SFBS PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

By Gary Warren, EBMUD

Recognition of Award Winners at SFBS’ Annual Awards Banquet

Congratulations to all the SFBS members and agencies recognized for their hard work and effort over the past year. Our annual awards banquet was held at the Concord Hilton on January 26th, with another record attendance. Over 27 nominations were received, and the winners are …

Award Category Recipient
 Al Ditman Professional Development Training  Brooke Wright, Stantec
 Andy Stamatelos Service Award  Kathryn Gies, West Yost Associates
 Collection System Person of the Year  Dennis Lambert, Rodeo Sanitary District
 Collection Systems Medium  City of Hayward
 Collection Systems Small  Ironhouse Sanitary District
 Community Outreach Person of the Year  Roni Gehlke, Ironhouse Sanitary District
Community Outreach Project of the Year  Ironhouse Sanitary District
 Electrical Instrumentation Person of the Year  Sean Sullivan, Central Contra Costa Sanitary District (CCCSD)
 Engineering Achievement  CCCSD
 Mechanical Technician Person of the Year  Bernard Martinez, CCCSD
 Operator of the Year  Jim Petalio, Rodeo Sanitary District
 Plant of the Year  Ironhouse Sanitary District
 Supervisor of the Year  Louis Solana, Ironhouse Sanitary District

Good luck to all those competing at the state level at the Annual Conference! Also, thanks to all who helped in making this local event a great success.

SFBS Board Update

Please welcome our new 2nd Year Director on the Board, Mike Walkowiak of Brown & Caldwell. Mike has been very involved with the Section over many years, primarily through the Professional Development Committee. Arvind Akela, Silicone Valley Clean Water, and Kathryn Gies, West Yost Associates, should also be thanked for their completion of five year stints on the Board, a significant accomplishment! It’s been great working with them.

Student and Young Professionals (SYP) Committee – Annual Evening with Industry and Career Fair

The job market seems to be outstanding for students and young professionals. Employers seem to be faced with a high level of completion for qualified staff. Our annual career fair provides a great opportunity for targeting students and local employers focused on the wastewater industry. Please mark your calendar for February 22nd. Details are posted on the SFBS website. Thanks to the SYP for organizing this. We hope to see you there.

CWEA’s Annual Conference 2018 (AC18)

It’s never too early to register for CWEA’s annual conference. The event will be in Sacramento on April 17th to 20th. The conference includes a wide range of events including technical workshops and seminars with vendor booths and demonstrations. Details are available on CWEA’s website.

Thanks again and have a wonderful 2018!

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