NAWC formally announces new Board of Directors for organization

Earlier this week, the National Association of Water Companies officially announced the organization's new board of directors at its annual Water Summit in the city of Scottsdale, Ariz.

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 8, 2015 -- Earlier this week, the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) officially announced the organization's new Board of Directors at its annual Water Summit in the city of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Joe Gysel, president of EPCOR Water USA, has been elected president of the NAWC Board of Drectors. Gysel replaces Walter Lynch, president and chief operating officer of regulated operations for American Water. In addition, Martin Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Group, has been elected vice president of the Board of Directors.

As president of EPCOR Water USA, Gysel is responsible for water operations in the U.S. EPCOR provides water and wastewater services to approximately 350,000 customers in Arizona and New Mexico. He is also responsible for EPCOR's growing investment and presence in the Southwest. Previously, he has served as senior vice president, new business enterprises with EUI, responsible for water business development across Canada and the U.S. Previous positions with EUI also included senior responsibilities in energy origination and plant development.

Kropelnicki was appointed president and CEO of California Water Service Group in September 2013, after joining the group in 2006 first as chief financial officer and treasurer, and then as president and chief operating officer in 2012. He brings over 25 years of finance and operations, enabling him to offer valuable perspectives on the Group's corporate planning and budgeting along with operational and financial reporting.

NAWC also welcomes the following new members to its 2015-16 Board of Directors:

  • Chris Franklin, President and CEO, Aqua America, Inc.
  • Steve Meininger, Senior Vice President, CH2M
  • Susan Suhanovsky, President, Torrington Water Company

Along with returning members, these appointments comprise the full 2015-16 Board of Directors:

  • Aldie Warnock, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Communications and Public Policy, American Water
  • Charles V. Firlotte, President and CEO, Aquarion Water Company
  • Chris Franklin, President and CEO, Aqua America, Inc.
  • David Ern, President & COO, Gordon’s Corner Water Company
  • Dennis W. Doll, President and CEO, Middlesex Water Company
  • Eric W. Thornburg, Chairman, President and CEO, The Connecticut Water Company
  • Jeffrey Hines, President and CEO, York Water Company
  • Joe Gysel, President, EPCOR Water USA
  • Lisa Sparrow, President and CEO, Utilities Inc.
  • Martin Kropelnicki, President and CEO, California Water Service Group
  • Matthew Stanley, President, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Beckley Water Company
  • Michael Quinn, President, SouthWest Water Company
  • Nicholle Taylor, Vice President, Artesian Water Company
  • Paul Townsley, Vice President of Regulatory Matters and Corporate Relations, California Water Service Group
  • Palle Jensen, Senior Vice President - Regulatory Affairs, San Jose Water
  • Patrick Kerr, President and CEO, Baton Rouge Water Company
  • Robert J. Iacullo, Executive Vice President, United Water
  • Robert Maclean, President, California American Water
  • Robert Nicholson, President, San Gabriel Valley Water Company
  • Robert Sprowls, President and CEO, American States Water Company
  • Sandy Sullivan, Vice President of Government and Industry Relations, Veolia North America
  • Steve Meininger, Senior Vice President, CH2M
  • Susan Suhanovsky, President, Torrington Water Company
  • Walter Lynch, President and COO, Regulated Operations, American Water
  • Walton Hill, Senior Vice President, United Water

NAWC announces its 2015-2016 Executive Committee:

  • Immediate Past President: Walter Lynch, President and COO, Regulated Operations, American Water
  • Member: Aldie Warnock, Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Communications and Public Policy, American Water
  • President: Joe Gysel, President, EPCOR Water USA
  • President-elect: Walton Hill, Senior Vice President, United Water
  • Vice President: Martin Kropelnicki, President and CEO, California Water Service Group

See also:

"NAWC Water Summit: Building public trust serves as primary focus of event"

"NAWC names Connecticut Water winner of 2015 Management Innovation Awards"

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