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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
Walter Lynch
President & COO of Regulated Operations
American Water

Walter Lynch is president and chief operating officer of regulated operations for American Water.  He previously served as the president of regulated operations, and assumed this new, expanded role in March 2010. In his current role, Mr. Lynch is responsible for the successful performance of American Water’s 16 regulated states, serving approximately 1,100 communities, and for leading other operations such as engineering, maintenance, SCADA, the central lab, procurement and operational risk management. In addition, Mr. Lynch leads the company’s two national customer call centers, as well as the company’s business transformation effort.  Mr. Lynch previously served as the executive vice president of Business Operations for the company’s Eastern Division. The division encompasses eight states stretching from Tennessee to New York and has approximately 2,600 employees.  Prior to that, he was president of American Water’s Northeast Region. In this role, he oversaw more than 1,000 employees and was responsible for operations that provided more than 2 million people in New Jersey and New York with water and wastewater services.  Mr. Lynch also served as president of American Water Products and Services Group. In this capacity, he led and developed 10 non-regulated business lines with more than $500 million in revenue and 1,500 employees. 

A veteran of environment-related businesses for the past 20 years, Mr. Lynch originally joined American Water Services in 2001 as president of the Southwest Region, overseeing a 12-state region with multiple business lines. 
Mr. Lynch has a broad range of expertise which includes engineering, operations, sales and marketing, regulatory compliance and business development.  A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he holds a bachelor’s in general engineering and attained the rank of Captain before his departure from the U.S. Army in 1990As President of EPCOR Water (USA) Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities Inc. (EUI), Joe is responsible for water operations in the United States. EPCOR Water USA provides water and wastewater services to approximately 180,000 customers in Arizona and New Mexico.

NAWC President Elect
Joe Gysel
EPCOR Water (USA), Inc

As President of EPCOR Water (USA) Inc., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of EPCOR     Utilities Inc. (EUI), Joe is responsible for water operations in the United States.  EPCOR Water USA provides water and wastewater services to approximately 180,000 customers in Arizona and New Mexico.

Joe is also responsible for EPCOR Water USA’s growing investment and presence in the US southwest. Prior to this assignment, Joe was Senior Vice President, New Business Enterprises with EUI, responsible for EUI water business development across Canada and the U.S. Previous positions with EUI also included senior responsibilities in energy origination and plant development.

Before re-joining EUI in 2000, Joe was Director of Wholesale and Commercial Markets at Encore Energy Solutions L.P., EPCOR’s joint venture with Engage Energy, providing transitional consulting services in deregulating markets, including Alberta, Ontario, and California.

Joe has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia with a double major in Marketing and Urban Land Economics. In 2008, he completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. Prior to his move to the US, Joe served on the Boards of the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He is active as a member of the Calgary Gold Medal Plates Advisory Board and is a member of the Canadian Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees for the BLG Awards recognizing excellence in Canadian university athletes.

NAWC Vice President
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Relations
Walton Hill
United Water

Walton Hill is Senior Vice President-Regulatory Relations for United Water. He began his career serving as lead counsel in rate cases for all regulated subsidiaries, giving testimony on the cost of capital, and managing acquisitions, divestments and land development matters.  Walton is a graduate of Lafayette College and Temple University School of Law, and has participated in Villanova University’s MBA Program.  He is Chair of NAWC’s Regulatory Law and Rates Committee, Chair of the New York Chapter, and Co-chair of the New Jersey Utilities Association Regulatory and Finance Committee.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the New York and New Jersey Chapters of NAWC and of the New Jersey Utilities Association, and is on the faculty of NARUC’s Utility Rate School.  He is a member of the American, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, and of the American Corporate Counsel Association.

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