Giles recognized at meeting
Carroll Giles, of Dayton (Ohio) Sofwater Co./EcoWater, was honored at EcoWater Systems’ international dealer convention. He was honored as a vice admiral in the company’s Admiral’s Club, a program recognizing water treatment professionals for their sales performance. Dayton Sofwater has been providing residents and businesses throughout the Dayton area with water treatment and purification sales and service since 1939. The dealership’s 35 employees provide comprehensive solutions to a variety of problems.

Zenith adds consultant
Bath, U.K.-based Zenith International Ltd. appointed Stuart Banham as operations consulting director. Banham has been working with Zenith since 2000. He’s a chartered chemical engineer who gained managerial experience in the Australian food industry before moving to the U.K. as a management consultant. Former operations consulting director Duncan Finlayson remains a director while working closely with Water & Environment under Peter Easton and Banham. The Water & Environment department is involved in numerous projects focusing on source development, management and protection for companies in the bottled water, food and drink and other industry sectors.

ZENON crew up by two
Kent Miller and Paul Schuler, who have over three decades of combined sales experience in the water industry, joined ZENON’s municipal division. Miller, as vice president of municipal sales and marketing, assumed responsibility for the company’s U.S. municipal sales as well as its sales representative network. With over 20 years in the water industry, Schuler, as regional manager of the U.S. Northwest, will focus on developing this market as one of the fastest growing regions for membrane technology. As vice president of sales and marketing at USFilter for several years, he excelled in driving sales over $100 million. With 13 years in managing sales, marketing, operations and strategic planning, Schuler comes to ZENON from Ondeo Degremont Inc., where he was the western region business manager in Portland, Ore.

Goulds hands out awards
Victoria Schmidt, Wayne Markus and Van Johnson, of Seneca Falls, N.Y.-based Goulds Pumps Water Technologies division, were named winners of the Golden Eagle Award for their sales and marketing accomplishments. Schmidt, a regional sales manager representing the Latin American market, launched the company’s popular Goulds Professional Dealer Association program for dealers and distributors in Puerto Rico, Mexico and Costa Rica. She received a degree in interdisciplinary engineering and management from Clarkson University in 1992. Markus, a product specialist, has been with the company since 1978. Finally, Johnson—also a product specialist—has been with the company in various capacities since 1966 and owns a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

United Pipe shuffles board
Portland, Oregon-based United Pipe & Supply, a distributor of irrigation, pumping, waterworks and HVAC equipment, elected Patti Ramsey as chairperson. The board also promoted CFO and vice president of operations, Charlie Zupsic, to president and CEO. Zupsic holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Yale University and a master’s degree in marketing and finance from Columbia University. United Pipe’s new board members are Joe Goecke, retired president and COO of Valmont Irrigation; Wayne Miller, retired president and CEO of Century Rain Aid; Stuart Hall, retired president and CEO of Liberty Northwest Insurance, and Bob Joseph, of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. Founded in 1953, United Pipe & Supply has 24 sales and distribution centers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, serving an area from northern California to Canada.

BevExpo greets new leader
BevExpo sponsor IAFIS has named Stephen Schlegel as its new president. IAFIS, the International Association of Food Industry Suppliers, is based in McLean, Va. Schlegel was previously chair of the IAFIS board and vice president and director of corporate development for Hixson Architects/Engineers, a firm that engineers beverage and food processing facilities throughout North America. He has been both an exhibitor at Worldwide Food Expo and co-chair of the Worldwide Food Expo Executive Committee.  

Batkin added to board
Little Falls, N.J.-based Cantel Medical Group Corp. announced that Alan Batkin has been elected to the company’s board of directors. Cantel is a provider of infection prevention and control products, specialized medical device reprocessing systems, water treatment systems, sterilants, diagnostic imaging and therapeutic medical equipment primarily focused on endoscopy, hollow fiber membrane filtration and separation technologies.

Minn. pioneer leaves legacy
A pioneer in the Minnesota water softening industry died on Jan. 17. John Commers Sr., a Minneapolis policeman who founded Commers’ Conditioned Water Co., of Blaine, Minn., in 1947, based on a crude steel tank he built in his home, was 85. Commers built a business out of selling water softening units door to door at night. When he retired from the police force in 1964, he devoted his attention to his namesake business full time. Today, the company logs nearly $10 million in annual sales and serves 100,000 customers in the Twin Cities area and three counties in Wisconsin. The Commers company is still family-owned. Commers’ son John is now CEO and other family employees include his daughter-in-law Pat, four grandsons and two granddaughters-in-law (see WC&P’s profile of the dealership at: The memorial service was held at the Church of St. Charles-Borromeo in Minneapolis.


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