WEF names new president
Lynn Orphan, a member of the Nevada Water Environment Association, has been elected president of the Water Environment Federation, an international technical, scientific and educational water quality organization. Elected at WEFTEC 2004 in New Orleans, Orphan is a senior engineer and regional manager of business development at Kennedy/Jenks Consultants, working on a broad range of water projects including wastewater treatment, potable and recycled water supply management and resource planning.

Eckols to lead B&H
B&H Labeling Systems, an international supplier of high speed roll-fed labeling systems, announces Roman M. Eckols is taking the helm as the company’s new president and CEO.  He brings to this position over 30 years of experience in the packaging industry with capital equipment companies serving the food, dairy, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.  His most recent experience was as president and CEO of SIG Combibloc Americas, Inc.

Weast heads H2O Bio-Tech
Pure H2O Bio-Technologies Inc., has appointed George Weast to serve in the capacity of chief financial officer. Weast, the former director of two national banks, has more than 30 years of accounting and financial business experience. Pure H2O is a publicly-held company specializing in the manufacturing, design and sale of residential, commercial and hospital POE water systems.

Waltron adds new sales director
Waltron LLC, a producer of industrial water on-line quality instrumentation, announces the addition of Philip Laut to the position of global director of sales and marketing. Laut, who brings marketing experience from Ingersoll-Rand, Phelps Dodge, Air Liquide, Dow Plastics and GE Plastics, will be charged with enhancing the company’s visibility in the water quality markets throughout the world.

New NSPF director
The National Swimming Pool Foundation has appointed Alex Antoniou as director of educational programs. Antoniou will coordinate and expand current education and certification programs, including the Certified Pool and Spa Operator program. As the former director of all aquatic programming and supervision for Rutgers University, Antoniou transformed the program into a profitable department, and helped make it one of the most comprehensive in the United States.

Logan receives Busch Award
The WERF Endowment for Innovation in Applied Water Quality Research presented the Paul L. Busch Award to Bruce Logan, Ph.D., at its annual subscriber luncheon at WEFTEC 2004. Logan was selected for his research on microbial fuel cells and their application in the wastewater treatment process. The Paul L. Busch award carries with it a $100,000 research grant that will aid Logan in furthering this important work. Logan and his research team discovered that electricity can be produced from wastewater using bacteria in a microbial fuel cell, while at the same time accomplishing wastewater treatment without the use of additional chemicals.

Mapes named president of A.O. Smith
A.O. Smith Corporation has named Christopher L. Mapes as its new president of Electrical Products Company. Mapes will assume full profit and loss responsibility for EPC, headquartered in Tipp City, Ohio, with annual sales of about $824.6 million. He is the past president of motor sales and marketing for Regal-Beloit Corporation.


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