Meet PowerTech Water’s Team

Made up of successful entrepreneurs, seasoned business executives, a solid R&D group, and highly respected individuals from business, finance and the global water industry, PowerTech Water’s management and advisory teams work closely together towards a singular goal: to commercialize our breakthrough CapCo technology and other revolutionary water and wastewater treatment solutions.

Management Team

Cameron Lippert, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Cameron Lippert co-founded PowerTech Water in 2014. He is currently leading the implementation of PowerTech Water’s business development and financing strategy. Dr. Lippert previously served as the Chief Science Officer of LastCall Ventures, LLC where he was the co-developer of the Faveo™ and La Vida™ brand of products and oversaw product development and commercialization efforts leading to the products being sold in over 700 stores across three countries.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Cameron managed R&D and technology development & demonstration projects totaling $4.5 million at the Center for Applied Energy Research. He has 30 publications and patents in the fields of catalyst development, electrochemical energy storage, water treatment devices, and wastewater chemistry. Cameron received his BS in Biochemistry from Eckerd College and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

James Landon, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

James Landon co-founded PowerTech Water in 2014 following initial success in raising seed capital from the Bluegrass Angels in Lexington, KY. He is an expert in electrochemical devices such as capacitive deionzation and capacitive coagulation, as well as water and wastewater treatment, carbon materials, surface chemistry, and electrochemical engineering. James’ career emphasis has been in the field of electrochemistry, with a focus on developing innovative technologies for advanced water and wastewater treatment. He has 15 years of experience as a technology development leader and is one of the world experts in electrochemical water treatment. During his academic career as a Principal Research Engineer at the Center for Applied Energy Research he managed R&D projects totaling more than $30 million focused on improving efficiencies in coal-fired power plants. He has 78 peer-reviewed publications and patents. He received a BS Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon.

Keith Jacobs

President and Chief Operating Officer

An experienced entrepreneur with decades of experience across a variety of vertical industries, Keith Jacobs is focused on commercializing PowerTech Water’s technology and delivering superior results for its customers. Before joining PowerTech, he founded and led Jacobs Automation, a robotics technology company, and built it into a world-class company with customers across the globe. The company was backed by venture capital investors and was successfully sold to Rockwell Automation in 2014.

Prior to founding Jacobs Automation, Keith was an executive at RA Jones & Co., a leading supplier of packaging machinery, and International Paper, a leading supplier of pulp and paper products.  He started his career at GE in the aviation business. Keith was educated at MIT, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering.

David Goodnight

CFO

David Goodnight is a member of the Bluegrass Angels and Fund Manager. Previously, he was an investor and board member in Jacobs Automation, where he led the sale of the company to a Fortune 500 company. At Jacobs Automation, he also served as Chief Operating Office and CFO. David is adjunct faculty for the University of Kentucky’s MBA program. Earlier, David was with Lexmark for 14 years as Vice-President of Asia Pacific and Latin America, Corporate Controller and CFO of Network Printer Division. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky.

Advisors

Eric M.V. Hoek, Ph.D.

Eric Hoek is an internationally recognized expert in water treatment, desalination and reuse technology R&D, commercialization and application. Over the past 20 years, he has been a UCLA environmental engineering professor and an inventor and/or founder of numerous successful water technology startups, including NanoH2O, Water Planet, PolyCera, IntelliFlux, MembranePRO and Hydrophilix. Dr. Hoek has also served as a consultant to municipal water authorities, water technology start-ups, hedge funds, venture capital funds, law firms, private research foundations, non-profit foundations, US federal, state and local agencies and foreign national research agencies.

As a UCLA environmental engineering professor, consultant and entrepreneur, Dr. Hoek has worked on drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment, ocean and brackish water desalination, oil & gas produced water treatment, municipal and industrial water reuse and oil spill remediation. He has over 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 70 patents filed in the U.S. and internationally, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Nature journal npj Clean Water. Dr. Hoek has a Ph.D. in Engineering from Yale University and completed UCLA Anderson’s Executive Management and Director Education & Certification Programs.

William Harvey

William (Bill) Harvey is the founder of Water Innovation Advisors, a firm that provides consulting services to start-ups, venture capitalists, private equity investors and technology developers in the filtration and fluid monitoring space. Bill also serves as Vice President at Applied Biomimetic, a membrane filtration company serving the enzyme, biotech, and food production verticals. Over the last 30 years, he has also held leadership positions at Ionics, Incorporated, GE Water and Process Technologies, and Modern Water plc. Bill, who is also a business mentor at MIT Water Innovation, has served as an officer at a variety of industry, non-profit and public utility boards.

Board of Directors

In addition to Cameron Lippert and James Landon, the PowerTech Board includes:

Dr. Anders Hallsby

Dr. Anders Hallsby is a Partner at Mazarine Ventures; a technology investment firm entirely focused on innovations that address water and wastewater challenges. Prior to joining Evolution Anders held various leadership roles in Nalco Water, Akzo Nobel and Dow Chemical. He has a strong technical background combined with extensive commercial and sales experience, and has developed, commercialized and managed solutions for both industrial and municipal customers. Anders was a Fulbright Scholar and received PhD and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

David R. Martin, P.Eng

David R.Martin, P.Eng. brings 30 years of innovation across the globe building better products and services with a focus on water and energy. In the C-suite of several companies (including MethodCapital, inCTRL Solutions, WCI Environmental, Voltea, and evandtec), David has helped shareholders profit and talent blossom. As a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund Council, David helps tend to a $1.6 billion fund.

Christopher H. Young

Christopher H. Young has been active as an entrepreneur and investor in technology-related startup companies for over 10 years. He started his career in Atlanta, working as a sales engineer for Security First Technologies, an online banking technology company. He then moved to San Francisco to join the startup technology consulting firm, Scient. Shortly after Scient went public, he founded two technology-related startups, raising over $60 million in venture capital from investors such as Sequoia Capital, Freeman Spogli & Co., Capital Research & Management and Oracle Venture Fund. He returned to Kentucky in 2004 and currently serves as Chair of the Bluegrass Angels and lead manager of BGA Venture Fund III, and serves on boards of Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals, Gun Media Holdings, Frogdice, and Float Money. He received a BS in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Duke University.

“As an investor and advisor to PowerTech Water, I have been impressed with the continued refinement of their plan, their successful receipt of large grant awards, and most importantly with the team they have built. I have great confidence in their ability to execute and look forward to continuing to support their efforts with both time and money.”

– Christopher Young, Chair of the Bluegrass Angels and Lead Manager of BGA Venture Fund III