I was a licensed wastewater treatment plant operator in the State of Oregon from 1997 to 2014 and have more than 20 yrs of wastewater experience, in breweries and laboratories.
However, eventually I decided I needed more out of life than working 40+ hrs/wk. So I left Deschutes at the end of 2009 to ride a bicycle around the world with my wife for 2 years. Needless to say, that adventure was amazing and life changing. We now live in her hometown in Colorado.
Soon after settling in Colorado I learned there weren’t any jobs in our particular area (so much for my wife’s hometown). However I always knew I had a peculiar skill set, so in 2013 I started this consulting business. It has proven to be a success and we continue to grow and expand services. This is my full time job and it’s great- except for the staring at a computer all day part. And I usually work way more than 40 hrs/wk.
Crazy little detail here, I am based on Colorado. Your HR/accounting people may want to know that based on California’s Assembly Bill 5.See my client list
At Deschutes my primary job was managing the WTF, eventually it got to the point where I could almost do it with my eyes closed. So I branched out and was instrumental in other areas such as incoming water treatment, CIP, contract development, utility management, project management, safety, capital budgeting, master planning, AutoCAD and dealing with the City of Bend Public Works Department.
Licensed Wastewater Operator, Level II, State of Oregon, 1998-2014
Deschutes Brewery, Waste Management, 1998 – 2010
Brewery Wastewater Design, Owner, 2013 – present
B.S. Environmental Biology, 1994, Eastern Illinois University
The newest addition to the BWD team is Hollis Brake. Hollis fabricates and assembles most of the equipment we sell. He also designs, fabricates, and finishes river surf boards! Surf Colorado! He is a mechanical engineer, professional designer, and all around good guy.
I give talks from time to time, going way back. Here are a few of those…
CBC 2017 TALK