William Hurst Co-Founder & President
Bill has developed markets for innovative fluid processing technology in biotech, brewing, and agriculture. He has held senior global positions in quality assurance, sales, and marketing where managed $200 million/yr. in chemical sales. Bill's accomplishments in technology commercialization are chronicled in an INSEAD case study. He has a microbiology BS from Cal Poly SLO and a marketing degree from INSEAD.
James Hurst Co-Founder & CTO
Jim spent 40 years as a principle engineer and project director for Special Access Programs with the Department of Defense. His expertise is in wireless communications and fluid processing. He is a citrus rancher and has served on the board for agricultural operations. Jim received his ME degree from USC.
Jon Johnston VP Sales, Center Pivot Irrigation
Jon is a globally recognized expert in center-pivot technology. He has 30 years' in the center pivot industry, including as VP of Engineering & VP of Sales. He is the President of IACO, a global supplier of engineering technology to center pivot manufacturers and agricultural dealers.
70-90% of the world's water supply is consumed by agriculture
Automation of irrigation combats these losses, and has produced the most important agricultural innovations in the century. $2 billion was invested in irrigation systems in the U.S. in 2008, a 92% increase over 2003.
Source: World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
1 2012, Water Conservation in Irrigated Agriculture: Trends and Challenges in the Face of Emerging Demands / EIB-99 Economic Research Service/USDA.
2 2001, Crops Demand-Side Irrigation Principle and Practice-The Innovation Irrigation Method to Save World's Water Supply in 21st Century, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting, Fok, Y.