Parsippany, NJ – The Hydraulic Institute (HI), the global authority on pumps and pumping systems, announced the 2013 Board of Directors and Officers during its Annual Meeting recently held in Fort Myers, Florida. The new Board will be primarily responsible for providing organizational oversight to the Institute and guiding the direction of its strategic plan.

Dean Douglas, President, Dover Pump Solutions Group, will remain as Chairman of the Board.  Dennis Wierzbicki, General Manager, Grundfos, USA, will remain as HI President.

The Board includes three new officers:  Michael S. Cropper, Director, Product Development, Sulzer Pumps (US) Inc. was elected to serve as Vice President, Technical Affairs; John Miersma, President & CEO, Iwaki America Inc., will remain as Vice President, Member Services; Andrew Warrington, President, Peerless Pump Company, will remain as Vice President, Knowledge & Education.

Additional Board members include:

  • Suellen Torregrosa, President, Milton Roy
  • Tom Grove, Executive Vice President, AESSEAL
  • George Harris, President & CEO, Hydro, Inc.
  • Bob Hendricks, President, Industrial Pump Operations, Flowserve Corporation
  • Rich Heppe, President, Industrial Motors & Systems, Nidec Motor Company
  • Robert Pagano, Jr., President, ITT - Industrial Process
  • Gary Witt, President, Flow Technologies, Pentair
  • John White, Jr., President & CEO, TACO, Inc.
  • Jeff Wiemelt, President, Sundyne

Past Presidents of the Hydraulic Institute, Al Huber, President, Patterson Pump Company, Dennis Ziegler, President & CEO, GIW Industries, and Ken Napolitano, President, Xylem Inc - Applied Water Systems, will continue active participation in the organization as ex-officio members of the Board.

About the Hydraulic Institute: The mission of the Hydraulic Institute is to be a value-adding resource to member companies, engineering consulting firms, and pump users worldwide by developing and delivering comprehensive industry standards, expanding knowledge by providing education and tools for the effective application, testing, installation, operation, maintenance, and performance optimization of pumps and pumping systems, and by serving as a forum for the exchange of industry information. For more information on the Hydraulic Institute, its member companies and its Standards Partners, visit

Pump Systems Matter: is a non-profit educational organization established by the Hydraulic Institute, and leading utilities and energy efficiency organizations, to educate the industry on the benefits to pump systems optimization and energy efficiency to improve bottom-line savings of end-user companies. For information and registration details on educational offerings visit the Pump Systems Matter website at