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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.

JORDAN LIND, Chief Executive 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.

JOHN THEE, Chief Operating Officer

A West Point graduate and former U.S. Army Infantry Officer, John has an extensive background in strategy, operations, finance, business development, and consulting across a variety of industrial sectors around the world.


Prior to joining the CLEARAS team, John was a Consultant with McKinsey and Company and most recently a Vice President with Washington Corporations; a diversified industrial conglomerate operating in the rail, mining, shipbuilding, heavy equipment, environmental, and marine transportation sectors.
 

John received his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

TOM WENZ, Chief Financial Officer

Tom is a dynamic leader with experience fulfilling various executive leadership positions in the areas of technology, finance, corporate strategy, business development, and operations.


Previously he was part of the executive leadership team responsible for growing a global technology startup into a diversified $240 million company.


Tom is an active entrepreneur investor and has a strong background in global strategic consulting. His previous roles include working with Reliant Funding, Vogogo, and Robert Half International, building an extensive record of driving bottom-line impact in client organizations serving retail, health care, financial, and consumer electronics industries.

Tom is a CPA and received his MBA from the University of Montana; 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.

TERRY ROBINSON, Business Development & Co-Founder

As one of the original co-founders of CLEARAS Water Recovery, Terry has used his extensive background in business development, sales, marketing, design, welding, fabrication, construction and strategic planning, along with entrepreneurial knowledge, to help move Advanced Biological Nutrient Recovery technology into new markets nationwide. 


Prior to co-founding CLEARAS, Terry proudly served in the US Navy before building a series of successful manufacturing businesses where he was responsible for the design, build, and sale of multiple automated and patented machines. With his diverse business experience, he continues to help clients around the country build and strengthen their operations with the latest proven technologies, positioning them for continued success.

AUTUMN FISHER, Regional Director 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.

Leadership

 

Board of Directors

 

CRAIG HURLBERT, Chairman

A seasoned entrepreneur, Craig was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year in 2009 for the Houston and Gulf Coast Area and inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Hall of Fame.

 

Craig 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. Craig sits on the Board of Directors at Loenbro, Inc., a diversified energy services and construction company with more than 750 employees.

 

In addition, Craig is the Chairman of the Board of TAS Energy, a leading global provider of high efficiency and modular cooling and energy systems for the commercial, industrial and power generation markets. Prior to his role as Chairman, Craig served as President and CEO since joining the company in 2001. Craig joined TAS from Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS) where he served as President and General Manager of the business unit P2 Energy.

Craig's energy industry experience also includes positions with General Electric (GE), and Stewart and Stevenson (S&S), the world's largest third party operator of power plants. During his tenure at GE, Craig served as General Manager of Global Sales for GE's contractual services, and led the growth of his division from $750 million in backlog at inception to $7 billion in backlog in 24 months. At S&S, Craig served as Director of International Business Development.

He was also a founding member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) - Gulf Coast Region.

Craig has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from San Diego State and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the California State University - Long Beach. He is the past President and Chairman of the Turbine Inlet Cooling Association.

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.