Recently, The Water Council announced the appointment of three new board members to the full board of directors beginning in 2018. The new board members are national business executives with a variety of public and private sector backgrounds.
These new board members are:
- Scott Beightol, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.
He serves as an outside general counsel to businesses, owners, and boards of directors to ensure legal compliance of their operations and initiatives. Beightol advises clients in a variety of industries but is particularly experienced in advanced manufacturing, transportation, healthcare, and financial services. He also represents businesses before federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the country in all areas of employment law as well as commercial law.
- Tricia Braun, Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Braun brings nearly 20 years of economic development leadership experience in three states. Before joining the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) in November 2013, she was the director of economic development in Riverside, California, United States (U.S.). There, Braun oversaw the attraction and subsequent construction of numerous major commercial and industrial projects that brought thousands of new jobs and several hundred million dollars in new capital investment to Riverside. Additionally, she was also a key leader in efforts to develop Riverside’s economic development strategy, a collaboration-based movement centred on improving the overall quality of life in the region.
- Jim Zarzycki, National Advisory Council Member, Federal laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer
The former director of the DOD Edgewood Chemical Biological Centre at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, U.S., where he directed and oversaw the efforts of more than 1,500 scientists, engineers, and technicians working in chemical and biological defence technologies. Zarzycki also managed technology development efforts in support of several national and international chemical and biological security programmes. Zarzycki brings over 25 years of leadership at public and private organisations dealing with toxic and hazardous waste sites, including as a senior vice president for a national environmental consulting firm.
The new board members were elected at the fourth quarter board meeting held in December 2017 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, U.S.
“By expanding the board with experts on technology development, public-private partnerships and strategic business management, our capabilities, and strengths as a growing global organisation are immediately enhanced,” Rich Meeusen, co-chair and co-founder of The Water Council as well as president, CEO, and chairman of Badger Meter. “With this expansion, we also expect to substantially increase our impact and alignment with our state and cluster’s business and workforce attraction vision.”