The Water Standard leadership team possesses decades of experience in the desalination, water, marine, oil & gas, power, and infrastructure sectors and a commitment to providing proven technologies that redefine water treatment for the Oil & Gas Industry. This comprehensive, global experience includes a track record for delivering large-scale water treatment plants, implementing innovative solutions in demanding environments, and delivering complex CEOR projects offshore.
|Amanda Brock – Chief Executive Officer
Amanda Martin-Brock, Founder and CEO of Water Standard, has spent her career focused in the global oil and gas, power and water sectors. She was named one of the top 10 women in energy by the Houston Chronicle and Water Standard is now recognized as a leader and pioneer in water treatment for water-based IOR/EOR and produced water treatment/reuse. She serves on the Board of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, Advisory Board of Amane Advisors, and the Harte Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies. She is regularly asked to speak and participate at global events including the Water Forum at the Aspen Institute, the Goldman Sachs Global Industrial Conference, the Water 2.0 Conference by the Water Innovations Alliance in New York, the Business and Professional Women’s Leadership Summit sponsored by the US Senate, and as Innovation Speaker at the GASTECH Conference in Abu Dhabi. She was also invited by Bloomberg to attend the 50 Thought Leaders in Water global conference held late 2012. She chaired the Water/Energy Panel at the 2011 American Water Summit and co-chaired the 2012 Water & Energy: Upstream Supply & Demand Management Strategies Conference in Houston. She is a regular columnist writing on the Water Energy Nexus for Global Water Intelligence.
|Lisa Henthorne – Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Ms. Henthorne has served as CTO of Water Standard since 2009 and served as President of the International Desalination Association (IDA) from 2007-2009, where she served as a member of the Board of Directors for sixteen years. She has recently been appointed to the board of the Produced Water Society and is recognized as a leading expert in water treatment worldwide in both industrial and municipal applications. Ms. Henthorne formerly headed the desalination business for CH2M Hill, acting as technical advisor on many of the most challenging desalination projects in the Middle East, Australia, North America, and Asia. Ms. Henthorne also holds three U.S. patents in water treatment, with multiple US and international patents pending. Ms. Henthorne graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a Master’s of Science in Chemical Engineering and Missouri State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry. She has more than 25 years of experience in the desalination and water treatment industry.
|Kirk Wagner – President
Mr. Wagner is currently serving as President of Monarch Separators, the produced water and wastewater business segment of Water Standard. Prior to Water Standard’s acquisition of Monarch in January 2016, Mr. Wagner spent 27 years in the produced water and wastewater industry directing domestic and international business operations by drawing on a variety of cross industry experiences including business development, engineering design, project and supply chain management, and manufacturing. Prior to Monarch, Mr. Wagner headed the manufacturing business for FUI, a comprehensive oil and gas fabricator, acting as general manager responsible for the design, manufacturing, and execution of numerous domestic and international, onshore and offshore, oil and gas water treatment projects. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Edwards University and is currently completing his Master of Business Administration from The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.
|Mark Legg – Senior Vice President, Commercial
Mr. Legg is an experienced and dedicated VP of Project Operations, with 25 years varied experience covering engineering design, procurement, fabrication, construction, commissioning, operations, and maintenance of oil and gas production facilities, covering FPSOs, FSOs, and onshore terminals. He has project management experience with proven ability to plan key activities, control costs, direct and communicate effectively within a multi-discipline team, and deliver to contract requirements, with ability to lead and motivate through to completion of set tasks and targets.
|Paul Choules – Senior Vice President, Business Development
During his 30 years in the desalination industry, Mr. Choules has worked in the areas of business development, permitting, start-up, commissioning, project management, and operating of reverse osmosis and thermal desalination plants around the world with Industrial, Oil & Gas, and Municipal clients. Prior to joining Water Standard, Mr. Choules served as VP with Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies where he led the development and execution of multiple projects in the Industrial and Municipal markets. Prior to Veolia acquiring Weir Techna, Mr. Choules was Techna’s regional VP for the Americas when they contracted and constructed multiple water treatment projects for offshore O&G facilities. His experience also includes 19 years at MECO where he was responsible for providing support to over 250 desalination installations and developed and executed some of the first successful membrane desal plants in the Middle East. He was identified as one of 36 global desalination expert “Desalters” in the history of the industry by Global Water Intelligence in August 2011. Mr. Choules is the president of Texas Desalination Association and is a Caribbean Desalination Association board member.
|Azmi Mahamad – Vice President, Development
Mr. Mahamad has over 18 years extensive experience in project management, particularly in oil & gas upstream offshore development projects. He has been involved in a variety of construction projects: fixed platforms, floaters, acid gas removal, pipeline, mobile production, and retrofits for projects in Malaysia for Vietnam for Talisman Energy and ExxonMobil. He was also involved in drilling and completions for onshore unconventional shale gas development in Canada and the USA.
|Andrea Hayden – Senior Vice President, Corporate Governance & Strategy
With over 20 years of experience in the water resource industry, Ms. Hayden specializes in the economic nexus between the financial, technical, and regulatory project components. She has constructed robust project-level economic models to estimate price regimes and has conducted detailed risk analysis for water asset deals evaluating project specifications, financing structures, market conditions, and environmental regulations. Prior to joining Water Standard, Ms. Hayden was an independent consultant specializing in the valuation and acquisition of water assets. She graduated from Bucknell University and has a Master of Science in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Urban/Environmental Policy from Tufts University. Additionally, Ms. Hayden has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts where she specialized in international finance and environmental policy.
|Miles Romm – Vice President, Finance
Mr. Romm has over 15 years of corporate and project finance experience with a strong financial modeling background. Since joining WS in 2011, Mr. Romm has been an integral part of the team, with responsibility for managing and developing processes and tools related to financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting in support of both corporate and project finance initiatives. Mr. Romm has worked to improve company performance by evaluating processes that increase efficiencies. Prior to joining WS, Mr. Romm has been involved in the management, analysis and reporting of financial activities in large corporations, including Delta Air Lines, where he held roles in Corporate and Divisional Finance as well as Treasury. Mr. Romm holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Duke University and a Master in Business Administration from Goizueta Business School, Emory University.