AIChE board members named 

The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced Maria K. Burka, Program Director in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division of the National Science Foundation as President of the 40,000 member organization in 2011. Burka is the second woman to hold the presidency since AIChE’s founding in 1908. An AIChE Fellow, she has served on AIChE’s Board of Directors and is a past chair of the group’s Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division and its National Capital Section. Burka has also been a leader in the Computing and Systems Technology Division, the International Committee, and AIChE’s participation in the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering Program. A BS and MS graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she received a Ph.D. from Princeton University, with all of her degrees in chemical engineering.

David A. Rosenthal (Jacobs Engineering) will serve as President-elect in 2011 and as President in 2012. Andre R. Da Costa (Chevron Corporation) will begin a three-year term as Treasurer. Elected to three year terms as Directors were: T. Bond Calloway, Jr., Alternative Energy Research Manager at Savannah River National Laboratory; Karl V. Jacob, Fellow and Technical Manager for solids processing in Engineering Sciences at The Dow Chemical Company; Freeman Self, a process engineer with Bechtel and Katherine S. Ziemer, Associate Professor of chemical engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. 

PMI Board member welcomed 

Plumbing Manufacturers International President Lee Mercer of Moen Incorporated selected Tom Liebhardt, Senior Director of Marketing in wholesale at Moen Incorporated, as a new co-chair to help lead PMI’s Member Services Committee. He will serve alongside Co-Chair Rick Reles, of Kohler Co. While effective immediately, the three-year term officially begins with the 2011 PMI Spring Meeting, being held March 27-30 in New Orleans, LA.

NSPF organization changes announced

The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) named Ray Perkins, MA, as the newly created Customer Service and Fulfillment Supervisor. He will focus on helping NSPF evolve how it interacts with and serve those who choose NSPF materials. Perkins holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Management and has assisted companies in developing state-of-the art systems in a broad variety of industries. Michelle Kavanaugh, BA, was promoted to Marketing and Conference Manager, responsible for planning and execution of the eighth World Aquatic Health Conference. In addition, Kavanaugh will coordinate NSPF marketing communication efforts. She has worked with NSPF since 2005, holds a degree in economics and serves as President of Pikes Peak Toastmasters. Margaret Smith has taken on the role of Assistant to the CEO, to support ongoing evolution of the organization.

Nichols, Slone appointed JG managers

John Guest® USA appointed Kent Nichols National Sales Manager, Industrial Distribution, serving a wide spectrum of distributors of products for use in water filtration and treatment, process fluids, compressed air and pneumatics, and more. He will also be responsible for managing export sales to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. In his 20-year career to date Kent Nichols has held a number of positions with companies serving the water treatment – filtration and plumbing/HVAC industries. He brings extensive experience in sales, marketing and international business development to his new position. William Slone was named Eastern Region OEM Sales Manager, responsible for managing existing water treatment, air/gas, and automotive OEM customers as well as advancing the company’s OEM base. His sales territory will encompass Tennessee and the southern states along with the eastern seaboard north to Maine. An experienced water industry salesperson, Slone previously served as East Coast Sales Manager for Purlogix and Territory Sales Manager for Hague Quality Water International and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Hall of Fame

Entering the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon a member. Bill Hall, Sr., Amigo Enterprises, Inc. (Azle, TX) will be recognized for his lifetime dedication and service to the water quality improvement industry and the association.

Lifetime Membership
Peter Cartwright, PE, Cartwright Consulting Company (Minneapolis, MN) will receive the Lifetime Membership Award. This award is given to those individuals who are or have been active within the industry and rendered exemplary service to the association, and whose knowledge and accomplishments in the field of water quality entitle them to special recognition.

 

Regents Award

The Regents Award is presented to an individual (or group of individuals) who has made a significant contribution at the state or local level, working with issues affecting the industry such as ethics, legislation or educational efforts. Mark Felton, Culligan Water Conditioning (Sacramento, CA) and Douglas Oberhamer, Culligan Water Conditioning (Phoenix, AZ) are the 2011 recipients.

 

 

 

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Key Award
Like receiving the key to a city, Richard Mest, Master Water Conditioning (Pottstown, PA) will be recognized for demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership within his/her company, industry and various associations, as well as in local civic and community activities.

Ray Cross Award
In honor of Ray E. Cross, Water Specialist Emeritus and Past President of WCAI 1960, this special award recognizes a current or former WQA member(s) whose pioneer spirit and unwavering commitment has made a notable difference in the water treatment industry, and has not been previously honored with the Hall of Fame or Lifetime Member Award. Doug White (Glendale, AZ), Past President of the WQA Board of Directors, will be honored with the award for 2011.

International Award of Merit
The International Merit Award, given to an individual, organization, or to more than one company that has made significant contributions to the international water quality improvement industry, will be presented to Scott McDonald, Envirogard Products, Ltd. (Richmond Hill, ON, Canada). The Award of Merit and Honorary Member Awards are not being presented for 2011.

Nichols, Slone appointed JG managers

John Guest® USA appointed Kent Nichols National Sales Manager, Industrial Distribution, serving a wide spectrum of distributors of products for use in water filtration and treatment, process fluids, compressed air and pneumatics, and more. He will also be responsible for managing export sales to Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. In his 20-year career, Kent Nichols has held a number of positions with companies serving the water treatment/filtration and plumbing/HVAC industries. He brings extensive experience in sales, marketing and international business development to his new position.

William Slone was named Eastern Region OEM Sales Manager, responsible for managing existing water treatment, air/gas and automotive OEM customers, as well as advancing the company’s OEM base. His sales territory will encompass Tennessee and the southern states, along with the eastern seaboard north to Maine. An experienced water industry salesperson, Slone previously served as East Coast Sales Manager for Purlogix, and as Territory Sales Manager for Hague Quality Water International. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Kinnaird named at Watts

Malcolm Kinnaird joined Watts Water Technologies as Vice President, Channel Management and Marketing for North America. He will lead the company’s wholesale, retail, industrial, OEM, Canada, and export sales activity and marketing communications. Previously, Kinnaird was Vice President of Corporate Development for A.O. Smith Corporation. He earned a B.S. Degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and an Executive MBA from the University’s Katz School of Business.

Water-Right manager appointed

Water-Right announced the appointment of Mike Speicher, CWS–I, as Regional Sales Manager for the Great Lakes region. Eight of his 25 years in the water treatment industry were spent with a leading water treatment organization, where he held consecutive positions of greater responsibility, including technical service engineer, commercial sales manager and regional sales manager. Speicher’s strong sales, sales management and operations experience make him well suited for his position with Water-Right as it strives to work more closely with its independent water treatment professionals.

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