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Water Quality Association announces top awards at annual Convention in Denver

New Excellence award recognizes companies for innovation, customer service


DENVER, Colo.  (March 28, 2018) – The Water Quality Association recognized several of its members at the Opening General Session of its annual Convention & Exposition in Denver, Colo. Among the highlights were WQA’s Lifetime Member and Hall of Fame awards along with a new honor this year, the Excellence award to single out member companies that have excelled in their operations, innovation, customer service or community involvement.


The prestigious 2018 Hall of Fame award went to Don D. Vaughan of Clack Corporation. Vaughan, of Windsor, Wis., has been in the water treatment industry since 1977, starting as a junior engineer and moving up to vice president of research and development.


WQA’s Lifetime Member Award went to Frank Brigano, PhD., of West Haven, Conn. Brigano is vice president, senior research fellow at Marmon Water Inc., responsible for identifying and acquiring new technologies. He is a past WQA Director and a past recipient of the WQA Award of Merit.


The new WQA Excellence Award went to Amway Corporation of Ada, Mich. in the Manufacturer-Supplier category, and to Professional Water Systems, Inc., of Ridgefield, Conn., in the Dealer Category. Amway was recognized for its Power of 5 Campaign to improve the nutrition, health and wellness of children and families around the world. Professional Water systems was honored for its work with legislators and regulators on restrictions for water softeners’ discharge to septic systems.


Lori Jansen of the Minnesota Water Quality Association was honored with the Ray Cross award, which recognizes members who display a pioneer spirit and have made a notable difference in the water treatment industry. Michael J. McGowan of McGowan Water Conditioning, Mankato, Minn., was presented with the Regents award for significant contributions at the state or local level on issues affecting the industry.


WQA’s Honorary Membership Award for meritorious research, education or exemplary service went to Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech. The WQA Award of Merit for exceptional service to the water improvement industry was given to Mark J. Brotman of Kinetico Inc., Newbury, OH, and the Key Award, which recognizes a member for demonstrating the highest qualities of leadership as well as civic and community activities was presented to Michael J. Urbans of Urbans Aqua of Lima, Pa.  The Next Gen award, which is given to individuals WQA feels are making an impact at the early stage of their careers went to Alex Duffine of the Duff Company, Norristown, Pa.



WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).


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