WC&P’s new Senior Editor

Donald A. Mounce joined WC&P in June as Senior Editor.With a varied background in communications, custom and trade association publications andcorporate public relations and marketing, Mounce brings a wealth of experience to the position. Previously, he served at Emery Worldwide, Copper and Brass Sales Corporation, The National Association of Plastic Fabricators and Gem City Engineering Company. The former West Carrollton, Ohio City Council member and Deputy Mayor holds accreditation as a Public Relations Counselor from the Public Relations Society of America and an MA Degree in communications and business from the University of Dayton.

Stefanic added to Toray management

Toray Membrane USA is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Stefanic as Product Manager for microfiltration/ultrafiltration and membrane bioreactor products. He has over 30 years of sales, marketing and application experience in nearly every facet of the water treatment market. Previously, Stefanic was Director of Sales and Operations for Christ Water’s US division. He also brings vast international sales experience, having worked for many years in Europe and the Middle East.

Watts executive appointed

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. appointed David J. Coghlan President of North America and Asia. Previously he served as Vice President of Global Parts for Trane Inc. and held management positions with Ingersoll-Rand’s Climate Control Technologies and the McKinsey & Co. management consulting firm in the US and UK.

Fetzer added to Hellenbrand unit

Hellenbrand, Inc. of Waunakee, Wis., announced the addition of John Fetzer to their Industrial Division. An industry veteran with over 34 years of experience in the water treatment industry with Siemens, US Filter, Culligan of Waukesha (Wis.) and Water Services Corporation, Fetzer brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Client Services, Complex Project Planning and Leadership to the position.

Chai named US Junior Prize rep 

Rancho Palos Verdes, California high school student Joyce Chai won the US Stockholm Junior Water Prize and a chance to compete this month against 30+ students from around the world for the international award. Chai took the established science community to task in an effort to disprove the claim that silver nanoparticles are not harmful to human health and the environment. Her compelling research project, Modeling the Toxic Effects of Silver Nanoparticles Under Varying Environmental Conditions, focused on the toxicity of nanoparticles found in hundreds of everyday consumer products.

FDMA honor for Filhaber 

Dale ‘DataDale’ Filhaber was honored with the Florida Direct Marketing Association’s (FDMA) Hall of Fame Award at the organization’s 30th Annual Direct Marketing Summit. The Past President and current FDMA board member is President of Dataman Group Direct Mail & Telemarketing Lists of Boca Raton, Fla. Filhaber holds an MPA Degree in organization development from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in communications management from Queens College, City University of New York.

New AWWA president 

Mike Leonard, Water Operations Manager for the City of Roswell, Georgia, assumed a one-year term as President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) during the organization’s Annual Convention and Exposition (ACE08), held in Atlanta. Leonard outlined his top priorities for the coming year, including promoting the value of water professionals and their work, recruiting new water professionals to replace an expected wave of industry retirements, increasing member participation and strengthening section-association cooperation.

Suppa anniversary celebrated

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) recently celebrated 20 years of dedicated service by President and General Manager Ralph Suppa. He accepted the leadership role in 2002 and has held all management positions within CIPH operations, except Trade Show Manager. In the 1990s, Suppa obtained Certified Association Executive designation and went on to serve as President of the Trillium Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives.

Rohm and Haas staffers honored 

Rohm and Haas Company announced the recipients of its inaugural awards, established to honor employees who have best demonstrated outstanding work that helps the company achieve its core mission. Jeffrey Hendron, Applications Engineer, Chemical Mechanical Planarization Technologies; Harry Heulings, Tech Service Sales Specialist, Paint and Coatings Materials and David Laganella, Scientist, Process Chemicals and Biocides received the company’s Science and Engineering Innovation Awards. Scott Ibbitson, Senior Technical Associate, Emerging Technologies; John Palmeri, Technician, RHEM/Display Technologies and Ronald Wargo, Senior Technical Assistant, Specialty Materials Process Technology received Technician Innovation Awards.

Dow chairman elected to USCBC

Andrew Liveris, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company, was elected to a two-year term as Chairman of the US-China Business Council. Liveris leads the Midland, Michigan-based $54 billion chemical company. Dow has maintained an increasing presence in China since the 1970s and has significant future investment plans in the region. The company was recognized as one of China’s top employers in a recent program co-organized by The Corporate Research Foundation International and China’s leading media.

NSF Asia appointments

NSF appointed Pierre Sbabo as Managing Director, NSF Asia-Pacific and Peter Bracher as Managing Director, NSF-CMi Asia-Pacific at the agency’s new regional headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously Sbabo served as GE Water & Process Technologies’ International Business Leader for the company’s water residential and commercials operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. He earned a Master’s Degree in marketing and international business from the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Chambery in France and is fluent in French and English. Bracher will be responsible for expanding food safety business in the region. He brings over 20 years of food safety, sustainability, and public health experience with a successful track record in entering new markets within Asia and Europe. He received a BSc with Honours in environmental health from Aston University in Birmingham, UK.

Technical Review Committee expands

We are happy to welcome Jim Lauria, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Amiad Filtration Systems to the Technical Review Committee. Lauria has over 25 years of experience in liquid/solid separation processes and water treatment.

Prior to joining Amiad, he owned Team Chemistry LLC, was President of EaglePicher Filtration & Minerals, President of Synergistic Performance Corporation and Vice President of Sales & Marketing at World Minerals. Lauria also provided peer review for the World Health Organization’s drinking water treatment publication and, in a university partnership, led a team that pioneered arsenic reduction in drinking water. As a filtration industry consultant, he developed a comprehensive marketing plan that presented filtration equipment to the various segments of the US, Caribbean and Latin American sugar industries.

Lauria holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from Manhattan College., is an active member of several trade industry associations and has published a number of technical articles on filtration and water treatment.

The announcement of Larry Henke’s retirement from the Committee was premature. His special talents and expertise will continue to support WC&P’s commitment to peer-review all technical articles. Look forward to more articles from Henke and the entire team in upcoming issues.


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