Marc Vermeulen, M.Sc., CWT
Marc began his career in water treatment as a product development chemist with Nalco Chemicals Ltd. in 1992 after earning his B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia and his M.Sc. from the University of Alberta. In addition to Nalco Chemicals, Marc has worked for GE Betz Dearborn and Guardian Chemicals over his 20-year career in the water treatment industry. He started his own consulting and water management company, Hawkstone Solutions, based out of Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada, in September of 2012. The company is providing water treatment consulting and chemical treatment to a variety of industrial water users in western Canada and the Middle East. Marc is a member of the International Power Engineers of Canada and the Alberta Water & Wastewater Operators Association of Alberta. In 2008, Marc earned the CWT designation.
David Wagenfuhr, LEED AP O&M
Water Engineering Inc.
David started in the water treatment industry in 2008 with a small startup company in Dallas. David moved to Water Engineering in 2010 and started a territory in Colorado. He moved to WEI headquarters in 2012 as Vice President and is now President. He graduated from Creighton University in 2004 with a BA in Marketing and played professional Soccer in Dallas from 2004-2008. Water Engineering is a regional full service water treatment company that provides water treatment services to end users and blends chemicals for a number of other AWT members. David obtained his LEED AP in 2010 and has worked on numerous LEED projects.
Thomas F. Brandvold, CWT
Premier Water & Energy Technology, Inc.
Born into a water treatment family, Tom Brandvold's aquatic journey began in 1973, sweeping floors and making labels for his father's company, Branchemco, Inc., a charter member of AWT. By 1976, he was working after school and during summers running water and QC analyses in the company lab and was also involved in manufacturing. In 1979, he moved to the field, first as a service technician and eventually as a water treatment consultant. Tom worked his way through college, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in marketing, while building and caring for a portfolio of boiler and cooling clients. In 1986, after working in operations, sales and marketing, and accounting, Tom acquired the majority interest in Branchemco and re-launched it as Premier Water and Energy Technology, Inc. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, Premier has been blessed to have grown to serve six states with innovative solutions to a wide array of water challenges. Tom, who became a Certified Water Technologist (CWT) in 1995, continues to serve as president of Premier and is a passionate advocate of our industry.
Michael Bourgeois, CWT
Chemco Products Company, Inc.
Michael Bourgeois first developed a life-long interest in water treatment nearly 30 years ago, while treating boilers and steam generators in the US Navy. After leaving the Navy, Michael joined a large specialty chemical company and worked as a chemical sales and service representative in various areas in Northern and Southern California. During his career, Michael has had a variety of positions including Field Service Representative, Account Executive, Area Manager, and Technical Director. Michael joined Chemco Products Company 3 years ago and is the Regional Sales Manager for the Southern Region as well as the Corporate Technical Director for Water and Waste Water. Michael earned his Bachelors in Physics from University of San Diego and holds the CWT (Certified Water Technologist) designation. Michael serves on a variety of AWT Committees including the Technical Committee, the Boiler Sub-Committee and the Certification Committee.
Immediate Past President
Bruce T. Ketrick, Jr., CWT
Bruce Ketrick Jr. began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative and later a technical trainer. Bruce's career in water technologies started 13 years ago with Guardian CSC. During his employment with Guardian CSC he has held various positions including Field Service Representative, Sales Management, and Business Manager. Bruce has been involved in the creation and management of new companies and divisions including: EnvoGuard an environmental products company, KTS (Ketrick Technical Services) a custom blending, specialty products, technical support and consulting company, and the Equipment Division of Guardian CSC offering design, installation and support of industrial water technologies equipment with a focus on controls, reverse osmosis, pretreatment and filters. Bruce earned his BS in Biology from Juniata College and holds the CWT (Certified Water Technologist) designation.
Matt Jensen, CWT
Watertech of America, Inc.
Starting with a box of pipe pieces and a bucket of water in his dad’s workshop, Matt Jensen developed an early fascination with the use and movement of water. When Matt was growing up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, his appreciation of water flourished, and he spent much of his summer days sailing and fishing. In 2003, Matt graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he majored in analytical chemistry and minored in American history. During his final summer in college, he did an internship with BetzDearborn, where his interest in water treatment began. After a short time with Brenntag selling commodity chemicals to the food, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemical industries, Matt went to work for Garratt Callahan selling primarily in the food and healthcare markets. He then went on to Watertech of America, Inc., where he began working as a territory manager and recently transitioned into the role of director of applied technologies. His responsibilities include technical support for the sales team, product management and development, chemical program management, and large market sales development. Matt earned his CWT in 2009, and is actively involved in both the Young Professionals Group and the Technical Committee. He currently resides in Eaton, Wisconsin, where he lives with his wife, Courtney; their son, Will (8) and daughter, Sawyer (4); their dog, Bailey; and their 11 chickens and four ducks.
Andrew C. Kruck, CWT
Bluegrass Kesco, Inc.
Andy Kruck is a 27-year water treatment veteran. Andy has worked with four AWT member companies, beginning his career at Aquaphase, Inc. (formerly Aquaphase Laboratories). Over 23 years of service there, he served in many capacities, including blending house, service technician, field representative, and field operations manager. At Weas Engineering and AP Tech Group, Andy served as a field representative before finding his home at Bluegrass KESCO, Inc. in 2014, where he serves as a senior account manager as well as in a technical support role. Andy has attended many AWT Annual Conventions and has volunteered his time and resources to the Certification Committee since 2001, and served as Certification Committee Chairman for four consecutive terms and still serves on the Certification Committee today. Andy lives in Hermitage, Tennessee, with his two daughters, Angela (18) and Jillian (16), both of whom are gifted students and enjoy outdoor activities. Andy plays soccer year-round and also enjoys helping to fix friends’ cars, air conditioners, lawnmowers, and other equipment.
Water Tech Specialists, Inc.
Bonnee Randall grew up in a family water treatment business and has experienced every aspect of successfully operating and managing a business. Bonnee has served in many roles over the years from lab technician, delivery driver, formulator, compounder, service technician, warehouse supervisor, file clerk, customer service representative, and office manager. After 25 years of hard work and dedication, Bonnee now serves as CFO and part owner of Water Tech Specialties, Inc.
Andy Weas, CWT
Weas Engineering, Inc..
Andy Weas has worked in the water treatment industry and been involved with the Association of Water Technologies (AWT) for over 20 years and is the second generation of his family to lead Weas Engineering, which is based near Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy grew up around the water treatment business and has worked in many roles for Weas Engineering including sales, technical, production, and administrative operations. He is currently the president of Weas Engineering. Andy is a member of NACE, NAPE, and multiple trade associations. Andy is a 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and also worked outside the water treatment industry for a few years in investment banking. Andy earned the Certified Water Technologist (CWT) designation in 1998.
Ex-officio Supplier Representative
Brenntag North America
Kevin Cope has been involved in the water treatment industry since 1978. He is a graduate of Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. He began his water treatment career with Petrolite focusing on oily wastes and flotation. Kevin went on to use this experience as a polymer specialist for Dearborn Chemical in the Northeast United States. As Product Manager for the F.B. Leopold Company he developed an understanding of the equipment side of the water treatment industry, ranging from clarification and filtration to sludge dewatering and stabilization. During a ten year career at Calgon Chemical he worked on various cooling and boiler applications which was the bases for his promotion to Water Treatment Training Manager, focusing on and developing various training programs for waste water, cooling and boiler programs. Kevin began his career as an Area Manager for Kemira Chemical with responsibilities for the Northeast US and Canada. Currently Kevin is in Business and Application development for Brenntag North America.