Barone appointed Product Manager

Res-Kem Corp. named Michael Barone to its residential team as Product Manager. Barone brings over 17 years experience in sales, training, team building and marketing strategy to the company’s engineering expertise, extensive product selection and onsite technical services in the residential, industrial, municipal and commercial markets. He will be splitting his time between the Aston, PA and Jacksonville, FL facilities.

Pentair Board Director announced

Pentair, Inc. named Leslie Abi-Karam to a seat on its Board of Directors; she will stand for election at the company’s annual shareholder meeting in May. Abi-Karam is an Executive Vice President at Pitney Bowes Inc. and President of Mailing Solutions Management. Abi-Karam earned an MBA from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in industrial engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. where she is a trustee of the corporation.

Neulight named Director

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) elected Joel Neulight, Northeast Regional Sales Manager for Severn Trent Services, as Board Director-at-Large representing service providers. Elected to the three-year post in January, he will take office after the organization’s annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia in June. Neulight has been a member of AWWA for nearly 30 years. He has served on the organization’s Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) Standards Committee and he has co-authored several papers on GAC water treatment. Neulight earned a Bachelors Degree in chemical engineering from Drexel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Temple University, both in Philadelphia, Pa.

Pall inducted 

The importance of the contributions of Pall Corporation founder, Dr. David B. Pall, to the science of fluid filtration, separation and purification was underscored when the National Inventors Hall of Fame inducted him into the ranks of the world’s most important technology innovators. The posthumous induction recognized Dr. Pall, who passed away in 2004 at the age of 90, for his global vision and scientific tenacity in developing some of the most influential and impactful fluid management solutions in the fields of life sciences and industry.

Aleithe named VP/GM 

Aaron Aleithe has been named Vice President and General Manager of Low-Voltage Drives at ABB Inc., Automation Products, based in New Berlin, Wis. He will be responsible for the continued growth and strategic business development of low voltage drives in the US and will serve as a member of the ABB Global LV Drives Business Unit team and as a member of the North America Automation Products Division management team. Aleithe also will work closely with the Power & Control sales and channel management teams to ensure continued, aggressive growth in the industrial market, while extending ABB’s leadership position in the HVAC market segment.  

WorldWater Board appointments

WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp. announced three interim appointments to its Board of Directors: David Gelbaum, Trustee of The Quercus Trust, David Anthony, Managing Partner of 21Ventures and Dr. Walter Hesse, founder and leader of ENTECH joined the Board effective immediately, increasing the Board’s size from seven members to 10. Gelbaum and Anthony come as representatives of The Quercus Trust, which owns approximately 24.1 percent of the equity ownership in WorldWater on a fully diluted basis. Dr. Hesse joins the Board following the successful completion of the ENTECH merger. All are to be confirmed by shareholder votes at upcoming Annual Meetings.

Sanderson, Charles H. ‘Charlie’

Charles H. ‘Charlie’ Sanderson passed away February 19, 2008. Born December 8, 1935 in Van Wert, Ohio, he founded Superior Manufacturing, a Division of Magnatech Corporation and was President of the Fort Wayne, Ind. firm for 44 years. The company was also known by the marketing division’s name, Kemtune, Inc. Sanderson, a researcher and developer, held 42 patents related to water treatment application and product technology.  He was also a member of the Water Quality Association from 1978 until his death. Survivors include his wife, Gloria; sons Chuck Jr. and Scott; daughters Debbie (Bruot), Kelly (Ocock) and Terri (Parker); two brothers, three sisters, his father, Clarence Sanderson and several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, 5910 Homestead Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46814.

Earl Brane

Industry veteran Earl P. Brane, born  April 24, 1915, passed away February 28, 2008. He and his son Douglas were cofounders of Flowmatic Systems, Inc. Brane held 20 patents related to water softener valves and metering devices, the first of which was granted in 1960. He designed one of the very first automatic shut-off valves used on residential RO systems and it is still widely used today. Brane is survived by five children, three grandchildren and many greatgrandchildren.

And the winner is…

WQA presented its annual awards during the opening General Session at WQA Aquatech in Las Vegas, Nev. last month. Those recognized by the organization were Ned Jones, CWS-IV, Hall of Fame; Denise A. Nasternak, Award of Merit; D. J. Shannahan, Jr., CWS-IV, CI, CSR, Regents Award; J. Christopher Layton, Lifetime Member; Glenn Gruett, Ray Cross Award and WC&P Publisher Kurt C. Peterson, Membership Recruitment Platinum Award.


Comments are closed.