FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 29, 2017
Contact: Wes Bleed
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Water Quality Association announces top awards at annual Convention in Orlando
New Next Gen award recognizes up and coming professionals
LISLE, ILLINOIS – The Water Quality Association (WQA) today honored several of its members at the Opening General Session of its annual Convention & Exposition in Orlando. Among the highlights were WQA’s Lifetime Member and Hall of Fame awards along with a new honor this year, the Next Gen award to pay tribute to up and coming water treatment professionals.
The prestigious 2017 Hall of Fame awards went to Bret Tangley, MWS, of Culligan of West Central Wisconsin in Eau Claire and Douglas “Sam” Karge of Zurn Industries in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“These two recipients worked diligently and tirelessly for WQA through a major transition period,” said WQA President Don McGhee. “The countless dedicated hours put in by these two young men have set the stage for the WQA in the next decade, a decade that will showcase the Water Quality Association as the voice for our members, clients, and consumers.”
The new Next Gen awards went to three recipients, Andrew Fenwick of Multipure International in Las Vegas, Nevada; Dhavel Patel of PUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc) in Marlboro, Massachusetts; and Amanda Wakem-Moore of Atlantic Filter Corporation in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Other award winners included Jack Slovak (deceased) of Aroman, Incorporated in Incline Village, Nevada, who was presented posthumously with the 2017 Ray Cross award which recognizes members who display a pioneer spirit and have made a notable different in the water treatment industry. Daina Grace of the Texas Water Quality Association in Victoria Texas was honored with the Regents award for significant contributions at the state or local level on issues affecting the industry.
WQA’s Honorary Membership Award for meritorious research, education or exemplary service went to Michelle Kussow of the Capitol Group in Madison, Wisconsin. The WQA Award of Merit for exceptional service to the water improvement industry was given to three members; Cedella Beazley of Dow Water & Process Solutions in Edina, Minnesota; Jay Julos of TST Water, LLC in Temecula, California and Steve Reif (deceased) of Paragon Water Systems in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. E Xue Li of China received WQA’s International Award of Merit for exceptional service to the water quality improvement industry internationally. The WQA Key Award which recognizes a member for demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership as well as civic and community activities was presented to Mike Mitchell of PUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc) in Marlboro Massachusetts.
Three members received the new Next Gen award from WQA: Andrew Fenwick of Multipure, International in Las Vegas, Nevada; Dhavel Patel of PUR Water Filtration Products (Kaz USA, Inc) in Marlboro Massachusetts and Amanda Wakem-Moore of Atlantic Filter Corporation in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Some 240 exhibitors filled the Exposition floor to showcase their products and services. A full list of exhibitors and presenters can be found at WQA’s convention website, wqa.org/convention.
WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).
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