Chalifour joins UV Pure
UV Pure Technologies Inc. announces the appointement of Roger Chalifour as Quebec Sales and Business Development Manager. Based in Montreal, Chalifour will be responsible for plumbing wholesale, water treatment dealer and engineering channels and customers in the Quebec and Maritimes regions. He is a longtime sales specialist with experience in commercial and industrial sales across Eastern Canada, having held sales positions with General Chemical Limited and Cargill Limited.

New Dimension hires VP
New Dimension Industries has appointed Anthony A. DiStasio as Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing. DiStasio will be responsible for guiding the company’s sales, marketing, purchasing, business development and customer service operations to help New Dimension continue to achieve its corporate goals and capitalize on overall market opportunities.

Coffee Perks sales director
Christian Hosking has joined Coffee Perks, the home of SunBelt Coffee & Water and H&R Coffee, as Director of Sales. Based in Jacksonville, Fla., Coffee Perks is the region’s largest supplier of break-room supplies and services and a successful franchise system. With decades of experience in the bottled water and coffee service industry, Hosking is the former owner of Aqua Springs Water & Coffee Company. “We’re delighted to welcome Christian aboard,” says Coffee Perks President Susan Hartley. “He has a proven track record of growing accounts, managing profits and taking great care of his clients. He brings literally a lifetime of experience in the break-room service business.”

NSF appoints plumbing GM
NSF International has named Nasrin Kashefi as General Manager of Plumbing Certification Programs. Formerly the Operations Manager of these programs, she will be responsible for all plumbing certification services and programs at NSF. Acting as the liaison with program participants, regulatory agencies and code officials, Kashefi will also be responsible for setting and executing the plumbing division’s strategic vision to increase its presence in international markets and focus on future growth and development of its programs. Kashefi has worked at NSF since 1991, serving in multiple roles with increasing responsibilities in both the Plastics and Water Distributions Systems programs.

IBWA welcomes new staffers
The International Bottled Water Association has added two new staff members to its team: Benita Stocks, Manager of Member Services and Sabrina Hicks, Manager of Publications and Special Projects. Stocks joined IBWA in June and is responsible for membership recruitment and retention programs, as well as departmental administrative functions. She has previous experience with the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences where she served as Membership Specialist. Hicks joined IBWA in July and manages association publications such as the Bottled Water Reporter and IBWA News Splash. She will also be responsible for the annual IBWA awards programs. Hicks has served in various editorial positions for the American Society of Training and Development and in the English Composition Department at James Madison University in Virginia.

Carollo names Director of Water Practice
Carollo Engineers announces the appointment of Mark Knudson as its Director of Water Practice for the Northwest Region. Knudson will be headquartered in the firm’s Portland office and be responsible for planning and implementing water projects in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 20 years experience in environmental engineering, he was Director of Maintenance at the Portland Bureau of Water Works and oversaw numerous water quality projects including chlorination improvements, chloramines residual optimization and other treatment projects.

Peacock named EPA deputy
Marcus Peacock is the new deputy administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Peacock was nominated by President Bush in June and confirmed by the Senate in July. Peacock comes to the U.S. EPA from the Office of Management and Budget, where he served as Associate Director for Natural Resources, Energy and Science. He was the government-wide leader for the Budget and Performance Integration initiative of the President’s Management Agenda.

IDEXX names trial manager
IDEXX Laboratories has appointed Corrie Allaert Vandevenne to its newly created post of Trial Coordinator. She will be based in Spain. Since 2004, all European Union drinking water labs have been required to perform coliform and E. coli testing using a specified E.U. reference method. Allaert will help water microbiology labs throughout the E.U. participate in trials to demonstrate the equivalence of IDEXX’s rapid microbiological tests with the E.U. reference method. Since 1993, Allaert has held a range of senior appointments in the Food Technology Department at Lleida University and has served in a number of public health roles focused on analysis and quality control.

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