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A roundup of the news regarding the water experts that help push our industry forward for April 11-27.

Job opening

Biochemicals manufacturer Solugen is seeking a water technology manager to join its team in Houston. The position entails identifying and developing strategic business relationships and opportunities with specialty chemicals services companies, saltwater disposal well operators and chemicals distributors. For more details, visit 

Career transitions

Brent Halldorson, who departed from Fountain Quail Water Management last month, started a new LLC. Through RedOx Systems, he intends to consult and provide industry guidance.

Jay Keener became the director of US operations for ultrafiltration technology provider Swirltex. In his new role, Keener will be assisting the Canadian company in its entry into the US market, driving business opportunities in the oil & gas, food & beverage and general industrial sectors. He has also recently taken on a consulting role at Reclaim Water Services, where he will focus on Permian business.

Keener was a co-founder of water midstream company Blackbuck Resources, for which he served as COO from July 2018 to December 2019. Prior to that, he had held management and executive positions with companies including Xedia Process Solutions and ProSep in the Asia-Pacific and US regions. Keener, who holds a degree in chemistry, is a member of the Produced Water Society and the Society of Petroleum Engineers. His special business interests include expanding produced water reuse and reducing water management costs in the oil & gas industry.

Clay Maugans
left his position as director of water technologies at Select Energy Services, the largest water management company in the US oil & gas market. Maugans’ most recent role centered on water treatment, chemical addition and water management technical solutions, as well as the integration of the numerous technical, service and data management components of water projects and services. While at Select, Maugans technically developed multi-million-dollar product and service lines, designed field equipment, oversaw start-up operations, and integrated data management and reporting systems.

Prior to joining Select in 2011, Maugans served as the manager of R&D project managers at Siemens Water Technologies (formerly Vivendi, Veolia and USFilter). While there, he focused on international applications of downstream industrial treatments such as wet air oxidation of sulfide-laden spent caustic, as well as upstream projects including redesigning L-L hydrocyclones. Maugans holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.

Joe Titzer
left Texas-based water midstream operator Gravity Oilfield Services, where he served as vice-president of business development for the company’s water Infrastructure segment. Prior to joining Gravity, he worked for Veolia, a global leader in water, energy and waste management solutions.

Titzer has 30 years of experience in business development with leading oilfield services companies including Nalco Water, Baker Hughes, Cameron and Veolia. His entire career has been focused on cleaning and managing oilfield waters and applying leading-edge technologies in markets as diverse as the Middle East, West Africa and the Permian Basin. Finding solutions for the beneficial reuse of oilfield waters is what drives him today. Titzer earned his BS degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

James P. Welch left his position as director of business development at Veolia Water Technologies to take on a similar role at EPCOR, where he will focus on generating renewable natural gas from organic-rich waste streams. Prior to joining Veolia in 2017, Welch had worked at technology and oilfield services firms including Mycelx Technologies, Halliburton, Select Energy Services and Siemens Water Technologies.

During his career in the oil & gas water space, Welch strove to improve produced water treatment economics and worked with industry organizations to promote water recycling. Welch supported the Texas Water Recycle Association in drafting language to amend the Texas Administrative Code to incorporate state produced water recycling standards. In New Mexico, he served as an industry advisor and expert witness in support of produced water recycling to conserve freshwater resources, in line with the goals of former Governor Susana Martinez and former Environment Secretary David Martin. His endeavors in this area with the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association resulted in the state’s Oil Conservation Division adopting Rule 34, known as the Produced Water Rule. As a testament to their success, University Lands later adopted much of New Mexico’s water management structure.

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