Heckman named Sales Manager at Hydronovation
HydroNovation, Inc. announced that Terry Heckman, CWS-VI, has joined the company as their Western Regional Sales Manager. He brings over 27 years of residential and commercial water treatment experience, having worked previously for Nelsen Corporation, Pentair Residential Filtration, GE Water & Process Technologies, Osmonics and Autotrol in similar capacities. Heckman will use his extensive water background and industry channel partner contacts in commercializing the salt-free HydroDI™ water treatment technology to the residential and commercial markets. His comprehensive industry experience includes sales management, product training, water treatment equipment installation, troubleshooting and service, and development of marketing collateral for dealer network programs. Heckman will be based in Arizona and can be reached via email, firstname.lastname@example.org or phone, (612) 803-3255.
Hellenbrand, Inc. recently named James ‘Jim’ Donohoe as Regional Sales Manager of the Eastern US region. He will provide ongoing support to the company’s current dealer base and also focus on new business development. Donahoe has 16 years of industry experience including sales, district management, regional management, multi-location business and sales management experience.
The father of HaloPure’s drinking water technology, S.D. ‘Dave’ Worley, PhD, was named as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Worley, a scientific advisor to HaloSource as well as Professor Emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at the College of Sciences and Mathematics, will be inducted on March 20 during the NAI annual conference. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry from Auburn in 1964 and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. Worley returned to Auburn as a faculty member in 1974 and in 2006, won Auburn’s Creative Research and Scholarship Award.
The IAPMO Group announced the appointment of Thomas Palkon as Senior Vice President of Water Systems. He brings 18 years of hands-on experience in strategic development and implementation, program/process design and development, and business operations within the water treatment industry. As previous VP and COO of WQA since 2012, Palkon provided oversight and direction to all phases of the association’s operations, including sales/marketing, product certification, laboratory testing, facility inspections and professional certification. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as WQA’s Director of Product Certification, overseeing service to more than 400 companies and thousands of certified products. Palkon began his work at WQA as a laboratory chemist before promotions to Laboratory Supervisor and ultimately, Director. A Bachelor of Science Degree (biology) graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, he received his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, graduating with distinction. In June 2009, Palkon was honored as one of WC&P’s Top 50 people in the water treatment industry.
AIChE conference director named
The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) named Kristine Chin as Director, Conferences, a newly created position combining the development of meeting content with meeting operations. Chin will join AIChE’s senior executive team. She earned a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering at The Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art and joined AIChE in 2001 as Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP). She became Publisher as well as Editor in 2003. In 2007, Chin shifted her focus to take on the management of content development for the Institute’s meetings. Before joining AIChE, Chin had been the Editor of ePlant, as well as an editor for Chemical Engineering. Prior to that, she worked in an industrial research and development laboratory.
Ronald J. Ebelhar, PE, DGE, Senior Principal with Terracon, has been named chairman of the 2015 ASTM International Board of Directors. After earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky (Lexington), he joined McClelland Engineers in Houston, TX as a staff engineer in 1977. From 1987 to 1996, Ebelhar served as Division Manager and then as Vice President for Rust Environment & Infrastructure (and its predecessors, S&ME, Westinghouse and SEC Donohue), before becoming Vice President with H.C. Nutting in 1996. He assumed his current role when Terracon purchased H.C. Nutting in 2007. A registered professional engineer in eight states, Ebelhar joined ASTM in 1980 and is a Past Chairman of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock and several D18 subcommittees. He has served on the ASTM Board of Directors since 2010. Ebelhar is also a Fellow and member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, in the Academy of Geo Professionals.
Wishing Well International Foundation announced that Mark G. Bertler has joined the WWIF team as a member of the Board of Directors and VP of Marketing. He brings over 25 years of water industry expertise in mergers and acquisitions, business development, operations management, business analytics, strategic planning and sales and marketing management, both domestically and internationally. Previously, Bertler has held positions with numerous Fortune 500 companies as a senior-level executive, including Pentair, Sta-Rite Industries and US Filter.
Lawrence R. ‘Larry’ Henke, passed away January 1 at the age of 76 in Minnetonka, MN, with his children by his side. A deeply respected and highly regarded member of the water treatment industry, his career encompassed such positions as Technical Director at Robert B. Hill Co. and a principal partner in Ionex, Inc., in addition to positions with Cherne Industrial and Honeywell. Henke was an independent consultant at the time of his death. He was also one of the original founding members of the WC&P Technical Review Committee. Henke’s wit and wisdom, extensive industry knowledge and willingness to educate others about water treatment was the hallmark of his participation. He was a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the National Groundwater Association of Scientists and Engineers (NGWA). Henke graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1961 with an emphasis on physics and mathematics. He is survived by his children, Toni (Al) Plante, Tom (Nancy) Henke, Tracy (Mike) Stefan, Eric (Kat) Paavola, Chad (Julie) Paavola and Marc Paavola; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and sisters Kathy Hasse and Nancy Carlson. Funeral service were held January 9 in Excelsior, followed by interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Association are preferred.