John VanArsdel - nominee for Vice Chair
John H. Van Arsdel is Vice President with M.E. Simpson Co., Inc. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a B.A. in Geography. He has completed water operators’ classes and seminars on water filtration and distribution. He has over 22 years experience directing projects for water utilities concerning water loss, water audits, mapping programs, metering programs, condition assessment programs, and flushing programs. He has presented seminars for water operators for over fifteen years. This includes various topics for the ISAWWA Education Committee, several papers at Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan AWWA Section meetings, as well as papers at ’07 ACE, ’09 ACE, ’10 DSS and ’11 DSS. He has maintained an active role in local and state water works organizations including holding offices on various boards and committees. As Vice President of M.E. Simpson Co., Inc., John serves as the main point of contact for client development and customer relations for the eastern U.S.
John joined the AWWA in 1991 and currently is a member in several sections including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, North Carolina, the Chesapeake Section, Virginia, and Florida. In 2003 he was one of two trainers for the “RAM-W Modified” Vulnerability Assessment training for the Illinois Section. He has served as the ISAWWA Vice Chair for 2011 and Secretary Treasurer for 2009 and 2010. He served as Chair for the Membership Committee, 2006-2009, and received the Zenno Gorder Award and a Diamond Pin Award twice at ACE 2007 and 2009 for membership, as well as the Ambassador Award for Membership in 2009. John also serves on the Education Committee, Water Efficiency Committee, and Water For People Committee. John is the current Chair of the national AWWA Water Loss Committee, a member of the Apparent Water Loss sub committee, and was involved with review and editing of the rewrite of the M-36 Manual in 2009. At the 2011 ISAWWA WATERCON he received the “Water Professional of the Year” award. Local water works memberships include the South Suburban, Mid Central, North Suburban Water Works Associations, and the West Shore Water Producers.