Hydraulic Institute announces 2014-2015 Board of Directors.

Press Release Summary:

Dennis Wierzbicki, President of Grundfos USA, has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board, while George Harris, President & CEO of Hydro, Inc. has been elected to serve as HI President. Other HI officers include Michael S. Cropper, VP of Technical Affairs; John White, Jr., VP of Government & Regulatory Affairs; Bob Hendricks, HI VP of Member Services; John Kahren, HI VP of Knowledge & Education; and Robert K. Asdal, HI Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer.

Original Press Release:

The Hydraulic Institute Announces 2014 - 2015 Board of Directors and Officers

Parsippany, NJ,  – The Hydraulic Institute (HI), the global authority on pumps and pumping systems, announced the 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Officers during its Annual meeting recently held in Phoenix, Arizona. The Board is primarily responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the Hydraulic Institute and providing organization oversight.

Dennis Wierzbicki, President, Grundfos USA, has been elected to serve as Chairman of the Board.  George Harris, President & CEO, Hydro, Inc. has been elected to serve as HI President.

Other HI officers are Michael S. Cropper, Director, Product Development, Sulzer Pumps (US) Inc. who remains in his position as Vice President, Technical Affairs; John White, Jr., President & CEO, TACO, Inc. has been elected to serve as HI’s new Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs; Bob Hendricks, President, Industrial Pump Operations, Flowserve has been elected to serve as HI Vice President, Member Services; John Kahren, President, SPP Pumps, Inc. remains in his position as HI Vice President, Knowledge & Education.  Robert K. Asdal, HI Executive Director, also continues to serve as Secretary/Treasurer for the Hydraulic Institute.

Additional Board members, serving terms of varying lengths, include:

  • Jeremy Frank, President & CEO, KCF Technologies, Inc.

  • Rich Heppe, President, Industrial Motors & Systems, Nidec Motor Company

  • Allen Hobratschk, President, National Pump Company

  • Pat Morello, General Manager, General Electric Power Conversion

  • Robert Pagano, Jr., President, ITT - Industrial Process

  • Frank Rebori, President, Smith & Loveless, Inc.

  • Jeff Wiemelt, President, Sundyne, LLC

Past Presidents of HI, Al Huber, President, Patterson Pump Company, Dennis Ziegler, President & CEO, GIW Industries, Ken Napolitano, President, Xylem and John Miersma, President, Iwaki America and Dean Douglas, President, Dover Pump Solutions Group, will continue their active participation in the Institute as ex-officio members of the Board.

Note to Editor: To request a group photo of the HI Board, contact Patrick Maloney, Manager, Marketing & Communications, HI, at pmaloney@Pumps.org.

About the Hydraulic Institute: The mission of the Hydraulic Institute is to be a value-adding resource to member companies, engineering consulting firms, and pump users worldwide by developing and delivering comprehensive industry standards, expanding knowledge by providing education and tools for the effective application, testing, installation, operation, maintenance, and performance optimization of pumps and pumping systems, and by serving as a forum for the exchange of industry information. For more information on the Hydraulic Institute, its member companies and its Standards Partners, visit www.Pumps.org.

Pump Systems Matter: is a non-profit educational organization established by the Hydraulic Institute, and leading utilities and energy efficiency organizations, to educate the industry on the benefits to pump systems optimization and energy efficiency to improve bottom-line savings of end-user companies. For information and registration details on educational offerings visit the Pump Systems Matter website at www.PumpSystemsMatter.org.


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