How WEF Operations Challenge champs Controlled Chaos developed a winning team

March 11, 2024
Teamwork and cohesion are critical to the success of Controlled Chaos, WEF Operations Challenge champions, who are looking to take their skills to Munich, Germany at the world's largest water and wastewater conference.

The Operations Challenge is a competitive event that tests five core competencies of competing teams from around the nation. Each team consists of four competitors and a coach.

In 2023, Controlled Chaos — captained by Patrick Ross and coached by Troy Newton both of Mount Pleasant Waterworks, South Carolina – took home first place at WEFTEC, the largest championship for the competition in the U.S. This is how they view the competition and what it took for them to reach the top.

The team is also looking to compete internationally at IFAT the largest water and wastewater tradeshow and conference in the world at 10 times the size of WEFTEC. Consider donating to the team so they can compete in Munich, Germany in May. The fundraiser closes March 31, 2024.

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Bob Crossen

Bob Crossen is the editorial director for the Endeavor Business Media Water Group, which publishes WaterWorld, Wastewater Digest and Stormwater Solutions. Crossen graduated from Illinois State University in Dec. 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in German and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. He worked for Campbell Publications, a weekly newspaper company in rural Illinois outside St. Louis for four years as a reporter and regional editor. 

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