New President Richard Mest points to upcoming industry challenges and opportunities
The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) elected Pottstown, Pa., resident Richard Mest of Master Water Conditioning Corp. as association president. The election took place at WQA Aquatech USA 2013 in Indianapolis.
Mest is a longtime leader in the industry, most recently earning the WQA Key Award in 2011, honoring his qualities of leadership in his company, industry and various associations, and local civic and community activities.
“Our industry is facing great challenges and opportunities,” Mest said. “Fortunately we have a vibrant membership committed to positive solutions.”
Mest is well known in the industry as an educator, writer and leader. Serving on many boards and committees, he helped develop the testing protocol for one of the industry’s key standards. He has offered his experience and knowledge to the create education materials and certification programs that keep the industry up to date and well respected. He has also performed seminars for water treatment-related trade associations, health departments and children’s programs.
Mest pointed to industry progress on a number of issues that he says he will work on with other association leaders to continue to push. These include final barrier initiatives, working more closely with elected officials, and promoting independent studies to show the realities behind water treatment products.
“We are an industry dedicated to providing consumers with vital information and the highest quality products, as well as protecting the public interest, and I am proud to be part of that tradition,” Mest said.