Meet Our Leadership
When you combine the spirit of public service with private enterprise, you create a powerful force. Our members are helping to shape the future of water management by their actions, and a unique aspect of our industry is the cooperation between companies. One of our association's strengths is our ability to leverage members' professional relationships and national experience to solve challenges.
To sustain a resolute vision for the association, the NAWC is led by a president chosen each year by peers on our Board of Directors. And to set priorities for the year, the president works closely with NAWC's executive director, president-elect and vice president.
President & CEO
California Water Service Group
A. Kropelnicki is President and Chief Executive Officer of California
Water Service Group, the third-largest investor-owned water and
wastewater utility in the United States. He brings to the position a
strong background in economics, having spent much of his career
in executive- and management level finance positions. But
Kropelnicki has demonstrated keen insight far beyond the world of finance,
and has earned a reputation for his innovation, creativity, and dynamic
management style. One hallmark of his leadership is his
commitment to fulfilling the company’s purpose, which is to enhance the quality
of life for customers, communities, employees, and stockholders.
Kropelnicki holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Arts
Degree in Business Economics from San Jose State University, which named him Graduate
of the Decade in 2002 and Alumni of the Year in 2005 and 2010. The 2009
Bay Area CFO of the Year is also a published author and faculty
member at his alma mater. He serves on the Bay Area Council and the
Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and serves as director of the
National Association of Water Companies. Kropelnicki resides with
his wife, Nicole, and their three children in Marin, California.
Christopher H. Franklin is chief executive officer
of Aqua America. Aqua America is a publicly traded water and wastewater utility holding company with
operating subsidiaries serving approximately 3 million people in eight states.
Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol
NAWC President Elect
President & CEO
Franklin was previously president and chief operating officer, regulated operations. A 20-plus-year
veteran of the company, Franklin has held executive roles in public affairs,
customer operations and as regional president of the company’s southern and
mid-western operations, where he managed eight states. While holding that post,
Franklin significantly increased the performance and earnings power of these
diverse state operations, while simultaneously serving as senior vice president
of the company’s corporate and public affairs, where he was also responsible
for the company's federal, state and municipal legislative affairs, investor
relations, and communications.
Since joining Aqua America in December 1992 as director, corporate and public
affairs, Franklin headed several successful projects, including advocacy for the passage of
legislation designed to provide customers of state-regulated water and
wastewater utilities with improved water quality and better water and
wastewater systems while allowing a fair and reasonable return for shareholders.
Franklin also attained national print and broadcast media coverage for the
company, changed the name and re-branded the company and its subsidiaries, and
expanded its investor relations outreach to increase analyst coverage of the company.
NAWC Vice President
President, Utility Operations
David Stanton serves as president of SUEZ North America’s Utility Segment and is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of regulated water and wastewater businesses across the nation. David has over 25 years of experience in the water industry in the United States and abroad.
Prior to joining SUEZ North America, a subsidiary of SUEZ, David served as chief executive officer and member of the board of APTwater, a company focused on water re-use. David grew APTwater from its inception through organic sales, services and acquisition of new technology. He built an innovative platform and market strategy, assembled a world-class investor base, acquired intellectual property to fuel future growth and compiled an extraordinary management team. Prior to APTwater, he served as chief operating officer and interim chief financial officer of SouthWest Water, where he led the company through a turnaround ending in a sale to a private equity company.
David serves on the advisory board of a large, privately-held technology company and is active in several water industry trade organizations. He is also a recent graduate of the Young Presidents Organization.