WQA’s ‘consensus builder’ dies suddenly at 59; Poellet was in line to become next president
Charles (Charley) Poellet, of K&M Plastics Inc., of Elk Grove Village, Ill., died suddenly of natural causes on May 14. He was 59. Poellet was serving as vice president of the WQA for 2003-2004 after being active in the association for many years. He served on the Board of Directors from 1997-2003. In addition, he served as chair of the Convention, Public Relations, and World Assembly Executive committees. Poellet received the WQA Award of Merit in 1999. His wife, Patricia Lowney Poellet, is also a longtime WQA member. Bill Prior, the first World Assembly executive committee chairman and Kinetico co-founder, said Poellet will be sorely missed. “I was very close to Charley. I kind of had a policy of not to do business with friends, but what do you when the people you do business with over a long period of years become friends? That’s the case with Charley and Pat,” Prior said. He added that Poellet’s contributions to the WQA can never be overestimated: “It’s one thing to talk about personal relationships. There wasn’t an individual in the WQA that supported our industry and the association as well as he did. He was obviously slated to be president. He’s just a very principled, wonderful man. That encompasses a lot.”

Jim Baker, of Ameriwater and WQA president, said the fact that Poellet was in line for the presidency speaks volumes about his contributions: “I always enjoyed working with Charlie. He was a consensus-builder, and he did a good job representing WAD (World Assembly Division) at the Board of Governors and Board of Directors levels.” Baker added, “He was very interested in promoting the water industry even though his company was in other things besides water.” In fact, along with past WQA president Bob Ruhstorfer, Poellet was credited with giving the international contingent a respected forum at WQA meetings. Baker called Poellet’s passing a “shock” and remembers him as an avid runner and exercise enthusiast. Poellet and his wife, Pat, helped coordinate the tennis functions at WQA’s mid-year meetings. (Baker said it will now be up to the WQA’s manufacturers’ section to decide on Poellet’s replacement and most likely the association’s next president.) A memorial was held at the Fort Worth Boat Club, 10000 Boat Club Road, Fort Worth, TX. In lieu of flowers, memorials to research mascular degeneration may be made to: Foundation Fighting Blindness, P.O. Box 17279, Baltimore, MD 21297, or phone (800) 683-5555 and website: www.blindness.org/donate/default.asp

Woody gets manager’s post
G.A. Murdock Inc., of Madison, S.D., appointed Tom Woody as its new sales manager.  Woody has over 14 years experience in the plumbing industry, and served seven years as the midwest regional sales manager with John Guest USA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. G.A. Murdock is a manufacturer of fluid system products including quick-connect fittings, valves and tubing.

WQA honors Bruursema
Tom Bruursema, of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based NSF International, received an honorary membership award from the Water Quality Association (WQA) for his participation and involvement with numerous WQA committees including the World Assembly Standards and Regulations Committee and the State Regulatory Coordination Committee. He has worked toward harmonization of international standards with Taiwan, China and Japan, facilitated development of conferences in HPC bacteria and use of POU/POE devices in water utilities while contributing to other critical issues  such as septic tank regulations and state certification regulations. Bruursema has been with NSF for over 18 years and is general manager of the Drinking Water Treatment Units program.

Tischler gets NTL post
Cleveland-based National Testing Laboratories Ltd. (NTL) hired Stephen Tischler as director of sales and marketing. He will also contribute to strategic planning. In addition, Tischler will develop and maintain relationships with customers in the beverage, dealer, public water and consumer markets. For the past 15 years, he has been working in various sales and marketing capacities in chemical manufacturing, engineered plastics manufacturing and laboratory services industries. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from John Carroll University and a master’s degree in business from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Sullivan heads mobile class
G.H. Stenner & Co. Inc., of Jacksonville, Fla., hired Steve Sullivan as technical sales representative and primary instructor using the newly introduced Stenner Training Vehicle (STV). Sullivan has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with over eight years experience in the water treatment industry encompassing installation, manufacturing, repair and maintenance operations. With the mobile classroom, he will travel the country visiting customers’ facilities for hands-on demonstrations, technical training and certification programs.

Bascom becomes new GM
Hellenbrand Water Conditioning, of Waunakee, Wis., has appointed Robert Bascom as general manager. He will be reporting to president Jeff Hellenbrand, and leading the organization’s marketing efforts and day-to-day operations. The company is pursuing further market share expansion and geographic expansion. Bascomb graduated from Marquette University with a master’s degree in marketing, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has worked previously with General Electric and Johnson Controls.


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