You could say Nick Neuman was born to be an aquatics industry leader. After all, his birth in 1983 was the same year his father Charles “Chuck” Neuman co-founded Water Technology with Richard Whiteaker.
As a child, traveling with his father to various aquatic projects was the norm, Nick says. He counts that experience as an asset now that he is a professional in the industry.
Today, at age 28, he serves as one of the principals of the company, under the umbrella of the Neuman Group. His day-to-day responsibilities involve project management, working directly with clients. All told, he is poised to help lead the organization into the next generation.
“My focus at WTI is the development of commercial and international entertainment venues,” Neuman says. These include several Great Wolf Resort waterpark projects; Aquatica, SeaWorld's waterpark in Orlando, Fla.; and Cariba Creek, the waterpark at Alton Towers, in the U.K.
Neuman holds a degree in construction engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie, Wis. He officially became part of WTI in 2007, joining his brothers in what's become the family business. Aaron Neuman is in design and Peter Neuman is in construction.
Water Technology operates with a familial, team approach where every opinion is valued, Nick Neuman says, and that’s something he would like to see continue in the future.
“Understanding the level of dedication among the entire team, it is extremely motivating,” he adds.
Innovation is another company strength Neuman hopes to carry into the future.
“WTI was one of the first companies in the industry to recognize and apply regenerative media filtration in waterparks, as well as using ultraviolet light as ... supplemental disinfection,” Neuman says. “WTI was also one of the first to recognize the connection and relationship between indoor waterpark water quality and indoor waterpark air quality. Our team has gone to great lengths to design, develop and implement systems to balance and manage this relationship. …”
Whatever the next industry challenge may be, Neuman stands ready to face it. His can-do work ethic and inquisitive nature promise to be an asset to the WTI family for decades to come.