Ep 14: The One with Mike Standish

Our guest today is Mike Standish, co-founder of Radical Polymers. Mike has over 28 years experience in polymer additive design and development. Prior to forming Radical Polymers, Mike served in technical and business leadership roles within global, publicly traded chemical companies and is responsible for the development and patenting of industry leading polymers for use in the water treatment, oilfield and detergent industries.

In this episode Mike will be talking about what we need to know about polymers and also how we can take all of those categories and lump them into three simple categories so we know what they do based on functional groups.

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Ep13 The One with Bruce Ketrick Jr.

Our guest today is Bruce T. Ketrick Jr., president of the Association of Water Technologies. Bruce began his career in the pharmaceutical industry as a sales representative and later a technical trainer. Bruce’s career in water technologies started 13 years ago with Guardian CSC. During his employment with Guardian CSC he has held various positions including Field Service Representative, Sales Management, and Business Manager. Bruce has been involved in the creation and management of new companies and divisions including: EnvoGuard an environmental products company, KTS (Ketrick Technical Services) a custom blending, specialty products, technical support and consulting company, and the Equipment Division of Guardian CSC offering design, installation and support of industrial water technologies equipment with a focus on controls, reverse osmosis, pretreatment and filters.

We also talk about water softeners and answer some listener questions in “Pinks and Blues.”

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Ep12: The One with Michelle Farmerie

Marketing and Mentorship in the Water Treatment Industry with Michelle Farmerie.

Our guest today is Michelle Farmerie. Michelle is the daughter of Jay Farmerie and the Marketing Director for GLA Water Consultant, Inc. Michelle has also become more involved in the water treatment industry by joining various AWT committees. Most significantly, she has taken lead of the Young Professionals Group whose purpose is to help solidify the future of the AWT. Michelle also participates in annual Training Seminars to continue to learn more about the water treatment industry and to better understand actual hands-on operations that take place at customer sites. On today’s episode Michelle tells us more about what she’s doing with AWT, the marketing side of the water treatment industry, and we are answering some questions.

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EP11: The One with Mike Iverson

Our guest today is Michael Iverson, part-time CFO for Blackmore Enterprise. Michael is an experienced financial executive with over 25 years of financial accounting and management experience at both privately held and publicly traded companies. He has an understanding of all things financial and the cool thing about Mike is he is able to put things in a way that you can understand it and from that, to make informed decisions based on that information. On today’s episode we’re talking a little bit about finance and how we manage things that go along with that.

We also talk about the differences between D.A. and Feedwater tanks, corrosion coupons and a few more things…

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EP9: The L Word

Today’s show is something that most of us misunderstand, we don’t know how to talk to our customers about it, and we simply do not know what the right information is and where to go find it. We are talking about the L word today; Legionella. We are going to get to the bottom of what Legionella is, what we need to know about it, how we explain it to our customers, and how we get everybody working together towards a common goal.

Episode 9: Show Notes

We welcome Dr. Janet E. Stout, she is the president and director of Special Pathogens Laboratory, and research associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Continue Reading

Ep #10 Transcript

EPISODE 09

[INTRODUCTION]

[0:00:08.2] TB: Welcome to Scaling up the podcast for water treaters by water treaters where we’re scaling up on water treatment knowledge so we don’t scale up our systems. Hi everybody, I’m Trace Blackmore, the host of Scaling up and a couple of things to tell you, we’ve got a convention coming up in a couple of weeks from AWT, hopefully everybody has gone online and registered for that. Continue Reading

EP7: Uncle John Stops By

On episode 7, I introduce a new segment called “The Boiling Point.”  This new section is therapy for me and hopefully a learning opportunity for you.  Frankly, The Boiler Point is for things I see some water treaters do that water treaters shouldn’t do.  SO STOP!

After my rant, John Zibrita of Zibex stops by to talk about his time in the water treatment industry and his involvement with AWT.

We then answer a few of your questions in “Pinks and Blues.” Continue Reading

EP6: Service Reports

We take a closer look at service reports.

The service report is a legal document AND it is a direct link to everything you did or didn’t do on-site.  Many of us do not give the service report the respect it deserves.  Far too often when I consult with other water treatment companies, I see lacking service reports.   Use the service report to enhance the value you give to that account.

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EP4: It’s Not Easy Being Green!

Water treaters need to realize that everything we do is “green.”  Our entire reason for being is to make the systems we treat more efficient.  If we do our jobs properly, we save the customer water and energy which in turn saves the customer money.  That’s Being Green!  Water Treatment is the original “Green” industry.

Episode 4: Show Notes

I interview Charlie Cichetti of Green Building Education Services, GBES and Sustainable Investment Group, SIG.  Charlie sheds light on what we need to be aware of when it comes to USGBC, LEED and working with customers in the know about being green. Continue Reading

EP3: Controllers

Join me as I interview Tom Tinney of Lakewood Instruments.  We explore what you should know about controllers.  Tom talks about basic functionality, advanced functionality, troubleshooting tips and just general information about the controller.

Episode 3: Show Notes

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