Mr. Patey is an exceptional engineer, pilot, and entrepreneur, having developed and commercialized the technologies for many multi-million dollar start-up companies. Mike’s career began when he was still in high school by founding Deck-It, a deck and gazebo builder where he was awarded a patent for his deck saving technology. His most recent venture, Prodigy Engineering, was one of the first companies that specialized in the rapid design and engineering of EV Hybrid vehicles leading to its eventual sale to an automobile manufacturer. His ability to rapidly develop, engineer and manufacture ideas from concept to reality are a key differentiator for ECOVAP’s success. Other ventures include:
Best Tugs (2012): commercial aviation aircraft tug manufacturer BlueStep Technologies (2005): Information systems and technology for the senior healthcare assisted living sector.
4Care Pharmacies (2005): Assisted living medical management software and a companion specialty pharmacy. Mike sold his interest two years later at a $48 million valuation.
Mike is a world renowned pilot, currently holding five world speed records in planes that he designed, custom built and flew. In 2016, Mike was inducted into the Sport Air Racing League Hall of Fame. Mike is also a Garmin Aerospace ambassador and close advisor to several aerospace & defense companies including the renowned Pratt and Whitney.
Jason Mendenhall is a serial entrepreneur that has spent his career building and growing companies that deliver value where business and technology intersect. Through the depth and breadth of his unique perspective, he has led organizations across multiple industries. As a seasoned leader and founder of Alta Insight, he has transformed companies by leading go-to-market restructuring, driving M&A activity, managing political relationships, fund raising, transforming product development and driving strategic initiatives.
From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Mendenhall was the executive vice president of Cloud and Managed Services for Switch, the world’s No. 1 Cloud Campus Ecosystem. His efforts there led to major customer acquisitions and unique industry solutions and helped establish a strong platform for Switch’s IPO.
In 2002, he founded Verde Communications, a regional broadband and technology services company, which he grew from ground zero to its eventual acquisition in 2007 producing a 10-time return for its investors. He was awarded Utah’s Young Enterpriser Award by the Governor.
An engineer at heart, Mr. Mendenhall received his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Utah and continues to drive change where technology can improve the human experience.
Kristin Lamb is one of the founding investors of ECOVAP, building on a career of successful entrepreneurial ventures. Most recently, Ms. Lamb founded Still With You, an online retailer of memorial statues. Previously, Ms. Lamb was also an Executive at MyExpert Solutions (2010 to 2012) and Dynactive Educational Software (2012 to 2014), both providing online counseling and interactive education for adults. In 2001, Ms. Lamb co-founded DesignIt Construction, a residential and commercial building designer and contractor that she co-managed from 2001 to 2010.
Ms. Lamb is also active in various non-profit organizations and philanthropies, including the ChainBreaker Foundation (founder — a charity to empower and provide coping skills for abused women) and the Children’s Justice Center (previous board member — providing care for abused children).
Ms. Lamb has completed four years in the Human Resource Development/Family Sciences degree program at Brigham Young University.
Ms. Lamb serves as a member of the Founders Board for the Rollins Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology — BYU Marriott School as well as an executive board member for the Women in Entrepreneurship program (WE). She also serves as an advisory board member for the Women Success Center at Utah Valley University.
Jeffrey Knowles is a serial entrepreneur, having worked with Mr. Patey on various start-up companies over the past 15 years.
Mr. Knowles’ business experience is mainly in the credit card payments and software industry. In 1999, Mr. Knowles sold his first venture, Authorize.Net (a credit card processing service company) at a $90 million valuation. Subsequently, Mr. Knowles founded MTREX, Inc./Vision Bankcard, Inc., a payment processor, which then acquired POS Cardsystems and NCCP (led by Goldman Sachs). As a software developer and inventor, Mr. Knowles has filed and commercialized multiple EW-Commerce patents.
Jeff is actively involved in various philanthropies, including Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University.
Mr. Murray was most recently a director at SPB Capital Partners, a Las Vegas-based private equity fund. There he was directly responsible for due diligence, portfolio management, investor and government relations, governance and corporate communication. In this role he also became involved in portfolio investments and oversaw construction projects, business development and government relationships. Nick has also served as a police officer for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, and legal intern for the US District Court of Nevada.
Nick has been actively involved in his local community serving as a youth leader and provided legal support to the Nevada Cancer Institute. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law and a BS in Finance from UNLV, Magna Cum Laude.
Mr. Michels founded Alpheus Water Research LLC in 2016 as a consultancy and investment vehicle targeting innovation in the global water sector. In 2016, Alpheus made a seed investment in ECOVAP, and since then Rowe as served on ECOVAP's board of directors (2017-2019) and as part of the company's executive managment team (2016-present). Rowe has 25 years investment experience and three years as a management consultant. Prior to Alpheus, Mr. Michels served as the Director of Research, a portfolio manager, and the global water/utilities analyst at Tradewinds LLC (2009-2016), a $38B equity fund. Prior to Tradwinds, Rowe was the Director of Emerging Markets Research at Bear, Stearns Co., Inc., overseeing four offices and a team of 70. During this time, he was the #1-ranked electric/water utilities analyst (Institutional Investor), and received multiple awards for “Top Stock Picker” by the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Michels has authored multiple whitepapers on the Water Sector, Clean Energy, and ESG Investing. Rowe earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Brigham Young University, an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese, having lived overseas and having accumulated over 8 million frequent flyer miles. Rowe also founded the Sean Michels School for Special Needs Children in Kenya, which he continues to oversee.
Greg Barnes was a technical adviser on the Toroparu Gold Project for several years prior to joining Sandspring's management team in January 2011. Previously the Chief Executive Officer, President and a Director of the privately held Hunter Energy LLC and Hunter Resource Capital Inc., Mr. Barnes has been involved in a number of privately held companies, and specializes in the trading, production, and investment in commodities in developing countries.
Gerald Grandey was previously the President and CEO of Cameco Corporation, one of the world’s largest uranium producers. He joined Cameco in 1993 as Senior Vice President, was appointed President in 2000 and CEO in 2003. In 2010, The Harvard Business Review recognized him as being one of the top 100 CEO’s in the world because of the value created for shareholders during his tenure. Mr. Grandey retired from Cameco in 2011.
Inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2013, Mr. Grandey was awarded the Canadian Nuclear Association’s Ian McRae Award in 2012 for his work in advancing nuclear energy in Canada. In 2011, he was nominated for the Oslo Business for Peace Award in recognition of his efforts to facilitate the dismantling of 20,000 Russian warheads (Megatons to Megawatts), with the resulting uranium used in nuclear energy plants for the generation of electricity. The US. Nuclear Energy Institute awarded Mr. Grandey the William S. Lee Award for leadership in the nuclear industry, noting his work to implement the Megatons to Megawatts agreement between the United States and Russia. In 2020, Mr. Grandey was named as a recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit. Established in 1985, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit is a recognition of excellence, achievement and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well being of the province of Saskatchewan and its residents. The Order takes precedence over all other provincial honours and awards. Currently, Mr. Grandey serves as Chairman of the boards of the Colorado School of Mines Foundation and of Rare Elements Resources, a mineral resource company focused on rare earth extraction and recovery. Formerly, Mr. Grandey was a member of the boards of Nutrien Ltd, the world’s largest provider of crop nutrients, inputs and services, the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Canadian Oil Sands, Inmet Mining Corporation, Centerra Gold Inc., Sandspring Resources, and Bruce Power. Mr. Grandey has a degree in geophysical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a juris doctor degree from Northwestern University. He is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Edwards School of Business and is Chairman Emeritus of the London-based World Nuclear Association.