Death of Sybron Company executive reported

Francis J. Zunino, 78, a retired chemical company executive formerly of Medford, NJ, died March 15, at home in Del Mar, CA, apparently of a heart attack. A native of Metuchen, NJ, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he played football and was a member of Theta Xi fraternity, then served in the US Army. Zunino had a 30-year career with Sybron Chemicals, a supplier of ion exchange resins for water treatment. In 1987, he and other top managers purchased Sybron Chemicals from its parent company, Sybron Corp., in a leveraged buyout. Zunino later became the firm’s Executive Vice President. Richard M. Klein, former Chairman and CEO of Sybron Chemicals, said, “Frank made everyone whom he met feel like they were the most special person for him. His unbridled positivism and good nature made everyone around him feel good.” Zunino relocated to California in 1992, where he stayed active with Sybron Chemicals on the West Coast for several years. “He loved cooking and entertaining, photography, vintage cars, fishing, and going to the racetrack,” said daughter, Judy Nielsen. He was preceded in death by wives Claire (1990) and Bonnie (2005). Survivors include daughters Cathy Thornsteinson and Susan Olson, stepdaughter, Mindy Brown, one sister, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A funeral was held March 24 in South, Marlton and burial took place in Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill, NJ. Donations may be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness, Box 17279, Baltimore, MD. 21203.

Cicchetto named Paragon Manager

Paragon Water Systems announced Peter Cicchetto as Product Manager for Sediment Cartridges and POU Cooler product lines. He will be responsible for the development of a new line of POU coolers as well as further expanding the Paragon line of sediment filtration products. Cicchetto earned a BS Degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts

SIWI award winner announced

Stephen R. Carpenter, Professor of Zoology and Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will receive the 2011 Stockholm Water Prize. Recognized as one of the world’s most influential environmental scientists in the field of ecology, his groundbreaking research and findings have formed the basis for concrete solutions on how to manage lakes. By combining theoretical models and large-scale lake experiments he has reframed our understanding of freshwater environments and how humans and the surrounding landscape impact lake ecosystems.

Water For People, Breslin honored

Water For People and CEO Ned Breslin, recipients of the 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship by the Skoll Foundation, are being honored for their work to create sustainable, locally maintained drinking water and sanitation solutions in developing countries. Each year the Skoll Foundation chooses a select group of social entrepreneurs and their organizations working around the world in the areas of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, and economic and social equity. Recipients receive a three-year grant and join the growing global network of now 85 Skoll social entrepreneurs from 70 organizations who are tackling the world’s most pressing social and economic challenges.

Toner, Carpenter appointed at IBWA 

The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) named James P. (JP) Toner, Jr. Director of Government Relations and Dennis Carpenter Manager of Membership Services. Toner’s responsibilities will include IBWA’s government affairs work at the state and federal levels, working with legislators, members and allies to help shape sound legislation, regulations and public policy for the bottled water industry. He previously served as Manager of External Affairs for the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Toner is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with BA in political science. He can be reached by phone, (703) 647-4616 or email, [email protected]. Carpenter’s responsibilities will include membership recruitment and retention as well as membership department administrative tasks including invoicing and reporting. He previously served as Manager, Membership Operations for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Inc. Carpenter is a graduate of the Ashford University, Clinton, IA with BA Degree in psychology. He has been a member of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) since 2004. Carpenter can be reached by phone, (703) 647-4615 or email, [email protected]

Smith named to PACS staff 

PACS, Inc. announced that Brian C. Smith, Ph.D. has joined the organization. With over 30 years experience as an infrared spectroscopist, thousands of people have benefited from his FTIR training courses and hundreds of organizations have hired him to advise them on their chemical analyses. Smith is the author of three popular books: Fundamentals of FTIR, Infrared Spectral Interpretation and Quantitative Spectroscopy: Theory and Practice. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College and graduated summa cum laude from Rochester Institute of Technology with a B. S. Degree in chemistry.

Lee named MIOX COO

MIOX Corporation has promoted Kyle Lee to Chief Operating Officer as part of the company’s strategy to develop and support strategic partnerships and expansion and growth into new markets and geographies. He will be responsible for production, distribution, sales support and marketing efforts for all MIOX products. Lee joined the company as Director Of Operations from Intel Corporation. Prior to Intel, he was a financial analyst, participating in IPO, M&A, private equity placements and business valuation projects in the insurance industry. The New Mexico native earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in quantitative economics and received an MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Hari honored at IACC-27 (no image)

Dr. Murty Hari, President of Superior Adsorbents, Inc., has accepted the Activated Carbon Hall of Fame award for the 27th International Activated Carbon Conference (IACC-27) in Seattle, WA in May. He will join a prestigious group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to water and air purification and other applications for activated carbon materials. Hari delivered his plenary lecture, Convert Different Types of Woods and Nutshells to High Quality Specialty Activated Carbons at the event.

Kearns appointed TIGG Director 

Jim Kearns has re-joined TIGG Corporation as Director of National Accounts. He has over 30 years of experience in consultative project development and relationship management of customer accounts, along with sales and marketing strategy development and implementation. Kearns experience includes a fundamental understanding of process engineering, remediation technology and water/air treatment systems. His past experience includes project and client management and technical business development for multi discipline engineering firms with emphasis on environmental engineering and remediation.

Waldron added to Toray management

Peter Waldron joined Toray Membrane USA as Business Development Manager.  He has over 20 years of sales, marketing and application experience in most every facet of the water treatment industry. Waldron started his water treatment career with Ionics, Incorporated and held various marketing and sales management positions over a 16-year period. Most recently, he was Vice President at Energy Recovery Incorporated. Waldron is currently President of the American Membrane Technology Association and is a member of the American Water Works Association, American Chemical Society and International Desalination Association. He has authored and presented numerous technical papers on water treatment. Waldron holds a B.S. Degree in biology/chemistry/marine science from the University of Tampa and an MBA from Northeastern University.


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