AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe and AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe Regional Sales Manager Jeff Blakely was recently recognized as one of the inaugural recipients of the American Water Works Association’s 5 Under 35 – Outstanding Young Professionals Award. The award is given to young professional AWWA members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their sections or the association through leadership and active participation in AWWA Young Professionals programs. Blakely was chosen from 23 nominees from North America evaluated on eight criteria.
Blakely received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota. He joined AMERICAN in 2010 and has held sales and marketing roles in numerous territories. He is currently based in Colorado and his sales region includes 18 states, from Wisconsin to Washington. Blakely has held various offices on the section and association levels of AWWA and was recently appointed to the organization’s Manufacturers and Associates Council (MAC). He has also served as Young Professionals Committee chair and MAC liaison. In addition, Blakely is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and National Utility Contractors Association and served on the ASCE Seismic Design of Buried Pipelines Task Committee.
AMERICAN has been an AWWA member company since 1907, and its employees serve in numerous volunteer positions. Founded in 1905 in Birmingham, Alabama, AMERICAN manufactures fire hydrants, valves, ductile iron pipe and spiral-welded steel pipe for the waterworks industry and high-frequency-welded steel pipe for the oil and natural gas industries. Its diversified product line also includes high-performance fire pumps, structural casings and pilings, static castings and specialty rubber products.