Industry Research Committee

The Industry Research Committee provides member value through analytics, statistics and data trend analysis. The committee's first action item after its 2016 formation was to understand and administer the Tank and Valve report. One main objective that was completed and implemented in January of 2017 was to enhance the intrinsic value of the report by making it digital and interactive. 

The committee now is working to understand the make-up of the WQA membership and evaluate additional reports that members would find value in.

Watch a video replay of the Industry Research Committee meeting at the 2018 Mid-Year Leadership Conference which was held online after Hurricane Florence forced cancellation of the on site event in Hilton Head, SC. Watch it here. Member login required to view the replay.

Committee Charges: 

  1. Advises staff on developing and executing collection and analysis of relevant industry statistics and trends
  2. Reviews results of the statistics and trends and provides recommendations to responding to key findings
  3. Provides semi-annual reports to the Board of Governors

What We Are Looking For: 

  • An understanding of what industry research, data and tracking the water treatment industry generally lacks
  • Experience in having commissioned or conducted market studies, not a requirement
  • Representatives from all treatment technology types (filter, RO, softeners, etc)
  • Representatives from all business sectors (sell direct to consumers or through retail channels)
  • Representatives from different geographical interests (domestic vs. international)

Frequency of Meetings: TBD

Staff Liaison: Technical Affairs Director Eric Yeggy

Industry Research Committee Roster
Name Role Company
Susan K. McKnight, CWS Chairperson Quality Flow, Inc.
Larry Gottlieb
Vice Chairperson & BOD Liaison ResinTech, Inc.
Gary L. Hatch Member Hatch Global Consulting Services
Bryan Miller Member Elkay Manufacturing Co.
Douglas Ramer Member Martin Water Conditioning
Deborah Stapel Member Pentair Water Purification
Claudia Milliron Member Kinetico Incorporated
Chris Freeman Member Culligan International
Shawn Pan Member A.O. Smith Corporation
Sean P. Caughron
Member Chester Paul Company
Jonathan McDonald Member Brita Products Co., A Clorox Services Company
Courtney Zukowski Member Best Water Solutions, Inc.
 Regu P. Regunathan Observer ReguNathan & Associates
Stephen Ver Strat Observer Amway
David Averbeck 
Observer A.O. Smith Corporation
Doug Anderson
Observer Culligan International
Bryanna Poczatek Staff Admin Water Quality Association
Eric Yeggy Staff Liaison
Water Quality Association

A call for volunteers is issued each January.