Board of Directors


  • Strategic planning (3-5 year plans); defining organizational priorities, values, and goals.
  • External Issues:  discuss industry and association trends, threats, and opportunities.  Serve as a forum to identify, debate, and define direction, forward-thinking to ensure that organizational energy, resources, competencies, and creativity are utilized to HI’s maximum advantage.
  • Establishing policies and procedures for the proper operation of the Institute.
  • Executive Director selection, retention, and compensation.


  • Mission, Goals and Key Strategies of Hydraulic Institute
  • Constitution & Bylaws, Corporate Policies and Procedures for HI governance
  • Ensuring adequate financial, staff and volunteer resources to accomplish HI’s mission, goals & key strategies
  • Providing leadership support to key committees to accomplish annual HI goals

Board Members

Brian SweeneyChairmanCrane Pumps & Systems
Scott KingPresidentGorman Rupp Company
John DonatielloTreasurerHydro Corporation
Kerby PopeSecretaryPatterson Pump Company

Class of 2024

Kerby PopePresident/General ManagerPatterson Pump Company,
Mansfield Division
Randy BennettVP, Technology & OperationsLeistritz Advanced Technologies Corp.
Tryg DahlVP/General Manager*Intelliquip
* Indicates Associate Member

Class of 2025

Ansell SimsPresidentGrundfos
Julian AtchiaVP, R & D*SJE- Rhombus
Mike MancuscoVP Marketing & TechnologyFlowserve Corporation
*Indicates Associate Member

Class of 2026

Dave FlintonSVP & Chief Innovation, Technology & ProductsXylem
Troy PickeringCEOSimflo
Albert PouriaCEO*Sun Star Electric
*Indicates Associate Member

Vice Presidents

(non-voting advisory positions)

Vice President, Technical AffairsJack ClaxtonVP EngineeringPatterson Pump Company,
Vice President, Government & Regulatory AffairsMark ChaffeeVP, Government Affairs & SustainabilityTACO, Inc
Vice President, Member ServicesMike KetchumVP, Sales & Business DevelopmentIWAKI
Vice President, Knowledge & EducationScott TystadEducation Leader Pentair
Vice President, Certification ProgramsTammy MoskalProduct Safety/Compliance & Eng. Scvs. Sr. MgrXylem, Inc.

Past Presidents – Ex Officio

John KahrenPresident & OwnerSPP Pumps
John P. MiersmaPresident and CEOIwaki America Incorporated
John H. White, Jr.CEOTACO, Inc.
DeLancey DavisPresidentFranklin Electric

Assistant Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

Michael MichaudExecutive DirectorHydraulic Institute

Legal Counsel

Eric McClafferty, Esq.PartnerKelley Drye & Warren LLP

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