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Scaling UP!
The Podcast for Water Treaters by Water Treaters
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February 14, 2018 07:53 AM PST

Today on Scaling UP! we re-welcomes Mark Lewis, CWT. On this episode, Mark takes the interviewer position and asked me questions. As different as this experience was, I found it very interesting to be on the other side of the mic. Mark also joins me for a Pinks and Blues section, that I’m sure will not be forgotten anytime soon.

February 14, 2018 07:29 AM PST

Our guest today is Taylor Technologies’ Chris Golden, CWT. Chris is a great resource to the water treatment community as a water testing expert. He also provides a great perspective to our industry because he was a water treater himself.
In this episode, we will hear about several articles Chris wrote that deal with the opposite of treating equipment. He addresses what will happen if you don’t treat equipment. Chris has found that this approach sometimes creates a better understanding when explaining how vital our services are. He also tells us about his career as a water treater and throws in a few tips on testing.

February 14, 2018 07:01 AM PST

Today on the show we welcome Dick Hourigan. Dick is a Retired US Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel and an Analytical Chemist who has been in the water treatment industry since 1973. After being retrenched from his job in 1992, Dick founded Richard Hourigan Inc., as an Illinois water treatment company serving Illinois and southern Wisconsin customers. In 2007, Dick also launched his own website, www.RichardHouriganInc.com and in 2009 opened www.TheWaterTreatmentStore.com to sell his water treatment products on the global market. In 2010 Dick also opened www.MissedPerceptions.com, which is a blog that serves to facilitate communication with global customers. 2018 will mark the 45th year of Dick being in the water treatment industry. He has had a lot of unique experiences and today shares the trials and the triumphs of being a water treater for the most part of his life. There is so much value in hearing the experience of others in this industry and in this episode, Dick walks us through his first jobs, the process of starting his own company and encourages us to never give up and to do whatever you do, well.

January 31, 2018 01:27 PM PST

It can be lonely out there as a water treater. Having friends you can count on is a must. Mark Lewis is that kind a friend to me. After meeting Mark over 12 years ago, we have encouraged each other to be better water treaters.

In this episode, we are going to learn how Mark became a water treater. We will also hear how he started volunteering with the Association of Water Technologies and all the opportunities he was able to take advantage of because of this. Mark will let us know how everyone should approach AWT’s Technical Training and what the difference is between the Fundamentals and Applications Training and The Water Treatment Training. We will even talk a little about chillers.

January 15, 2018 04:16 PM PST

On today’s show we talk to the 2018 president of the Association of Water Technologies, Marc Vermeulen. Mark tells us about how his life as becoming a water treater to becoming the AWT president. We will also learn about specific items that you can take advantage of that the AWT is offering this year.

AWT Technical Training:

If you have listened to the show before, you know that I am proud to be a training with AWT for the Technical and Fundamental trainings. This episode talks specifically to what is offered at the seminars as well as how to get the most out of the seminars.

Pinks and Blues:

This segment of Pinks and Blue deals with a set of questions, not just one or two, around pH meters. I have complied a list of about 12 different and similar questions and talk about the pH meter to try to answer them all. We will talk about proper meter care, calibration procedure and many more items around the pH meter. Take a listen.

January 04, 2018 03:53 AM PST

Our guest today is Cpt. David Marquet of The United States Navy. David (now retired), was the Commander of the nuclear submarine Santa Fe – probably the most amazing job in the world! (in my opinion) In addition to commanding nuclear powered submarines, David is also the author of Turn The Ship Around, which was written in 2013 and tells the remarkable true story of how David was able to turn the lowest performing submarine into the highest performing evaluation in the history of The Navy.

December 21, 2017 03:08 PM PST

On this year’s last episode of Scaling UP!, we will be talking again about the Certified Water Technologist Designation, CWT.

I was only planning on doing 2 shows on the CWT, but with getting so much response from the Scaling UP! Nation!, I decided to do one more.

November 27, 2017 12:13 PM PST

Today on the show, we welcome recently Certified Water Technologists, Andy Morcomb of Jaytech and Andy Williams of South Eastern Laboratories. We are continuing our series on how to become a Certified Water Technologist (CWT.) We invited the Andys on the show to hear about their experience with the CWT process, from start to finish. As you know from our previous episode (Episode 25) there are two different ways to take your CWT examination – digitally or on good old-fashioned paper.

Andy Morcomb took his test remotely through Pearson Vue and in this episode, he shares with us all about this unique experience. We also find out how both Andy and Andy prepared for their exam and how the CWT has boosted their confidence in the industry. This episode is packed with helpful tips and insightful advice for taking your CWT exam. You will hear firsthand why this is exam is so valuable and how it can advance your role in the industry at large. It is important to know that you are not alone in this process and this episode is here to help you on the brave journey towards your CWT. It’s time to get out there and do it, so take a listen!

November 22, 2017 06:15 AM PST

Currently on the show we are doing a multi-episode series on getting your Certified Water Technologist (CWT) designation. The CWT is the highest professional designation in the water treatment industry and is administered by the Association of Water Technologies (AWT). A CWT exam is a rigorous, 200-question, four-hour exam that water technologists can take after five years of experience in the industry. It may sound daunting, but having a CWT is a sure way to bump up your career and demonstrate your knowledge, ethics and commitment to the industry.

In this episode, we are going to be exploring all things CWT together with Angela Pike, self-proclaimed queen and Senior Service Manager at AWT. Angela works directly with the committee responsible for the CWT and has since become a guru on the entire AWT process. Together, we’ll be delving into the reasons why you should get your CWT, how to get it, how to study for it, how to pass the exam (not test,) as well as what to do if you do not pass the exam and how to re-certify. We’re going to be providing some tips and advice to help you prepare and pass the exam the first time around. By the end of this episode, you’ll have a new perspective on the value of a CWT certification and how to best go about the process. Take a listen!

November 10, 2017 07:46 AM PST

Our guest today is Mike Highum, Vice President of McGowan Insurance Group. McGowan is a trusted provider of insurance and risk management products and services across the United States. McGowan Insurance Group just received the AWT Supplier of the Year for 2016. Specialty protection includes Primary and Excess Liability, Pollution Liability, Professional/E&O, Executive Liability, Workers Compensation, Property and Fleet coverages. Complete risk analysis, loss prevention and claims management, as well as consulting services, are also provided. McGowan incorporates a collaborative approach that emphasizes client educational, along with delivering meaningful resources to equip clients with the necessary tools to manage risk.

During the last few weeks I’ve had multiple people in the water treatment industry asking me questions about insurance, so I thought to bring in the professional. In this episode we’re talking about what we should be thinking about when it comes to insurance and liability to protect not only ourselves but also our business.

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