Press Release

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

For immediate release:

The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) announced the organization’s 2017-2018 board of directors at its annual Water Summit this week in Seattle, Washington.

Chris Franklin, president and Chief Executive Officer of Aqua America, Inc., has been elected president of the NAWC board of directors. Franklin replaces Martin Kropelnicki, president and Chief Executive Officer of California Water Service Group.

Franklin has served in several positions at Aqua America prior to becoming president and Chief Executive Officer, most recently serving as president and Chief Operating Officer, regulated operations. He also 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.

Franklin has led several successful projects for Aqua America, 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 changed the name and rebranded the company and its subsidiaries, and expanded its investor relations outreach to increase analyst coverage of the company.

“We are honored to have Chris serve as our board president,” said Michael Deane, NAWC executive director. “Chris is a well-respected leader in the water industry. Our organization will benefit greatly during his tenure as we continue to serve as the voice of the private water industry.”

“We thank Marty Kropelnicki for his leadership and commitment to NAWC,” Deane added. “Marty and the entire board, some of the leading authorities in the water industry, helped strengthen our organization this past year. Their tireless service is essential to the role NAWC plays in moving the nation’s water forward.”

NAWC also welcomes the following new members to its 2017-18 board of directors:

  • Lawrence M. Morales, East Pasadena Water Company
  • Donald Morrissey, Aquarion Water Company

Along with returning members, these appointments comprise the full 2017-18 board of directors:

  • Christopher Franklin, Aqua America, Inc., President
  • Martin Kropelnicki, California Water Service Group, Immediate Past President
  • David Stanton, SUEZ North America, President-Elect
  • Andrew Gere, San Jose Water Company, Vice President
  • Sherlock Gillet, Peoples Water Service, At-Large Director
  • Lawrence M. Morales, East Pasadena Water Company, At-Large Director
  • Susan Suhanovsky, Torrington Water Company, At-Large Director
  • Stephane Bouvier, Severn Trent North America
  • Shawn Bradford, EPCOR Water USA
  • Dennis W. Doll, Middlesex Water Company
  • Jeffrey Hines, York Water Company
  • Patrick Kerr, Baton Rouge Water Company
  • Steve Lubertozzi, Utilities, Inc.
  • Michael Luu, California Water Service
  • Walter Lynch, American Water
  • Steve Meininger, CH2M
  • Donald Morrissey, Aquarion Water Company
  • Keavin Nelson, Veolia Water North America
  • Robert Nicholson, San Gabriel Valley Water Company
  • Christopher Schilling, SouthWest Water
  • David Smeltzer, Aqua America, Inc.
  • Robert Sprowls, American States Water Company
  • Nicholle Taylor, Artesian Water Company
  • Aldie Warnock, American Water
  • Maureen Westbrook, The Connecticut Water Company

NAWC announces its 2017–2018 Executive Committee:

  • President: Christopher Franklin, Aqua America, Inc
  • President-elect: David Stanton, SUEZ North America
  • Vice President: Andrew Gere, San Jose Water Company
  • Immediate Past President: Martin Kropelnicki, California Water Service Group

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 2017 NAWC Water Summit took place on October 15-17 at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

About NAWC

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) member companies safeguard public health and promote environmental stewardship as they serve the water and wastewater needs of nearly 73 million Americans every day. NAWC members have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. The 10 largest NAWC member companies collectively invest nearly $3.7 billion annually to ensure their water infrastructure is well maintained and that safe and clean drinking water is available whenever needed. Learn more about NAWC and the companies we proudly represent at or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.