Jim Watterson, district sales manager with AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe and AMERICAN SpiralWeld Pipe, received the George Warren Fuller Award from the Alabama/Mississippi Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) on Oct. 11, 2016. Established in 1937, the Fuller Award is the highest honor given to water industry professionals by AWWA in recognition of distinguished service to the industry. Watterson will also be recognized nationally at the organization’s Annual Conference and Exposition in June 2017.
Watterson began his career with AMERICAN in 1979, shortly after graduating from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He worked as a sales engineer in Atlanta, Georgia, before becoming district sales manager in Sacramento, California, and then Minneapolis, Minnesota. Watterson returned to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1993.
In addition to his work at AMERICAN, Watterson is a member of AWWA and past chairman of the Alabama/Mississippi Section. He currently serves as director on the national AWWA board representing the Alabama/Mississippi Section. Watterson also served as a board member on the Alabama Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and president of the Hoover Athletic Association.
Watterson joins other AMERICAN employees who have received the Fuller Award including: AMERICAN Flow Control Territory Manager Rick Ratcliffe, AMERICAN Flow Control Division Sales Manager John Hagelskamp, and retired AMERICAN Ductile Iron Pipe District Sales Managers Charles Hogue and Ben Mason.
AMERICAN Cast Iron Pipe Company, founded in 1905, is a manufacturer of ductile iron pipe, spiral-welded steel pipe, fire hydrants and valves for the waterworks industry and electric-resistance-welded steel pipe for the oil and natural gas industries. AMERICAN’s diversified product line also includes static castings and high-performance fire pumps.