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WQA to fill eight board seats during Annual Meeting
Voting, gavel exchange to take place during online session April 27

LISLE, Ill. (March 16, 2021) – A slate of nominees for the Water Quality Association Board of Directors is up for election at the association’s 2021 Annual Meeting, which will be held during a special online event beginning at noon EDT (11 a.m. CDT) on Tuesday, April 27.  Vice President Toby Thomas of Kinetico Incorporated is expected to assume the presidency, ceremoniously taking the gavel from outgoing president DJ Shannahan of Sharp Water Culligan.

The association is required to hold an annual business meeting each spring for election of officers. The meeting typically takes place during the WQA Convention and Exposition, but because the 2021 convention has been delayed until July 28-30, the business session will be held online this year. During this virtual Annual Meeting, WQA also will announce winners of its 2021 Leadership Awards, will hear from its leadership and will enjoy a keynote address by Curtis Dubay, Senior Economist at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Policy Division.

Members are elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors; eight of the 24 members also serve as the association’s Board of Governors.  This year’s board nominees:

Manufacturer/Supplier category

  • Edward P. “Ted” Jones, MWS, Kinetico Incorporated, Newbury, OH
  • Mike Mitchell, PUR Water Filtration Products, KAZ USA Inc., Marlboro, MA (seeking re-election)
  • Michael Mormino, ENPRESS, LLC, Eastlake, OH
  • James F. Stern, A.O. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, WI (seeking re-election)
  • Becky Tallon, A.O. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, WI

Dealer Category

  • Michael Herman, MWS, Ultrapure & Industrial Services, LLC, Dallas, TX (seeking re-election)
  • Doug Ramer, MWS, CWR, Martin Water Conditioning, Myerstown, PA (seeking re-election)
  • Greg Reyneke, MWS, Red Fox Advisors, Orem, UT (seeking re-election)

Each nominee’s biography and more information about the annual business meeting is posted on the WQA website. Members unable to attend the meeting live can complete proxy voting forms and return them to WQA Offices by April 15.

Members who attend the live webcast will be able to vote for directors online. Registration for the free event will be available online shortly by visiting


WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977.  The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). WQA publishes a consumer-friendly website,

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