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Meet Our Leadership

When you combine the spirit of public service with private enterprise, you create a powerful force. Our members are helping to shape the future of water management by their actions, and a unique aspect of our industry is the cooperation between companies. One of our association's strengths is our ability to leverage members' professional relationships and national experience to solve challenges.

To sustain a resolute vision for the association, the NAWC is led by a president chosen each year by peers on our Board of Directors. And to set priorities for the year, the president works closely with NAWC's executive director, president-elect and vice president.


NAWC President 

Christopher Franklin
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Aqua America

Christopher H. Franklin is chief executive officer of Aqua America. Aqua America is a publicly traded water and wastewater utility holding company with operating subsidiaries serving approximately 3 million people in eight states. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR.
Franklin was previously president and chief operating officer, regulated operations. A 20-plus-year veteran of the company, Franklin has held executive roles in public affairs, customer operations and as regional president of the company’s southern and mid-western operations, where he managed eight states. While holding that post, Franklin significantly increased the performance and earnings power of these diverse state operations, while simultaneously serving as senior vice president of the company’s corporate and public affairs, where he was also responsible for the company's federal, state and municipal legislative affairs, investor relations, and communications.
Since joining Aqua America in December 1992 as director, corporate and public affairs, Franklin headed several successful projects, including advocacy for the passage of legislation designed to provide customers of state-regulated water and wastewater utilities with improved water quality and better water and wastewater systems while allowing a fair and reasonable return for shareholders. Franklin also attained national print and broadcast media coverage for the company, changed the name and re-branded the company and its subsidiaries, and expanded its investor relations outreach to increase analyst coverage of the company.

NAWC President Elect

David Stanton
President - Utility Operations and Federal Services

David Stanton serves as president of SUEZ in North America’s Utility Operations and Federal Services and is responsible for overseeing the operations and management of regulated water and wastewater businesses across the nation. David has over 25 years of experience in the water industry, in the United States and abroad.
Prior to joining SUEZ, David served as chief executive officer and member of the board of APTwater, a company focused on water re-use. David grew APTwater from its inception through organic sales, services and acquisition of new technology. He built an innovative platform and market strategy, assembled a world-class investor base, acquired intellectual property to fuel future growth and compiled an extraordinary management team. Prior to APTwater, he served as chief operating officer and interim chief financial officer of SouthWest Water where he led the company through a turnaround ending in a sale to a private equity company.
David serves on the advisory board of a large, privately-held technology company and is active in several water industry trade organizations. He is also a recent graduate of the Young Presidents Organization.

NAWC Vice President
Andrew Gere
President and Chief Operating Officer 
San Jose Water Company

Andrew Gere is the President and Chief Operating Officer for San Jose Water Company, an investor-owned water utility serving one million people in California’s Silicon Valley. San Jose Water Company is the largest subsidiary of SJW group, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the SJW ticker symbol. Gere was previously Vice President of Operations, and in his 22 years with the company held positions in Operations, Water Quality, and Distribution Systems, where he was instrumental in the development and implementation of many plans, programs and capital improvements necessary to the Company’s success.

Gere is a seasoned utility executive with over 25 years of experience across all facets of the industry, including operations, rate regulation, water resources, budgeting, public health, business development, engineering, government affairs, regulatory compliance, labor relations and organizational development. In his current role, he has primary and direct responsibility to lead the execution of the company’s strategic plan.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Santa Clara University, and is a licensed Civil Engineer in California, and T4 Water Treatment Plant Operator. Gere has published and presented numerous papers on water utility operation, and is a nationally-recognized expert on low pressure membrane treatment plant operation. He serves as Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Water District Retailers Association, and is active in several drinking water trade organizations.

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