Aquion makes staff switch
Aquion Partners L.P., of Elk Grove Village, Ill., announced two senior level management changes. Donald Miller, vice president of sales for the RainSoft division, moves to the position of vice president of business development for Aquion. Meanwhile, Dan Pfister was appointed to the position of vice president of sales for the RainSoft division, assuming Miller’s former position. The changes were announced by Aquion president Robert Ruhstorfer. Miller is expected to begin an immediate transition from a strictly Rain-Soft focus to a global Aquion focus. This includes uncovering and developing new business opportunities for all Aquion business units including RainSoft, Erie and Clearwater Tech. Miller is a RainSoft Hall of Fame recipient and sits on Aquion’s board of directors. Pfister comes to RainSoft from his former dealership in Richmond, Va.  

Curtis gets post at Ionics
Ionics Inc., of Watertown, Mass., has appointed John Curtis as vice president of strategy and operations, effective Aug. 28. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Boston College and a master’s degree in accounting from New York University. In connection with Curtis’ appointment, the board of directors granted to him an inducement non-qualified stock option to purchase 200,000 shares of Ionics common stock at an exercise price of $22 per share, the last sales price as reported on the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 28.

John Guest gets 3 on board
John Guest USA has appointed Karla Gaeta to its Pine Brook, N.J., team as customer service representative of North America. She has 14 years of experience in the industrial and transportation markets. Meanwhile, Smyth Turner has joined the company as territory sales manager of Mid-Atlantic sales. Turner has experience in both direct selling and channel management in the automation and industrial markets. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytec Institute. In other news, John Doug-lass joins the company as territory sales manager of northeast sales. Douglass comes to the company with experience and knowledge in the fluid power market.

Tru-Pure adds management
Tru-Pure Ozone Technologies Inc., of Green Bay, Wis., has hired Bill Reid as well as Chris Adams. Reid will be regional manager for the upper Midwest covering Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. His responsibilities will include building dealerships in the region and managing a team of district managers that will ultimately service the region. Reid has over 13 years in the water treatment business working in southern California at both Culligan and RainSoft. Meanwhile, Adams joins the company as vice president of consumer sales. He will also be working as national sales manager and, initially, district manager for eastern Wisconsin and an at-large district manager for dealerships located in areas not currently represented. Adams’ experience includes six years as owner and operator of a water treatment company and 16 years in sales and management.

Carmer heads to Hantech
Hantech Corp., of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., appointed Rodney Carmer as its sales manager for North and South America. He has served 18 years in the manufacturing, distributing and engineering sides of the water improvement industry. Carmer has held management positions at Aquaflex Intl., Chester Paul Co., Hydro-Flow as well as Challenger Water Intl. He will be responsible for increasing distributors and marketing of Hantech-manufactured products.

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