GE leaders named

GE appointed Richard Bushnell as Business Development Leader, and Ava Drayton-Elder to the position of Global Product Line Leader-Industrial Process Chemicals for its water unit. Bushnell will be responsible for providing strategic, inorganic growth leadership for the water business, including driving critical business development initiatives, such as mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, alliances, joint ventures and disposition. Previously, he served as Director of Business Development for ITT Fluid Technology, and Managing Director-Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate Advisory for Deutsche Bank Securities. Drayton-Elder will be responsible for the strategic leadership of GE’s industrial process products strategy, focusing on the metals, mining and food and beverage industries. Previously, she worked as Dow Chemical Company’s Global Strategic Planning and Marketing Director from 2007, and Manager of Business Development and Acquisitions since 2005. Drayton-Elder earned a Bachelor’s Degree in chemical engineering from Howard University, a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and an Executive Master’s Degree in technology management at the Wharton School/Penn Engineering.

Chavez named COO at CWS

Gina Chavez has been named Chief Operating Officer at six-year-old Creative Water Solutions (CWS), effective immediately. Chavez originally worked as the company’s Operations Manager before being named Vice President of Operations earlier in 2009. Chavez began her research experience during her undergraduate years as a Missouri Space Grant Intern in the research laboratory of Earth and Planetary Science Department at Washington University in St. Louis. She graduated in 1996 with honors and an A.B. (Artium Baccalaureatus) in Earth and planetary science. Chavez also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with honors from St. Cloud State University in science education in Earth, life and general sciences and, in May 2001, earned a Master of Education Degree from Saint Mary’s University, Winona, MN.

Onset President named

Justin Testa, a 28-year veteran in sales, marketing and general management, was appointed President at Onset. He brings to the position a strong background in product management and marketing strategy, resulting in increased revenue and market share. Most recently, Testa served as Executive Vice President and Business Unit Manager for Cognex Corporation, where he was responsible for the development and execution of a business strategy designed to accelerate the company’s growth and market position of its core machine vision business, with revenue exceeding $100 million. He holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Boston University.

The water industry bids farewell to Mike Hamberger

Michael O. ‘Mike’ Hamberger passed away suddenly on December 22, 2009. Born July 3, 1949 in West Allis, WI to the late Otto and Doris Hamberger, he married Mary Lee Flessner on September 18, 1972 in Waukesha, WI. Hamberger spent 11 years at Water-Right, Inc. in Apple- ton as Sales Manager. He was involved with most aspects of the water treatment industry for over 39 years, serving with a number of leading equipment manufacturers, including key positions within Fleck Controls (Customer Service Manager, National Sales Manager and Executive VP), and Alamo Water Re- fining, where he was responsible for start-up and management of the company’s Northeast Wholesale Distribution Center in Western Pennsylvania.

Hamberger helped advance the water treatment industry with his numerous presentations on residential and commercial service training conducted throughout the US. He also made many educational presentations over the years at various WQA industry shows and conferences. Survivors include his wife, Mary, Waupaca; his daughter: Michelle, Evanston, IL; his sons Michael (Kelly), Glendale, WI and Mitchell (Lisa), Los Angeles, CA and his brother John (Karen), Milwaukee, WI. His parents preceded him in death. A funeral service was held December 28 in Waupaca, WI. Memorials should be directed to the Water Quality Research Foundation, Attn: Kelley Thompson (kthompson@wqa.org).

 

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