AqueoUS Vets expands senior leadership team

Solutions provider for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) treatment AqueoUS Vets (AV) has expanded its leadership team. As the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is poised to finalise the maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for six common PFAS, the expanded team will ensure AV is equipped to protect public health and ensure safe water for communities nationwide.

The leadership expansion comes on the heels of Dr Mirka Wilderer’s appointment to president and CEO of AV. Dr Wilderer said, “I am thrilled to work alongside this driven, entrepreneurial and insightful team of industry leaders who will help the AV name become ubiquitous in the water space as a company that enables forward-thinking customers with solutions.”

AV welcomes these team members into executive leadership positions:

T.J. Westerhaus, vice-president of sales operations

With a background in marketing and sales, Westerhaus is poised to contribute to AV’s continued growth. As vice-president of sales operations, Westerhaus will assume the responsibility of driving lead generation, bolstering AV’s marketing strategy, and overseeing the channel partner programme in collaboration with the marketing and sales team.

Richard Botteicher, vice-president of execution

Botteicher is a business leader with more than two decades of experience in the water and wastewater markets of North America. Botteicher started his career as a civil design consultant, and most recently led new market development for a small, specialty buried infrastructure consultancy. Botteicher has participated in all phases of municipal projects, and his in-depth organisational management experience enables him to provide a full-spectrum view of a project as it relates to each of the project participants, with a focus on mutual project success.

Daniel Funk, contracts manager

As contracts manager, Funk leverages his experience in federal procurement, litigation, and mediation to oversee the process of contract review and engage in negotiations with customers. Prior to AV, Funk worked on the contingency response to the US Navy Red Hill Aquifer Contamination, US Navy PFAS remediation efforts in Japan, and certification of the on-site US Navy water lab in Cuba. He also served as lead contracts, supporting and managing a team of commercial and defense contract professionals spanning the US and Europe. Funk has worked alongside the US Navy, Department of Health, and EPA officials on water treatment actions supporting US environmental issues at home and abroad.

Conrad Hopp, strategic initiatives manager

As strategic initiatives manager, Hopp supports the AV CEO in four main capacities: planning and alignment, strategic partnerships and corporate development, strategic projects and direct support. Hopp brings an understanding of the emerging contaminants market to the position, and has a proven track record of leading the advisory services team at BlueTech Research, a global provider of water technology market intelligence. Prior to his time at BlueTech Research, Hopp co-founded an advanced wastewater treatment company where he led operations, business development, and raised venture capital for R&D efforts.

Leading the water treatment industry in addressing contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), AV couples its technology with its custom solutions for site design, manufacturing, delivery and assembly. This ‘concept to commission’ approach is said to help a growing number of municipalities navigate supply-chain and labour challenges to deliver safe drinking water more efficiently.