Welcome to ECOVAP! Our company is a leader in wastewater elimination, providing unique waste water evaporation technology at lower costs while greatly reducing the very negative environmental effects of traditional disposal methods. We invite you to get to know our company and our team using the resources on this page. If you have questions about our wastewater elimination services, please contact us at (435) 338-3323.

History & Mission Statement

ECOVAP participates in the oil and gas wastewater disposal industry. Founded in 2015, our mission to eliminate wastewater through evaporation. We use proprietary, innovative technology to ensure wastewater elimination that is effective, efficient, and safe. Our patent-pending evaporation technology dramatically decreases the cost of wastewater treatment and offers an environmentally-friendly solution for contaminated water.

While we are currently focused on the wastewater disposal market in the oil and gas industries, there are many other areas in which evaporation water treatments are useful, including:

  • Lithium mining ponds
  • Other mining (uranium, coal-bed methane, etc.)
  • Final remediation (such as Kennecott in Utah and Salton Sea in California)
  • Olive oil evaporation ponds
  • Aerobic sewerage
  • Tar sands
  • Salt mining
  • Industrial air conditioning

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Board of Directors and Executive Management

Michael J. Patey; Founder, Chief Technology Officer

Mr. Patey is a serial 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 that grew quickly to 200 employees. While still in college, Mike designed some of the first pre-fabricated gazebo kits built around spas, and subsequently began manufacturing spas. During that time, Mike was awarded a patent on a deck saving technology and became a licensed residential and commercial contractor. After the sale of Deck-It in 1998 at age 26, Mike founded and built many successful businesses in diverse industries, including:

  • BlueStep Technologies – information systems and technology for the senior healthcare assisted living sector.
  • 4Care Pharmacies (Founded in 2005) – Assisted Living medical management software and a companion specialty pharmacy. Mike sold his interest two years later at a $48mn valuation.
  • Prodigy Engineering (Founded 2012), one of the first companies that specialized in the design of EV hybrid vehicles, sold for $12mn to Via Motors after two years.

Mike is an avid 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.

Jason Mendenhall; Chief Executive Officer

Mr. 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 in the telecommunications, infrastructure, industrial enterprise software and IoT industries. As a seasoned leader and founder of Alta Insight, he has transformed companies by leading go-to-market restructuring, driving M and A activity, managing political relationships, guiding fund raising, transforming product development and creating strategy initiatives.
From 2010 to 2017, Mr. Mendenhall was the Executive Vice President of Cloud and Managed Services for Switch, the world’s #1 Cloud Campus Ecosystem. His efforts there led to major customer acquisitions, 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 10X 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 find areas where technology can improve the human experience.

Kristen Lamb; Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Lamb was appointed Chief Operating Officer of ECOVAP in 2018, building on a career of successful entrepreneurial ventures. Most recently, Ms. Lamb co-founded Still With You, an online retailer of memorial statues. Previously, Ms. Lamb was also an Executive at MyExpert Solutions (2010-2012) and Dynactive Educational Software (2012-2014), both providing on-line 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 2001-2010.

Ms. Lamb is also active in various non-profit 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 4 years in the Human Resource Development/Family Sciences degree program at Brigham Young University.

Jeffrey Knowles; Chief Financial Officer

Mr. 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) for $90mn. 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 E-Commerce patents.

Jeff is actively involved in various philanthropies, including Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Jeff has completed four years in business management at BYU and University of Phoenix.

Rowe Michels; VP Strategic Planning

Mr. Michels leads ECOVAP’s market research effort, and has 24 years investment experience and three years as a management consultant.

Mr. Michels is also the Chief Executive Officer of Alpheus Water Research LLC, a company he founded in 2016 to focus on early stage innovative companies in the water sector. Prior to launching Alpheus, Mr. Michels was the Director of Research, a portfolio manager, and global water/utilities analyst at Tradewinds LLC, a $35bn equity fund. Prior to Tradewinds, Mr. Michels was the Director of Emerging Markets Research at Bear, Stearns Co., Inc., overseeing four offices and a team of 70. During this time, Mr. Michels was a #1-ranked utilities analyst (Institutional Investor) for eleven consecutive years, 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. Mr. Michels is the founder of the Sean Michels School for Special Needs Children in Miyani, Kenya. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business.

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Advisory Board

Matthew Anderson; CPA

Matt Anderson, CPA, has more than 24 years of experience in public accounting, including experience in the financial service practices of Rothstein Kass (“RK”, now KPMG). He specializes in audit and accounting issues related to investment companies and alternative investment businesses with various strategies and structures, including investment partnerships, domestic and offshore hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity and venture capital funds. He founded the Los Angeles office for Weaver in 2014. He also launched and was the partner in charge of RK’s Denver office from 2003 to 2009. Matt also worked in the capital markets practices of two Big Four firms.
Matt is a member of the AICPA and California Society of CPAs (CalCPA). He was formerly on the national board of Help for Children (“HFC”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. He also founded the Colorado chapter of Hedge Funds Care and chaired the Southern California chapter of Hedge Funds Care. He is a graduate of Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

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Other Special Consultants

Noe Lopez

Mr. Lopez is the owner of multiple business and specializes in technology development, with over 25 years in specialized fields. Mr. Lopez was recruited by Wal-Mart to run global logistics in 1993, and managed multiple facilities in the US and 15 other countries. Mr. Lopez joined Reliance Industries in 2007, and held multiple consulting positions for WW Grainger, Houston Port Authority, Goldman Sachs, GLG and Global Resources during that time. Mr. Lopez became the President of Star Water Logic in 2012 and lead the development of proprietary technology for cleaning contaminated production and flow-back fluids in the Texas oil fields.

Mr. Lopez is the developer and inventor of multiple patent-pending processes that range from Oil and Gas Solutions, Animal Health, and Vegetation Soil Remediation. Along with his success as a business owner, he has degrees from the University of Texas, Grand Canyon University, and University of Phoenix in Psychology, Business, and Logistics, respectively.

Chris Ward

Mr. Ward has over 22 years investment and advisory experience, both in public and private equities, including consultancy, management and research of utilities, natural resources and water. Mr. Ward’s prior experience includes:

Managing Member, Millcreek Advisors (2014-2017) – a Family Office and advisory with various venture capital and private equity investments. Assignments included restructuring E+P portfolio and due diligence of water separation and precision agriculture.
Vice President, FE Global Clean Energy Corp. (2010-2013) – led U.S. investment strategy development, deal origination, valuation, structuring, due diligence and execution.
Chief Investment Officer, Century America LLC (1996-2009) – oversaw privately-held investment portfolio of various energy and utilities companies; extensive analysis of water and cleantech sectors.
Mr. Ward earned his Bachelor’s in Finance at the University of Utah and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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