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Our Team

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Clark Easter, Founder and CEO

 

Clark founded GWI in 2017 to solve California agriculture’s growing need for significant new water supplies by identifying, and then helping to bring to market, the needed new technologies to cost-effectively treat all kinds of impaired water sources. His goal was to cut the price in half of achieving Zero Brine, 100% water recovery.  For agriculture, his initial goal has been to get the price of ZLD treatment of brackish groundwater to under $800/AF.

 

Out of his vision he became a founding industry partner of the National Alliance for Water Innovation, and he worked closely with them in their first year years to help write their Agricultural Roadmap. That work has also led to GWI partnering with half a dozen companies to help commercialize and then bring their key technologies to market.

 

Prior to GWI, Clark founded or cofounded companies in the geospatial, health, and educational areas, including XL Health, Spectrum K12, and Shawmut Engineering.

 

He holds a BA from Harvard and an MA.

Patrick Trembly, VP of Field Services

 

In 2000, Patrick became a licensed general contractor and assembled a team of skilled professionals. His company went on to build both residential and commercial buildings over the course of the next many years. At his company, he carried out the full range of general contractor activities - developing construction budgets, managing production schedules, managing subcontractors, and completing projects in a timely and cost-effective manner. 

 

Patrick's work in the building industry began in 1988 as an apprentice to general contractors, roofers, plumbers, and electricians. While gaining experience in the construction industry building custom homes, Patrick found that he very much enjoyed stepping into a piece of undeveloped property and imagining, seeing, and defining its underlying potential. Before starting his own company, he worked on numerous projects where his attention to detail, integrity, and commitment to owner satisfaction were integral to his success.

 

Patrick holds both a BA and a Masters, with honors,  from Cal State San Marcos.

Jeanette Lombardo, Cofounder, Advisory Board

 

Jeanette has decades of experience in agricultural and water. She is Executive Director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and recently stepped down from the U.S. EPA Farmers, Ranchers and Rural Communities Water Quality Advisory Board.

She is the former President of California Women for Agriculture, and American Agri-Women, and was a Board Member of the LA Region CA State Water Board, which oversees 98 cities’ water quality.

 

She served on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and Vegetables advising the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

 

She earned a BA in business management from California State University – Fullerton.

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Terry Mah, Advisory Board

Dr. Terry Mah is an experienced and recognized result-oriented leader in the water industry with over two decades of international experience supporting companies and communities address challenges around resource management. As Founder of The Malabar Group, Terry supports the development of pragmatic solutions for improving resource management and creating value by developing strategies that leverage innovation, foster productive partnerships, improve resilience, and generate growth for clients ranging from large multinational corporations, tech start-ups, private equity and investment banks, and other stakeholders.

 

Prior to establishing The Malabar Group, a large part of Terry’s career was spent with Veolia, where he had a number of executive positions that included management of different technology, EPC and operating services platforms, managing parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East as the Chief Operating Officer of Veolia’s global water technology group, Veolia Water Technologies, and serving as the Chief Operating Officer and President of Veolia North America’s water, waste and energy business, overseeing a $2 billion line of business. 

Casey Houweling,  Advisory Board 

Casey Houweling is the managing director and the owner of the Houweling Group of Companies with horticultural holdings in Canada and the USA. Production takes place on 200 acres of greenhouses, around 50 acres of which in Vancouver, Canada and 150 acres in Mona, Utah and Camarillo, California in the USA.  

Out of his long experience in growing tomatoes in greenhouses, Casey proposed a revolutionary new design in 2009 that he thought would excel for growing tomatoes in Camarillo, CA. He partnered with KUBO out of Holland for final design and build services, while retaining the IP and patents to what is now known as the “Ultra-Clime” greenhouse. This  semi-closed greenhouse design enables horticulture to thrive in regions where growing under glass was previously not an option. Over 700 hectares of Ultra-Clima greenhouses are currently in use, on every continent in the world. The greenhouse enables optimal climate control. Advantages of the Ultra-Clima® greenhouse include improved productivity, improved food safety, lower energy and water consumption, lower CO emissions and ultimately improved returns.

Bob Rudnick, Cofounder, Business Development  

 

Bob is the youngest member of an agriculture family that consisted of eleven children from Bakersfield, California. His family has had a history in agriculture for over 100 years through the ownership and operation of meat packing plants, feedlots, farms and ranches in Nevada, California and Arizona. One of their ranches was the one million acre 3 V Ranch, now owned by the Navajo Nation, which is located on the north rim of the Grand Canyon near Seligman. Parts of another, the Onyx Ranch, were sold to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in order to locate and construct the two Los Angeles Aqueducts. Another part was sold for the construction of Lake Isabella. The family also partnered to develop one of the largest sources of water in the state - at Helendale, California.

Bob received his B.S. in Real Estate from the University of Southern California and his JDS from
Southwestern School of Law. Bob's working experience in agriculture provides Global Water Innovations, Inc. with  the ability to develop business in California and many other western states.

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