South Metro Water is governed by a Board of Directors. Our organization’s Executive Director acts as spokesperson and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and public meetings. Monthly board meetings are located in the 2nd Floor Conference Room at 8400 East Prentice Avenue, Greenwood Village, CO 80111. The meetings begin at 1 p.m. and adjourn by 4 p.m. The full board meeting schedule and agendas are available on our events calendar. Please check the meeting minutes page for reporting of past meetings.
Eric Hecox, President, serves as the Vice President of Shea Properties, manages the Meridian Metropolitan District, and was previously the Executive Director of SMWSA. Prior to joining SMWSA in 2012, Eric was the Section Chief of the Water Supply Planning Section at the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB). In this capacity, Eric implemented Colorado’s state-wide water supply planning process. He oversaw the analysis of Colorado’s current and future water supply needs and potential projects to meet those needs. He also managed the state’s Basin Roundtable process. Prior to joining the State, Eric served as a Natural Resource Specialist to the Bureau of Land Management’s National Science and Technology Center under a Presidential Management Fellowship. Eric received his B.A. in biology from Lawrence University and prior to graduate school was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zimbabwe. He earned a Masters of Science in Environmental Science in Water Resources and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Dave Kaunisto, Vice President has been a SMWSA Board Member since 2009. Mr. Kaunisto joined the East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District in 1997. During his tenure, he has been an integral part of growing the District, which now is able to provide water, sewer, and storm water service to an estimated 50,000 people. To keep up with the increased demand, Mr. Kaunisto pushed through projects such as the Northern Water Project, the Western Water project, and the Irrigation Supply Project. Before joining East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District, he worked for the City of Westminster for 14 years. Mr. Kaunisto earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.
John Kaufman, Treasurer, is the General Manager of Centennial Water and Sanitation District, which serves Highlands Ranch. Mr. Kaufman has a wealth of experience spanning three decades in water resources planning and management, water reuse and conjunctive use, water rights and decree acquisition, water utility management, ground water, geothermal energy and mining. He previously served as General Manager of the Leavenworth Water Department in Kansas, and as a board member of the East Cherry Creek Valley Water & Sanitation District in Colorado. Mr. Kaufman has consulted on water resources and water rights with a variety of Colorado clients. Kaufman earned his Master’s of Science in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science & Technology and his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Geology from the University of Kansas. Mr. Kaufman and his wife Nancy raised their family in Colorado and have moved back to Colorado from Kansas.
Mark Marlowe, Secretary, serves as the Utilities Director for the Town of Castle Rock. Prior to joining the Town of Castle Rock in March of 2013, Mr. Marlowe spent 10 years with Dalton (GA) Utilities most recently as the Senior Vice President of Watershed Services. In this position, he was responsible for running the water, wastewater, and storm-water business unit for Dalton Utilities, an award-winning, full-service utility that provided water service to approximately 100,000 people in Northwest Georgia. During his tenure at Dalton Utilities, Mr. Marlowe also served more than two years as the Chairman of the North Georgia Regional Water Resources Partnership, an organization very similar in nature to the SMWSA. Mr. Marlowe’s career also includes experience working for General Electric as a project manager as well as several regional consulting/engineering firms in the Southeast over approximately a 10-year period before joining Dalton Utilities. Mr. Marlowe earned Bachelor’s degrees in the Arts (Russian studies and mathematics) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also holds a Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia. He is a long time member of the Georgia Association of Water Professionals, where he was a member of the legislative committee for many years, the Water Environment Federation, and the American Water Works Association. Mr. Marlowe has been a Rotarian since 2005 and served as the President of the Rotary Club of Dalton during the 2011 to 2012 Rotary year.
Ron Redd, Assistant Secretary, has been a SMWSA board member since its inception in 2004. Ron Redd is the district manager of Parker Water & Wastewater District. Previously, he served as the utilities director for the Town of Castle Rock and before that, he was the program manager for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Mr. Redd earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Montana State University. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Water Works Association. Mr. Redd is a licensed professional engineer in both Colorado and California.