CEOs of five early-stage companies representing different opportunities to invest in the water sector make their pitch for why they offer the best return. Steve Maxwell chairs the session, and the difficult questions will be asked by a panel of judges, including Jeff Garwood, industry consultant and former CEO of GE Water, David Gray of Credit Suisse, and Dan McCarthy of Black and Veatch Water. The audience will then vote on the winner. The competitors are: Mark Arnold - Quantaic Corporation Emily Landsburg - BlackGold Biofuels Mark Peterman - Onda Via Inc. John Bissell - Micromidas Inc. Mark Owen - Puralytics
J. Mark Arnold
J. Mark Arnold is Co-Founder, CFO & VP of Business Development at Quantaic Corporation.
John Bissel is CEO of Micromidas Inc.
John received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California - Davis. He completed the UC Davis Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy and several other advanced entrepreneurial leadership programs in recent years. After raising seed funding for Micromidas, John led the company to numerous successes in regional and national green technology competitions, including the UC Davis "Big Bang" Business Plan Competition, The California Business Ascent Competition, the US Environmental Protection Agency's People, Prosperity, and the Planet Sustainable Design Competition, and most recently, the National Clean Tech Open. John brings a wealth of experience in technology management, chemical research and development, numerical modeling of complex systems, and scaling of industrial processes. Prior to Micromidas, John was employed by Ampac Fine Chemicals working with diverse teams of chemists, engineers, and operators as a functional liaison between R&D, manufacturing, and management teams.
Jeff Garwood is an Industry Consultant and former CEO of GE Water.
David M. Gray
David M. Gray is a Managing Director of Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking Department, based in New York. He is responsible for the Bank's corporate client relationships in the industrial services industry. This includes companies in the environmental services, facilities services, infrastructure services and rental services sectors.
Emily Landsburg is founder and CEO at Black Gold Biofuels.
An expert in market-driven implementation of environmentally sustainable technologies, Landsburg previously built southeastern Pennsylvania's largest biodiesel distribution business. Here she assisted municipalities and utilities such as the City of Philadelphia and Exelon switch to biodiesel in a seamless and cost-effective manner. Previously, Landsburg successfully started and sold a business addressing sewage disposal in the marine industry. A nationally recognized leader, she serves as the Co-Chair of Water Environment Federation's Biofuels Task Force, Chair of the National Biodiesel Board's Sustainability Task Force, and was named one of Philadelphia's Emerging 101 Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. Landsburg graduated magna cum laude in applied math from Columbia University and is an Environmental Leadership Program Fellow.
Steve Maxwell formed TechKNOWLEDGEy Strategic Group Strategic Group (TSG) in 1992 to provide consulting and advisory services to the environmental and water resource industries. The firm offers strategic and management consulting services, as well as merger and acquisition support to a broad array of public and private entities in the environmental and water industries. Mr. Maxwell has been instrumental in initiating and managing successful acquisition and merger transactions, developing more practical strategic planning processes, building more effective sales and marketing programs, and in helping to implement stronger management organizations, for many of the leading companies in the commercial water and environmental industry. Over the years, his firm has been active in assisting major global corporations to evaluate and build businesses in various sectors of the water industry.
Dan McCarthy, President and CEO of B&V Water and a member of the Black & Veatch Board of Directors since 2005, oversees the company's global water business. McCarthy earned his Civil Engineering degree from Iowa State University in 1975 and his Masters degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas in 1982. Since joining Black & Veatch in 1976, he has served in roles with progressive leadership responsibilities, including President of the B&V Water Americas Division. He currently serves as a board member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, an advisory group member for the Singapore International Water Week and chair of the Water Environment Federation International Program Committee. He has also served as a board member for the American Water Works Association. McCarthy has presented at many global, regional and local conferences for the water/wastewater industry, as well as at a wide range of business, civic and political forums.
Mark Owen is CEO of Puralytics.
Mark Peterman is cofounder and CEO of Onda Via Inc.