Michael Y. Kim has been named a recipient of the Dow Chemical Company’s prestigious Pinnacle Award, in recognition for his outstanding achievements in 2011 in Dow Water & Process Solutions sales. He will receive his award at a special ceremony on June 28 in Chicago. Kim has worked at Dow for over 28 years, currently holds the position of Senior Account Manager, and is based out of Mission Viejo, CA. The award, established in 1995, honors Dow sales personnel for meeting individual and business goals, managing customer relations and for overall performance when compared with their peers. Those receiving the award represent the top five percent of Dow’s entire global sales organization.
Watts CFO to retire
Watts Water Technologies, Inc. announced that CFO William C. McCartney has decided to retire after more than 27 years of service, including more than 12 years as CFO. Watts has commenced a search for a successor and expects to enter into a retention agreement with McCartney, pursuant to which he will remain in the CFO position until a successor is named and remain with the company until December to assist with the transition process.
The International Desalination Association (IDA) named Leon Awerbuch the Interim Dean of the IDA Desalination Academy, which will offer its first courses in conjunction with the 2012 Singapore International Water Week (SIWW). President of Leading Edge Technologies, Ltd. (LET), Awerbuch is Past President and currently a Director of IDA, and also co-chairs IDA’s Technical Programs Committee. Previously, he was Vice President and Business Development Manager with International Bechtel Co. Ltd. Awerbuch holds 23 patents and disclosures and has published over 80 technical papers. His education includes chemical engineering and chemistry with a Master’s Degree, the chemical engineering PhD program from Brooklyn Polytechnic and studies in mathematics at Warsaw University. Awerbuch is also a registered Professional Engineer in California and Wisconsin.
Haws Corporation® welcomed new staff in various company roles to help support its continued success in the plumbing and emergency equipment industries. Nichole Whisman, Sales Engineer, joined the Haws Integrated team in January, and is based at the Sparks, NV location. With more than eight years of experience as an Application/Sales Engineer, she holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Nevada. Whisman was also recipient of the prestigious NASA Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship Award. Billy Wing, Sales Engineer, is based out of a satellite office in Texas. Originally from the traditional side of engineering, Wing has over seven years of experience in sales engineering. He received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Dayton, an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology and earned his E.I.T. in 1999. Born in Panama City, Panama, Wing is bilingual in English and Spanish.
OASIS International, manufacturer and distributor of water dispensing solutions for business and home, named Larry McIsaac as its new President and CEO. Prior to joining OASIS International, McIsaac was President of Rubbermaid Commercial. He’s held various management positions at several companies, including Burnes Picture Frames, Tasco, Brunswick Corporation, True Temper, Inc. and Samsonite Corporation. McIsaac holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Manhattan College.
Calgon’s Stanik to retire
Calgon Carbon Corporation announced that its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, John S. Stanik, has decided to retire to spend time with his family. He has agreed to stay with the company in his current positions until a replacement is established. Calgon Carbon’s Board of Directors will immediately begin a search to recruit Stanik’s replacement and expects to fill the position by the end of the third quarter of this year.
Austin added to AXEON sales team
Gabe Austin, recently appointed Sales Representative at AXEON Water Technologies, brings twelve years of water industry experience and expertise with a history of driving growth through increased distribution and new account development. He will be responsible for enhancing relationships with AXEON’s existing customer base by providing product training, sales information and technical knowledge. Austin received his degree in industrial technology from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, which helped him gain a better understanding with the water treatment industry. He can be reached at (760) 723-5417 x245 or email@example.com.
NGWA science award winners announced
The National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation awarded a total of $3,000 (USD) in Farvolden Awards to four students for paper or poster presentations made at the 2012 NGWA Ground Water Summit that took place in May in Garden Grove, CA. Given in honor of the late Dr. Robert Farvolden, former Senior Science Counsel for NGWA, the $750 scholarships were awarded based on the quality of the presentation, content (including contribution to groundwater science, engineering, management or policy) and demonstrated insight on the chosen topic. The winners: Zijuan Deng, Flinders University, Australia, for the paper, Cautions in Using Chloride Mass Balance Method for Groundwater Recharge Estimation in Coastal Areas with Vegetation Changes; Waldy Fernandez, Texas A&M University, for the poster, Assessment of Radon and Other Groundwater Quality Parameters Near a Uranium Mining Site; Rebecca Nelson, Stanford Law School, for the paper, Groundwater and Ecosystems: A Survey of Regulatory Mechanisms for Making the Connection and Elizabeth Schaller, Northern Arizona University, for the poster, Influence of Springs WATER Geochemistry on Geomorphology and Vegetation Cover at Springs Ecosystems.