Thank You, Bill

Posted November 30, 2010

By Jeanette Brown, 2010-2011 President of WEF

 

Bertera2008_72BW.jpgThe year is drawing to a close along with Executive Director Bill Bertera's tenure at the Water Environment Federation. As a WEF officer, member and water quality professional, I’d like to express some special gratitude to Bill for all that he has contributed to WEF and our profession. It's been another successful year for WEF, in keeping with the tone set throughout Bill's almost ten years here, and I wanted to share a few highlights and offer a general sense of all he has accomplished for the Federation.


WEF has certainly grown under Bill's watch: membership has increased to more than 35,000, and WEFTEC continues to grow, now the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world. We are also on solid financial footing thanks to his foresight and internal fiscal management initiatives. And beyond the numbers, Bill has made a huge and positive impact on enhancing WEF value for individual members and positioning WEF as water quality leader on a global scale, areas of importance to water quality professionals and essential to WEF’s continued success. 

WEF members now have access to the world’s best science, engineering, and technical practices through WEF’s Center of Excellence, just one of many initiatives introduced through Bill’s leadership. Others include expansion of online technical resources and a growing distance learning program we can all be proud of. Educating the public about their role in water quality protection, a topic near and dear to many of us and one so essential to first rate water quality protection and enhancement, has also been well served under his leadership through programs like the highly successful World Water Monitoring Day.


During Bill’s tenure WEF also made significant contributions and influence on a worldwide scale. Bill led WEF’s global outreach program through the International Program Committee (which later evolved into the Global Water Strategies Council) and was instrumental in strategically leveraging WEF resources through partnerships, publishing programs, and commercial ventures. Our International Pavilion Program was created and has grown dramatically, we acquired the World Water magazine, now the number one international water industry publication, and we established a WEF wholly owned United Kingdom publishing subsidiary. He also established a partnership with Water Reuse Association and Water Reuse Foundation to publish World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination, which will also go a long way toward building WEF’s position and knowledge base, globally helping water quality professionals better prepare for a sustainable future.

 
And speaking of sustainability, Bill leaves WEF with a legacy of contributions to our organization and the profession insuring a sustainable (and bright) future for WEF. Thank you Bill, you have my gratitude and that of all the Board and membership.

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Posted November 30, 2010

The year is drawing to a close along with Executive Director Bill Bertera's tenure at the Water Environment Federation. As a WEF officer, member and water quality professional, I’d like to express some special gratitude to Bill for all that he has contributed to WEF and our profession.

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Thank You, Bill

Posted November 30, 2010

By Jeanette Brown, 2010-2011 President of WEF

 

Bertera2008_72BW.jpgThe year is drawing to a close along with Executive Director Bill Bertera's tenure at the Water Environment Federation. As a WEF officer, member and water quality professional, I’d like to express some special gratitude to Bill for all that he has contributed to WEF and our profession. It's been another successful year for WEF, in keeping with the tone set throughout Bill's almost ten years here, and I wanted to share a few highlights and offer a general sense of all he has accomplished for the Federation.


WEF has certainly grown under Bill's watch: membership has increased to more than 35,000, and WEFTEC continues to grow, now the largest annual water quality conference and exhibition in the world. We are also on solid financial footing thanks to his foresight and internal fiscal management initiatives. And beyond the numbers, Bill has made a huge and positive impact on enhancing WEF value for individual members and positioning WEF as water quality leader on a global scale, areas of importance to water quality professionals and essential to WEF’s continued success. 

WEF members now have access to the world’s best science, engineering, and technical practices through WEF’s Center of Excellence, just one of many initiatives introduced through Bill’s leadership. Others include expansion of online technical resources and a growing distance learning program we can all be proud of. Educating the public about their role in water quality protection, a topic near and dear to many of us and one so essential to first rate water quality protection and enhancement, has also been well served under his leadership through programs like the highly successful World Water Monitoring Day.


During Bill’s tenure WEF also made significant contributions and influence on a worldwide scale. Bill led WEF’s global outreach program through the International Program Committee (which later evolved into the Global Water Strategies Council) and was instrumental in strategically leveraging WEF resources through partnerships, publishing programs, and commercial ventures. Our International Pavilion Program was created and has grown dramatically, we acquired the World Water magazine, now the number one international water industry publication, and we established a WEF wholly owned United Kingdom publishing subsidiary. He also established a partnership with Water Reuse Association and Water Reuse Foundation to publish World Water: Water Reuse & Desalination, which will also go a long way toward building WEF’s position and knowledge base, globally helping water quality professionals better prepare for a sustainable future.

 
And speaking of sustainability, Bill leaves WEF with a legacy of contributions to our organization and the profession insuring a sustainable (and bright) future for WEF. Thank you Bill, you have my gratitude and that of all the Board and membership.

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Jeanette Brown
Former WEF President
 

Jeanette Brown, a WEF Past President, is currently a professor of Practice at Manhattan College and a Research Scientist at University of Connecticut.

Jeanette has been a WEF member since 1976 and has served on WEF’s House of Delegates since 2004. She has also been a member of or chaired several WEF committees including Operations Challenge, WISE Committee-Developing Guidelines and Training for Wastewater Security, Municipal Wastewater Treatment Design and Technical Practice as well as WEF’s Community of Practice for Microconstituents and as the facilitator for WEF’s HOD Strategic Planning Sessions and Governance.