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
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.
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
NAWC Vice President
President & CEO
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, includingadvocacy 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 rebranded the company and its subsidiaries, and
expanded its investor relations outreach to increase analyst coverage of the company.