Our Team

Meet the members of U.S. Water Services Corporation’s executive team, all of whom share a strong commitment to principled, experienced leadership. Here, you can also find our regional team members, along with their contact information.

Our Leadership

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Gary Deremer - President and CEO

Gary Deremer

President & CEO

As Principal Founder and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Water Services Corporation (USWSC) established in 2003, Gary brings more than 30 years of progressive, successful experience in all phases of water and wastewater treatment and management services. He is responsible for the overall business operation, strategic direction, public relations, and long-term sustainability while providing expertise relative to system startups, management of municipal and private systems, professional consulting, rate case and capital improvement planning, technical diagnostics, treatment process operations, and construction.  

U.S. Water Services Corporation - USW Utility Group - Jeff DuPont - Vice President of Business Development - Mid/Central Region

Jeffrey DuPont

Vice president - Business Development
(Mid-Central U.S.)

Jeff represents over 37 years of progressive experience related to water and wastewater operating services. His responsibilities involve operational and resource management optimization, regional business development, and public/private utility operations and maintenance (O&M). Jeff provides invaluable direction for the company’s Mid-Central U.S. Operations Services bid process, transition management and industrial environmental compliance activities. Jeff comes to USWSC after distinguishing himself in various leadership positions as Director of Wastewater Business Performance & Environmental Compliance with American Waster Services; Senior Regional Manager with Woodard & Curran Environmental Services; and Water Pollution Control Plant Superintendent with Columbus Water Works in Columbus, GA. Jeff maintains various professional certifications in several states to include Wastewater Operator (FL, GA, NE, TX); Water Operator (FL, GA, TX); Environmental Operator ABC Class IV; Water Distribution Technician Class B; Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester; Reclaimed Water Field Inspection & Operations Specialist; and Certified Environmental Trainer.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Troy Rendelle - Vice President of Investor Owned Utilities

William “Troy” Rendell

Vice President - Investor Owned Utilities

Troy joined the USWSC team in April 2014. As the Director of Regulated Utilities, he is responsible for all facets of the business and contracts related to private regulated utilities to include monthly review of financial statements, preparation of annual operating budgets, cost reporting and overall performance analysis. Along with the financial accountability, Troy provides strong leadership on system operations, customer service, billing, field services, as well as regulatory affairs. Troy has experience among both the private and regulatory entities of the water and wastewater industry. Before arriving at USWSC, he was an Area Manager for Aqua Utilities in Florida and North Carolina and Public Utilities Supervisor with the Florida Public Service Commission prior to that. The skill set acquired from the aforementioned career experiences makes Troy uniquely qualified as our residential expert on rate analysis, rate structure, and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) accounting. Troy is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

U.S. Water Industrial Group Chris Saliba

Chris Saliba

Vice President - Operations and Maintenance

As Vice President, Operations and Maintenance, Chris Saliba directs a project portfolio comprising more than 1,200 O&M project sites and 300 staff. His distinguished career includes tenures as a senior leader, project manager, and technical advisor. Chris worked in progressively responsible technical and management roles over 18 years with U.S. Water Services Corporation. Chris leads U.S. Water Services Corporation’s Operations & Maintenance services for public and private clients in water and wastewater utilities, facilities services and public works. He develops and implements strategic plans and growth strategies, establishes strategic direction, assess markets and directs and supports cost management, safety programs, innovation, and quality. Mr. Saliba is also responsible for the development, implementation, and management of the Environmental Health and Safety Program for U.S. Water Services Corporation. He serves on the FlaWARN steering committee and other advisory boards.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - USW Utility Group - Aaron Voss - Vice President of Service Delivery - Mid/Central Region

Aaron Voss

Vice President - Service Delivery (Mid-Central U.S.)

Having joined USWSC in July 2007 as a Senior Project Manager, Mr. Voss has since assumed the position of Director of Service Delivery for our Mid/Central Region of United States. In this role Aaron is responsible for the overall business portfolio for projects in the region to include P&L, business development, utility acquisition feasibility studies, client management, construction management and strategic operational leadership. Aaron brings nearly 15 years of utility and managerial experience to the USWSC team. Prior to becoming a team member at USWSC, he held various leadership roles with Veolia Water NA and American Water which encompassed project management, facility startup, operator training, budget development, client development, process optimization, regulatory communication, process evaluations and compliance troubleshooting, computer systems management and CMMS integration. Mr. Voss is a 2003 honors graduate from Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska where he obtained two separate degrees in Computer Science & Information Technology and Network Systems Technology. Aaron also holds Class A/B, or equivalent, water and wastewater operator’s licenses which certifies him to work in six (6) different states - Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Georgia, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Ed Mitchell - Senior Vice President and General Manager

Ed Mitchell

Senior Vice President & General Manager

As Senior Vice President and General Manager, Ed joined USWSC in October 2013. He is responsible for maintaining corporate margins and developing business efficiencies for cost savings; organizational development; primary client management for more than 700 clients; corporate marketing and media relations. Ed brings extensive administrative leadership experience to the company given his 30 years in the municipal leadership arena. Prior to joining USWSC, Ed performed in the role of City Administrator for the City of West Palm Beach which has a population of 110,000, covering 56 square miles and possessing an employee base of 1500. At various intervals in his distinguished career Ed also served as the interim Community Redevelopment Executive Director and Acting City Administrator, both positions with the City of West Palm Beach. Ed received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Service from St. Michael’s College (Vermont) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Suffolk University, School of Management (Boston, MA). He acquired professional certification in the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training Program and is recognized as an ICMA Credentialed Manager.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Mo Kader - Vice President of Engineering

Mo Kader

Vice President of Engineering

Mo brings more than 30 years of experience to U. S. Water Services Corporation in his role as the Vice President of Engineering. He is expertly qualified and is responsible for design, permitting, and management of the water and wastewater systems to which USWSC provides contract services. Prior to joining USWSC in 2003, Mo gained valuable experience from previous employment as a project engineer and in the role of Civil/Environmental Engineer with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). Mo is an accomplished author with professional publications in the Environmental Science and Health magazine on the “Kinetics of Ozonation of Iron II and Manganese II with Ozone in a Pure Water System”, and, “Kinetics of Ozonation of Iron II in the Presence of Organic Compounds”. Mo holds an MS degree in Civil Engineering and also an MS degree in Engineering Management from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. He has been a Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida since 1992 and is certified by the U.S. National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Mo has additional professional engineering registrations in Iowa, Indiana, Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Ralph Amiott - Vice President and Director of Maintenance

Ralph Amiott

Vice President and Director of Maintenance

Ralph has more than 30 years direct experience relating to construction, operations, maintenance and rehabilitation of water and wastewater utility systems. Currently Mr. Amiott functions as Vice President of Construction and Maintenance Services on behalf of U.S. Water Services Corporation. In this position he ensures that all repair services of the utility systems serviced by U.S. Water Services are executed per regulatory requirements and in keeping with industry construction standards. Ralph’s field staff is responsible for monitoring the mechanical function of utility equipment, oversight of all rehabilitation projects, emergency repairs and provide on the job apprentice training for persons interested in learning the specialty mechanics related to water and wastewater facilities and systems. Since 1993, Ralph has provided supervision and management of more than 100 employees in Florida, Texas, Iowa and Oklahoma. His vast experience specific to the water and wastewater service industry, enables him to mentor direct reports toward successful construction and maintenance business development, scheduling, and completion.

Chris Morss

Chris Morss

National Director Business Development

  As National Director Business Development, Mr. Morss is responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing strategic growth opportunities, building teams and partnerships, and structuring solutions for complex alternative delivery projects across North America. He has more than 35 years of experience in water, wastewater, and environmental services and has held operational and development leadership roles across municipal, industrial, and federal markets, as well as international assignments. Over his career, Mr. Morss has held similar roles in water technology, consulting, and contract operations organizations where he was responsible for directing business strategies through public-private partnerships and alternative project delivery markets. Additionally, Mr. Morss has held executive leadership roles with emerging water treatment technology companies and engineering consulting services firms. He has extensive field and operational experience in engineering services, environmental management, water treatment, and hazardous materials remediation.

Ken Jones, CQM

Senior Vice President

Mr. Jones is the Senior Vice President of U.S. Water Industrial Group, LLC. Ken recently joined the company as part of the Ramboll Americas O&M Solutions acquisition where he had been for more than 26 years. Ken has a long-standing history of customer service and successful project operations that has elevated him to a leadership position within the organization. Ken firmly believes that our people are the key to excellent customer service, so his focus is on building a strong collaborative team that has driven the success of the Industrial Group.

Dan Elias

Sr Vice President of Growth and Accquisitions

As a Senior Vice President for Growth and Acquisitions, Dan is responsible for setting and implementing the company’s growth initiatives including all M&A activities, investment and project finance initiatives and large scale industrial and P3 engagements.   Dan is a business leader with 35 years of experience serving as a board member, strategic advisor and legal counsel to private and public companies in the water sector. He is the founder of Elias Group LLP, a financial and legal advisory firm with international recognition in the water sector. Dan’s experience includes dozens of industrial infrastructure and P3 projects varying in size, structure, scope and delivery method, including the first concession agreement executed in the U.S. for a municipal wastewater system. Dan’s experience also spans dozens of domestic and cross border M&A engagements, including serving as Director of Acquisitions for a large utility where he successfully completed a multi billion dollar rollup acquisition strategy.   Dan is a graduate of the City University of New York, Queens College from where he received his B.A. in Economics with Honors and his Juris Doctor. He is a distinguished AV® rated attorney by Martindale – Hubble

Ron Benderski

Ron Benderski

Vice President Industrial Group

As Vice President of the U.S. Water Industrial Group (USWIG), Ron manages a project portfolio comprised of more than 50 O&M project sites and 130 staff. Ron’s primary role is focused on client and staff engagement, ensuring that both client and staff needs are met. Other priorities include administration of the Project Management team, oversight of financial performance, and establishing policies and procedures that are intended to drive efficient and cost-effective savings to both our industrial clients and US Water. Ron has over 24 years’ experience working with the USWIG team.

Deanna Katchur

Deanna Katchur

Marketing Director

As Marketing Director, Deanna provides marketing and business development leadership to the organization. Her responsibilities include planning and implementation of the company's marketing strategy, proposal/presentation and marketing materials development, branding, and developing content for external communications. Deanna has more than 17 years of marketing experience in the engineering and professional services industries and specializes in developing sales and business development strategies for multimillion-dollar new business efforts. Deanna has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Business with a Marketing concentration and recently completed her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Penn State.

Our Regional Teams

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Hope Smith - Regional Manager; Region One - North FL

Hope Smith

Regional Manager; Region 1 – North Florida

Mrs. Smith has over 11 years of experience in the water and wastewater utility industry.  She has a BA degree in Finance and holds Florida Class B Wastewater and Class C Water Operator licenses.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Harry Householder - Regional Manager; Region Two - West Coast FL

Harry Householder

Regional Manager; Region 2 – West Coast Florida (Corporate Office)

Mr. Householder has over 40 years of experience in the water and Wastewater Industry.  He maintains and Class A Wastewater operator's license.  Mr. Householder has extensive experience in process control and optimization for both Water and Wastewater facilities and systems with a background in various CMMS programs.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - David Schultz Jr. - Director of Construction

David B. Schultz Jr.

Director of Construction

David Jr. is a registered professional engineer with over 15 years experience in the water and wastewater industry. He started his career at U.S. Water Services Corporation in August 2004 as the National Director of Business Development to create and execute the strategic growth plan for the young company.   In 2007, David Jr. assumed…

U.S. Water Services Corporation - Lina Quintero - Regional Manager; Region Three - Southwest FL

Lina Quintero, P.E.

Regional Manager; Region 3 – Southwest Florida

Lina M. Quintero is an experienced project manager with a degree in civil engineering. She has over 12 years of experience in bidding, permitting, compliance, design and management in different civil projects involving environment, water and wastewater. She currently works as a regional manager and project manager with U.S. Water Services Corporation.

Chris Gutschow - Director of Business Development

Chris Gutschow

Director of Business Development; Mid-Central U.S.

Chris has over 24 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Biology and holds Nebraska Class I Water and Class II Wastewater licenses.