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About Alan Hinchman

The municipal water industry has always been a passion for Alan, and his 20+ years of work has allowed him to spend time helping utilities of all sizes around the world provide better services for their customers. As an expert in water distribution information technologies, Alan has been a frequent speaker at many industry events.

About Alicia Bowers

Alicia Bowers believes that automation software can help industrial organizations overcome many challenges, including retiring workforces, global competition, and tightening regulations. She has published in industry magazines, ranging from Food Manufacturing to Hydrocarbon Engineering, and is the recipient of a MESA Outstanding Contribution Award.

About Ben Armstrong

Ben Armstrong is the CEO of WellDone. He has worked with entrepreneurs in Uganda and with agriculturists and technologists in Ghana and Nigeria. He also worked at Google, where he sought to improve technology use at African universities and the Supreme Court of Ghana. More recently, he has written on how mobile technology can improve sanitation and how mobile media are affecting democracy in Africa.

About Bernie Anger

A firm believer in group think, Bernie is a visionary in leveraging Cloud technology for manufacturing and industrial applications. Look for Bernie on Twitter @bernieanger and follow his tweets about Cloud and its impact on our Connected World.

About Catherine Griffin

As Managing Director at GoodCompany Ventures, Catherine draws on her operational and fundraising experience as a two time social entrepreneur, co-founding ventures in the social shopping and ethical apparel industries after launching her career as part of GoodCompany’s second graduating class. Prior to venturing into Social Enterprise, Catherine worked with the United Nations and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva to research the comparative efficacy of Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives among top Fortune 500 Companies. Catherine sits on the Board of Power up Gambia, a non-profit that brings reliable solar energy sources to healthcare facilities and clinics in the Gambia. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

About Chris Peacock

Chris Peacock is the founder of The Water Innovation Project, an idea accelerator and leadership hub with a mission to transform the way we value water through innovation and collaboration. His most recent projects include H2.O, a platform for the water utility industry to collaborate and share knowledge around data, a Water/Energy Nexus Hackathon and the recently published, award winning anthology Damned If We Don’t! Ideas for accelerating change around water. He is also the Director of Strategic Accounts for FATHOM, a SaaS, cloud-based data platform that is changing the water utility paradigm.

About Dan Grech

Dan Grech is the founder of Desalination Tunnels and is working with a diverse range of engineers to develop, test and bring new innovations to market in affordable and sustainable seawater desalination. Contact him by email (, Twitter (@dangrech) or Skype (dan.grech).

About Dennis Nelson

Dennis Nelson is the president, CEO and founder of the Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) Foundation, a U.S. 501(c)(3) organization that develops and delivers water resources education across the United States and in 60 countries around the world. Learn more at

About Dr. Ken Russell

Dr. Ken Russell has more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing comprehensive programs and innovation initiatives. A technology pioneer, he developed early Intranet systems for large banks which led to his participation in developing one of the first successful Internet-based training platforms.

About Erik Hromadka

Erik Hromadka is the CEO of Global Water Technologies (OTC: GWTR) in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been promoting the use of innovative new “smart water” technologies to improve efficiency and reduce water loss since 2010. He has been active in regional water cluster activities and working to bring some of the faster innovation of the tech sector into the water industry.

About Jeff Martin

“Integration Done Right” has been Jeff Martin’s motivational force during his 30 years of systems integration delivery to the water industry. CEO and General Manager of Carollo Systems, Jeff works with utilities on project delivery, Design-Bid-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, Turnkey and Professional Services Solutions. Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn.

About Jill Burdette

Jill Burdette is the Business Development Manager at GE Automation & Controls. Jill has had diverse project experience with many vertical industries, as well as a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In her current role at GE, Jill spends her time with customers exploring what their biggest challenges are and how GE can solve them.

About Jim Lauria

Jim Lauria is a water technology executive with over 20 years of global experience in the agricultural, municipal, industrial and commercial markets. He is currently vice president of sales & marketing for Mazzei Injector Co. LLC, a fluid design company that manufactures mixing and contacting systems. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College. He can be contacted at

About Jonathan Litchman

Jonathan Litchman, cofounder and CEO of The Providence Group, is a national security veteran with experience as an intelligence officer and as a staff member on the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was also a senior executive at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he led efforts in software product development and consulted on information operations and strategic planning. He most recently led Edelman Public Relations’ Washington, D.C. cybersecurity policy and national security practice. Twitter: @jdlitchman

About Jordan Gilmore

Jordan Lane Gilmore is a lobbyist and policy advisor to energy and water technology companies and trade groups. He specializes in government relations strategy for NPOs with goals to advance the clean energy economy and he spearheads a variety of industry events, conferences, workshops and forums focused on emerging technologies in the Gulf Coast and Northeast US. He blends his experience in former federal, state, and industry roles to build Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) and is committed to turning the growing issue of energy-water collisions into new business opportunity.

About Kelly Carnes

Kelly Carnes is an entrepreneur and a nationally recognized technology policy expert and thought leader. She has served the high tech industry for over 20 years, holding leadership positions in technology business, law and government. She is President and CEO of TechVision21, a Washington, DC-based technology strategy firm. TechVision21 leverages technology, business and government expertise to help companies pinpoint and secure research and technology funding, forge critical alliances with business and government leaders, and promote and protect their interests in Washington. TechVision21 clients include global companies, leading U.S. research universities, government, and science and technology non-profit organizations.

About Kyle Reissner

Kyle Reissner is Product Marketing Manager of Automation Software at GE's Intelligent Platforms business, part of the Proficy Product Management group at GE. Kyle has had diverse project experience within many vertical industries including the water industry. In his current role at GE Kyle spends most of his time with water customers exploring their biggest challenges and how software solutions, both from a business and watershed perspective, aids them to be more sustainable.

About Laurence Mann

Laurence Mann has worked with clients ranging from oil and gas companies to national retailers to engineering and environmental services companies, among others. He holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Graduate School of Business, The University of Chicago. In addition, he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He has also studied at the London School of Economics, London, England as well as the Universite de Dijon, Dijon, France.

About Mark Modzelewski

Mark leads people operations at Estimote, including efforts to reorganize, expand, recruit, and manage staff, as well as oversee human resources, training and evaluation of employees. Mark also serves as a director of the company, providing leadership in a variety of additional areas including development of new business & partnerships; corporate & legal strategy; and events, marketing, branding & PR. Mark was the co-founder of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation. He has served as a consultant to the Water Industry during the past 10 years.'

About Martin Byars

Martin Byars is Specification Engineer and Business Development Manager for GE's Intelligent Platforms business. Martin has worked for the past 15 years in various sales and marketing roles across several industrial businesses. His current role allows him the opportunity to engage A/E firms and discuss the benefits of including GE products and services in Industrial Water specifications.

About Matt Rose

Rose, co-founder and CEO, is a veteran technology company executive, including several years as COO of a successful healthcare services & technology company. He is recognized as a leader in new product development for IoT systems and prescriptive analytics within business intelligence applications. Rose holds a Master Public Administration from Harvard and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy.

About Melanie Brittingham

As a Solutions Marketing Leader for GE's Intelligent Platforms business, Melanie Brittingham manages commercial initiatives, from strategy development to campaign execution for the new cloud-based Equipment Insight solution. Melanie's experience with B2B and consumer product marketing and account management help her to put the right products in the right hands, delivering both improved ROI and positive customer experiences. Connect with Melanie on LinkedIn.

About Mike McGettigan

Mike McGettigan is an independent consultant whose expertise lies in strategy, marketing and business growth. He has over 23 years of leadership experience gained from global corporations, military service, private equity portfolio companies and management consulting. He has over 10 years of executive management experience in the water and environmental services industries from GE Water, ITT Corporation (now Xylem), PerkinElmer Inc. and several start-up and venture-backed companies. Most recently, he served as the Chief Commercial Officer of The Water Initiative. He has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, an MS-equivalent in Nuclear Engineering and an MBA from Duke. He is also GE SixSigma/Lean certified.

About Rebecca Block

Rebecca Block is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor’s degree in Marine Affairs and Communications. Rebecca has always been interested in environmental conservation, specifically water quality. In 2014, she had the opportunity to sail in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean gathering research on micro and macro plastics found in the surface water. Most recently, she has worked for environmental non-profit organizations as a Canvass Organizer in Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey.

About Richard E. Hyman

Richard E. Hyman, Environmental Advocate and Author of FROGMEN studied environmental engineering, writing and business at Yale, Georgetown, Fairfield and Furman Universities. Richard is a business executive who has held management positions at corporate (GE Capital, GTE, Xerox) and entrepreneurial technology businesses, which include terrestrial and space-based telecommunications, biotechnology, software, sensors and Internet services. He too worked at NASA for Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9’s Lunar Module Pilot, focusing on transferring NASA technology to the private sector.

About Richard Kreidler

Richard Kreidler is Senior Vice President of Proteus Systems. Proteus Systems manufactures a device that eliminates corrosion and prevents leaks from leaching into the drinking water. Mr. Kreidler has over 30 years of experience in the IT industry designing systems and providing solutions with companies such as Xerox, IBM and Oracle. Mr. Kreidler was the founder of a company successfully ramping up sales to $20 million within a 2 year period. Mr. Kreidler is taking his entrepreneurial skill set to design systems to help solve California’s drought crisis.

About Ron Steiger

Ron Steiger is the Global Process Leader for GE Digital Energy, Grid Automation and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Smart Energy Society. While focusing on the Electric industry for most of his career, Ron has continued to develop a strong passion for the associated global water infrastructure. As an expert in Smart Grid technologies, Ron participates on Boards, serves as a panelist and speaks publicly as a recognized professional on Smart Grid, Intelligent Water and Building Energy Management.

About Terry Biederman

Terry Biederman is the Global industry Manager — Water at GE's Intelligent Platforms business. Terry was the Director of Public Works for Waterford Township, Michigan, for 16 years and has more than 25 years of design and operation experience in the municipal water and wastewater industry, helping water utilities solve their SCADA problems. He has a master’s degree in public administration, a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Michigan.

About Victor Hwang

Victor W. Hwang is acting CEO and cofounder of Liquidity Corporation, a company that makes the world’s most technologically advanced filters for healthy drinking water. The author of The Rainforest: The Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2012) and its followup The Rainforest Blueprint: How to Design Your Own Silicon Valley (Regenwald, 2013), he is a contributing columnist to Forbes magazine, where he authors the blog Riffs from the Rainforest. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch and Entrepreneur.

About Vincent Caprio

Mr. Caprio is the founder and executive director of the Water Innovations Alliance Foundation (WIAF). As the executive director of WIAF, Mr. Caprio writes a regular column for GE’s Our Water Counts blog. Mr. Caprio is the founder and event director of the Water 2.0 Conference series, with the next event being held on November 18, 2015, in Washington, DC. Mr. Caprio is one of the foremost advocates for government funding of emerging technologies at both the state and federal levels. Mr. Caprio has testified before Congress and the state legislatures of New York and Connecticut, and he has been an invited speaker at over 100 conferences.