Flier’s appoints director
Flier’s Quality Water Systems Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., has appointed Ken Velthouse as its director of purchasing. He has nearly 30 years of experience in plumbing and related supplies to the water purification industry. Velt-house was most recently employed for six years with Bertsch U.S. Flow Co., of Grand Rapids, in a sales capacity. He has an associate’s degree from Ferris State College. Flier’s Quality Water Systems specializes in providing purified water to a wide range of commercial industries, the food and drug industry, hospitals and laboratories, kidney and dialysis centers, among others.
Braswell leaves behind legacy; helped start Missouri WQA
A member of the Nat’l. Assoc. of Soft Water Service Operators since the early 1950s, and later of the Water Quality Association (WQA) until his retirement in 1994, John Braswell passed away on Sep. 21. He was active in developing the certification program at its inception in the early 1970s and was named a Water Specialist Emeritus last year. He was also an organizer of the Missouri Water Quality Association and was its president in 1973-74. The WQA is requesting that interested parties contact them at (630) 505-0160 for information on how to contribute to the WQRC in memory of Braswell.
IBWA lauds many at show
The International Bottled Water Association announced the winners of its Hall of Fame, Aqua Awards and the 2001 Route Salesperson of the Year. The presentations were made on Oct. 6 at IBWA’s annual convention and trade show in Miami Beach, Fla. New inductees into the Hall of Fame were Henry R. “Bob” Hidell III and Jack West. Hidell is founder and owner of Hidell-Eyster Intl., of Hingham, Mass. He has helped guide bottled water companies to develop high quality products and has served in capacities with the IBWA including its board of directors as well as other committees. West is founder and president of Puro Filter Co., of Bedford Corners, N.Y. He was instrumental in developing the IBWA Model Code. West is also an industry representative to Codex Alimentarius and a leader at the Drinking Water Research Foundation.
The Aqua Awards recognized the best in advertising and public relations programs produced by IBWA member companies this year. The “Best of Show” award was given to Zenda Natural Spring Water, of Servagua, Venezuela. The route salespersons of the year were Daniel Jones, of Crystal Mountain Natural Spring Water; Don Estrada, of Crystal Springs Bottled Water Co.; and Terry Weaver, of Crystal Springs Water Co./Suntory Water Group. In addition, Douglas Oberhamer, of Denver-based Deep Rock Water Co., was elected chairman of IBWA’s board of directors. Oberhamer is a former WQA executive director.
Pall names Nihon CEO
Riichi Inoue, Ph.D has been promoted to senior vice president of Pall Corp. and president and CEO of Nihon Pall Ltd. Dr. Inoue will oversee Pall’s growing business in Japan. Asian sales were approximately $250 million in fiscal 2001. He joined Pall in 1982 and has held roles in sales, marketing and technical support for Pall’s Asian business operations. Last year, he was named president and COO of Nihon Pall. He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in the same area of study from Kobe University in Japan.
Orr anchors U.K. sales
Graeme Orr has joined Vivendi Water Systems as area sales manager for its industrial division. Based in Staffordshire, U.K., he will cover the central region and target a number of markets including general industrial, health care, power, food and beverage. His sales responsibility will include engineered systems and the design and construction of treated water plant and wastewater installations. Graeme, who has a higher national certificate in mechanical and production engineering, brings over 20 years experience in engineering and senior sales and marketing experience to the position.
Three gain posts at WEF
Three members of Kansas City, Mo.-based Black & Veatch have been elected to leadership positions at the Water Environment Federation (WEF). The group is an international technical, scientific and educational water quality organization with nearly 40,000 members. The announcements were made at WEF’s annual convention on Oct. 13-17. James Clark, P.E., was elected WEF president for 2001-02; Julian Sandino, Ph.D., P.E., was elected as a WEF director at large; and Matt Bond, P.E., was elected as a director representing the Kansas Water Environment Federation. Clark, a company vice president, has been a WEF member for 25 years. Sandino is a water reclamation practice leader. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, and master’s and doctorate degrees in environmental health engineering from the University of Kansas. Bond is a project manager who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Missouri.
WQA makes NDWAC nomination
The Water Quality Association has nominated Dr. P. Regunathan for a council position with the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC). The organization provides advice, consultation and recommendations to the USEPA on the activities, functions and policies related to the Safe Drinking Water Act. There are 15 members on the council—five each from the general public, state and local agencies related to water hygiene and public water supply, and private organizations or groups with an active interest in water quality. Dr. Regunathan has been in the water treatment industry for over 30 years and has served on the Arsenic Cost Working Group that was overseen by the NDWAC and the USEPA.