PureGen names Sone as CEO
Los Angeles-based PureGen Technology Inc. has appointed Albert Sone as president and CEO of Asia Pacific operations. In addition to managing existing manufacturing and distribution operations, Sone will focus on the strategic development of a regional sourcing and supply network that creates new opportunities for the company’s global customer base. He has been an active member of the water treatment industry for more than 10 years and was formerly with Pentair Water Asia/Pacific as vice president of sales and marketing for all water treatment and pool-related products. PureGen’s Asian operations are based in Shanghai, China, with branches throughout the region.

Deems grabs managerial post
Hellenbrand Inc., of Waunakee, Wis., announced the addition of Rick Deems as regional sales manager. He will be responsible for sales in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio as well as other projects for the company. Deems brings 25 years of experience in the water treatment industry in varying capacities both on the dealer and manufacturing side of the business. His most recent position was with Water Soft Inc., a division of Amtrol. Deems will be based out of Ohio. Hellenbrand is a manufacturer of residential, commercial and industrial water treatment equipment.

Saad to speak on membranes
This year’s EuroMed conference Marrakech, Morocco, will include a one-day course by Mohamad Amin Saad, president and chief consultant of MASAR Technologies Inc., of Tucson, Ariz. “Membrane Desalination Technologies in Practice” will take place on June 3. Euromed 2004 is hosted by the European Desalination Society (+39 328 1693305).

AWWA elects new president
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) announced that longtime water expert Andrew Richardson has been chosen as its next president-elect. Richardson will assume the AWWA presidency in June 2005 following the one-year term of Kathryn McCain. McCain succeeds current president Marlay Price in June at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Fla. Richardson is an AWWA vice president and serves on the board of directors and executive committee. He chairs the strategic planning committee and has served on other board committees as well as committees on water reuse and international issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois and master’s degrees in civil engineering and business administration. Other AWWA leadership elected by the board of directors and set to take office in June as vice presidents include;

  • Mari Garza-Bird, senior engineer with MWH Americas, of AWWA’s Texas section
  • Nilaksh Kothari, general manager of public utilities for Manitowoc, Wis.;
  • Mike Leonard, general manager of the Atlanta-Fulton County Water Resources Commission;
  • Gerald Samuel, a manager with Opertech Consulting in Edmonton, Canada, and
  • Curtis Truss, executive director of the Operator Training Committee of Ohio.

Reynolds touts purifier;product passes NSF test
Kelly A. Reynolds, MSPH, Ph.D., was recently featured on Newbury, Ohio-based Kinetico’s website as a spokesperson for the Purefecta drinking water purifier, which is jointly manufactured by Kinetico and Pall Corp. Visitors are able to see a 1-½ minute, video presentation for the purifier at www.kinetico.com/residntl/ that includes comments from Dr. Reynolds. In addition, a 16-page white paper written by her—”Concerns About Tap Water Quality”—is also viewable at the same URL. Dr. Reynolds has written the “On Tap” column for WC&P and has served on the publication’s Technical Review Committee since 1997. In related news, NSF International, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has unveiled a new protocol that establishes product safety and performance requirements for microbiological water purifiers. After meeting stringent NSF testing requirements, the Purefecta is the first product to become certified under NSF Protocol P231: Microbiological Water Purifiers, which is based on recommendations from the USEPA for testing microbiological water purifiers. This protocol is designed to:

  • Test the capacity of a purifier to treat a contaminated public water supply or for emergency situations,
  • Act as a product selection guide for consumers,
  • Assist in the research and development of microbiological treatment units for military applications, and
  • Confirm a product’s ability to reduce several forms of microorganisms from drinking water including bacteria, viruses such as rotavirus, and protozoan cysts such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia.

The NSF protocol criteria were reviewed by a panel of experts including representatives from the U.S. Army, USEPA, Department of Health and Welfare of Canada, and the University of Arizona—Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

IDEXX promotes Silvatti
Westbrook, Maine-based IDEXX Laboratories water testing division announced the promotion of Ana Paula Silvatti to sales manager for Latin America. Based in São Paulo, Brazil, she is responsible for overseeing all the company’s Latin American operations. Sales in the area are conducted through various distributors exclusive to each country while Mexico has multiple distributors. Silvatti’s roles include technical training and support, organization of seminars, promotions and ensuring distributor requirements are met. She graduated from São Paulo University with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and biochemistry as well as a master’s degree in business administration. Silvatti joined the company in 1998 and previously held positions at Johnson & Johnson and Nestlé.



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