San Jose Water has announced that its President and Chief Operating Officer, Andy Gere, has been named Chairman of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) for 2020. Gere previously held the role of Vice Chairman.
NAWC represents regulated water and wastewater companies, as well as those engaging in partnerships with municipal utilities. Its member companies safeguard public health, promote environmental stewardship and deliver sustainable solutions, supporting the needs of nearly 73 million Americans every day.
“We are thrilled to announce Andy Gere's appointment as the 2020 Chairman of the NAWC Board of Directors,” said NAWC President and CEO Robert F. Powelson. “Andy has demonstrated bold and innovative leadership as President and Chief Operating Officer at San Jose Water Company. He played an integral role in the planning of this year’s inaugural NAWC Cybersecurity Symposium which was a resounding success. We welcome his expertise and thorough knowledge of the industry and look forward to working together to develop additional new initiatives to deliver value to our members.”
“We are very proud of Andy — a true water professional and leader in the industry. His passion for safe drinking water, environmental stewardship and his leadership experience will be a great asset to the NAWC,” said Eric W. Thornburg, Chairman, President and CEO of SJW Group.
A 28-year veteran of the industry, Andy holds a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Santa Clara University. He holds a T4 Water Treatment Operator Certification and is a licensed Civil Engineer in California. He has spent much of his career at San Jose Water, rising from Water Treatment Supervisor to his current role as President and COO.