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Thursday, April 15th, 2021


Schram, Mijares hired by ResinTech
ResinTech anounced it has hired Justin Schram to lead business development efforts for the company’s Western US and Canada regions and Sergio Mijares to oversee Technical Sales Manager throughout Latin America. Schram began his career in solar energy, then joined the water industry, where he worked for Pentair helping distributors and dealers throughout southern California. He holds degrees in environmental management and business from Indiana University and is a past board member of the Pacific Water Quality Association (PWQA). Schram will be based in San Diego, CA and work out of ResinTech’s facility in Gardena.


Mijares has spent more than 20 years implementing ion exchange solutions for the water treatment industry. He began his career at Bayer AG as a development specialist for the technical and commercial markets before moving on to lead market development teams at Themax, Phoenix Engineering Services and Synquest Laboratories. A Venezuelan native, Mijares is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese and holds degrees in logistics, business management and chemical engineering. He will be based in Saint Augustine, FL and travel throughout Central and South America.

IAPMO’s Rogers promoted
IAPMO’s Region 4 Manager Brian Rogers has been promoted to VP of Field Services. A 26-year veteran of the trades, he joined IAPMO in 2015 as the manager responsible for IAPMO’s interests in the midwestern states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. Prior to joining IAPMO, Rogers wore many hats, including stints as a superintendent, inspector, contractor and instructor. He holds a Master License in plumbing, hydronics, refrigeration and HVAC, and is a certified medical gas installer and backflow technician. In addition to his efforts integral to code advocacy in cities and counties across his region, Rogers is a frequent instructor of educational seminars delivering continuing education units for licensing requirements, and was instrumental in the re-establishment of the Nebraska Central IAPMO chapter.

Laird appointed Canature sales team
Canature Water Group announced Bryan Laird as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Commercial and Industrial Engineering Division. He started his career in water treatment in 1986 and has over 35 years of sales and engineering experience with major corporations. Laird can be reached by email at bryan.laird@canaturewg.com or by phone at (519) 465-7927.


CAE Certification for two WQA staff
Kathleen Burbidge and Heather Duve of WQA’s leadership team have earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives. Burbidge manages efforts specific to external-facing engagement for WQA within the broader water industry. Previously, she served as Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager. Burbidge holds a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and global studies: international relations with honors, cum laude, from North Central College in Naperville, IL.


Since June, Duve has served as WQA’s Membership and Development Associate Director, responsible for WQA’s membership recruitment and retention programs and supporting members and member committees in establishing membership standards. She joined WQA in 2016 as Membership Relations Manager and has achieved record sponsorship participation for WQA events, led the association’s internal customer service program and helped create and maintain the WQA Business Boot Camp. Duve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University.


Sobchak, James appointed USALCO CFO, COO
USALCO, LLC announced it has appointed John Sobchak as CFO and Jason James as COO. Sobchak has served as CFO of public and private equity sponsored chemical companies for the last 20 years.


Most recently, he was CFO of Gelest and prior to that, CFO of AMPAC Fine Chemicals. James most recently served as Senior VP of Operations at Covanta. Prior to that, he was VP of the integrated supply chain for Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) division with a global network of over 100 manufacturing and distribution facilities and $10 billion (USD) in revenues.

AZ Water Board nominations announced
The AZ Water Nominations Committee presented the following slate of Board officers and directors for the 2021-2022 term for approval by the Board of Directors: President, Brandy Kelso; President-elect, Mike Worlton; VP, Jeanne Jensen; Past President, Doug Kobrick; Treasurer, John Masche; Secretary, Mike Caruso; AWWA Director, Asia Philbin; WEF Delegate, Tom Galeziewski; WEF Delegate (at-Large), Patty Kennedy; Director, Craig Caggiano; Director, Patrick Goodfellow; Director, Darlene Helm; Director, Anupa Jain; Director, Andrew Jackson; Director, Jason Joynes; Director, John Kmiec; Director, Art Nunez and Director, Lisa Snyders (Mfg. Rep.). AZ AWWA Officers and National Director nominees are: Chair, Kelso; Chair-elect, Worlton; Vice Chair, Jensen; Past Chair, Kobrick; Treasurer, Masche; Secretary, Caruso; AWWA Director, Philbin; AZ-AWWA Trustee (at-Large), Amanda Jones; AZ-AWWA Trustee (at-Large), Andrea Odegard-Begay; Trustees, same as under AZ Water Directors WEF Officers and National Delegate are President, Kelso; President-elect, Worlton; VP, Jensen; Past President, Kobrick; Treasurer, Masche; Secretary, Caruso; WEF Delegate, Galeziewski; WEF Delegate (at-Large), Kennedy and Directors, same as AZ Water.


Monday, March 15th, 2021

Lono-Batura to head new WEF position
WEF has selected Maile Lono-Batura as Director of Sustainable Biosolids Programs, a new position established to help WEF members and the water sector advance the beneficial use of biosolids. She previously served as the Executive Director of Northwest Biosolids for the past 22 years. Lono-Batura will serve as WEF’s lead for all biosolids activities, acting as a central coordinator on national biosolids issues for the organization’s members and the larger water sector, in concert with WEF’s Member Associations and regional biosolids organizations. She will assist utilities and regional groups facing challenges to their biosolids programs and advance research relating to biosolids safety and efficacy, with a focus on the myriad benefits of biosolids use.

Fox appointed to Office of Water
US EPA announced the selection of US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox as the Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water. She will serve as the Acting Assistant Administrator for Water. Prior to her appointment, Fox was CEO of the US Water Alliance. She previously served as Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and as the Federal Policy Director at PolicyLink, where she coordinated the organization’s policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including infrastructure investment, transportation, sustainable communities, economic inclusion and workforce development.

AMTA Board, officers named
AMTA announced the election of 10 members to its Board of Directors as well as Board Officers for 2021: Division I-Public Agencies, Industrial Users, Regulatory Agencies and Water Suppliers to End User: Randal Braker, PE, Duck River Utility Commission, Tullahoma, TN; Jill Miller, City of Bozeman, MT; John Nichols, Brunswick County Public Utilities, Bolivia, NC and Eric Owens, PE, Water Replenishment District, Lakewood, CA; Division II-Company/Corporate: Brent Alspach, PE, Arcadis; Robert ‘Buddy’ Boysen, PE, CDM Smith; Steven Coker, DuPont Water Solutions and Julie Nemeth-Harn, PE, Harn R/O Systems; Division III-Associates: Samantha Black, PhD, PE, HDR, Inc. and Christine Owen, Hazen and Sawyer. Newly elected Board Members will serve for two-year terms, beginning on January 22. AMTA also announced its Board Officers for 2021, who were elected during the Board of Directors meeting: President, Jill Miller; 1st VP, Julie Nemeth-Harn; 2nd VP, Greg Madden, H2O Innovation, Champlin, MN; Secretary, Rebecca Wilder, PE, Town of Jupiter, FL and Treasurer, Randal Braker.


Franklin Electric’s most outstanding announced
Franklin Electric recently held its 2021 Commercial Summit, which included educational sessions, keynote presentations and celebrated sales achievements for its US and Canada water operations. Award recipients were recognized for distinction in outstanding performance and customer support in the sales and field service engineering categories. The winners of the company’s prestigious awards are: Salesperson of the Year, Alex Bracht, Territory Manager-Western Region; Field Service Engineer of the Year,


Todd Hofstra, Sr., Field Service Engineer-Western Region and Team of the Year, Northeast Region-Sales, Field Service, Marketing & Customer Relations, which includes Jim Sacriponte, Bryan Defoe, Dan Kolath, Robert Rufh, Tom Mitchell, Jennifer Ford, Ilse Gallegos, Jim Hartmann, Ryan Horner and Bob McClain.

NAW 2021 officers elected
During the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) first-ever digital summit, members elected Michael Medart, President and CEO, Medart Engine & Marine, as Chairman of the Board of Directors. He succeeds Douglas W. York, President and CEO of Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply, who will remain active on the NAW Board as Immediate Past Chairman. Wholesale distribution industry leaders also were elected as NAW Officers for 2021: Chairman-Elect, Jeff McLendon, President and CEO, U.S. Lumber; First Vice Chairman, Michael DeCata, President and CEO, Lawson Products, Inc.; Second Vice Chairman, Larry Stoddard, President and CEO, RelaDyne LLC; Secretary, Kevin Short, President and CEO, ORS Medco and Eric Hoplin, President and CEO, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors.


Monday, February 15th, 2021


Marcello, Nunez, Lindsay promoted at IAPMO
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) announced the promotions of Tony Marcello to Senior VP of Training and Credentialing Services; D.J. Nunez to Senior VP of Field Services and Christopher Lindsay to VP of Government Relations. Marcello has been part of The IAPMO Group for more than a decade. In his new role, he will oversee all global training and credentialing programs and initiatives.


Nunez joined IAPMO in January 2020 as a Field Services Representative, after 19 years with the state of California. He started his career as a plumbing and mechanical inspector and retired as the Southern California Area Manager for the Construction Inspection Management Division. Nunez served on IAPMO’s Board of Directors for 13 years, including as President in 2017 and 2018. He is a 36-year member of UA Local 460 and worked in the plumbing and mechanical industry for 18 years.


Lindsay has been with IAPMO since 2012 and is a key member of a team that provides a strong voice for IAPMO’s interests before Congress, federal and state agencies and state legislatures. He also assists IAPMO’s non-profit organization, the International Water Sanitation and Hygiene Foundation (IWSH).

New management for AMTA
The American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) announced Kim Shugar will serve as AMTA’s permanent Executive Director, effective January 1. She has more than 15 years of senior executive experience in water and environmental policy, water and natural resource management, program administration and project management. Most recently, Shugar served as Deputy Director for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Policy Chief for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee in the Florida House of Representatives. She has an MS Degree in environmental engineering sciences from the University of Florida and a BS Degree in biology from Mercer University. Previous Executive Director, Deena Reppen, will continue to provide operational and communications guidance in 2021, including continuing to expand and enhance AMTA’s digital presence. Nicole Zimmerman, with nearly a decade of experience in conference and events management, marketing, operations, customer service and volunteer coordination, will serve as Membership and Events Manager. She graduated from Ashford University with an MBA and has a BA Degree in general studies from the University of Nebraska.

Gruenke named advisor to SSat Program
Traut Companies announced that Water Treatment Manager, Jim Gruenke will serve a technical advisor to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Smart Salting Assessment Tool (SSAt) program. The goal is to provide organizations and individuals in Minnesota with data to inform critical decisions for managing salt use. Assessment and monitoring programs aim to control and redress the environmental impact of salting.

Cerahelix board members announced


Cerahelix, Inc. has added two members to its Board of Directors. Will Sarni and Martin Grohman, Executive Director of the Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech), joined the Board in December. Sarni is Founder and CEO of Water Foundry, an advisor to global public and private sector enterprises, NGOs and technology providers in solving water-related challenges. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting, where he founded and led the water strategy practice. Prior to that, he was Founder and CEO of DOMANI, a sustainability strategy firm.


Sarni holds both Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in earth and environmental sciences from Queens College, CUNY, NY. Grohman, a former member of the Maine State House of Representatives, co-founded DuraLife Decking, a composite decking manufacturing company that was acquired by GAF. He then he served as GAF’s Director of Sustainability. Grohman holds a degree in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Roy honored with IWA Award
Renowned scientist and engineer Dr. Siddhartha Roy has won the IWA Young Leadership Award (2020-22). He will now also begin a two-year term as an industry ambassador for the IWA and the water sector in general. Currently Dr. Roy works as an environmental engineer and postdoctoral research scientist at Virginia Tech. He has conducted a range of research, primarily focused on disadvantaged communities. Dr. Roy’s most significant work in recent years has centered on the water crisis in Flint, MI, where he helped to uncover high levels of Legionella, in addition to waterborne lead poisoning.

Kinetico’s Yoder lost to COVID
Industry veteran Rodney L Yoder passed away on January 9 of COVID-19 complications in Middlefield, OH. He was born March 25, 1966, the oldest child of Joni (Joe) and Kathryn Yoder, in Cleveland, OH. Yoder graduated from Cardinal High School, attended Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), then later returned to northeast Ohio to begin his career. In December 1996, he joined Kinetico Water Systems in Newbury. Little did Yoder know that Kinetico would become his extended family and a very important part of his life. Said Toby Thomas, Kinetico CEO and President: “He believed in the value Kinetico products bring to customers and was completely dedicated to Kinetico dealers.” Yoder also was an active participant in the Water Quality Association, including WQA’s Business Operations Training Committee and the Professional Certification and Training Committee. Preceded in death by his father, Yoder is survived by his wife of 23 years, Marla; children, Zoey and Grayson; his mother, brother Brian (Chrystal) and sister Jennifer, as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Zoey and Grayson Yoder Education Fund, c/o Huntington National Bank, 14849 North State Ave., Middlefield, OH 44062.

Industry mourns Peggy Blazek
Margaret ‘Peggy’ Louise Blazek, 74 of Downers Grove, IL, passed away December 22, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born to Charles and Margaret Cerny on March 6, 1946, joining her late brother Jack and sister Jill. Blazek married Edward ‘Ed’ Blazek in 1969. They loved to travel, golf and spend time with their family. Blazek was a cooking aficionado, a competitive and accomplished swimmer from a young age and a holiday hostess beyond compare. Christmas was her favorite and it was fitting that the celebration of her life was held during the time she loved the most during one of the holiest times of the year.

Blazek was an integral part of the Water Quality Association team for more than 20 years, retiring as Member Relations and Development Manager in 2016. She had many significant accomplishments in supporting the association and interacting with its members, many of whom value her as a close friend. An avid golfer, Blazek could be found on the green at events that included a golf outing. And she won many times. Blazek went out of her way to accommodate everyone associated with the water treatment industry, ensuring conference attendees felt like family whenever she appeared on their horizon.

Without her efforts, many new WQA members over the years might have felt lost and overwhelmed at their first conferences. Respected by all, treasured by so many, she will be missed as the industry fixture who always had time to lend a helping hand. Blazek is survived by husband Ed; children Timothy (Kristine) and Ryan (Teri Lynn); sister Jill; seven grandchildren and her beloved dog Annie. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her honor to the American Lung Association www.action.lung.org


Friday, January 15th, 2021

Chermack retired; Dragoo new Clack President
Pete Chermak retired as President of Clack Corporation last October after almost 41 years. He joined the company in January of 1980, after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, majoring in marketing and finance. Chermak began his career as a Sales Engineer and was then promoted to General Manager of the Water Treatment Division, responsible for overseeing many of the day-to-day operations. He was promoted to President in 2013. In addition to his duties at Clack, Chermak was active in both the Water Quality Association and Wisconsin Water Quality Association.

In October 2020, Mike Dragoo was promoted to President of Clack. He joined the business in June of 2019 as Director of Operations. Dragoo has previous experience managing global operations in the consumer products industry. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State University and an MBA from University of Wisconsin–Madison.

IAPMO promotions, board members named
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) promoted Gaby Davis to Chief Administration Officer and Thomas Palkon to Chief Technical Services Officer. Davis joined IAPMO in 1995 and has served roles integral to every shared service that supports the IAPMO Group’s various business units, most importantly serving as Standards Council secretary since 2000. As Executive VP of Global Operations, she has ensured all business units have the resources they need to service customers and members and has supported all IAPMO Group staff individually. Palkon joined the IAPMO Group in 2014 to lead its new Water Systems division, following 18 years at WQA. In addition to growing Water Systems into a leading provider of certification for drinking water treatment units, drinking water systems and microbiological filters, he assumed the role of Executive Director of the ASSE International chapter of IAPMO, an ANSI-accredited standards developer and product certification body, in 2017.
IAPMO ratified the election of new officers and board members, formally concluding the association’s 91st annual Education and Business Conference, which was conducted virtually due to COVID-19. David Gans, Chief Building Official for the city of Oceanside, CA, was elected IAPMO’s 61st President and Steven Panelli, Chief Plumbing Inspector for the city and county of San Francisco, CA, was elected VP. Four new members of the board were elected to serve: David Ledda, Plumbing Inspector for the city and county of San Francisco; Rick Garcia, Senior Mechanical Inspector for the city of San Diego; Carlos Flores, Assistant Chief Plumbing Inspector for the city of Houston, TX. and Ray Boyd, United Association Assistant Director of Education and Training. Claudio Spagnuolo, Plumbing Inspector for the city of Brampton, Ontario, Canada, was elected to a second term on the board and Steve Fernlund, Plumbing Inspector for the city of St. Paul, MN, was appointed Secretary/Treasurer by President Gans.

Gayer named USALCO CEO
Aluminum-based chemicals producer, USALCO, LLC has appointed Ken Gayer CEO. He is the first non-family CEO of the private equity-backed chemical company, sponsored by H.I.G. Capital. Gayer most recently served as CEO of Gelest and previously was Business President of Honeywell Specialty Products. He spent 15 years at Honeywell in a variety of leadership positions. A former Lieutenant in the United States Navy Nuclear Submarine Force, Gayer holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

NAW leadership changes announced
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) announced the additions of Dan Schuberth as Chief Business Development Officer and William Inman as Chief PAO for Communications and Advocacy to its senior leadership team. Schuberth will be responsible for the development and execution of strategic plans to support organizational growth. He is an experienced operations and human resource management leader with an intimate understanding of the distribution industry. Inman will build out NAW’s communications, marketing and advocacy efforts. He most recently served as VP for External Relations at Wells Fargo and previously served in leadership roles with high-profile campaigns and national advocacy groups across the country. The newly created positions will report to NAW President and CEO Eric Hoplin.

New leadership at Cerahelix
Cerahelix, Inc. announced the appointment of William ‘Bill’ Paulus as CEO. He joined the company in January as COO and will oversee the company’s plans to accelerate growth and firmly establish its leadership in the growing market for ceramic nanofiltration. Paulus brings more than 30 years of experience in manufacturing and global operations to his position. Prior to becoming part of the Cerahelix team, he was VP of Global Operations at Celgard, VP of Manufacturing & Supply Chain at Blackmore Sensors & Analytics and VP of Manufacturing at Pittsburgh Glass Works. Paulus began his career as Senior Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors. His credentials also include three Master’s Degrees and a Bachelor of Science degree in ceramic engineering.

Fred Wiesler joined the company as VP of Sales, with more than 30 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the company, he was Global Commercial Manager at DuPont Water Solutions and previously served as Global Director of Sales for Membrana, as well as Director of Sales for QUA.


Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

PWQA leader, award announced
At its annual convention, held virtually this year, Greg Reyneke passed the PWQA gavel of leadership to Irma Y. Bishop of Hall’s Culligan. Russell Harrison became VP and Allan Horner moved to the Secretary-Treasurer position. Bishop set priorities to actively communicate with the membership and engage in continual efforts to recognize past successes in the area of legislative gains and increase outreach to state legislatures and regulators. During the convention, PWQA’s Special Service Award was bestowed on Bill Hanson, formerly the President and Owner of Aquacon, for his dedication in achievement of the association’s outreach goals.

IBWA Board, officers named
The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced its 2020-2021 officers and Board of Directors, elected by IBWA members in November. Tara Carraro (Nestlé Waters North America) was elected to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors. She is a member of IBWA’s executive committee and Board of Directors, and previously served as Vice Chair. C.R. Hall became Vice Chairman and Brian Hess (Niagara Bottling ) took over as Treasurer, while Robert Smith (Grand Springs Distribution) became Immediate Past Chairman. Jillian Olsen, David Redick, Joe Bell, Kari Mondt and Greg Nemec were elected or re-elected for a three-year term.

WEF design award winners, Board announced
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced students from the University of Guelph and Colorado School of Mines as winners of the 2020 Student Design Competition. The 19th annual competition showcased the innovative ideas of 27 teams from 22 WEF Member Associations and five countries. The University of Guelph team (Rebecca Bar, Rebecca Beutel, Acacia Markov and Justin Salvucci) won the Environmental Design category. The Colorado School of Mines team (Gillian Allison, Kelsey Buechler, Tori Heckart, Kayla Hubbard and Kate Stephens) won the Wastewater Design category. Both teams received award plaques and their respective Member Associations will receive a $2,500 award. WEF announced its 2020-2021 Board of Trustees, which will be led by new President Dr. Lynn Broaddus, President of Broadview Collaborative. The 2020-21 Board of Trustees includes: Past-President Jackie Jarrell; President-Elect Jamie Eichenberger; Vice President Ifetayo Venner; Treasurer Keith Hobson and Secretary/WEF Executive Director Walt Marlowe. Trustees are Rajendra Bhattarai, Howard Carter, Shellie Chard, Gustavo Gallo-Chacon, Aimee Killeen and John Trofatter.

Madeksza to head Veolia
Matt Madeksza has been named President and CEO of Veolia North America, responsible for overseeing a company serving approximately 4,000 industrial and municipal customers across the US and Canada. He previously held leadership positions with Boeing and United Technologies Corp. and spent the past 14 years with Saint-Gobain Corp. Madeksza replaces interim President and CEO Brian Clarke.

Len Assante Scholarship winners announced
The Groundwater Foundation and Franklin Electric announced the 2020 recipients of the Len Assante Scholarship, awarded to individuals who are pursuing educational opportunities to advance careers in the groundwater industry. The recipients were Sky Blailcock, Jake Cobb, Bradley Mason, Lawarren Pickens and Drew Smith, each currently enrolled in their second year at Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Brazilian women honored by ACS, SBQ
The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ) announced this year’s winners of the Brazilian Women in Chemistry and Related Sciences awards. The accolades are designed to promote gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Brazil and to advance understanding of the impact of diversity on scientific research and the field of chemistry. The winners were: Paola de Azevedo Mello, PhD, Emerging Leader Award; Ana Flávia Nogueira, PhD, Leadership In Academia Award and Sonia Maria Cabral de Menezes, PhD, Leadership In Industry Award. Each winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, a three-year CAS SciFindern subscription, a three-year ACS membership and an award certificate.

AMTA/Reclamation Fellowships announced
AMTA and the Bureau of Reclamation announced the 2020 recipients of the AMTA/Reclamation Fellowships for Membrane Technology. The four recipients will receive a $11,750 fellowship to support their research that advances membrane technology in the water, wastewater or water reuse industries. They are: Stephanie McCartney, Columbia University (NY); Duong Nguyen, University of Colorado (Boulder); Jacob Palmer, Texas State University (San Marcos) and Haley White, Georgia Institute of Technology.


Sunday, November 15th, 2020

WQA’s Burbidge honored
WQA Global Regulatory & Government Affairs Manager Kathleen Burbidge has been named to the prestigious 2020 Forty Under 40 list by the Chicago, IL-area Association Forum. The list annually recognizes top association or non-profit professionals for their accomplishments, leadership skills and commitments to the industry. Burbidge marks her sixth anniversary with WQA in January; her role is in advocating for public policy that promotes safer and healthier water. She also serves as the staff liaison to WQA’s Women in Industry (WIN) Advisory Council, overseeing development of WIN’s successful mentoring program and heading efforts to expand WQA programming in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Burbidge earned a Bachelor’s Degree in political science and global studies/international relations cum laude from North Central College (IL), where she minored in environmental studies.

Gruber appointed Haws President
Haws Corporation has named Chuck Gruber as President of the Board. He is the first Haws Corporation President from outside of the founding family. A chemical engineering graduate of the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Gruber received his MBA from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). A long-established leader in the safety corridor, he began his career at Rohm and Haas Corporation, followed by executive posts at Elemica, GAF, Cannon Equipment and Safe Reflections. In all his roles, his attention to safety resulted in significant, sometimes double-digit improvements in on-site safety metrics within weeks of his arrival.

Viola named IAPMO COO/VP
The IAPMO Board of Directors announced that IAPMO Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President Dave Viola has been appointed as CEO effective January 1, 2021, taking over for GP Russ Chaney, who is retiring after a quarter-century at the helm of the 95-year-old association. IAPMO will continue to benefit from Chaney’s leadership skills and experience as an executive adviser to the CEO. Viola has more than 25 years of senior management experience within the plumbing and mechanical industry. He joined IAPMO in 2007 and has served as IAPMO’s COO for the past seven years, with strategic and operational responsibility for the comprehensive array of IAPMO Group programs and services. Prior to joining IAPMO, Viola served as technical director for the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI) for nine years. Before PMI, he worked for BOCA International and the International Code Council as a staff engineer, managing the development of their plumbing code and associated training and support publications. Viola holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University. In 2005, he received the American Society of Sanitary Engineers Fellow Award.

AMTA honors announced
AMTA announced that Joseph M. Barnes of the University of Wyoming was the 2020 recipient of the Ian C. Watson Fellowship for Membrane Advancement. He is an environmental engineering graduate student studying Nanofibrous Membranes for the Selective Recovery of Nonaqueous Phases from Industrial Brines. Barnes has a BS Degree in chemical engineering from Benedictine College (Kansas), where he graduated summa cum laude. AMTA and the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) named seven 2020 recipients of the AMTA/NWRI Graduate Fellowships for Membrane Technology Research Institute, out of a group of 60 applications that were received. Yousuf Bootwala, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stephanie Ribet, Northwestern University and Mackenzie Anderson, UCLA, will each receive $10,000 (USD). Yanghua Duan, UC Berkeley; Wei-Cheng Hung, UCLA; Lorianne Shultz, University of Central Florida and Hannah Greenwald, UC Berkeley, each will receive $5,000.

English named KROHNE sales VP
KROHNE has hired Chris English as the company’s new Vice President of Sales for the US, Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. He brings extensive experience in the process control instrumentation market to his new role. English has worked for several of the top companies in the process control instrumentation market over his 27 years in the industry and has experience with process control and automation in nearly all sectors of the market. He will be responsible for both sales and marketing for the NAFTA region, including managing the company’s regional sales force. In a prior role as VP of Sales, English was responsible for leading Direct Sales, Representatives, Sales Managers and Area VPs. A graduate of Clarkson University (New York), he studied interdisciplinary engineering and management to earn a degree in industrial distribution.

ACS’ Kean honored with Grady-Stack Award
The American Chemical Society (ACS) announced Sam Kean as the 2021 recipient of the Grady-Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public. The award, named for ACS News Service managers James T. Grady and James H. Stack, was established in 1955 to recognize individuals who have increased public knowledge and understanding of the chemical sciences. Kean is a freelance writer and author of the bestselling book The Disappearing Spoon, which compiles little-known stories about each element of the Periodic Table. He has also authored four other books about science and written about scientific subjects for Science magazine, The Atlantic, The New Yorker and other major outlets.


Thursday, October 15th, 2020

WEF selects WEF Fellows
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced 15 distinguished members as the 2020 WEF Fellows recipients. This prestigious designation recognizes members’ achievements, stature and contributions in the water profession. New members include James Burks, Missouri Water Environment Association; Paul Causey, California Water Environment Association; Burt Curry, Ohio Water Environment Association; Dr. Joel Ducoste, North Carolina Water Environment Association; Dr. Val Frenkel, California Water Environment Association; Robert Kukenberger, New York Water Environment Association; Dr. Larry Moore, Clean Water Professionals of Kentucky and Tennessee; Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz, Western Canada Water Environment Association; Dr. Eileen O’Neill, Virginia Water Environment Association; Michael Pollen, Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association; Charles Tyler, New England Water Environment Association; Dr. John Willis, Georgia Association of Water Professionals; Keith McCormack, Michigan Water Environment Association; Thomas Meholic, New Jersey Water Environment Association and Gary Sober, Water Environment Association of Texas.

SIWI Junior Prize winners announced
HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden announced the winners of the 2020 Stockholm Junior Water Prize during a festive but unusual online award ceremony on August 25. Hiroki Matsuhashi and Takuma Miyaki, students at Aomori Prefectural Nakui Agricultural Highschool in Japan, won the prestigious award for an innovative method to control soil runoff and increase food production, using the traditional Japanese soil solidification technology Tataki. The jury citation read: “This year’s winners have proven that simple local solutions can solve water problems in a global context. Through systematic studies, the contestants have developed methods to make water conservation and soil management more achievable. The contestants effectively combined scientific knowledge and experimentation to revolutionize the way water is collected, used, and conserved for agriculture in arid regions.”

Wegner named to WRRC committee
Woolpert Senior Strategic Consultant David Wegner has been named to the External Advisory Committee for the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) at the University of Arizona. The WRRC is part of the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) network, which addresses water-related concerns for individual states and the nation. The NIWR network is governed by the US Geological Survey and represents the only federal-state program focused on applied water resources research, education, training and outreach. Wegner is a biological scientist based in Tucson and is a member of the Water Science and Technology Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He has served as Senior Principal Investigator or the equivalent on dozens of water and environmental studies conducted on behalf of the US Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works program and has provided scientific and engineering support as a member of the senior staff for the US House of Representatives.

Industry mourns Hague Founder
William Robert Hague of Gahanna, Ohio, born on November 3, 1932 in Kennonsburg, OH, passed away on September 11. Hague was drafted into the US Army and served his country during the Korean War. In 1955, he sold Kirby vacuum cleaners door-to-door and from that experience he founded Hague Water Conditioning in 1965. In 1982, Hague’s company began manufacturing water treatment equipment under the name of Hague Quality Water International. He led the computer-aided design and development of a single, sophisticated, multi-compartment vessel configuration that reduced salt consumption, decades before the industry became a regulatory target. In 2009, Hague was included in the WC&P William B. Fritzsche Memorial Top 50 Awards.

The company has become one of the most successful and highly regarded water conditioning companies in the world, shipping products to all 50 states, as well as more than 24 countries. Hague Quality Water International operates as a tribute to the American Dream: a thriving company built on hard work, innovation and the refusal of one man, supported by family, to never accept the statement, “It can’t be done.”

Working through the Columbus Dog Connection, Hague and his wife were instrumental in initiating the Spay/Neuter Ohio Project and was an advocate for homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Ohio. He will be remembered for his tireless work ethic in everything he did and will be greatly missed by all who knew or worked for him.

Hague is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Joyce; sons Robert (Andrea); Jeff (Ruth); David (Tammy); six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, as well as his extended family and many friends. The family will have a private memorial service to celebrate his life at Schoedinger Northeast. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Columbus Dog Connection, 2761 Johnstown Rd., Columbus, OH 43219 or www.columbusdogconnection.com.


Tuesday, September 15th, 2020

Battenberg appointed at Argonide
Argonide has appointed Gary Battenberg as a Business Development Manager-Senior. His primary focus will be to drive short- and long-term growth of the company through implementation of proactive strategies and to enhance market share. The company will leverage Battenberg’s vast design experience to develop new products for its NanoCeram and DEAL technologies. Previously, he was Technical Manager, Water Treatment Department of Dan Wood Company. Prior to that, Battenberg was Technical Support and Systems Design Specialist with Parker Hannifin Corporation. His 30+ years of experience in the water industry provides a perfect fit for Argonide, with a proven, successful track record in areas of sales, service, design and manufacturing of water treatment systems. Battenberg’s technology base covers mechanical and adsorptive filtration, ion exchange, UV sterilization, RO and ozone technologies. He has worked in the domestic, commercial, industrial, high-purity and sterile water treatment arenas. Battenberg, a contributing author to WC&P International magazine and a member of its Technical Review Committee since 2008, was voted one of the magazine’s Top 50 most influential people in the water treatment industry in 2009. He can be reached by email at gary@argonide.com or by phone (407) 488-7203.

Cotruvo honored by NSF, NEHA
NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) have presented Joseph Cotruvo, PhD, BCES, with the 2020 Walter F. Snyder Environmental Health Award. He received the award at the virtual 2020 NEHA Annual Education Conference, in recognition of more than 45 years of dedicated service to environmental and public health through leadership, collaboration and consensus national standards development. Cotruvo’s accomplishments as a ‘clean water crusader’ include 23 years as Director of US EPA’s Criteria and Standards Division, Office of Drinking Water, as well as Director of the Risk Assessment Division in Toxic Chemicals. He also worked four years at NSF International, first as a Senior Regulatory Executive and later as VP of Environmental Health Sciences, where he helped to advance the NSF/WHO Collaborating Center for Drinking Water. Cotruvo later established the professional environmental consulting firm of Joseph Cotruvo & Associates.

McGinnis named McEllhiney Lecturer
Kevin McGinnis, President of Cotey Chemical Corp. has been selected as 2021 McEllhiney Distinguished Lecturer by NGWA and the Groundwater Foundation. The William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology was established in 2000 to foster professional excellence in water-well technology. McGinnis has presented workshops across the country for NGWA, the American Groundwater Trust and state organizations. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 1984 with a degree in business administration and began his career in the groundwater industry when he started working at Cotey Chemical for his father-in-law Ken James in 1993, eventually purchasing the company in 1995. Cotey Chemical designs and manufactures products to rehabilitate and develop all types of water wells.

NGWA award winners named
The National Ground Water Association congratulated recipients of its 2020 Awards of Excellence, Outstanding Groundwater Project Awards and Sectional Awards, which will be presented this December during Groundwater Week in Las Vegas, NV. Long-time NGWA member John Pitz, President of N.L. Pitz Inc., NGWAF, received NGWA’s most prestigious Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry. Also honored were: James Butler Jr., PhD, Senior Scientist and Chief, Geohydrology Section, University of Kansas Geological Survey, M. King Hubbert Award; David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, President, Bergerson-Caswell Inc., Robert Storm Intersectional Cooperation Award and Standard Bearer Award; Mike Barcelona, PhD, Emeritus Professor, Western Michigan University, Life Member Award; Francis Weedon, President/Owner of Frontier Logging Corp., Technology Award; Marcia Degan, PhD, PE, Technical Services Manager at Virginia Department of Health, Special Recognition Award; Jeffrey Smith, MGWC, Smith Well Drilling and Janice Hawk-Baldwin, CWD/PI, Hawk Well Co., Special Recognition Award.

ACS Rising stars announced
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN) unveiled its sixth annual Talented 12 list in mid-August, which highlighted early-career researchers in the chemical sciences who fearlessly tackle difficult global problems. The list included: Kevin Barnett, Pyran; Josep Cornella, Max Planck Institute for Kohlenforschung; Robert J. Gilliard Jr., University of Virginia; Osvaldo Gutierrez, University of Maryland; Mireille Kamariza, Harvard University; Lingyin Li, Stanford University; Laura-Isobel McCall, University of Oklahoma; Lynn McGregor, Novartis; Brett McGuire, MIT; Wendy Lee Queen, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne; Jessica Ray, University of Washington and Rudy Wojtecki, IBM.

IAPMO compliance inspector announced
IAPMO R&T has enlisted the services of Martin Weiss as Continuous Compliance Inspector for current and prospective European clients. He spent the previous 20 years at Grohe Research and Development Department (Germany) in various technical areas, including thermostats, one-hand mixers, kitchen faucets and sanitary systems. In addition, Weiss served as Project Supervisor responsible for drinking water systems. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in energy and heating technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Giessen-Friedberg, Germany, and began his career as a test engineer at the Grohe Function Laboratory. Over the next two decades, Weiss would serve as Deputy Supervisor, Supervisor and head of the department. His achievements at Grohe include overseeing the opening of a new laboratory, which included merging three laboratories into one.


Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Clark hired at IAPMO Oceana
The IAPMO Group announced the hiring of Graham Clark as Operations Manager of IAPMO Oceana, a new position within the organization. He is an engineering professional with 13 years of experience as a business and team leader. Prior to joining IAPMO Oceana, Clark spent four years with Rheem Australia, most recently as R&D Manager. Previously he was R&D Manager for CAMEC and Development Engineer for Davey Water Products. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Clark holds dual Bachelor’s Degrees in engineering and commerce.

Sanderson named WEF Medical Officer
To ensure protection of the health and safety of wastewater workers during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future, Andrew Sanderson, MD, MPH of Howard University has been named Chief Medical Officer for WEF. He will guide and assist the organization in providing reliable medical information to wastewater utility managers and workers, as well as conduct research and serve as a spokesperson on medical issues for the sector. A gastroenterologist with Weatherby Healthcare, Sanderson is also an Associate Professor at Howard University. His previous positions include medical officer at the US Department of Health and Human Services, fellow at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Howard University Hospital. Sanderson received his Master in Public Health from Harvard University, Doctor of Medicine from Howard University and Bachelor of Science in biology from Morehouse College.

ACS honorees named
The American Chemical Society (ACS) has selected Paul Alivisatos, PhD, of the University of California (UC), Berkeley as the recipient of the 2021 Priestley Medal, the Society’s highest honor. The Samsung Distinguished Professor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research and Professor of chemistry and materials science and engineering at UC Berkeley, he is being recognized for “foundational contributions to the chemistry of nanoscience, development of nanocrystals as nanotechnology building blocks and leadership in the chemistry and nanoscience communities.”

Mary Engelman will receive the ACS 2021 Award for Volunteer Service, presented annually to recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served ACS by contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the society. Engelman is being honored for her efforts in increasing public awareness of chemistry, mentoring young scientists and leading society activities.

AWWA President named, members appointed to boards
Melissa Elliott began her one-year term as President of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) during a gavel-passing ceremony at AWWA headquarters. She is Director of Strategic Communication Services at Raftelis, where she consults with utilities across the United States. Elliott has been an AWWA member for over 15 years, during which time she has served as Chair of the Public Affairs Council. She has also served as Trustee and Chair of AWWA’s Rocky Mountain Section. Two AWWA leaders have been appointed to the boards of non-profit water organizations. CEO David LaFrance has been appointed to the Board of Water Education Colorado (WEco) and Tracy Mehan, Executive Director of Government Affairs, was elected to the River Network Board of Directors. LaFrance’s term with WEco began in January. Mehan’s term with River Network officially begins October 1.

US Junior Prize winners announced
WEF announced Zoe Gotthold the winner of the 2020 US Stockholm Junior Water Prize, the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. A student at Richland High School (Richland, WA), she developed prototypes of devices that promote oil flocculation at the surface and increase the efficacy of traditional oil-spill remediation techniques. Gotthold won $10,000 and will represent the United States at the international competition. The two US runners-up were Emily Tianshi (CA) and Emma Price (MO), who each received $1,000. Ishraq Haque (SC) received the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award from Xylem Inc. Beatrice Youd (WI) received the James L. Condon Recognition for Environmental Stewardship.

‘Doc’ Nowlin, industry pioneer, mourned
Duane ‘Doc’ Nowlin, PhD, passed away June 15 in New Brighton, MN at the age of 83. A much-revered water treatment industry professional, he made a mark on the industry that cannot be matched. Nowlin spent countless hours serving the industry on numerous WQA science and technical committees, the Board of Directors and Board of Governors, WQRF and as a frequent presenter at WQA conventions. He also served on the US EPA Drinking Water Advisory Council and as a member of the American Chemical Society and American Water Works Association.
Nowlin served as 1988-89 WQA President and chaired the WQRF Board in 1991. Prior to his 2002 retirement, Nowlin was Senior VP of Science & Technology and Chief Scientist for EcoWater, where he had spent most of his career (including at the affiliated Lindsay Co. or Spectrum Labs). As a result of his intense involvement in the industry, Nowlin was honored multiple times throughout his career. In 1977, he received the WQA Award of Merit, followed in 1986 by the Key Award. In 1995, Nowlin received WQA’s highest honor, the Hall of Fame Award, followed by the WQA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
Nowlin was preceded in death by his son, Carl and parents, Clarice ‘Sue’ and Denver ‘Shorty’ Nowlin. He is survived by his wife, Esther, sons David (Alba) and Mark, as well as six grandchildren. A Celebration of Life is to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.


Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Bleed, Duve appointed to new WQA roles
WQA announced Marketing & Communications Director Wes Bleed has been named to the new, expanded role of Membership, Marketing & Communications Director, while Heather Duve became the new Membership and Development Associate Director. Bleed joined WQA in 2016 and has led the association’s overall marketing and communications strategy, website content, social media strategy, podcasts, advertising and promotion of all WQA programs and services. In his new role, he will have expanded responsibilities for directing and administering the Membership Department.

Duve, who joined WQA in 2016 as Membership Relations Manager, has achieved year-over-year record sponsorship participation for WQA events. She takes on additional responsibilities, such as administering WQA’s membership recruitment and retention programs, and supporting members and member committees in establishing membership standards.

Chestnut, LaForce, Schellhammer new NSF VPs
Tom Chestnut has been named VP and COO at NSF International, while Colette LaForce joins NSF as VP and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Joel Schellhammer serves in the newly created position of VP and Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer (CSIO). Chestnut will support the needs of the growing organization and will focus on day-to-day operations across the company. He joined NSF in 2006 as VP of Supply Chain Food Safety and was promoted to lead the Global Food Division in 2009. LaForce will oversee marketing, communications and regulatory affairs for the global organization. She brings more than 20 years of experience leading global marketing, product marketing, digital, brand and communications teams across the technology and professional services industries.

LaForce previously served as Chief Marketing Officer at AMD, ICF, Dell Services and Cars.com. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame, has been named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology and CMO of the Year, and currently serves as board chair at Farms Work Wonders. Schellhammer will lead corporate strategy development, mergers and acquisitions, standards development and digital and disruptive innovation. Most recently, he served as VP of Growth, Value Creation and Digital Innovation at Steelcase. Prior to Steelcase, Schellhammer held several roles at Kimberly-Clark. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Hillsdale College (Michigan), a Master’s Degree in Japanese studies (Cambridge University, UK) and also holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School (Cambridge, MA).

Hach co-Founder dies
Hach Company announced that co-Founder Kitty Hach-Darrow has died at her home in Loveland, CO, at the age of 97. Her business acumen and innovative spirit are an enduring legacy at Hach, more than 70 years after she founded the company with her husband, Clifford. From modest beginnings, Hach grew to become one of the world’s most successful water quality analysis organizations, employing thousands of associates around the world. Kathryn ‘Kitty’ Carter was born in Bucklin, MO, in 1922, the only child of a Ford car dealer and a teacher. She began her education at what is now Columbia College, but later transferred to Iowa State University, where she met her future husband, a chemist named Clifford Hach. They married in 1943 and had three children. In 1947, Cliff and Kitty founded their company with $15,000 that Clifford had earned from the sale of a patent describing a new way to generate carbon dioxide to fight fires.

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