McKnight to chair group
Susan McKnight, vice president of Northbrook, Ill.-based Quality Flow Inc., was named chair of a new professional development group on “Water Quality and Safety” for the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP). The IAFP publishes two scientific journals and keeps members informed of the latest scientific, technical and practical developments in food safety and sanitation. Among issues the professional development group will address are water quality standards for food processors, quality of water monitoring and analysis and, in light of terrorist activities worldwide, security of public water systems. Quality Flow Inc. provides expertise to assure safe water and water treatment to companies in the food and beverage service industry. The company is a member of the WQA, National Restaurant Association, International Association of Food Protection and the American Water Works Association.
Calgon shakes up lineup
Calgon Carbon Corp., of Pittsburgh, announced that Leroy Ball was elected vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), effective in mid-November. He succeeds William Cann, who is leaving Calgon Carbon to become vice president and CFO of Cable Design Technologies. Cann will remain the com-pany’s CFO until all requirements for the third quarter are completed. Ball holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University and a master’s degree in business from Robert Morris University. In other news, Joseph Fischette—senior vice president, general counsel and secretary—retired on Nov. 1, following 23 years of service with the company and its predecessors. Meanwhile, Gail Gerono was elected vice president of investor relations and communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in French from Mercyhurst College and a master’s degree in business from Duquesne University.
Healthy Trojan gains new VP
Martha Nelson was appointed vice president of marketing and corporate communications at Canada-based Trojan Technologies Inc. Nelson manages corporate marketing initiatives to broaden the acceptance of ultraviolet (UV) water treatment technology. She has more than 20 years marketing and corporate communications experience in Canada’s energy, telecommunications and public sectors. In other news, the company announced its operating and financial results for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2002. Revenues grew 26.5 percent to $92.7 million from $73.3 million in 2001. Revenues for the residential market increased to $5.5 million from $4.3 million in 2001, a jump of 28 percent.
Amjad brings home prize
Dr. Zahid Amjad, a senior research fellow with Noveon Inc., received the Ray Baum Memorial Water Technologist of the Year Award during the Association of Water Technologies’ 2002 Convention and Exposition in September. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurial spirit and contributions to the field of water treatment and particularly for service to the AWT and its members. Amjad has spent the past 20 years with Noveon in water soluble polymer research. Prior to that, he spent three years at Calgon Corp. in deposit control research. During his career, Amjad has written over 100 technical papers, edited five books and holds 29 U.S. patents. His research interests include application of water-soluble polymers, crystal growth and inhibition and solid/liquid separation.
Leiby bows out at ASDWA
After 14 years with the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), and 10 years as executive director, Vanessa Leiby has decided to step down. She will take a position with The Cadmus Group, of Watertown, Mass., an international consulting firm. Leiby will be a principal on drinking water issues. The ASDWA board formed a search committee: Kevin Brown (president), Jay Rutherford (president-elect), Gregg Grunenfelder (past president), Leiby, and the incoming president, Jeff Stuck to name Leiby’s successor.
Aqua Dyne gets new manager
Aqua Dyne Inc., of Houston, has appointed John Garrard to manager of technical services. Garrard has over 28 years experience in the wastewater industry dealing with large wastewater treatment projects for government and industrial clients in many countries. He will be involved in the commercial roll-out of Aqua Dyne’s JetWater system—its new water purification unit. Prior to Aqua Dyne, he worked at Alfa Laval, where he was responsible for deployment, integration, compliance and commissioning of major wastewater plants.
D-19 member wins award
G. Douglas Glysson, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), of Reston, Va., is a 2002 recipient of the ASTM Award of Merit. The award is given to an ASTM member for participation in a committee. He was nominated by Committee D-19 on Water. With USGS since 1970, Glysson has concentrated on surface water data collection techniques, sediment data collection and analysis, sediment data interpretation and studies, and teaching sediment data collection and records computations. He graduated from Sacramento State College with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. In addition, Glysson received a master’s degree in engineering administration from George Washington University. Committee D-19 on Water is one of 130 ASTM technical standards writing committees.
Caporella becomes president
In late September National Beverage Corp., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., elected Joseph Caporella to president at its annual shareholders meeting. National Beverage produces soft drinks, bottled waters, juices and juice products and a line of flavors through brands such as Shasta®, Faygo®, Ritz®, Everfresh®, Mr. Pure® and LaCROIX®.
Portola hires new GM
New Castle, Pa.-based Portola Packaging Inc. appointed Dan Meehling as general manager of its equipment division. He is responsible for the global business of design, manufacture and sales of the equipment lines of cappers, de-cappers, fillers, bottle washers, complete water bottling plants and fitment applicators. Most recently, Meehling was division materials manager for the company’s U.S. cap manufacturing operations. Portola designs, manufactures and markets a full line of tamper-evident plastic closures for the dairy, fruit juice, bottled water, sports drinks, institutional food products and other non-carbonated beverage products, as well as bottles, filling and capping equipment for bottling lines.