Plumber Industry News: September 2020

A roundup of recent industry news exclusively for plumbing professionals

Jim Tucci
Jim Tucci

Flomatic names new national sales manager
Flomatic Corp. announced the promotion of Jim Tucci to national sales manager. Tucci will continue to lead the expansion of Flomatic valve products nationally and internationally. In addition, Tucci will now oversee Flomatic’s customer service department. He joined Flomatic in August of 2014 as the industrial and municipal sales engineer after a long career as a driller both as an owner/operator of a water well and geothermal drilling company in upstate New York and several positions with environmental firms performing sonic drilling and direct-push sampling.

Jim Murray announces name change and office move
Jim Murray announced the company name will change to JMI Pump Systems and that the company is moving into its new Germantown, Wisconsin, facility at W194 N11695 McCormick Drive. Providing products and services to Wisconsin and northern Illinois since 1958, JMI was founded by Angela and Jim Murray.

Katie Poehling Seymour
Katie Poehling Seymour

First Supply’s Poehling Seymour wins Woman of the Year award
American Supply Association’s Women in Industry Division recently announced Katie Poehling Seymour, the First Supply chief administrative officer and chief operating officer, Kitchen and Bath Stores, is the recipient of the 2020 Alice A. Martin Woman of the Year award. She was to receive the award at the Women in Industry ELEVATE2020 event in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this year that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr. Rooter celebrates strong first half of 2020
Mr. Rooter Plumbing awarded five new franchise agreements and expanded to five additional territories for existing franchise owners from January through June of 2020. This growth brings the total size of the network to almost 250 locations open and in development across North America with a strong forecast of continued expansion ahead.

Bill Bendel
Bill Bendel

Griffco Valve names Bendel as product/technical manager
Griffco Valve announced the appointment of Bill Bendel to the position of product/technical manager. He will be responsible for compiling and prioritizing product and customer requirements, defining product goals, and working with Griffco engineering, sales and marketing to support the company’s distributors, end users and channel partners.

Dalithia Smith
Dalithia Smith

Oatey promotes Smith to vice president and chief HR officer
Oatey announced the promotion of Dalithia Smith to vice president and chief human resources officer.

Smith joined Oatey just over two years ago as vice president, human resources, and has more than 20 years of experience in human resources leadership. Prior to joining Oatey, she spent 10 years at Lincoln Electric, most recently as vice president, human resources, Americas welding.

Watts announces new leaders for key business units
Watts announced new leaders for several key business units. Jim Koepsell was appointed the general manager of Watts’ drains and industrial businesses. Previously, Koepsell led Watts’ commercial operations organization. Atul Sharma was named the director of Watts’ commercial operations and general manager for Watts’ SynctaSM business. Previously, Sharma led multiple strategic projects for Watts and served on the Corporate Strategy & Business Development team. Carlos Haddad was appointed general manager for Watts’ Dormont gas business unit in addition to his existing role as vice president of marketing and business development, Americas and Europe. He is responsible for Watts’ gas connector and gas safety systems for residential, commercial and food service applications.

Jim Koepsell
Jim Koepsell
Atul Sharma
Atul Sharma
Carlos Haddad
Carlos Haddad


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