November 2013, Vol. 25, No.11

Business

Martha R. Vance has been named vice president, chief accounting officer, of Layne Christensen Co. (Mission Woods, Kan.). She has more than 20 years of accounting, analysis, and financial reporting experience. She most recently served as controller for the residential business of Direct Energy (Houston).  

Critical Process Filtration Inc.®
(Nashua, N.H.), a manufacturer and supplier of premium process-filtration products and services, appointed Steven Pearl vice president of quality management. He will be responsible for quality systems, new-product validation, design control in development of new products, and product-quality assessments. He has more than 25 years of experience in developing and validating high-quality membrane-based products for use by biopharmaceutical manufacturers. 

Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Co. Inc.
(Port Orange, Fla.) has moved its southern Mississippi branch; the mailing address is 9257 West Oaklawn Road, Biloxi, MS 39532.  

The Hydraulic Institute (Parsippany, N.J.), North America’s largest pump association, appointed Mark J. Sullivan director of education and training. He will support Pump Systems Matter (PSM), a 501(c)3 education/training organization affiliated with the institute. He also will lead all strategic development, marketing, and PSM educational programs, as well as personnel certification initiatives. He brings a wide range of international corporate experience in electronic technologies, health care, and the pump industry, as well as a diverse training and educational background.   

GE (Trevose, Pa.) awarded Seward Power Station (New Florence, Pa.) with its prestigious “ecomagination” Leadership Award for the plant’s significant improvement in water-treatment reduction in costs, with help from the company and its advanced water-chemical technology. The award recognizes the achievements of industrial users that significantly surpass and improve environmental and industrial operational goals while balancing industrial demands.   Among other benefits, the 525-MW coal-fired power plant achieved a 25% reduction in its total water treatment costs per million gallons and a 379-million-L (100-million-gal) annual reduction in blowdown water from the cooling tower. Also, the reduction of manganese was consistently greater than 90%. Since 2008, the station has achieved more than $500,000 in cumulative savings. The station is owned and operated by NRG Energy (Princeton, N.J.), a company that develops, acquires, and manages a variety of energy-related operations worldwide.   

Dow Water Process and Solutions (Edina, Minn.) received the top prize honor of Market Choice for the new DOW FILMTEC™ ECO Reverse Osmosis elements in a product contest held by the Aquatech China committee and dayuu.com, an online water industry network. The elements are designed to provide customers with exceptional rejection and low energy consumption — 99.7% at 1030 kPa (150 lb/in.2) — and are intended to deliver up to 40% lower salt passage at up to 30% less energy, compared to standard reverse-osmosis elements. The elements are offered in two configurations to match reverse-osmosis needs on a broad spectrum. Greater China commercial director Christina Fang accepted the award on behalf of the company.  

Severn Trent Services (Fort Washington, Pa.), a supplier of water and wastewater solutions, appointed Lawrence Quinn vice president, regional operations, for water treatment technologies. He will be responsible for the water treatment business and also will oversee global manufacturing operations for all Severn Trent Services and Severn Trent De Nora products. Quinn will be based in Colmar, Pa.  

Michael Prosser joined Westin Engineering (Rancho Cordova, Calif.), a technology solution provider for water and wastewater, as managing engineer. With more than 28 years of experience in the water, wastewater, power, and telecommunications industries, Prosser will manage the company’s supervisory control and data acquisition practice in California, with emphasis on planning and systems integration. Prior to joining Westin, he was engineering manager at Carollo Engineering (Walnut Creek, Calif.) Systems Group.  

Justin Roy has joined WaterSignal (Alpharetta, Ga.), a provider of water conservation for commercial, multifamily, and institutional properties, as its quality control technician. Before joining the company, Roy was a radar technician in the U.S. Navy for 6 years. He is responsible for monitoring water use and, more importantly, the early and immediate detection of water leaks. 

Don H. Stafford was elected a fellow of SAVE International® (Dayton, Ohio), an international society for the advancement and promotion of value methodology. Stafford was recognized for his 30 years of contributions to the society and his role as a champion of continuing education in the value methodology field. His previous roles with the society include vice president of education, director of professional development, member of the SAVE certification board, regional vice president, two terms as a member of the board of directors, and numerous roles with local society chapters. He is vice president of the Central Florida chapter of the society and president of Robinson, Stafford & Rude Inc. (Gulfport, Fla.), an international value management and facilitation firm. 

Seccua GmbH (Steingaden, Germany), a global provider of compact drinking water treatment systems, has received certification of its Virex Pro series from the California Department of Public Health. The compactly designed, advanced ultrafiltration water treatment systems are intended to help small- and medium-size public water systems meet the latest state and federal drinking water standards for removal of bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens. In a 2-year process to receive the certification, the company had to provide clear evidence that its filter modules — SeccuMem Pro — met the strict guidelines for removal of viruses, bacteria, and parasites (greater than 99.99% removal). 

Dewberry (Fairfax, Va.), a privately held professional services firm, hired G. Scott Funk as senior project manager in the firm’s Virginia Beach, Va., office. Funk will be responsible for managing and designing water/wastewater projects and expanding the company’s water/wastewater services into the Hampton Roads, Va., market. He has 15 years of engineering experience, primarily involving the inspection, evaluation, design, and rehabilitation of water/wastewater collection system infrastructure. Before joining the company, Funk served the Hampton Roads Sanitation District for 8 years as a task order/project manager for its Utility Relocation Program. 

CDM Smith (Cambridge, Mass.), a full-service consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm was recognized by the American Public Transportation Association (Washington, D.C.)with Silver Status in the association’s Sustainability Commitment Program. This recognition is conferred on member organizations that commit to a set of core sustainability principles, making sustainability a part of the organization’s strategic objectives; identifying a sustainability champion within the organization; establishing a sustainability outreach program for staff; and undertaking a sustainability inventory within the organization. The company’s commitment to sustainability performance improvement has been demonstrated through its resource conservation efforts, resulting in reduced consumption of water, electricity, and fuel; reduced greenhouse gas emissions; and increased recycling. The association also recognized the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Hampton Roads Transit, King County Metro Transit, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Visual Marking Systems, Amtrak, Interurban Transit Partnership, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit for their sustainability commitment and achievements.   

Jacobs Associates (Seattle) announced several promotions to associate level. Tom Pennington serves as a project engineer on the Kaneohe/Kailua Sewer Tunnel project in Oahu, Hawaii. He has 12 years of underground engineering experience, and is based out of the San Francisco, office.  

Jeff Peterson  has 12 years of construction management experience in the water supply and wastewater management industries, with a focus on tunnel construction. He is the firm’s safety manager and a resident engineer on the construction management team for the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission’s (Laurel, Md.) Bi County Water Tunnel. 
Ken Sparks specializes in schedule development, maintenance, and management; claims, delay, and time impact analysis and documentation; cost estimating; and field inspection. 
John Yao is geotechnical engineer with more than 10 years of underground and geotechnical engineering experience related to water and wastewater treatment facilities, industrial facilities, and transportation infrastructure. He is a project manager for engineering support services on the construction of the CrossTown Tunnel Rehabilitation project for DC Water. 
Eric Westergren has more than 20 years of experience in the construction of heavy civil projects, as well as vertical building projects, with an emphasis in building information modeling and project controls.   

Rafael Simon joined Microvi Biotechnologies (Hayward, Calif.) as chairman of its board of directors. Rafael was the CEO of Zenon Environmental (Oakville, Ontario), a leading water treatment company. 

Newhall County Water District (Newhall, Calif.)was honored for its transparency in financial reporting by the Government Finance Officers Associations of the United States and Canada. It is the third consecutive year the district has received an award for its comprehensive annual financial reporting. The award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by its government and its management.  

The Electric Power Research Institute (Palo Alto, Calif.) named Anda A. Ray vice president of environment and chief sustainability officer. Ray will lead the institute’s research sector that addresses environmental and health impacts from the generation, delivery, and use of electricity; and answer fundamental scientific questions about impacts on air, land, and water. She has been actively engaged with the institute for more than 20 years and has served on a number of advisory committees. 

Dur-A-Flex Inc.  (East Hartford, Conn.), a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial, and institutional seamless, resinous flooring, has named Lee Dzierzanowski as business development manager.  
Dzierzanowski will facilitate architectural flooring specifications, initiate and maintain strategic end-user and architect relationships while supporting the efforts of the company’s western regional sales managers.