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

DeLancy DavisChairmanHeadwater Companies
Brian SweeneyPresidentCrane Pumps & Systems
Scott KingTreasurerGorman Rupp Company
Rob PhillipsSecretaryFlowserve Corporation

Class of 2023

Don KenneyPresident, North American Water SystemsFranklin Electric
Stan KnechtVP Engineering and Product ManagementITT
Brian EdwardsManaging Director Legal Entity SP USASulzer Pumps USA

Class of 2024

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

Class of 2025

Ansell SimsPresidentGrundfos
Julian AtchiaVP, R & D*SJE- Rhombus
*Indicates Associate Member

Vice Presidents

(non-voting advisory positions)

Vice President, Technical AffairsJack ClaxtonVP EngineeringPatterson Pump Company,
Vice President, Government AffairsMark ChaffeeVP, Government Affairs & SustainabilityTACO, Inc
Vice President, Member ServicesMike KetchumVP, Sales & Business DevelopmentIWAKI
Vice President, 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.

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