The American Water Works Association Board of Directors elected Gene Koontz of Lemoyne, Penn., as the association’s next president-elect and chose five new vice presidents and two directors-at-large.
An AWWA member since 1982, Koontz oversees environmental services for Gannett Fleming Inc., a global infrastructure firm that provides planning, design, technology, and construction management services for a diverse range of markets and disciplines. He has served as an active volunteer and leader within the AWWA Pennsylvania Section as well as on the broader Association level.
Koontz begins his role as president-elect in June 2014, at the conclusion of AWWA’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Boston, Mass. He will serve his one-year presidential term beginning in June of 2015.
A civil engineering graduate from Lehigh University, Koontz has held many leadership positions within the Pennsylvania Section, including Section Chair, Chair of the Water Quality Committee, member of the Water Utility Council, and Chair of the Program Committee. On a broader level, he has served on three separate Water Research Foundation project advisory committees.
The five new vice presidents selected by the Board are:
Also elected were a director-at-large and a service provider director-at-large.
The director-at-large is Uma Vempati from the Minnesota Section, a principal engineer with Brown and Caldwell. At the section, he has served as secretary/treasurer, assistant section secretary and a member of various section committees.
The service provider director-at-large is Pete Samson from the Ontario Water Works Association. Samson is team leader and system integrator with Eramosa Engineering Inc. in Guelph, Ontario. At the section, he has served on many committees, including the Young Professionals Committee, the Website Ad-Hoc, and the Young Professionals Student Chapter Leadership Forum.
About The American Water Works Association
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.
SOURCE: The American Water Works Association