(From a news release)
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) annual conference known as ACE11 was recently held in Washington, D.C. and dedicated a portion of the opening ceremonies to stories of leadership displayed by water-industry managers dealing with major disasters. Among those recognized for their efforts was Matthew Barnhart, southwest operations manager of Missouri American Water.
"AWWA was proud to honor Matt at its annual conference for his efforts to restore water service to the residents of Joplin following the devastating storm on May 22," said AWWA Executive Director, David LaFrance. "His efforts represent the true leadership that lies within many water professionals."
Japan Water Works Association Executive Director, Yoshihiko Misono, and the drillers that rescued the 33 Chilean miners were also recognized and served as keynote speakers for the opening ceremonies.
"Matt is the personification of leadership and is representative of the dedication that exists among water industry employees, and specifically among the ones at Missouri American Water," said Frank Kartmann, president of Missouri American Water. "His leadership, along with the efforts and expertise of our Joplin employees, resulted in the quick restoration of reliable water service to Joplin."