WWJ Closeup, July 2020

TODD E. KERRY
Central Region Director of Wells for Illinois and Wisconsin
Water Well Solutions Illinois Division LLC—SUEZ Advanced Solutions
Elburn, Illinois

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
Treat everyone with the same level of respect. It’s a good rule to live by, but in business you never know who the next decision maker will be.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
I was in Israel and met with some professionals regarding water well rehabilitation technology and some of the outdated processes used. I would love to have the time to share the advancement of new water well rehabilitation technologies abroad through a charitable donation of my time.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Building relationships that have carried on long after the job has been done. I’m blessed to be able to call many of my clients friends outside of work.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED MOST FROM DOING WELL REHABILITATION WORK?
Water Well Solutions’ name derived from our dedication to finding new and innovative ways to rehabilitate wells. One methodology isn’t going to work with every application and some processes are more successful in different formations. You cannot be afraid to try something new.

HOW DO YOU STAY CURRENT ON WELL REHABILITATION TECHNIQUES?
A lot of it is based on personal experience in working directly with our technology partners and helping them to develop their own products. I’m grateful to be a part of a large team where we can share our successes as well as our failures with one another.

HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE INDUSTRY CHANGE IN THE LAST 20-30 YEARS?
Aside from the advancement in drilling and water well rehabilitation technologies, the emphasis on workplace safety. The things we got away with 20 years ago would never fly on today’s jobs. However, I still see people posting on social media working under a derrick without the proper PPE. Safety first!

GREATEST CHALLENGE FACING WATER WELL CONTRACTORS TODAY?
Recruiting and developing talent. Our industry is aging and there will be turnover in the next several years. We have a good group of talented individuals currently, but we had a lot of turnover until we found our core group. Finding experienced sales engineers who want to travel has become increasingly difficult.