Chairman of the Board
Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Executive Officer
Chairman of the Board
Riggs Eckelberry is the founding CEO of the innovative water technology company, OriginClear. Riggs is the visionary designer of a three-part model for water industry disruption, which starts with innovative technology and engineering, expanding out to total outsourcing for business clients, and now creating ClearAqua™, the Water Coin For The World™, a crypto network that can empower people everywhere to help with water problems.
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 Strategic Officer
Andrea d’Agostini has a lengthy track record as a company builder and chief marketer. He joined OriginClear in January 2022 as President and Chief Strategic Officer or CSO, responsible for developing, communicating and executing the company's strategies to enhance strategic initiatives, future goals and financial growth.
As its Chief Marketing Officer for more than seven years, Mr. d’Agostini helped develop American Power And Gas into a $300 million+, 200-employee multinational company dedicated to switching customers from fossil fuels to renewables. Andrea has also managed marketing and public relations campaigns for brands like Sephora, Lacoste, Pandora, Sperry and many others.
Andrea is Co-Founder and Chairman at SalesJet.io, an innovative tech startup in the marketing and automation space and also serves on the board of a private community of 20,000 crypto investors dedicated to supporting the launch of investment-oriented coins. He sits on the boards of Monarchy Media — a boutique strategic marketing firm, CoinShare LTD, a blockchain technology firm, and Viva Concepts, a customer retention marketing firm for dental practices.
Andrea considers that entrepreneurs are artists as they are able to create “something” from “nothing”, and do it every day. For this reason, since 2015 he has been delivering over 200 seminars per year to support entrepreneurship and help entrepreneurs achieve better results through marketing, technology and creativity. To date he has delivered over 1,200 seminars all over the world, with over 100,000 entrepreneurs attending.
Andrea d’Agostini has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Università degli Studi di Torino. He is based in Los Angeles, California, and Clearwater, Florida. His passions are technology, music, travel and cooking.
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™.”
Chief Financial Officer
Prasad brings 15+ years of experience in public accounting, financial reporting, risk and internal controls advisory services. His skillset includes company-wide risk assessments to improve focus to critical areas as well as more efficient and effective audit activities.
Prasad started his career with PwC India, where he was part of the financial statements’ assurance teams for various multi-national companies. In 2004 he moved to the United States where he has worked for top regional and national public accounting and consulting firms. He also led external audit engagements for large public companies like Steve Madden, The United Retail Group, Double-Take Software to name a few.
Prasad is based near the company’s headquarters in Clearwater, Florida.
Executive Vice President
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.
Over the last decade, Mr. Berenger has 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.
In January of 2022, Ken Berenger was recognized as co-creator of the breakthrough water asset investment program, Water On Demand™, and received a promotion to Executive Vice President, OriginClear.
Ken is a married father of three.
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™ (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’ product line.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginian Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). He is also 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.