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Rich Meeusen
Board Co-chair
President/CEO/Chairman, BadgerMeter

Paul Jones
Board Co-chair
Retired Executive Chairman, A.O. Smith Corporation

Julia Taylor
President, Greater Milwaukee Committee

Todd Adams
President & CEO, Rexnord Corporation

Kirk Allen
President & CEO, Sloan Valve Company

Steve Booth
President & CEO, Robert W. Baird & Company, Inc.

Preston Cole
Commissioner, Department of Neighborhood Services, City of Milwaukee Member, Wisconsin Natural Resources Board

Glen Daigger
President, One Water Solutions LLC

Katherine M. Gehl

Mary Jean Huston
State Director, The Nature Conservancy

Dennis Klein
CD Smith Construction

Michael Lovell
President, Marquette University

John Matthews
Principal, Matthews Strategic Services, LLC

Mark Mone
Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Puon Penn
Executive Vice President/Co-Head, Technology Banking Group, Wells Fargo

Kevin Shafer
Executive Director, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Jim Stern
Executive Vice President, A.O. Smith Corporation

Lee Swindall
Vice President, Sector Strategy Development Division, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Deon van As
Vice President, Global Supply Chain Excellence, MolsonCoors


Founded on a century of discovering inventive solutions for water issues, The Water Council was established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With a mission of aligning the regional freshwater research community with water-related industries, we take great pride in having coalesced the leading water technology cluster in the United States as one of the most powerful in the world.

Headquartered in the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Water Council links together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), acclaimed academic research programs and some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water professionals. The driving force behind this success is the spirit of collaboration between public, private and academic sectors and the shared commitment to finding innovative solutions to critical global water issues.


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