WQA award winners named
Winners of the prestigious Hall of Fame and Lifetime Membership awards – as well as two companies honored with the Excellence Award – are among 21 honors announced during the Water Quality Association’s Annual meeting, held online in April. Awards for both 2021 and 2020 will be presented during the Convention’s Opening General Session of the WQA Convention and Exposition, July 28-30 in Las Vegas, NV. Hall of Fame honors were bestowed upon Michael Mecca, Director of New Product Development for Performance Water Products. Joseph J. Huemann, CWS, CI, of Huemann Water Conditioning, received the Lifetime Member Award. WQA Excellence Awards were given to Fillmaster Systems LLC in the dealer category and Manufacturer/Supplier Elkay Manufacturing. Key Awards were awarded to Amanda Wakem-Moore, CWS, VP of Atlantic Filter Corporation and Frank DeSilva, National Sales Manager for ResinTech, Inc. The Ray Cross Award also had two honorees: Larry Gottlieb, President of ResinTech, Inc. and Doug Ramer, MWS, CWR, Director of Martin Water Conditioning. The Regents Award was presented to Jeffrey J. Hellenbrand, previous President of Hellenbrand Water Softeners and Greg Reyneke, MWS, Managing Director of Red Fox Advisors. The Award of Merit went to three recipients: Douglas Anderson, Senior Director, Global Engineering and R&D at Culligan International; Joshua C. Greene, VP of Government and Industry Affairs at A. O. Smith and Rick Andrew, Director, Global Business Development – Water Systems for NSF International. Sun Yong Lee, PhD, of Coway Co. Ltd. was honored with the International Award of Merit. WQA’s Honorary Membership Award was awarded to Darren A. Lytle, PhD, an environmental engineer for the Water Infrastructure Division of the US EPA’s Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response and US Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), who was named a Water Quality Association Champion in 2019 for his support of water-related legislation The Next Gen award went to two industry stars: Lauren Del Ciello, Managing Editor for Water Quality Products magazine and Jun Kim, PhD, a Simulation Center of Excellence Lead and Product Design Engineer at Amway. WQA also honored three members with Presidents’ Club memberships: Roy Esparza, MWS, CI, CWR, Business Development Manager of Puronics Water Systems Inc., Kurt Gruett, CWS, President of Water-Right, Inc. and Edward P. ‘Ted’ Jones, MWS, VP, North American Dealer Sales, Kinetico, Incorporated.

Mollenkopf named IWA President
Leading water consultant Tom Mollenkopf has been named President of the International Water Association, taking office following his election. Trained as a lawyer and holding an MBA, he has been a substantive and well-regarded figure in the water sector for the past 20 years. Previously, Mollenkopf was CEO of the Australian Water Association and of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, and worked extensively for WaterAid Australia, as well as having been IWA Deputy Executive Director from 2005-2007. IWA Board changes include two former board members selected as new IWA Vice Presidents: Senior VP, Professor Enrique Cabrera (Valencia Polytechnic University, Spain) and VP, Professor Hamanth C. Kasan (General Manager, Rand Water, South Africa). In addition, there have been five new additions to the IWA Board: Professor Peter A.Vanrolleghem (Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modelling, Canada); Walter Kling (Vienna Water, Austria); Dr. Rose Kaggwa (National Water & Sewerage Corporation, Uganda); Dr. María Molinos-Senante (Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) and Professor Xiaochang Wang (Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China). Four board members are stepping down: Sudhir Murthy, Daniel Nolasco, Joan Rose and Helle Katrine Andersen.

Zubik promoted to VP of Team Horner company
Pamela Luciani Zubik has been promoted to VP of StoneHardscapes LLC, a Team Horner Group Company. She has worked her entire career in the natural stone industry, negotiating manufacturing contracts and importing natural stone products from around the world. Zubik has established national distribution networks that supply products throughout the country. In her seven years at Team Horner™, an employee-owned company, she has developed a team of professionals guiding this fast-growing division.

Boehm appointed to USALCO Board
USALCO, LLC, announced that the Company has appointed Ursula Boehm to its Board of Managers.
She is the Founder and Managing Partner of LIINC, Ltd, an advisory and consulting firm focused on water and wastewater treatment, industrial equipment and related services. Boehm has over 20 years of water and wastewater treatment experience, including executive and management consulting roles at Evoqua Water Technologies and Siemens Water Technologies. She also serves as Board Member of Florida Social Capital Fund, an investment vehicle focused on diversified, early stage, seed and venture businesses. Boehm holds a Master’s Degree in industrial engineering and management from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

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