ResinTech welcomes Bergman
Jon Bergman joined the Aries division of ResinTech Inc., of West Berlin, N.J., as division sales manager. He will oversee the sales of the complete Aries product line, which includes high purity deionization water systems for laboratories and a full spectrum of media cartridges. Bergman was previously an industrial sales engineer with Mar Cor Services Inc, of Harleysville, Pa.  He received a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Penn State University.

AWWA appoints new president elect
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) board of directors chose Katie McCain to become its next president-elect, a position that leads to the association’s top office. McCain, a long-time leader in the Texas section, will take office as AWWA president in June and assume the presidency in June 2004. The board of directors also elected five vice-presidents and a director-at-large at its winter board meeting, Jan. 18-19, in San Antonio. McCain joined the consulting firm of Camp Dresser & McKee last year to work on new business development, management projects and utility relations. She retired from Dallas Water Utilities after 28 years before moving to the private sector in 1997. Since joining AWWA in 1985, McCain has held numerous leadership positions. Most recently, she served as an AWWA vice president for two years and represented the Texas section on the AWWA board of directors from 1999-2002.

Met-Pro promotes De Hont
Met-Pro Corp., of Harleysville, Pa., appointed Raymond De Hont, currently the company’s chief operating officer, as chief executive officer and president, effective March 1. De Hont will assume these positions from William Kacin, who will continue to serve as chairman of the board. The COO position remains unfilled at this time.

De Hont has served as COO since June 23, 2000. He joined the company in June 1995 as vice president and general manager of the company’s Fybroc Division, of Telford, Pa. From October 1999 to June 2000, De Hont also assumed  additional responsibilities as general manager for the company’s Dean Pump division in Indianapolis. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1976. Prior to joining Met-Pro, he held various management positions at Hosokawa Micron Corp. and Air & Water Technologies including vice president and general manager of Flex-Kleen Corp., which is now a division of Met-Pro.

Ex-Suntory CFO gets post
In early January, food distributor United Natural Foods Inc., of Dayville, Conn., said Rick Puckett, an executive with experience in mergers and acquisitions, would succeed Todd Weintraub as chief financial officer. Weintraub is leaving the company. Puckett has been CFO of Suntory Water Group, a unit of Japan’s Suntory Ltd., which sells and distributes bottled water. Puckett’s appointment was effective Jan. 6.

Pentair VP resigns
Pentair, of St. Paul, Minn., said vice president of human resources, Deb Knutson, resigned in late January to pursue other business interests. A search for Knutson’s successor is under way. Knutson was named the company’s vice president of human resources on Sept. 1, 1994, after serving 13 months as assistant vice president of human resources.

Sharp adds Martin to staff
Allen Martin joined Sharp Water, of Dover, Del., and Salisbury, Md., as general manager in early January. Sharp Water is an EcoWater dealership owned and operated by Chesapeake Utilities Corp. Martin has six years of experience in the water treatment and conditioning industry. Prior to joining Sharp Water, Martin worked for Culligan Water Conditioning in Dover, Del. While at Culligan, Martin earned regional sales representative of the year awards for four consecutive years as well as the Circle of Excellence Award. Martin will visit homes, offices and industrial sites to conduct free water tests and provide no-cost consultations.

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