Industry Leader, Hoot Systems Executive Ron Suchecki, Passes Away

Industry Leader, Hoot Systems Executive Ron Suchecki, Passes Away

Ron Suchecki Jr., research director and general manager for Hoot Systems and partner in Central Texas Precast, passed away Feb. 8 of COVID-19. He was 50. Suchecki was active in onsite research programs and served in many capacities for state and national trade associations over the years.

Suchecki, of China Springs, Texas, received a degree in environmental science from Baylor University and remained active with the university’s Wastewater Research Program throughout his life. He was on the school’s Wastewater Treatment Advisory Board and an advisor to the Public Health Master’s Program.

Suchecki was a member of the National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA) board of directors and served on its Model Code Committee. He worked on the NSF International task force that developed NSF/ANSI Standard 245 to evaluate the performance of individual onsite nitrogen reduction treatment systems. He also served on the NSF Industry Forum, numerous committees and groups and was a member of its Wastewater Joint Committee.

He also served on the board of the Texas Onsite Wastewater Association (TOWA), including as president and on conference planning committees for TOWA and the Texas Environmental Health Association (TEHA). He was a three-term member of the Texas Onsite Wastewater Treatment Research Council. He also gave many industry presentations on several onsite topics.

Suchecki held seven patents in bioremediation and onsite wastewater treatment. He worked for Hoot Systems and associated companies for more than 25 years.

Sara Heger, Ph.D., an engineer, researcher and instructor with the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in the Water Resources Center at the University of Minnesota, often presented at the same national conferences as Suchecki. She said he worked tirelessly for advances in the onsite industry.

“He deeply cared about bringing credibility to our industry through advocacy, education, standards and support,” Heger says. “Ron was known to always have a smile on his face and work hard to solve any problems in front of him, even though he was often over-committed. He was full of energy, somehow making time for his work, family, friends, faith and anyone who needed a helping hand.”

Suchecki is survived by his wife, Melinda, four children and his parents.


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