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National Association of Water Companies Announces Appointments to the Board of Directors

10/04/2016

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced the organization’s new board of directors at its annual Water Summit this week.

Martin Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Group, has been elected president of the NAWC board of directors. Kropelnicki replaces Joe Gysel, president of EPCOR Water USA. David Stanton, president of SUEZ North America’s Utility Business, has been elected vice president of the board of directors.

“We’re honored to have Marty serve as our board president for 2016-2017,” said Michael Deane, NAWC executive director. “Marty is one of our industry’s most respected and proven leaders, and we look forward to our organization’s continued growth during his tenure.”

“The success NAWC has experienced over this past year is in large part due to Joe’s leadership, and I owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for the commitment he made to the association,” Deane added. “The strength of our organization reflects the guidance of a board of directors comprised of some of the leading authorities in the water industry. Their tireless service is essential to the role NAWC plays in moving the nation’s water forward.”

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 experience, enabling him to offer valuable perspectives on the Group’s corporate planning and budgeting along with operational and financial reporting.

Stanton serves as president of SUEZ North America’s Business Segment where he is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of regulated water and wastewater businesses across the nation. He 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, Stanton served as chief executive officer and member of the board of APTwater, a company focused on water re-use.

NAWC also welcomes the following new members to its 2016-17 board of directors:


• Andrew Gere, San Jose Water Company
• Sherlock Gillet, Peoples Water Service
• Steve Lubertozzi, Utilities, Inc.
• Michael Luu, California Water Service
• Christopher Schilling, SouthWest Water
• Maureen Westbrook, The Connecticut Water Company

Along with returning members, these appointments comprise the full 2016-17 board of directors:

• Martin Kropelnicki, California Water Service Group, President
• Christopher Franklin, Aqua America, Inc., President-Elect
• David Stanton, SUEZ, Vice President
• Stephane Bouvier, Severn Trent North America
• Shawn Bradford, EPCOR Water USA
• Dennis W. Doll, Middlesex Water Company
• Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion Water Company
• Andrew Gere, San Jose Water Company
• Sherlock Gillet, Peoples Water Service
• Joe Gysel, EPCOR Water USA
• Jeffrey Hines, York Water Company
• Patrick Kerr, Baton Rouge Water Company
• Steve Lubertozzi, Utilities, Inc.
• Michael Luu, California Water Service
• Walter Lynch, Regulated Operations, American Water
• Steve Meininger, CH2M
• Robert Nicholson, San Gabriel Valley Water Company
• Christopher Schilling, SouthWest Water
• David Smeltzer, Aqua America, Inc.
• Robert Sprowls, American States Water Company
• Matthew Stanley, Beckley Water Company
• Susan Suhanovsky, Torrington Water Company
• Sandy Sullivan, Veolia North America
• Nicholle Taylor, Artesian Water Company
• Aldie Warnock, American Water
• Maureen Westbrook, The Connecticut Water Company

NAWC announces its 2016 – 2017 Executive Committee:

• President: Martin Kropelnicki, California Water Service Group
• President-elect: Christopher Franklin, Aqua America, Inc.
• Vice President: David Stanton, SUEZ
• Immediate Past President: Joe Gysel, EPCOR Water USA

About the NAWC Water Summit
The NAWC Water Summit is the annual gathering of private water professionals hosted by the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC). The event provides a dynamic forum for government officials, leaders in the water industry and other key stakeholders to exchange ideas, learn from one another and share solutions that sustain businesses and communities. The 2016 NAWC Water Summit took place on October 2-4 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego, California.

About the NAWC
The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is the voice of the private water industry and the organization exclusively representing this group of quality water service providers, innovation drivers, creative financiers and responsible partners. To learn more about NAWC, visit NAWC.org or follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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