Wednesday, December 6, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Delegates Reception sponsored by A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.
Wednesday, December 6, 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Stop by the Delegates Reception sponsored by A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a drink at the cash bar, and visit with fellow attendees, delegates, and board members prior to the Delegates Meeting. This event is open to all attendees.
Wednesday, December 6, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
Come listen to this year’s board candidates and NGWA Code of Regulations proposed amendments, and, if you’ve been chosen as a delegate, make certain your vote gets counted.
Please note that you must register on-site as the Delegates Registration Desk and pick up the appropriate credentials at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.
Arrive early to mingle with your fellow industry professionals, grab a drink at the cash bar.
Meet your national board candidates
The candidates—in alphabetical order—are as follows.
Patrick Casarez, owner of Patrick Water Well & Pump Repair Service in Cleveland, Texas, has been employed in the groundwater industry for 43 years. Casarez started out at the bottom, learning about inventory and products and their use, before advancing to equipment maintenance, and finally becoming part of the drilling and service team. He is thankful for the individuals that inspired and taught him along the way. Casarez currently serves as an NGWA director, and is a past president of the Texas Ground Water Association. He also assists with continuing education throughout Texas.
Why am I running for the board? I am seeking re-election to the board because I would like to help promote and increase membership with NGWA. I want to influence our youth to become active in the field, get involved in their state, and be prepared to fill the void when the need arises. Currently as a director with NGWA, my fellow board members and I have been contributing toward planning and decision-making on behalf of our fellow NGWA members. With your vote, I would like to continue serving as a member of your board of directors for the betterment of our Association.
Richard Layman, MGWC, CVCLD
Richard Layman, MGWC, CVCLD, a fourth-generation water well driller and owner of Pure Water Well Inc. in Lachine, Michigan, has been employed in the groundwater industry for more than 45 years. Layman enjoys drilling and servicing wells and interacting with other water well professionals. He has been an NGWA member for more than 30 years and currently serves on the Water Well Disinfection BSP Task Force. He has also served on the Master Groundwater Contractor Task Force and the Professional Designations Oversight Committee, and has participated in several item writing sessions. In addition, Layman has served as a director on the Michigan Ground Water Association for 30 years, including being vice president for two years, president for three years, and is currently MGWA immediate past president.
Why am I running for the board? I am running for the Board in order to give back to NGWA my time and expertise. I would like to help NGWA continue to serve and better the industry and am excited to help the industry in this way. With my MGWA experience, I am well versed on the ins and outs of working with a group of people to get things into action. Running my own company has given me the experience to work with other professionals in the industry, as well as the lessons I have learned in helping gather professionals together to increase training for our servicemen, and other employees, by hosting many educational events, both in conjunction with the MGWA and on our own with suppliers. I am a strong believer in continuing education, and am encouraged by the increased training and lessons available as our world continues to change toward an even higher technological industry. I believe that the water industry is a continuously growing trade, and it is a necessity to future generations, such as my children and grandchildren, to help keep our businesses up to speed on the current and future markets. Being from the Great Lakes State of Michigan, I know that because water is vital to life, we need to protect all of our groundwater and, with the help of NGWA, I feel that can happen.
Fred Rothauge, CWD
Fred Rothauge, CWD, is a well rehabilitation division manager for Hydro Resources and the past owner of Quality Drilling Fluids, a company he started and owned for 22 years. Rothauge has more than 35 years’ experience in oil and gas, mining, water well drilling, and well rehabilitation. He has coauthored papers on drilling fluid products and is a coauthor for Johnson Screen’s third edition of Groundwater & Wells. His primary interest is in groundwater resources development and well rehabilitation. He serves on the board of directors for both the Colorado Water Well Contractors Association and the Utah Ground Water Association. Rothauge holds water well driller licenses in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. He enjoys presenting to other water well professionals on topics such as drilling, drilling fluids, well enhancement, and well rehabilitation at NGWA and state water well association events.
Why am I running for the board? I’m excited to be running for a board position. I want to be able to serve and give back to NGWA, and the water well community, for all the joy, satisfaction, and knowledge this organization has given me. I believe that no other industry is as vital to the world population as is water, and through NGWA, we have the ability to learn and educate others to protect this resource for future generations.
Brian Snelten, PG
Brian Snelten, PG, project manager for Layne Christensen in Aurora, Illinois, has been employed in the groundwater industry for more than 15 years. Snelten received his undergraduate degree in geology with a specialization in environmental geology from Southern Illinois University and has earned master’s credits in hydrogeology from Northeastern Illinois University. He started his career in residential well drilling as a pump installer and driller before entering the environmental consulting industry. Snelten is also a member of the NGWA Board of Directors, is a past president of the Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals, and serves on the board of directors for the Illinois Water Well and Pump Installers Contractors Licensing Board. Additional involvement in NGWA includes attendance at annual Expos, Legislative Fly-Ins, and as a member of the Awards Subcommittee (past chairman), Government Affairs Subcommittee, and the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, including participation in the Disinfection and Radium BSP task groups. He currently holds a license as an Illinois water well contractor, and is an Illinois licensed professional geologist.
Why am I running for the board? After serving my first term as an NGWA director, I’ve enjoyed being able to share my experience, thoughts, and opinions on how to better serve our membership and strengthen this Association. My first term allowed me to learn more about how this Association operates, and how I can better serve as a director. I would welcome the opportunity to continue serving the members and continuing to take on larger roles as a director.
David Traut, MGWC, CVCLD
David Traut, MGWC, CVCLD, vice president of Mark J. Traut Wells Inc. in Waite Park, Minnesota, has been employed in the groundwater industry for 36 years. Traut installed his first well at the age of 15. Since then, he has become more involved in the industry and has served as president of the Minnesota Water Well Association Board of Directors. Traut was elected to the Minnesota Well Advisory Board for Codes and Rule Making for eight years. He also serves on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ task force working to help make fair water use regulations for the farm irrigation industry. Traut currently serves as an NGWA director. In addition, his company received the Central Minnesota small business of the year award.
Why am I running for the board? I am seeking re-election to be able to continue to contribute to the betterment and strengthening of the Association through sharing my 36 years of experience in the industry and working with other board members to promote the ongoing professionalism of NGWA.