O’Neill to take over at WEF

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced the appointment of Eileen O’Neill as WEF Interim Executive Director following the resignation of Executive Director Jeff Eger. O’Neill was most recently WEF Deputy Executive Director and focused on pursuing innovation opportunities and global and academic relations as well as supporting the Executive Director in his responsibilities. Prior to that, she was WEF’s Chief Technical Officer with oversight of technical programming and development for WEFTEC®. O’Neill’s WEF career began in 1991 as manager of industrial programs and her responsibilities steadily increased through a succession of positions, including Industrial Programs Director, Director of International Programs and Assistant Deputy Executive Director. Prior to joining WEF, O’Neill was a professor at a college of agriculture in the UK and worked for various environmental consultants in the US and UK. She has a BS Degree in soil science from the University of Newcastleupon-Tyne (UK) and a PhD in soil science from the University of Aberdeen (UK). O’Neill also undertook a post-doctoral traineeship in environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of multiple book chapters, magazine articles, peer-reviewed papers and other scholarly works.

Escobar named Editor of IDA journal

Maney Publishing and the International Desalination Association (IDA) announced the appointment of Isabel C. Escobar as the new Editor-in-Chief of the IDA Journal of Desalination and Water Reuse, succeeding Jim Birkett. She will work alongside Birkett before assuming full duties from the first issue of 2014. Escobar is based at the University of Toledo, where she is Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and Assistant Dean for Research Development and Outreach for the College of Engineering. She holds a PhD, MS and Bsc Degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Central Florida. Well-known for her research on membrane separation, Dr Escobar has published over 50 research papers and presented at over 100 national and international conferences. She has been lead principal investigator on 25 federally-funded grants and holds one patent for a breakthrough anti-biofouling feed spacer material. In 2011, she received the FRI/John G. Kunesh Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division, awarded for significant discoveries, important research or outstanding service to the separations community.

Quinn named VP at Severn Trent

Severn Trent Services has appointed Lawrence Quinn as Vice President, Regional Operations for water treatment technologies. In this role, he will assume the global business P&L responsibility for the Water Treatment Busi- ness and will oversee global manufacturing  operations for all Severn Trent Services and Severn Trent De Nora products. Prior to joining Severn Trent Services, Quinn held the post of President and CEO at Alstom Chattanooga Turbines. He began his professional career with the Alstom Corporation, holding various leadership positions in the company’s engineering, manufacturing and construction busi- nesses. A native of the UK, Quinn holds a degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Henley Business School. Hav- ing spent much of his professional career in China, he earned the honor of carrying the torch at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was nominated for the China Friendship Award in 2007. Quinn will be based in Colmar, PA.

FIT staff expansion announced

Fluid Imaging Technologies has expanded its senior management team with the ad- ditions of Becky Metivier, Vice President, Marketing and Barry Godowsky, Vice President, Industrial Sales, and the promotions of Rob Chatfield, Vice President, CFO, and Harry Nelson, Vice President, Aquatic Markets. Metivier will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the marketing team, including global marketing strategy, brand management and corporate communications. Godowsky will be responsible for leading the industrial markets sales team in developing new business worldwide with a focus on the pharmaceutical, chemical, food and biotechnology markets. Chatfield, for- merly serving as CFO, will be responsible for the company’s overall economic strategy, in addition to managing the financial condition as treasurer and controller. Nelson, formerly serving as Director of Aquatic Sales and Marketing, will be responsible for leading the aquatics division, and will continue to spearhead growth in marine and water quality markets. Noted imaging authority Lew Brown has been named Technical Director.

Galindo joins The LeverEdge

The LeverEdge welcomes Ana M. Galindo to its National Sales Department. She will work with Lever- Edge dealers, provid- ing sales and technical support. Galindo, who was born and raised in Colombia, speaks fluent Spanish and holds an AS Degree in computer information tech- nology. Knowledge gained from education and current skills in the customer service and sales support field will help her create the best customer experience possible. Galindo will work out of the company’s corporate office in Odessa, FL.

Stiles appointed at Lavatech

Jim Stiles joined Lavatec Laundry Technology, Inc. (LLT) as a Regional Sales Manager for the company’s Huntsville, AL southern regional office. A com- mercial laundry professional, he has worked in various sales positions on the equipment side of the business since 1985 and has been based in Huntsville since 1997. Stiles may be contacted via email, j.stiles@lavatec-laundry.us or phone, (256) 679-4755.

Au appointed at FMC

Kwok-Keung (Amos) Au has joined FMC Corporation’s Global Peroxygens, Water Treatment division as Technology Applications Manager for Water Treatment. He joins FMC  from Carus Corporation, where he served as Water Technology Development Manager and was responsible for research and development in the municipal water and wastewater markets and previously held technology management positions at American Water Co. and Greeley & Hansen LLC. Au earned his PhD in environmental en- gineering from John Hopkins University and has published more than 80 technical papers in national and international peer- reviewed journals. In 2004, he co-authored World Health Organization’s (WHO) Water Treatment and Pathogen Control: Process Efficiency in Achieving Safe Drinking Water, as part of his efforts in supporting the WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality.

Primozone expansion announced

Primozone and its US partner Ozone Water Systems announced ad- ditional team members as momentum grows for the innovative ‘new generation’ ozone gen- erators with US custom- ers. Jürgen Bischhaus, Head of Sales, will be responsible for the operative and strategic development of sales. Jesper Kedström, Sales Engineer, will work with indoor sales and with company partners for sales support. Åsa Kjellberg, Admin and Coordinator, will coordinate internal functions and processes while helping partners with logistics, finance and more.


Nimbus RO expert Macevicz mourned

Clement ‘Clem’ Cottardo Macevicz, passed peacefully from this life in July at age 87. Born in San Diego to Cecilia (Ghio) and Eustyn Macevicz, he and older brothers Gene and John grew up surrounded by a large Italian family. Macevicz graduated from San Diego High in 1944. During WWII, he proudly served in the 89th Infantry Division at Fort MacArthur and the European theater, where he was awarded a Purple Heart. Macevicz carried shrapnel in his leg for the rest of his life, a reminder of the sacrifice and honor he felt serving the country he loved so dearly. After the war, he attended Loyola University and graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in education and was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity. Macevicz founded Cal-Soft Water Service in 1953, becoming the first RO drinking water dealer in the US when he formed Cal-Pure Drink- ing Water Service; he later became a partner in Nimbus Water Systems. He was honored in 1992 with induction into the Pacific Water Quality Association Hall of Fame. Macevicz ardently supported numerous charities, was an avid gardener and competitive racquetball player, followed politics closely, enjoyed reading American history and traveling the Southwest. He is survived by Marilyn, his wife of 61 years; daughters Lynn Hoaglin (Mark) of Danville, CA and Anne Tierney (Bob) of Plano, TX and four grandchildren. A memorial Mass was held at St. Agnes Catholic Church August 6 and private interment took place at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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