According to the EPA, roughly one-third of the water sector workforce will be eligible to retire this decade. The loss of these industry elders will create a vacuum of institutional knowledge, lack of capacity, and key responsibilities left without owners. The reality is…if you wait to prepare, it will be too late. The good news? Utilities have more resources at their disposal than ever before.
On Thursday, February 25th, industry thought leaders Tom Bruns, VP of New Business at 120Water and Tom Ferguson, Managing Partner at Burnt Island Ventures are coming together to share their perspectives on how utilities can prepare.
They’ll be answering your questions, as well as providing recommendations on how to:
Gary A. Burlingame is Director of the Bureau of Laboratory Services (BLS) for the Philadelphia Water Department, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. BLS is a state-accredited, full service environmental laboratory and drinking water compliance office with a staff of 117 employees and an annual operating budget exceeding 11 million dollars. Employees include administrative and custodial staff, science technicians, biologists, and chemists, and engineers and IT professionals. Gary has more than 40 years of experience in water and wastewater science with a BS/MS in Environmental Science from Drexel University, is an active member of AWWA and The Water Research Foundation, and has served on various national committees as well as written numerous articles and a few books.
Tom Ferguson is managing partner at Burnt Island Ventures, a San Francisco-based early stage venture fund for the water sector. He previously was with Imagine H2O, a nonprofit that empowers people to deploy, develop and scale innovations to solve water challenges globally, where he managed the Accelerator program.
Tom Bruns serves as 120Water’s vice president of business development. Bruns has more than 45 years of experience in the water and wastewater field, most recently serving as the president of Aqua Indiana, a part of Aqua America (“WTR”), the nation’s second-largest publicly traded water utility. Prior to his tenure with Aqua, Bruns served as vice president of business development for Indianapolis Water Company from 1989 to 2002, and deputy director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the late 1980s. From 1984 to 1986 he was responsible for the implementation of the state’s Water Management Act, which one of the nation’s first comprehensive water use data collection efforts.