WQA Leadership Awards

The Water Quality Association annually recognizes individuals and companies who have excelled in their commitment or service to the water quality improvement industry.

Any WQA member is eligible for the Leadership awards with a required minimum commitment or service to the water quality industry evidenced by engagement with WQA, a state or regional WQA, or other industry association. In addition to that, each award has requirements described on the individual awards pages: Hall of Fame AwardLifetime Membership AwardKey AwardRay Cross AwardRegents AwardAward of MeritInternational Award of MeritNext Gen Award, or Honorary Membership Award

Nominations are evaluated against each individual award criteria by the Nominating Committee, and recommended award recipients are reviewed and approved by the WQA Board of Governors and announced at the following year's WQA Convention & Exposition.

Nominations for 2023 Leadership Awards will open in Fall 2022.

The new WQA Excellence Award was established in 2017 to honor member companies that demonstrate excellence in customer service, business operations, community service, and innovation. It can be presented in two categories:  Manufacturer/Supplier and Dealer. Companies apply for this honor rather than being nominated; at minimum, the applicant must have been a WQA member for at least three years, sell or manufacture certified products and have at least one certified professional on staff. 

Please note that not all awards are necessarily given each year. 

Applications for the 2023 WQA Excellence Awards will open in Fall 2022.

2021 Honorees

 

 

 
 

HALL OF FAME
Michael Mecca

Performance Water Products

View his 2021 Convention speech

 

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
Joseph J. Huemann, CWS, CI
Huemann Water Conditioning

View his 2021 Convention speech

 

KEY AWARD
Francis J. DeSilva
ResinTech, Inc.

KEY AWARD
Amanda
Wakem-Moore, CWS

Atlantic Filter Corporation

RAY CROSS AWARD
Larry Gottlieb
ResinTech, Inc.

RAY CROSS AWARD
Doug Ramer,
MWS, CWR

Martin Water Conditioning

REGENTS AWARD
Jeffrey J. Hellenbrand
Hellenbrand, Inc.

REGENTS AWARD
Greg Reyneke, MWS
Red Fox Advisors

AWARD OF MERIT
Doug Anderson
Culligan International Company

AWARD OF MERIT
Rick Andrew
NSF International

AWARD OF MERIT
Joshua C. Greene
A.O. Smith
INTERNATIONAL
AWARD OF MERIT

Sun Yong Lee, Ph.D.
Coway Co. Ltd.

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP 
Hon. Dan Kildee
U.S. Congressman

 

HONORARY MEMBERSHIP 
Darren A. Lytle, Ph.D.
U.S. EPA
   
  NEXT GEN AWARD
Lauren Del Ciello
Water Quality Products Magazine
NEXT GEN AWARD
Jun Kim, Ph.D.
Amway Corp.
 


(You can read the full award descriptions and winners' biographies here).

2021 Excellence Awards

Dealer Category - Fillmaster Systems LLC, Columbia, MD

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Fillmaster Systems designs, builds, installs and services automated digital water dispensers that reconstitute powdered medications in pharmacies and flavor them. When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the company to close its main office and have employees work from home, two large 3D printers were idled. With the approval of CEO Stu Amos, Fillmaster Technical Director Dan Connor brought the printers and filaments to his home office to use in creating face shields to donate to local hospitals in desperate need of PPE for their staff. Each face shield takes four hours to print, but running the printers constantly from mid-March to the end of May created 400 face shields (1,600 hours work) that were donated to Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical Center and several other medical facilities in Maryland.

Fillmaster & FlavorX employees also volunteer annually at the "Believe in Tomorrow" house in Baltimore, which offers no-cost overnight accommodations to families of critically ill children that are receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.  A team of 10 employees prepared on-site dinner, dessert and lunches for the residents during a 2019 visit, and although COVID restrictions prevented a 2020 visit, they are looking forward to being able to do similar work in 2021.

Manufacturer/Supplier/Retailer category - ELkay Manufacturing, Chicago, IL

Elkay is honored for its extensive community involvement as well as two innovations that have increased the availability of filtered drinking water while decreasing the number of single-use plastic bottles and aluminum cans in use.

Elkay annually donates $25,000 of hands-free bottle fillers and other products to local non-profits and community associations serving underprivileged youth. During the pandemic, the company donated sinks, handwash stations, masks, and acrylic barriers to pop-up hospitals, too. Elkay’s annual giving campaign serves more than 60 major non-profits, and the company provides two full days of paid time-off for employees to volunteer in the community.

The company’s Smartwell Beverage Dispenser, which allows users to mix zero-calorie natural fruit flavors and add natural sweetener and enhancements to still or sparkling water, can save companies 61 to 152 pounds of single-use plastic each month. The ezH2O line of filtered water fountains and bottle filling stations have saved an estimated 26 billion single-use bottles – and studies show that 60% of such bottles would have ended in landfills or the environment.