Experienced team leaders provide companies in water sector with testing and certification solutions

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF International, a global independent public health organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the water, food, health sciences and consumer goods industries, has promoted two experts in its water division.

  • Rick Andrew shifts his role to focus on new business development opportunities for all of NSF’s water programs.
  • Dave Purkiss will direct NSF’s Municipal Water and Drinking Water Treatment programs with management support from two very experienced operations managers: Kelli Fleischmann and Jennifer Sharp.

NSF International's Water Programs require extensive product testing and unannounced audits of production facilities to verify that water treatment products meet the design, material and performance requirements from source to tap.

Rick Andrew

Rick Andrew
Global Business Development Director, NSF Water Systems

As former General Manager of the NSF Drinking Water Treatment Systems Certification Program, Andrew will transition into a new role as Director, Global Business Development – Water Systems leveraging his nearly 14 years of experience at NSF managing certification for point-of-use (POU) and point-of-entry (POE) manufacturers. He will oversee business development for all of NSF’s water product certification programs while continuing to support the POU and POE community by participating in trade association activities and other events. This includes continuing to work with the NSF Drinking Water Treatment Joint Committee, which helps develop American national drinking water standards. Andrew earned a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry both from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Dave Purkiss

Dave Purkiss
General Manager, Drinking Water Treatment and Distribution Systems Program

Purkiss has managed NSF’s water treatment and distribution programs and worked at NSF for the past 25 years, including four years with WRc-NSF in the UK, which provides testing for water fittings and materials.  Purkiss will expand his current role to include drinking water treatment units, as well as drinking water treatment chemicals, system components, and recreational water products. Purkiss earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Michigan State University.

Blake Stark

Jennifer Sharp and Kelli Fleischmann, who each have ten years of experience working in NSF’s Water Division, have been promoted to operations managers. Both will support clients in the drinking water treatment unit industry by providing service solutions and access to new markets.

Blake Stark, currently Business Unit Manager for NSF/ANSI Standard 60: Drinking Water Treatment Chemicals -- Health Effects, will manage NSF International’s Recreational Water Program, which tests and certifies pool and spa products used in commercial and residential water facilities.

“Our global water division has more than 50 years of water quality expertise, working closely with regulators and the water industry to protect the water supply.  I am thrilled to recognize the achievements of our entire team who support companies worldwide with regulatory compliance and market access solutions,” said Clif McLellan, Vice President of NSF International’s Global Water Division.

For more information on NSF International’s water programs, contact NSF’s business development team at americas@nsf.org or visit NSF’s water programs web page. You can also email europe@nsf.org, asia@nsf.org, brasil@nsf.org and info@nsf.org.cn (China) for additional information.

Editor’s note: To set up an interview with an NSF water expert, email Greta Houlahan at houlahan@nsf.org or call 734-913-5723.

About NSF International: NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. NSF International has been collaborating with the World Health Organization since 1997 in water quality and safety, food safety and indoor environments.

NSF led the development of the American national standards for all materials and products that treat or come in contact with drinking water. In 1990, the U.S. EPA replaced its own drinking water product advisory program with these NSF standards. Today, all major plumbing codes require certification to NSF standards for pipes and plumbing components in commercial and residential buildings. NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Additional NSF services include sustainability standards development, claims and product verification through NSF Sustainability; food safety and quality programs through the NSF Global Food Safety Division; and testing and certification programs for bottled water and beverages, dietary supplements and consumer product industries.