Chief Executive Officer &
Chairman of the Board
Riggs Eckelberry is the founder and CEO of the innovative water technology company, OriginClear, which is delivering water solutions for industrial customers worldwide.
Based in Texas with international partnerships, OriginClear has developed and licensed an invention that treats industrial and agricultural waste water with very little energy, and no chemicals. And now, industrial users can treat their water right where they use it, using prepackaged “point of use” water treatment systems that have an amazing life cycle of up to 100 years or more.
Riggs came to the water industry from a quarter century in high technology, specializing in commercializing breakthrough technologies. During the dotcom, he worked on a series of tech successes, such as Quarterdeck’s CleanSweep, security software vendor Panda Software, and the sale of companies to EarthWeb, BeFree, and BellSouth. Just prior to founding what is now OriginClear, he helped drive security software company, CyberDefender, to an IPO on the NASDAQ as its President and Chief Operating Officer.
The son of an international businessman, Eckelberry learned management in the nonprofit space and as a commercial ship captain and officer. He enjoys skiing and sailing, and transforming the water industry to deal with the growing water challenges of our time.
Chief Operating Officer
"Make Water Great Again." Tom Marchesello joined OriginClear after a successful transformation of the early Modular Water Systems group into a streamlined operational model with manufacturing of a branded modular water treatment product lineup. Tom has been a leading voice for innovative companies with strong ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) based business. OriginClear and the Modular Water Treatment business is a triple bottom line win for our company, our clients, and the community while helping investors actually measure the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company that is doing good while driving innovation from current operations and being positive about future financial value and performance.
He is charged with scaling up the assembly-line modularized water treatment model, presenting Modular Water Systems as the flagship branded product line, supported by the existing service and technology divisions, and integrating acquisitions as they occur to help create The Next Great Water Company™.
Tom began his career in the U.S. Air Force leading in aerospace operations and strategy at Air Force Space Command Headquarters, leaving the service as a Captain. He then headed eCommerce Operations at Sony Electronics, where he built eCommerce sales and distribution channels for Digital Devices, growing the business unit to 400 people and helping to invent multiple patents. He was the Director of consumer data analytics that sold to Thompson Reuters and the Director that managed over 200 corporate brands including NBC, Hard Rock Hotels, ESPN, Sony, Live Nation, San Diego Zoo, Jaguar, Toyota, Surefire, and others.
Tom then joined Bainbridge Investment Banking Group as Director of M&A Investments, where, as head trendspotter he led the buyside team in middle market transactions with PE Funds & Corporate acquisition groups. By targeting industrial manufacturing and distribution companies, he increased banking revenue 400% over two years with over $1Billion in Acquisitions & Investments.
Some of his leading edge FinTech investment work with CME Group set the foundation for the entire Secure Messaging & Blockchain Industry, and positioned the Chicago Mercantile Exchange as a leading force in the cryptocurrency futures and securities markets.
It was this cryptocurrency experience that first brought OriginClear and Tom Marchesello together on the Waterchain project. Tom was attracted to the market initiative to design and transform the funding of decentralized water projects throughout the world. As OriginClear invested in developing answers to the packaged water systems megatrend, it was logical to apply Tom’s skills to that business as well.
Tom holds a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from San Diego State University and holds US PATENT #7,613,634, for performing Electronic Retailing. He received two Air Force Achievement Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, and a Gulf War Service Medal. He currently advises a number of finance, real estate, and industrial groups on ESG strategy and business growth.
On 13 June 2019, OriginClear named Tom Marchesello Chief Operating Officer. Leading up to this, the Company streamlined its functional organization at a strategic meeting, held at the headquarters of Progressive Water Treatment (see photos and video)
“I welcome Tom Marchesello to help operate our growing company,” said Riggs Eckelberry, OriginClear President and CEO. “His rapid intervention is now driving major reaches from business users that have to deal with their own water treatment problems, and are attracted to the advantages of a Water System In A Box™.”
Senior Vice President
Bill leads the OriginClear Group™, which consists of expert and profitable companies serving corporate customers in industry and agriculture. These water users are increasingly outsourcing their water treatment needs as these become more challenging, due to regulation and water shortages.
Recently, Bill assumed the leadership of the Technologies Division, as part of its strategic integration within the group of companies.
Beginning in 2012, Mr. Charneski played a key role in developing the company’s Electro Water Separation™ technology for the oil & gas industry, spanning product development, sales and licensing, manufacturing control and integration with other industry systems.
Prior to joining the company, Bill Charneski served as CEO of two startup firms, with a demonstrated track record of acquiring companies and creating sustained sales growth through the introduction of new products and process innovation.
As a chemical process engineer, plant supervisor and regional sales manager in his 15-year career at Dow Chemical, Bill gained extensive experience with process development and industrial equipment design and manufacturing, as well as a range of cross-functional knowledge and skills in marketing, sales, finance, operations, project management, team building, and quality control systems.
Bill holds an MBA degree from Central Michigan University, as well as a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Progressive Water Treatment
Mr. Stevens founded Progressive Water Treatment (PWT) of McKinney, Texas in 2000. Over the last eighteen years Marc has built a solid, profitable company with an outstanding customer reputation. On 1 October 2015, OriginClear closed on the acquisition of PWT, making it the first member of the newly-formed OriginClear Group.
PWT designs, builds and installs water treatment systems for the purification of process waters for boilers and cooling towers, drinking water and various industrial waste water applications. The treatment systems incorporate various technologies, including membrane systems, softening, deionizers, media filters and ion exchange.
Marc started in the water industry in the 80s as an assembler and shop helper, ultimately responsible for mechanical design, equipment fabrication, installation, startup and various service projects. He graduated to production and facility maintenance, and team management, before launching PWT.
Marc is a graduate of DHP’s Water Treatment Certification Program (WTCP), the only high purity water treatment certification program in the industry.
Dan leads OriginClear's engineering activities through the design and development of the Modular Water Systems™ (MWS) product line of prefabricated and prepackaged water treatment and conveyance systems utilizing Structurally Reinforced ThermoPlastics (SRTP) materials. SRTP manufacturing permits the ability to fabricate advanced heavy plastic infrastructure products in a factory setting where this unique approach overcomes inherent and significant limitations that have stymied the evolution and advancement of mission critical civil infrastructure technologies for decades.
SRTP manufacturing is truly a “game changer” relative to traditional custom engineered and field constructed systems built with concrete and steel. STRP materials substantially reduce initial capital product costs, but more importantly, offer system life cycles that are between 300% and 400% longer than conventional concrete and steel—-which offers the End User/Owner a substantial savings in Operations and Maintenance cost. MWS’s designs and manufacturing techniques are ideal for the decentralized and infrastructure requirements needed in today’s water and wastewater markets.
Dan has worked as either a professional Consulting Engineer or an Engineered Products Development Specialist throughout his career with the majority of his professional focus related to the water and environmental industry. He possesses a very strong understanding of the complex and interconnected disciplines, economies, and governmental regulation needed to develop and sustain modern civil infrastructure systems that reflect a balance of environmental stewardship, social expectations, and cultural requirements.
Since 2010, Dan has specialized in the research, development, and deployment of next generation water infrastructure technologies using heavy plastic manufacturing. His initiatives and innovations led to the granting of six patents issued in his name for various inventions related to these infrastructure products. His vision represents the basis of Modular Water Systems’ product line.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginian Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). He is also a licensed as a Professional Engineer in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Montana, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Mexico and North Dakota. When not working for MWS, he spends his time with his wife, Tracy, and their two sons, Harrison and Ashton living in the picturesque mountains of Southwest Virginia.
Technical Project Manager
Modular Water Systems
Robb S. Litos joined OriginClear's Modular Water Systems™ Production Division in early 2019, providing technical support to the Sales, Engineering and Manufacturing Divisions in OriginClear's mission to change the state of water treatment with its point-of-use modular water systems.
Robb's 20 years of experience in the water industry brings a vast amount of knowledge and hands on experience to Origin Clear. He is one of just a handful of specialists in the world who applies the Structurally Reinforced Thermoplastic (SRTP) tankage to pump station and wastewater treatment system design and construction.
Robb primarily works directly with MWS’s Sales Consultants, Manufacturer's Representatives, Consulting Engineers, and End-Users to help each with initial solution evaluation, technical recommendations, project coordination, project management, manufacturing, equipment delivery, and vendor commissioning.
Litos background prior to joining OriginClear includes project director in various companies such as Energy Equipment, Inc., Peak Process Technologies, and Apptech Solutions.
Robb also worked with a number of companies as a systems engineer then as the managing director of water and wastewater treatment supplies and services for Arete Water Technologies which became instrumental in his experience. Included in the water experience was his role at ProChem and was a project manager from where he was responsible for managing the design, construction, installation and operation of high purity water and industrial wastewater treatment systems
Robb graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 1999 with a B.S. Biology and proudly served in the United States Navy as an Avionics Technician from 1989-1996.
VP Business Development
Mr. Berenger has over twenty-five years of banking, investment, consulting, sales force training, and corporate finance experience. His experience ranges from public markets, private debt and equity, to consumer debt counseling and resolution as well as real estate financing and working extensively with distressed homeowners and legal professionals to assist in the recent foreclosure crisis.
Early in his career he spent six years in the securities industry as a licensed (series 7, 63 & 24) representative of both a NYSE and an NASD (now FINRA) New York based firm. These firms primarily focused on bringing public small and microcap companies.
Mr. Berenger has, over the last decade held corporate officer positions for public companies in both investor relations and business development where he utilized his experience in both capital markets and sales force training to successfully aid companies in raising sufficient capital to acquire FDA approved technologies as well as patents that created opportunities for one of these companies in the billion dollar Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment market. Ken is a married father of three.