Changes at Hague
Bill Eckard has been promoted at Hague Quality Water International to the Manager of the Direct Sales Organization in the Southeastern Region. Eckard came to Hague in 1995 and worked as Mid-Atlantic Division Manager for two years before leaving to become the national sales manager for another company. “It’s exciting to rejoin the Hague Family, especially to tackle the fast-paced Southeastern Region. I’ve helped develop some creative lead programs that I’m eager to share with our Hague dealers,” Eckard said.

Rob Highfield, of Green Bay, Wisc., has signed on as Hague’s new Regional Manager for Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska. Highfield is the owner/operator of Hague Quality Water of Green Bay and will be responsible for identifying the needs and promoting the business objectives of individual Hague dealerships in the region. A former plumbing business owner, Highfield was a Sales Manager for RainSoft and Service Manager for Culligan before joining Hague. “I want to grow business,” Highfield said. “To do that, I will identify my dealers’ needs, then share my experience and Hague’s support to address those needs.”

McClean to lead Aquionics
Lon McClean has been named President of Aquionics. McClean is the former Managing Director of Hanovia Ltd., a sister company of the Halma Group and Aquionics. He has more than 20 years experience spanning all sectors of the water industry, from municipal and water reuse applications to specialized industrial uses. “My goal is to expand Aquionics’ presence in broad-based applications, working in markets where our technology makes sound business sense,” McClean said.

Metzger promoted at NTL
National Testing Laboratories, Ltd., of Cleveland, Ohio, has appointed Marianne R. Metzger to General Products Business Manager at NTL. She has been working at the company for more than eight years as a Technical Support Account Manager helping clients make informed decisions about water testing. Metzger will be responsible for product improvement and development to meet the growing demands of the industry and will continue to be a resource for clients with specific water testing needs.

Nelsen welcomes Rick Garrett
Rick Garrett joined Nelsen Corporation as an Applications Engineer. He is based at the Nelsen headquarters in Akron, Ohio and will be responsible for the company’s new commercial and industrial division. Garrett, a former Engineering Manager for Water Technologies in Utah, has more than 25 years experience in the industry and will head development, design, production and testing of a complete line of softeners, filters and high-purity water equipment for Nelsen’s growing industrial sector.

Messinger joins Pure 1 Systems
Pure 1 Systems, the developer of the Everful™ self-filling bottle for purified water dispensing, has added Stephen Messinger to its organization. Messinger, a 30-year veteran of membrane filtration marketing and sales, has been named Director of Sales and Marketing for the Lawrence, Mass.-based company. He will be responsible for developing an international organization of exclusive dealerships to market the Pure 1 POU systems and support those dealers with an expanded marketing program and technical training.

New deputy director at WEF
The Water Environment Federation has promoted Eileen O’Neill, Ph.D., to the position of Deputy Executive Director. O’Neill, the former Managing Director for Technical and Educational Services at WEF, has worked with the federation for about 15 years in a variety of managerial positions. “Eileen has earned this promotion through tireless efforts on behalf of WEF and a strong and consistent record of solid accomplishments,” said Bill Bertera, Executive Director of WEF.

American Water VP reappointed to EPA Council
John Young, the Vice President of Operations and Investment Performance of American Water, has been reappointed to a position on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council. Young’s term will continue through 2007 and his responsibilities include meeting with other experts in the drinking water community to gather and assess information and to provide advice to the agency on policies related to water quality and safety, as well as the development of drinking water regulations.

Scherer joins Balboa
Balboa Instruments, a supplier of electronic spa and pool control systems, has named Stephen J. Scherer President and Chief Operating Officer. Scherer, who has been with the organization for about 13 years, joined as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Administration. Six years later, he became Executive VP and COO. Scherer, who assumed his new role as President on July 1, holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and spent six years in public accounting prior to joining Balboa.

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