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.
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 President Elect
Senior Vice President, Regulatory Relations
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
NAWC Vice President
President & CEO
California Water Service Group
A. Kropelnicki is President and Chief Executive Officer of California
Water Service Group, the third-largest investor-owned water and
wastewater utility in the United States. He brings to the position a
strong background in economics, having spent much of his career
in executive- and management level finance positions. But
Kropelnicki has demonstrated keen insight far beyond the world of finance,
and has earned a reputation for his innovation, creativity, and dynamic
management style. One hallmark of his leadership is his
commitment to fulfilling the company’s purpose, which is to enhance the quality
of life for customers, communities, employees, and stockholders.
Kropelnicki holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master of Arts
Degree in Business Economics from San Jose State University, which named him Graduate
of the Decade in 2002 and Alumni of the Year in 2005 and 2010. The 2009
Bay Area CFO of the Year is also a published author and faculty
member at his alma mater. He serves on the Bay Area Council and the
Silicon Valley Leadership Group, and serves as director of the
National Association of Water Companies. Kropelnicki resides with
his wife, Nicole, and their three children in Marin, California.