LISLE, Ill. — Tom Palkon, director of the WQA laboratory and product certification, has been named to the new position of association vice president and chief operations officer, according to a press release.

“Tom’s knowledge and network will serve all of us very well,” said Dave Haataja, WQA executive director. “His successful leadership of our Gold Seal program and the expansion into sustainability certification stand as testimony to his business acumen.”

In the new role, Palkon will assist with the operations and administrative side of WQA. Leadership for WQA testing, inspection and product certification programs, along with education and professional certification programs, also will fall under his purview, stated the release.

Palkon has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois, where he majored in biology. He earned a Masters in Business Administration from Keller University.

Palkon has worked for the Water Quality Association’s testing laboratory and product certification program for 15 years and is considered to be an industry expert concerning product testing and certification of drinking water treatment products, drinking water system components, drinking water additives, plumbing products and pool and spa products, noted the release.

He is a voting member on several standards development committees, including ISO, NSF/ANSI, IAPMP/ANSI, UL/ANSI, and CSA/ANSI.

Read the entire press release here.