MWH appoints water quality services director, small contractor coordinator

Richard Haimann, P.E., joins Broomfield, Colo.-based engineering consultant firm as water quality services director. He'll be based in its Los Angeles office. Kerwen Whatley also joins the company as small contractor development program coordinator, operating from the Chicago office...

BROOMFIELD, CO, Sept. 30, 2005 -- Richard Haimann, P.E., has joined MWH, a global environmental services and construction company, as water quality services director for southern California, operating from its Los Angeles office.

Kerwen Whatley is the new national program coordinator for MWH's Small Contractor Development Program -- an outreach program designed to help local businesses, including minority- and women-owned, and historically underutilized businesses improve their ability to bid on sophisticated, high-value municipal, county and state projects.

Haimann brings 16 years of consulting experience in program management, urban water collection/treatment, and technology management. In this role, he'll identify, design, and deliver treatment systems that reduce the discharge of pollutants for municipal clients.

Haimann has significant experience working with utilities, public agencies, and private industrial clients in southern California, and throughout the world. He has assisted clients with environmental issues ranging from planning and designing stormwater quality management systems to developing water resource management programs and creating management systems to improve environmental and operational performance.

"Richard brings a record of success at providing effective solutions for the tough infrastructure, environmental, and managerial challenges facing utilities, municipalities, and industry. We are delighted to have him on board," says Roger Austin, MWH vice president and regional manager.

Whatley brings many years of government experience having worked for the city of Chicago in a variety of roles. At MWH, Whatley will work with government officials, businesses, interest groups -- chambers of commerce and other agencies that assist small business -- to develop a forum for small/local businesses to bid effectively on government contracts, procure bonding, obtain working capital and grow their capabilities.

Launched in 1995, the Small Business Development Program focuses on markets where MWH is actively pursuing work and on businesses that may serve as subcontractors to MWH, including engineering, surveying and public relations firms.

Whatley is recognized for his talent in fostering cohesion among groups with varying interests to achieve effective and profitable working relationships.

"Kerwen's record of success in working with historically underutilized businesses gives him a unique understanding of the challenges small businesses face in competing for large contracts," says Jarl Molander, MWH's government relations director.

Broomfield, Colorado-based MWH (www.mwhglobal.com) is a private, employee-owned environmental engineering and consulting firm with approximately 6,000 employees in 170 offices worldwide. The firm provides engineering design and remediation, construction, procurement, program management, and technology solutions for the environmental, land, water, wastewater, energy and power markets of the Americas, Europe, Middle East, India, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

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