include:
Debra E. Huffman, Ph.D.
Since 1994, Dr. Debra Huffman has been a faculty research associate at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg, Fla. She’s also director of the university’s Center for Healthy Beaches/Healthy Coasts. Earlier, she was clinical laboratory supervisor at ARM Medical Laboratory in Clearwater, Fla.
Huffman earned a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology, a master’s degree in public health specializing in environmental and occupational health, and a doctorate on novel methods for filtration of Cryptosporidium, from the University of South Florida. Memberships include the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA), American Water Works Association (AWWA), International Water Association, American Society of Microbiology, Florida Environmental Health Association and Water Environment Federation.
Recent grant projects include a pilot scale UV water treatment system on the Guam naval base, a surface water treatment plant pilot study for restoration of the Everglades sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and microbial removal efficiency of micro- and ultrafiltration for the AWWA Research Foundation. Other research clients include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Quality Association, Calgon Carbon, PurePulse Technology, Mountain Safety Research and NSF’s Environmental Testing and Verification Program.
She’s written or co-authored dozens of articles in peer-review journals as well as book chapters on water and wastewater microbiology, small systems and waterborne contaminants, including three articles for WC&P since 1998. She’s presented a number of papers at various water quality conferences, and she’s given several seminars at related events.
Evan E. Koslow, Ph.D.
Dr. Evan Koslow is founder and CEO of KX Industries L.P., of Orange, Conn., and president of Koslow Technologies Corp. (established 1976). KX, the world’s largest manufacturer of extruded carbon, was established in 1989. He’s the former editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense & Technology International, and was a senior research scientist for Pall Corp. from 1983-85.
Koslow received a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in forestry from Yale University, as well as a doctorate in agriculture engineering from Cornell University. A lecturer and author with over 125 articles and papers, he holds membership in a variety of distinguished professional and honorary organizations and has done extensive grant research on various projects from forestry to nuclear power. An avid inventor, he holds more than 35 patents in fields such as agricultural chemicals, chromatography, chemical and biological defense technology, water and air filtration, and absorption technologies. Koslow has written two articles for WC&P on carbon filtration, one in May 2000 and another in August 2002.
Bruce Kucera is vice president of Norland International Inc., a bottled water systems manufacturer based in Lincoln, Neb., and has been involved in the bottled water industry for over 12 years. At Norland, he’s responsible for staffing, training and performance evaluations to develop and control sales programs. He also manages sales distribution and advises dealers and distributors concerning sales and advertising techniques. He has extensive experience in marketing and promotion of a variety of products including bottled water.
With a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Kansas City’s Rockhurst University, Kucera has used his education and experience to help over 500 entrepreneurs start up or expand operations in this exciting industry. After college, he moved to Adelaide, South Australia, where he played professional basketball for five years. While playing basketball, he also worked as a sales representative for Weber Barbecues, establishing major wholesale accounts through stores such as K-Mart, Target and other well-known national retailers. Before his U.S. return, Bruce owned and operated an advertising agency where he worked with some of Australia’s largest retail food outlets and numerous small businesses throughout the country.
In addition, he has written several articles—including for WC&P—as well as a comprehensive introductory manual to bottled water (Success Guide to the Bottled Water Business). He’s involved in various civic activities including YMCA basketball coaching, the Lutheran church and other youth group organizations.
Dale D. Mork
Dale Mork is an ozone specialist for GE/Osmonics Inc., of Minnetonka, Minn. He operates out of its Phoenix office. Mork has worked in the ozone and water treatment industry for more than 12 years. His expertise includes food, beverage and bottled water applications, as well as aquatics, aquaculture and other commercial/industrial applications.
Mork holds degrees in biology and environmental sciences from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada, and has prior experience as a chemical sales engineer. He started with Osmonics at Ozone Research and Equipment Corp. (OREC) in Phoenix, where he still lives. The ozone manufacturing division was consolidated in Minnetonka in August 2000.
A member of the International Ozone Association and a technical committee member of its Pan American Group, he focuses on enhanced control precision of ozone generators, ozone injection, and advanced oxidation for microbiological inactivation and synthetic organic chemical (SOC) removal. Mork wrote his first WC&P article in 1993.
Richard J. Lorenzen, CWS-II
Rich Lorenzen is vice president and operations director of Quality Water Services Inc., of Lincoln, Neb. He’s been in the water treatment industry for 15 years. Lorenzen serves as a retail dealer member of the WQA Board of Directors as well as the Nebraska representative to the WQA Board of Regents.
He first wrote for WC&P in November 2001 on the topic of U.S. Housing and Urban Development rules regarding nitrate levels, residential water treatment and home mortgage lending restrictions.
Orville Schaefer, CWS-V, CCO
Orv Schaefer is semi-retired from Schaefer Water Care Centers of Perryville, Mo. He and his wife, Laverne, bought the dealership from her father (1972), who started it in 1952. The business, a family-owned independent operation with five locations serving 22 counties in Missouri and Illinois, is now co-owned by their children, Mike Schaefer and Carol Winter.
Schaefer has earned WQA’s CWS, Level 5, and Certified Contractual Operator (CCO) designations. He was presented with the WQA Key Award in 2001 and the Award of Merit in 1986. As a member of the WQA Educational Services Committee, he’s helped develop a training program for small system operators for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that’s a model for other states to adapt for similar programs. He co-wrote an article on the subject for WC&P in 1999.
He chairs the steering committee for the WQA Water Quality Society, which promotes individual memberships to the WQA particularly for dealership employees, small system operators and commercial/industrial water treatment equipment end-users, etc. He’s active with the Missouri WQA and served as its WQA Board of Regents representative.
A member of Missouri’s Region 7 Regional Technical Educational Council (RTEC), Schaefer was presented with the Missouri Community College Association Distinguished Business Person award in 1997 because of his work with the South Central Customized Training Consortium. He also works with the planning committee of the new Immanuel Lutheran School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
We also would like to thank outgoing members for their assistance in keeping WC&P the top magazine serving the point-of-use/point-of-entry water treatment market. They include:
- William E. Hall Sr., CWS-VI—Formerly with Alamo Water Refiners, Bill (2001-2002) is active with the WQA, heads Amigo Enterprises in Azle, Texas, and is affiliated with Charger Water Treatment Products’ San Antonio branch.
- Thomas A. Hargy—(2000-2002) Tom is senior scientist with Albans, Vt.’s Clancy Environmental Consultants and a member of the IUVA.
- Richard A. Hess—(2002) A former International Bottled Water Association president, Rick is president of Hess Machine International.
- Henry G. Nowicki, Ph.D.—(2000-2002), Henry heads PACS Inc., which coordinates the International Activated Carbon Conference every September in Pittsburgh.
- Rich Pellerito—(2002) Rich is national sales manager and project engineer for the former UAT division of Fort Washington, Pa.’s Severn Trent Services.
- William S. Siegmund, CWS-V—(2000-2002) Bill is president of Pure Water Works Inc. in Traverse City, Mich.
- Loretta Trapp—(2001-2002) A veteran of NSF International, Loretta is special projects manager for Clack Corp., in Windsor, Wis.
To all of you, current, new and past members of the WC&P Technical Review Committee—as well as the thousands of our readers—we dedicate this year to helping you migrate your way through the pitfalls and tricks of the trade toward a more prosperous future. Thank you for your continued support of this publication, which we hope you consider as much yours as ours. Feel free to contact us with suggestions and comments throughout the year. And if you’ve got an itch to write, we welcome any and all article submissions. Check with us on refining your topics or scheduling it for the appropriate issue.