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Interview with Procurement Director, Don Van Dorn:

by Leanne Hersey

This week we are interviewing Don Van Dorn. Don is our Procurement Director and is a water industry veteran with over 3 decades of experience.

Why is Desalitech different from other water treatment companies you've worked for?
The way the company works is very much in line with our products: simple and efficient. I like the fact that even as we grow we remain nimble. It's important to our customers. They can always get a person on the phone.

What kind of projects are you currently working on?
Desalitech is becoming the premier supplier of high efficiency reverse osmosis systems. One way we are making that happen is by continuously improving our products and streamlining our supply chain. My roles include managing procurement, value engineering our standard products and making sure projects get delivered on time and on budget. Right now we have a lot of projects and proposals coming down the pipeline, so I've been very busy. We have some very exciting and notable partners; I try to keep them happy with low cost solutions!

How long have you been in the water industry?
My entire career has been in the water industry starting as a college kid assembling demineralizers and filters. That was more than 30 years ago and since then I have been fortunate enough to work at impressive companies like Ionics and GE. I am honored to be a part of the Desalitech team. To offer something as revolutionary as CCD technology will surely be a huge career highlight.

Do you think Desalitech is making a difference in the world and why?
Absolutely. The water wasted needlessly in this country and all over the world is staggering.

I've seen slight improvements over the years in membranes and low energy pumps. Desalitech takes it to another level. We have patented the single most important technological advancement in RO, essentially since it was commercialized. Our standard systems are more efficient than systems our competitors feature with pre and post treatment. With CCD technology, virtually any application can save 50% to 75% of the water being wasted.

What have been your biggest successes with the company so far?
I would have to say specifying parts and putting systems into production for so many varying industries. Since I've been on board we've been able to run successful system startups in food & beverage, pulp & paper, boiler makeup water, cooling tower makeup water, steel manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, agricultural and municipals sites. What makes the choice easy for our clients is not only how much water and energy our systems save. They also save on cost of ownership: fewer membranes need replacement and ROI is generally returned within less than a year. Turns out saving money is a pretty popular thing, who knew?

What interests you most about working for Desalitech?
The variety of activities that I'm engaged in - including project management, procurement, cost estimating, and even system start-ups. However the most interesting aspect of working for Desalitech is having the opportunity to introduce a truly new and innovative way of doing reverse osmosis to the market.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Like most New Englanders I try to get outdoors during the Spring and Summer months while the weather is warmer. I like biking, camping and always try to play a little bit of golf. In the Fall it's all about Patriots football.

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