Toray changes announced

Toray Membrane USA announced two staff changes in February. Emilio Gabbrielli was named Vice President of Business Development. COO Steven J. Cappos was assigned responsibility for all sales, marketing and service for TMUS in Poway California, in addition to directing the TMUS state-of-the-art automated manufacturing facility. Gabbrielli, born in Florence, Italy, has a degree in Chemical Engineering and a post-graduate Specialization in System Engineering and Computer Modeling from the University of Bologna, Italy. He has over thirty years of water desalination and reuse experience. Cappos, who has over 33 years in the membrane desalination field, previously served as Director of Sales and Marketing for Koch Fluid Systems and served in other key roles including Technical Service Manager for Aqua Media in the 1980s.

AWWA President-elect named

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) Board of Directors named Joe Mantua, Project Manager at Black & Veatch Corp as its next President-elect. He will be will assume his new position at AWWA’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE09) in San Diego, California in June and will begin his year-long term as president in 2010. Mantua is a 24-year veteran of the water industry and an AWWA member since 1987.  Before joining Black & Veatch, Mantua was in charge of development services for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

Centrella honored by Keiser U

For the third consecutive year, Keiser University bestowed one if its highest honors, the Evelyn C. Keiser Teaching Excellence Award, Instructor of Distinction, on pool and spa industry veteran, Connie Sue Centrella. As Program Director of the Keiser University eCampus Aquatic Engineering Degree Program, she has played a significant role in pioneering the online two-year college degree program, now in its fifth year.


Lawal appointed at Aquionics

Aquionics appointed Oliver Lawal as its new Vice President, responsible for working with existing product lines from Aquionics and its two sister companies, Berson UV-techniek in the Netherlands and Hanovia Limited in the United Kingdom, as well as overseeing the development of new product lines and applications. The 10-year UV product and application veteran has worked in the US, UK and Germany. Lawal previously served as Director of Engineering at ITT-WEDECO. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in integrated engineering systems from Manchester University (UK), is a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). He also actively serves on a number of industry committees, including the International Ultraviolet Association, where he chairs the Manufacturers’ Council, the American Water Works Association UV Standards Committee and the Water Environment Federation’s Disinfection Committee.

Logan named Coolersmart President

CoolerSmart USA recently appointed Bill Logan as President and CEO. He brings industry knowledge and experience to CoolerSmart after spending more than eight years with Aramark Refreshment Services as Vice President of Sales. Logan is committed to expanding the POU business in the US market. He brings two decades of sales management experience and has a proven track record in delivering new business, establishing and attaining sales and profit goals and developing marketing strategies.

Watts Director elected

Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced the election of Kennett F. Burnes as a member of the Board of Directors. He was also appointed by the board to serve as a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. Burnes is the retired Chairman, President and CEO of Cabot Corporation. Prior to joining Cabot Corporation in 1987, he was a partner at the Boston-based law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart, where he specialized in corporate and business law for nearly 20 years. He is a Director of State Street Corporation, a member of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Board of Trustees and a board member of New England Conservatory. Burnes is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Schepens Eye Research Institute. He holds both LL.B. and BA degrees from Harvard University.


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