Stock split celebration
On February 21, executives and guests of ITT Industries, Inc. visited the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate the two-for-one split of the company’s shares of common stock and its designation as one of ‘America’s Best Managed Companies’ by Forbes Magazine.The stock split, ITT’s first since becoming an independent company in 1995, will be in the form of a stock dividend, providing each stockholder with one additional share for each share owned.

Karge promoted
D. Samuel Karge has been promoted to the position of Global Director of Sales & Marketing of GE Water & Process Technologies, Household Water Group. Karge will be responsible for global strategy, new product development and the sales and marketing activities for water treatment products manufactured by GE for the professional dealer channel. Karge joined the company in 1997 as a Marketing Assistant. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and product management in the years since and was responsible for the launch of both the Logix™ control and Merlin™ drinking water system. He has been instrumental in increasing sales of GE Household Water Group products in Europe and Asia. Karge earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Howdeshell joins Siemens
Dr. Mike Howdeshell recently joined USFilter, part of the Water Technology division of Siemens’ Industrial Solutions and Services (I&S) Group, as Director of R&D for the Zimpro product line. He will be responsible for directing and conducting R&D programs related to water and wastewater treatment at Siemens Water Technologies’ Rothschild, Wis. facility. Howdeshell has an extensive background in environmental compliance, chemical processing and chemical plant design and development. He holds a B.A. in Chemistry from Augustana College and a Ph.D., in analytical (organic) chemistry from Indiana University. Howdeshell replaces Dr. William Copa, who retired from Siemens Water Technologies after 39 years.

Stanton Smith awarded at ACC
The 17th International Activated Carbon Conference and Courses program Hall-of-Fame Award has been accepted by Stanton Smith. The award was presented in Orlando, Fla. Smith has contributed to the manufacture of activated carbons from a wide variety of raw starting materials. Smith was involved in the search for alternative raw starting materials when the supply of coconut shell activated carbon from the Philippines was cut off during World War II. His concepts and processes for activated carbons are still pursued by many scientists today, as are his contributions to the chemical impregnations of activated carbons.

Doosan Hydro announces new additions
Doosan Hydro Technology, Inc. (DHT) announced two additions to their staff for the design and development of reverse osmosis, advanced water and wastewater projects. Silvana Ghiu, Ph.D. and Teresa Shih, P.E. are now Senior Process Engineers under the Technology and Development Department of DHT. Ghiu has been involved in water treatment for five years and her primary area of focus has been RO desalination. Shih holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from Pennsylvania State University as well as a Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering and Hydromechanics from the University of Minnesota. She has served as principle Design Engineer/Project Manager for more than 40 major water and wastewater projects.

RainSoft awards car
RainSoft customer Kay Knackstedt of Inman, Kan. is the winner of the company’s 2005 ‘Cool Car, Cold Cash’ Ford Mustang GT national sweepstakes. The sweepstakes ran between February and December 2005 and drew more than 77,000 entries. The campaign was promoted through individual RainSoft dealers as well as on RainSoft’s website.

Wise named VP
Robert K. Wise has been appointed Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Water and Wastewater Services and Products Group for TEFSA-USA. Previously National Sales Director for Pacific Press in Calif., Wise brings TEFSA-USA years of experience in the commercial and industrial water and wastewater industry and is widely considered an expert in filter press equipment and technologies. He holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Aqua Finance, Inc. additions and promotions
Richard Kosiec has accepted the position of Senior Vice President, Credit at Aqua Finance, Inc. of Wausau, Wis. He will oversee the entire credit operation, focusing on process improvement and profitability optimization. Kosiec holds degrees in finance, accounting and economics from the University of Illinois and is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Ryan Woller has been named Assistant Vice President, Funding. Overseeing the Funding and Document Imaging departments, he will concentrate on dealer and compliance initiatives. Woller has a Business degree from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.

Mike McLoughlin has been promoted to Assistant Vice President, Finance. In this role, he will be responsible for the accounts payable and payment processing departments. McLoughlin is a Certified Public Accountant and holds an accounting degree.

McDermott hosts 61st Annual Dealer Meeting
The A. I. McDermott Company of Oshkosh, Wis., hosted its 61st Annual Dealer Meeting with 400 contractor customers, suppliers and friends at the Oshkosh Convention Center. The objective of the annual gathering is to bring together McDermott’s dealers with the manufacturers, manufacturers’ representatives, regulators and McDermott’s team of distribution professionals for training, code updates, new product and technology introductions and early-season buy opportunities.

Industry great Lou Smith
The water industry on both sides of the border lost a tireless advocate and expert with the passing of Lou Smith on February 15. Smith’s career began with a water conditioning dealership in Ontario, Canada in 1950. That single shop expanded to three locations as Soft Water Supply, Ltd. under the SERViSOFT banner. In addition, he established seven sub-franchised operations in Ontario centers. All were eventually sold to Culligan of Canada Ltd. and Smith joined them as Consumer Division Manager. He became the first full-time manager of the merged Canadian Association of Water Conditioning/Canadian Water Quality Association and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1996, at which time he became CWQA’s Technical Director. Here in The States, he served as President of the Water Conditioning Association International and on the U.S. Water Quality Research Council.

EQI Founder Richard P. Maas
Richard Preston Maas, Ph.D., died in December of last year due to a blood disorder. Well known to WC&P readers for his remarkable research (see Extractable Arsenic from Activated Carbon Drinking Water Filters, November 2004), Dr. Maas was the author of over 40 publications and 150 technical papers. Founder and Co-director of UNC Asheville’s Environmental Quality Institute, he also served as a frequent consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Maas held a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, a master’s degree in chemistry from Western Carolina University, a master’s degree in public health and a doctorate in environmental chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill. He joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 1987 as an assistant professor and became a full professor in the Dept. of Environmental Studies in 1998. He went on to chair that department from 1996-2002.

E.C. Brownie Pitts
Industry veteran Brownie Pitts passed away Monday, March 13, 2006. President and CEO of American Water Products in Fountain Valley, Calif. Pitts was active in the industry since the 60’s. He started King Industries with Jerry Roper in 1969. King, with United Standard as the marketing arm, was one of the early innovators of the Stainless Steel Jacket giving the asthetics and durability of an outer skin without the cost of a full Stainless Steel tank. Pitts is survived by his wife Lee, daughters Susan and Candy, son Pete and numerous grandchildren. He was predeceased by son Ron.

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