Tag Archives: Leadership

Rafael Dautant Strives for 40-Year Perfect WEFTEC Attendance

February 14, 2018

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For decades, Rafael A. Dautant has maintained a perfect WEFTEC attendance record. When he arrives in New Orleans later this year, Dautant will mark a 40-year-milestone for WEFTEC appearances. Dautant joined the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and WEF’s Venezuelan Member Association, Asociación Venezolana de Ingeniería Sanitaria y Ambiental (AVISA), in 1979. While he became […]

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New ‘Words on Water’ Podcasts Cover Infrastructure, Education, and Storms

February 9, 2018

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In new episodes of the ongoing Words on Water podcast series, water leaders discuss topics ranging from infrastructure to education and mentorship to hurricane preparedness. Stream these Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) podcasts online and download audio files on iTunes and the Android Words on Water app. Recent episodes feature: Representative Garret Graves (R–La.) talks […]

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Spreading the Reach of Operations Challenge

January 31, 2018

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Orren West rises through the ranks while contributing to the competition Orren West Jr. believes in Operations Challenge. Staying involved in the competition has helped him rise through the ranks in his career, an experience West wants to pass along to his fellow operators. “I have experienced, personally, professional growth through Ops Challenge, and I […]

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Passing Down an Engineering Legacy in Spain

January 23, 2018

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You might call the Reigs the “first family of wastewater” in Spain. Rafael Reig Armero was a co-founder of a Spanish water-sector organization similar to the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.). He held multiple leadership roles in the water sector until his death in 1999. His son, Benito Reig Carriedo, picked up the baton and […]

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Submit Applications for 2018 WEF Fellows

January 22, 2018

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) is accepting applications for 2018 WEF Fellows candidates. The WEF Fellows Program recognizes the professional achievements and contributions of WEF members to practice areas served by the organization including, but not limited to, design, education, operations, regulation, research, utility management, and leadership. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 1. […]

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2018 Water Leadership Institute Applicants Eligible for Scholarship

November 29, 2017

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Apply now to participate in the 2018 Water Leadership Institute. This Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) program helps emerging water sector leaders develop new skills and knowledge through a curriculum delivered by expert instructors from various public and private organizations. Participants can engage in management training and leadership development through online and in-person meetings […]

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NJWEA’s Jack Lagrosa Remains ‘Young at Heart’

November 29, 2017

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John “Jack” Lagrosa stands among those who have made the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) what it is today. The longtime leader and tireless champion for the association has worked to promote the roles of younger members. As a measure of thanks for his efforts, the organization’s Young Professionals Committee awarded him their Young […]

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Retirement Doesn’t Stop William Grandner from Guiding Young Operators

October 31, 2017

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William Grandner, an icon of New York City’s wastewater treatment sector, has a long history in mentoring wastewater operators. By serving as a mentor for the next generation, he hopes to prepare the sector for an uncertain future. “I am not a psychic, but I know the future of the young operator. I walked in […]

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