Groundwater Foundation Names 2020 McEllhiney Lecturer

The Groundwater Foundation announced on June 3 that Jeffrey “Jeff” Williams, MGWC, CVCLD, will present the 2020 William A. McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology.

Williams, the vice president of Spafford & Sons Water Wells in Jericho, Vermont, and the 2016 president of NGWA, will present “Running a Business or Doing a Job: Combining Professional Expertise with Business Savvy.”

This topic is critical for groundwater industry business owners, as well as those responsible for running a company, and will address the mental transition from viewing one’s business as a series of individual jobs to an entity offering a palette of groundwater services.

In today’s business climate, planning and managing for greater profitability will determine the state of your business in the future. Williams addresses pressing questions such as:

  • How do you begin thinking big picture and setting financial and production goals?
  • What are the benchmarks?
  • How do you manage equipment, time, and human and financial resources better?
  • Are you planning your business model to include training, certifications, licensing, and equipment replacement?
  • How do you bring others involved in the company in this much broader and more goal-oriented transformation?

Like all water well supply contractors and one involved in a family business, Williams understands first-hand the challenges of working with a resource that consumers can’t see until it is brought to the surface, the immediate business impacts of regional and national economic conditions, and the critical need to plan for all types of contingencies. Williams’ professional experience is varied both in water well supply and geothermal heat pump operations.

Williams became active in NGWA in 2006 as a member of the Safety Subcommittee and as a director candidate. He served on the NGWA Board of Directors before becoming association president in 2016. Williams received the Association’s Robert Storm Intersectional Cooperation Award in 2018 for promoting collaboration, enhancing cooperation, and fostering community among all groundwater professionals.

To be considered as a host for the 2020 McEllhiney Lecture, complete and submit the request form (PDF) by August 5, 2019.

For additional information, contact Barbette Culpepper at or (800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791, ext. 1568.