A New Vision for Nutrient Recovery

 
CLEARAS originated from a desire to change the paradigm in wastewater treatment and design. This came with the foresight that water was a severely undervalued commodity and that wastewater treatment could be transformed from linear, disposal-based systems to more circular, resource recovery-based solutions.
Due to increasing water pollution (algae blooms and other forms of contamination) caused by excess nutrients, regulations governing nitrogen and phosphorus discharge continue to tighten. Wastewater dischargers everywhere face the same challenges: minimizing environmental impact, while simultaneously investing in plant efficiency and improved performance. CLEARAS recognized the problem (algae blooms) and that it may also be the source of a more sustainable solution.   
Founded in 2008, CLEARAS set out to be the leader in providing natural wastewater treatment solutions that transform waste into value – delivering unique cost recovery opportunities to customers.  
In 2010, CLEARAS designed and built its first Advanced Biological Nutrient Recovery (ABNR™) system. This ABNR™ system delivered a simple, and chemical-free biological wastewater treatment solution to achieve ultra-low nutrient results.  
 
Today, ABNR™ technology is at the forefront of a paradigm shift in wastewater treatment from removal to recovery. Through a unique application of biomimicry, ABNR™ leverages and enhances nature's time tested patterns of nutrient recovery by transferring the problem - algae blooms - into the solution.

GREG GUARD, Chief Executive Officer

Greg brings extensive experience growing enterprise value of companies in the environmental market space. His successful track record as a senior executive in the private equity environment, history of making accretive acquisitions, and his deep experience in wastewater and renewable energy, will help propel CLEARAS to the next level.

Prior to joining CLEARAS, Greg was the President of JWC Environmental, a $100 million wastewater treatment equipment manufacturer, and the Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for Thermo Fluids, a $115 million environmental services and renewable energy company. In both of those cases, Greg was instrumental in developing and executing a growth strategy by aligning customers, employees, partners, and shareholders. Before his career in private equity, Greg was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Waste Management's Western Group, a $3 billion business unit.

Greg received his BA in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

JORDAN LIND, Chief Business Development Officer

With more than 20 years of senior-level leadership experience in business development, sales, marketing, strategic planning and operations management, Jordan blends his corporate and entrepreneurial knowledge to lead the business development strategy for CLEARAS.
 

Prior to joining CLEARAS he oversaw business development for ALPS Corporation, a nationwide financial and professional services firm, increasing annual gross sales from $20 million to $40 million during his tenure. Jordan led an aggressive diversification strategy into health care, outsourced professional services, and information systems management.

 

An active investor in early-stage technology and service-based businesses, Jordan has an excellent track record of navigating the commercialization of products and services.

Jordan received both his BA and MBA from the University of Montana; the latter in which he graduated magna cum laude.

KEVIN MCGRAW, Operations Manager & Co-Founder

Kevin blends his military background and industry expertise with over 20 years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience to lead the operations team for CLEARAS. His skills in solving complex problems and finding innovative solutions, at the intersection of technological and biological systems performance, are at the heart of CLEARAS’ operations.


Prior to co-founding CLEARAS, Kevin built a successful residential land development business in California, which he later expanded into Montana. Earlier in his career, he studied navigation, graduating from the California Maritime Academy, and spent eight years sailing as a Navigational Officer for Master Mates and Pilots.


Kevin served four years as a United States Marine and completed his obligation with an honorable discharge.

AUTUMN FISHER, VP of Project Delivery

Along with ten years of wastewater experience, Autumn is a certified Advanced Wastewater Operator in the state of Wisconsin and was most recently the Superintendent of the Fond du Lac Regional Wastewater Treatment and Resource Recovery Facility.

 

Her leadership in water reclamation in the Great Lakes Region is well recognized and respected. Autumn’s passion for the industry and for advances in treatment technology and water quality make her an ideal fit for fueling the CLEARAS momentum in the Midwest.

 

Autumn has an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a master’s degree in Project Management.

BRIAN RICHICHI, Construction Manager

As one of CLEARAS’ earliest team members (2009) Brian has a deep knowledge of all aspects across the product and Company value chain. His experience spans marketing, sales, application design, project and construction delivery and operations and maintenance. Brian supervised the daily operations of ABNR’s first continuous flow (50,000 gpd) demonstration at Inland Empire Paper Company.

 

He has extensive knowledge in applying ABNR within wastewater treatment environments and most recently became the CLEARAS Construction Manager. In this role, Brian is responsible to assist Project Delivery to execute a project within the scope, schedule and budget while meeting high quality and performance metrics. Brian works with and manages sub-contractors retained by CLEARAS in the project delivery phase of projects.

Brian received his B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Leadership

 

Board of Directors

 

CRAIG HURLBERT, Chairman

Mr. Hurlbert is a seasoned entrepreneur – with a thirty-year track record of building successful businesses with strong leadership teams. He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® in 2009 in the Houston and Gulf Coast Area and inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year® Hall of Fame that same year. He was also a founding member of the Young Presidents Organization – Gulf Coast Region.

Mr. Hurlbert is currently a Managing Partner and Co-Founder at BrightMark Partners, a growth equity and management firm dedicated to providing capital and resources to venture, growth phase, and middle market businesses.

Mr. Hurlbert is currently the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Local Bounti, a company pioneering sustainable indoor agriculture.

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JORDAN LIND, Officer

With more than 20 years of senior-level leadership experience in business development, sales, marketing, strategic planning and operations management, Jordan blends his corporate and entrepreneurial knowledge to lead the business development strategy for CLEARAS.
 

Prior to joining CLEARAS he oversaw business development for ALPS Corporation, a nationwide financial and professional services firm, increasing annual gross sales from $20 million to $40 million during his tenure. Jordan led an aggressive diversification strategy into health care, outsourced professional services, and information systems management.

 

An active investor in early-stage technology and service-based businesses, Jordan has an excellent track record of navigating the commercialization of products and services.

Jordan received both his BA and MBA from the University of Montana; the latter in which he graduated magna cum laude.

DR. TRAVIS JOYNER, PhD, JD, Director

Dr. Joyner is a managing partner at BrightMark Partners, a growth equity and management firm dedicated to providing capital and resources to venture, growth phase, and middle market businesses. Dr. Joyner has experience consulting to a broad range of companies, from large corporations to start-ups.

His areas of expertise include quantitative analysis, corporate and legal strategy, risk management, technology development, market analysis, organizational design and structure, market strategy, and capital campaigns.

Dr. Joyner sits on the Board of Directors at Loenbro, Inc., a diversified energy services and construction company with more than 750 employees. In addition, he is a Board Advisor to Prostar Geocorp, a company pioneering geospatial intelligence software in energy infrastructure and transportation verticals.

Prior to his current positions, Dr. Joyner had a career in management consulting and market research, consulting to Fortune 500 companies across the country.

He earned his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Kansas. His graduate focus was market research and statistics. Dr. Joyner also received his J.D. from the University of Montana, earning a Certificate in Mediation and serving as the Managing Editor of the Montana Law Review. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, graduating with Distinction.

DR. ART UMBLE, PhD, PE, BCEE, Director

Dr. Umble’s experience covers many aspects of environmental engineering practice. After completing a Ph.D. in biological waste treatment at the University of Notre Dame, he managed the water and wastewater utility operations for the City of Elkhart, IN, a city of 50,000 for nearly a decade. There he was responsible for strategic master planning, day-to-day treatment plant operations, regulatory compliance, facility planning, preliminary and final design of civil/sanitary systems, asset management and maintenance of the drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. During this time, Dr. Umble has also served as Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

 

In his current role as the Americas Wastewater Practice Leader, Dr. Umble provides technical analysis and review support to design teams for new and rehabilitated wastewater treatment plants, with a focus on nutrient removal facilities, process optimization for capacity and performance, wet weather treatment, tertiary and advanced treatment, solids processing and disposal facilities, disinfection systems, and emerging contaminant removal technology. His role focuses on providing technical support to the wastewater facilities design staff, development of design guidelines, staff technical training, and a wide range of business development opportunities with existing and potential clients for business units across the country. He is also responsible for cultivating the firm’s role and participation in professional associations both nationally and at the State level through a wide range of participatory activities.

STEVE RECTOR, Director

Steve Rector is the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer of Cowles Company, a family-owned, Spokane-based firm engaged in print and electronic media, television broadcasting, newsprint manufacturing, forestry, insurance sales, real estate development and “start-up” investments. He holds a BA in Accounting from Whitworth University.

 

Steve is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the boards of etailz, Inc., CloudEngage, Ag Energy Solutions, Inc. and 3D-4U, Inc. He is a board member and current president of the Rypien Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Whitworth Foundation and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union Supervisory Committee. He is a trustee of the Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation and the William H. Cowles Foundation; company-supported foundations that support capital projects for civic and educational advancement primarily in the Spokane region.

 

Prior to joining Cowles Company in 1989, Steve was a Certified Public Accountant for Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers or PwC). Cowles Company subsidiaries include Cowles Publishing Company – publisher of The Spokesman-Review, Inland Empire Paper Company, KHQ-TV (NBC affiliate stations in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Yakima) and various ABC and Fox affiliates throughout Montana, Centennial Properties, Inc., River Park Square and Northwest Farmer-Stockman insurance.

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