Dean Amhaus has served as the first president and CEO of The Water Council since March 2010. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, The Water Council was formed in 2009 to drive economic, technology and talent development to support the global water industry. With over 190 members and 200 water technology companies in the Wisconsin water technology cluster, the organization convenes global water leaders and supports businesses, utilities, government agencies, education programs and non-profits, with valuable services, programming and networking opportunities. TWC’s most significant achievement occurred in September 2013 with the opening of the Global Water Center, a one-of-a-kind water technology research and business accelerator located in a 98,000 sq. ft. / 30,000 sq. m. seven-story refurbished Silver LEED warehouse in Milwaukee’s downtown.
Amhaus has served as the president of the Spirit of Milwaukee, which is dedicated to enhancing Milwaukee’s image; president of Forward Wisconsin, the state’s economic development organization; and executive director of the Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Commission. For six years, Amhaus was with the Wisconsin Arts Board; first as deputy director and later as executive director. During the 1980’s he worked in government relations in Washington, D.C.
Amhaus received his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and his bachelor’s in business from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.