My love affair with science began as far back as I can remember. In my 10th year I went through 3 chemistry sets, at 12 I learned 5 different ways to blow things up, and at 15 was making electronic gadgets to alter the sound of my guitar and accordion.
I did well in high school science classes and decided to take a pre-med curriculum in college. Along the way I became disinterested in medicine but continued on to get a BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. In college I took part in the study of the environmental effects of unbridled Steel Mill pollution on the now-recovering Mahoning River in Youngstown, Ohio.
Out of college I was first hired as a Hemodialysis technician/caregiver. I progressed to technical management of a hospital based care center, and then, after 5 years was hired to design and implement water purification technology to the hospital, laboratory and pharmaceutical markets. My customers included Carnegie Mellon University, PPG and The Cleveland Clinic.
After 5 years in that field I was hired to place similar technology in the high-tech industrial markets. My focus was improving process, meeting EPA discharge limits and recycling water and hazardous metals. My clients included Ford Motors, Goulds, and Honda Motors.
In 1988 I went to work for a division of B.F. Goodrich and was charged with the task of water purification, energy conservation and waste minimization for the Power-Generating, Chemical, Paper-and-Pulp industries. Before they were even buzz words, I helped companies like Ohio Edison, Union Carbide and Conoco reduce their carbon footprint, reduce energy consumption and reuse water.
I took a brief break from environmental science in 1999 to be near my Dad who was ill. I built a recording studio and applied my knowledge of music, electronics and acoustics to a different industry. During my brief venture I was fortunate to work with Grammy Winner Billy Beck, Composer John Davis (Mission Impossible), and members of The Vogues. My book, Make Money with Your Studio was published by Hal Leonard, and many of my articles were published in Recording Magazine, The Christian Country Music Magazine and Music and Sound Retailer.
I was recruited to Memphis by Siemens in 2006 and then Envirogen in 2010 to bring high-purity water technology and hazardous waste recovery technology to industry. Successes at St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Valero, Baxter, Caterpillar and Smith and Nephew, coupled with industry’s need for more personalized, custom services, lead me to create Water Is The New Gold in 2014.
Today, I provide a multitude of equipment, chemical and consulting services to help manufacturers exceed today’s environmental challenges.
In my private time I enjoy frequent trips to the Vegas Desert with my wife Cathy, and loafing with my 3 rescued pitbulls at home. I am an avid bowler with an ongoing, persistent 200+ average, and multiple perfect 300 games to my credit. I enjoy composing and playing music and am accomplished at guitar, accordion, harmonica, keyboards, mandolin, bouzouki, balalaika, bass and a few other instruments.