Artman appointed JG Sales President 

John Guest USA appointed Stan Artman as President of their Sales and Marketing Group located in Fairfield, New Jersey. For the past twenty years, he has successfully led both domestic and international sales organizations in the building products industry. Artman holds an MBA in marketing management from City University of New York-Baruch College

Harris Rotobrush joined by Harris 

Rotobrush® International LLC added 13-year Lennox veteran Clint Harris as Vice President of Business Services, responsible for building the business coaching and services areas of the firm. He brings a depth of industry experience that enables him to understand Rotobrush customers’ unique needs and build programs that will help them thrive in any environment, according to Steven Bock, CEO and President. Harris earned a BA Degree in public relations/marketing from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Premium H2O headed by Barry

Launched in January, Premium H20 Systems was founded by 30-year industry veteran and company President Mike Barry, CWS-IV. Previously, he was a dealer, supplier and manufacturers representative, working with many organizations including EBCO Manufacturing, Elkay, Everpure and Adedge Technologies. Barry holds Michigan State D-5 and S-5 certifications as a Public Water Systems Operator and has conducted training presentations throughout North America covering sales, customer service and technical issues.

Lammers named MAR CEO

MAR Systems LLC welcomed Tony Lammers as CEO in March. He brings more than 20 years of executive experience to the company, with direct knowledge in managing day-to-day activities of consumer products, marketing, manufacturing and distribution operations. Lammers previously served as Vice President of Office Solutions and Hobby and Craft Divisions for RT Sourcing Company in China. He holds an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from the University of Richmond.

Liquatec appointments announced

Liquatec Corporation has appointed Kim Atkins as Director of Sales for its Tite Grip Quick Connect Fittings division and Ernesto Castro as Director of Market Development.

Atkins has over 15 years experience in the quick-connect fittings field and previously served as National Sales Manager for a fitting manufacturer. He brings extensive knowledge and experience in the development of strong sales channels to the company and will be responsible for market positioning in the US, Canada and Latin America.

Castro will be in charge of Market and Product Development for Liquatec’s Flotrol Control Valves Division and instrumental in distribution and product development. He has over 26 years experience in all aspects of the control valve business and brings an impressive resume of experience and achievements.

Stockholm prize for Pathak

Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh Sanitation Movement in India, has been named 2009 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate. As Founder of the Sulabh International Social Service Organization, Dr. Pathak is known around the world for his wide ranging work in the sanitation field to improve public health, advance social progress and improve human rights in India and other countries. His accomplishments span the fields of sanitation technology, social enterprise and healthcare education for millions of people in his native country, serving as a model for NGO agencies and public health initiatives around the world. Dr. Pathak will formally receive the 2009 Stockholm Water Prize at a Royal Award Ceremony and Banquet during World Water Week in Stockholm this August.

Bass to head Dow’s Edina site 

Tom Bass was named Site Leader for Dow Water Solutions’ Edina Operations, replacing Harry Engelhardt, Jr. He was also named Site Director for FilmTec and Operations Director for Specialty Polymers. Bass began his career as an alternating term co-op in Michigan Division in 1984 and is a registered Professional Engineer in California. Most recently, he was Director for the Acrylics, Solvents and Amines Technology Center.

Longtime industry proponent passes

WC&P is saddened to announce the passing of industry veteran William B. ‘Bill’ Fritzsche at his home in Pacific Palisades, California on April 6. He was born May 11, 1930 to William N. and Margaret Barron Fritzsche in Cleveland, Ohio; the family moved to Los, Angeles in 1935.  

Fritzsche was a very dynamic water industry participant for more than 40 years. He opened his first Rayne Water Conditioning franchise in 1960 in Santa Monica, CA and soon branched out to surrounding areas.

As an active member of the trade associations, Fritzsche was President of the Pacific Water Quality Association in 1965-1966, was elected to the WQA Board of Directors in 1978 and, in 1985, served as WQA President. His long record of service to the industry garnered him several awards, including WQA’s Key Award (1980), Hall of Fame Award (1992) and he became a Lifetime Member in 2003.

Fritzsche earned Certified Water Specialist-V status during his active career, followed by CWS-Emeritus after retiring from business. He was also a vocal proponent for the Water Quality Research Foundation, the WQA History Task Force and a host of public and civic organizations.

Survivors include his wife, Delores; seven children; 16 grandchildren; one brother; two sisters and a host of friends and business associates across the country.  A Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, April 9, at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Pacific Palisades. Condolences may be sent to: 772 Ocampo Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 and donations can be made in Fritzsche’s name to


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