Klinker added to Water-Right Dealer Team

Water-Right, Inc.,announced the addition of Bob Klinker as Professional Level Dealer Program Associate. He grew up in a family-owned water treatment business, gaining valuable experience working in all aspects of the business, from route deliveries to sales and service. Klinker’s primary responsibility will be conducting sales training and management workshops that will assist the company’s Pro Level Dealer Network in capturing more retail sales business. In addition, he will also work with company divisions in the formation, development and roll out of dealer directed programs that will add value by strengthening their position in the market. Klinker holds a degree from UW-Eau Claire and brings with him hands-on management experience and an extensive background in sales and marketing in the water treatment industry.

SPSP certification for SJE-Rhombus’ Houts

SJE-Rhombus and training leader Next Level Purchasing, Inc. announced that Brenda Houts, a buyer for SJE-Rhombus has received the Senior Professional in Supply Management® (SPSM) certification. The SPSM certification has been earned by purchasing professionals in more than 60 countries across six continents and is comprised of a series of interactive online courses, enabling purchasing professionals to master skills in purchasing fundamentals, analysis and spreadsheets, contract law, negotiation, best practices and sourcing. Houts was awarded her SPSM designation on April 3.

Waters appointed WEF Government Affairs Counsel

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) appointed Amanda J. Waters to the position of Government Affairs Counsel in April. She will monitor, analyze and report on federal water quality legislation and regulations and their potential impact on WEF members. Her responsibilities include managing grassroots member involvement, working with WEF Member Associations to develop effective state legislative programs, and supporting outreach on public policy matters to key external audiences such as elected officials, water utilities, manufacturers, and consulting firms. Waters previously served as Deputy Executive Director and General Counsel at Sanitation District No. 1 in Fort Wright, KY. She holds a B.S. Degree in biology from Eastern Kentucky University, and a J.D. Degree and Environmental Law Certificate from Pace University School of Law (NY). She was also Policy Advisor and later Deputy General Counsel to the Kentucky Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet. Waters is also Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University (Conn.).

Franklin appointed Managing Director of NSF Passport Program 

NSF International, named Dr. Guy Franklin Managing Director of the recently launched NSF Passport Program, which helps companies gain global market access for water treatment, distribution and plumbing products. He has more than 15 years of experience in the global water distribution and treatment industry. As Managing Director, Dr. Franklin will help companies navigate the various regulatory, testing and certification requirements in each country to gain entry into new international markets. In addition to his new role, Dr. Franklin will continue as Managing Director of WRc-NSF and oversee Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) approval applications, as well as thermostatic mixing valves (TMV) and Domestic Water Treatment Association (DWTA) approvals through WRc-NSF’s product certification arm, BuildCert. Franklin earned a doctorate in chemical engineering, a Master’s Degree in chemical research and a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from Imperial College in London. He is also a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a qualified UK Plumbing Regulations Inspector.

Hrudley honored by AWWA

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has announced Steve E. Hrudey as the recipient of the 2012 A.P. Black Award. Hrudey is Professor Emeritus in Analytical and Environmental Toxicology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. A leader in research, teaching and public policy, he has forged a diverse, interdisciplinary career in the environmental health sciences and risk management. Hrudey will receive his award at AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE12) in Dallas, Texas on June 11, during the Opening General Session. He will also be the keynote speaker during the Opening of the Professional Program later that afternoon.

Aqua-chem CFO, Engineer announced 

Aqua-Chem, Inc., has named Thomas Gillcrist as CFO and Ron Shook as Pharmaceutical Applications Engineer. Gillcrist came to Aqua-Chem from CUSTOMatrix, Inc., where he successfully served as a Principal in Strategic Services for the past five years. Prior to that, he held upper-level management positions at AXEON Water Technologies, Tech M3, Ionics, Microbar Inc., and U.S. Filter. He earned his MBA from the University of Virginia-Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. Shook joined Aqua-Chem, Inc. in 2011 as Business Development Manager for the Pharmaceutical / Biotech and Beverage Divisions. Since graduating from North Carolina State University in 1996 with his Bachelor’s Degree in mechanical engineering, he has held high-profile technical and management positions within the semi-conductor, pharmaceutical and biotech industries, specializing in the design, operation and maintenance of high purity water and critical utility systems.   

WaterGroup sales team expanded 

WaterGroup announced that Nate Wells will lead International Inside Sales and Theresa Koetsier was appointed Western Canada Sales Manager. In his new role, Wells will be responsible for logistics, quoting and coordinating shipping and answering any technical questions that arise. He joined the company five years ago as a customer service representative and has since continued to increase his responsibilities in sales with select Hydrotech customers requiring more focused sales support. Wells will be based in the Fridley, MN plant. Koetsier will be responsible for growing and shaping WaterGroup’s western sales teams, both internally and externally, using her expertise and relationships developed over seventeen years in water treatment and wholesale distribution. She joined WaterGroup from Finning Canada, where she led all sales functions. Previously, Koetsier worked at several plumbing wholesalers and sales agencies serving the wholesale market, including WaterGroup as a District Sales Manager. She will be based in Edmonton, Alberta and travel throughout western Canada.

Uth named to ResinTech support team

Erin Uth recently accepted the position of Technical Support Representative at ResinTech, Inc. She previously worked in the company’s ion exchange R&D laboratory. Uth will assist customers in the application of ion exchange resins used in water treatment, including resin selection, performance predictions, process recommendations and system troubleshooting. She earned a BS Degree in engineering chemistry from Stony Brook University in 2011.


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