Ecochlor’s proven management team provides a combination of expertise in water treatment, process systems engineering and fabrication, naval architecture and marine engineering, and customer service.
Steve Candito, CEO
Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the maritime industry. Prior to joining Ecochlor, Steve was Founder, President and CEO of Foresea Consulting where he provided various advisory services including strategic planning, regulatory compliance and crisis management to the maritime and environmental communities. Before Foresea, he was President and CEO of National Response Corporation (NRC). During his 20+ years at NRC he grew the business from a start-up to a leading global emergency response and environmental services firm. He has extensive experience with OPA 90 compliance issues with particular focus on vessel owner and insurance matters.
Steve was previously an attorney with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens from 1985 to 1993 where he specialized in maritime litigation and environmental law. He also served as a marine engineer aboard Exxon USA’s domestic tanker fleet. Steve graduated from Hofstra University School of Law and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
Tom Perlich, Managing Director
Tom Perlich has more than 35 years of diversified experience managing engineers in Fortune 500 companies in industrial/municipal water treatment applications, with fourteen years directly involved in ballast water treatment. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Ecochlor and in 2004, secured international and United Stated patents in Chlorine Dioxide BWTS. Mr. Perlich is regarded as a leading authority on ballast water treatment with articles that have been published by some of the most prominent maritime magazines; he is asked to speak at conferences around the world on this topic.
Prior to Ecochlor, Mr. Perlich served as Corporate Sales Manager for Vulcan Performance Chemicals, a leading provider of process and functional chemicals. He was also a Regional Sales Manager for Exxon Chemicals and a field sales engineer for Nalco Chemical, a global leader in water treatment applications. Mr. Perlich possesses an in-depth understanding of water treatment technologies and methodologies for industrial and municipal applications. Mr. Perlich holds a BSIE from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chip Herzog, CFO
As CFO, Chip brings 30 years of progressive financial management and leadership experience to Ecochlor. As a financial professional, he has focused on partnering with operating executives, utilizing core financial and operational data to generate insight and guide decision-making.
Prior to Ecochlor, Mr. Herzog worked at Otis Elevator Company, Boston Scientific, Pratt & Whitney and Spirit AeroSystems. His roles included A/R and A/P functions, V.P. of Financial Planning and Analysis, and Senior Finance Executive of a $1.5B multi-business global division. Mr. Herzog holds an MBA with a concentration in Operations Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
John Morganti, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
John is an accomplished senior executive and entrepreneur with a 25 year plus track record of success. He has held leadership positions in a Fortune 500 company as well as mid-sized services providers and technology start-ups. He is passionate about driving revenue but equally committed to creating a first-class customer experience as well as long-term customer satisfaction. With a background in Sales and Operations Management, he is well-positioned and eager to take on this new role at Ecochlor.
John has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He served in the United States Navy Reserve for 13 years, retiring in 2003. John has been a member of the Advisory Board of EthosIQ, LLC and Implicit Monitoring Solutions.
Pete Thompson, Vice President of Engineering
Pete Thompson has been with Ecochlor for more than six years with over 25 years of experience in industrial equipment design and fabrication.
In his last position before Ecochlor, Mr. Thompson spent 10 years as a manager and mechanical engineer for ProFlow, Inc., designing and manufacturing equipment for the chemical, pulp & paper, power, and maritime industries. Mr. Thompson holds a BS in Marine Engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Board of Directors
Tom Perlich has more than 35 years of diversified experience managing engineers in Fortune 500 companies in industrial/municipal water treatment applications, with fourteen years directly involved in ballast water treatment. He is the Founder and President of Ecochlor and in 2004, secured international and United Stated patents in Chlorine Dioxide BWTS. Mr. Perlich is regarded as a leading authority on ballast water treatment with articles that have been published by some of the most prominent maritime magazines; he is asked to speak at conferences around the world on this topic.
Charles Noble III
Charles Noble is a private investor and also an Executive Vice President for Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. Prior to joining Janney, Mr. Noble spent over 30 years in the investment industry as a Senior Vice President / Senior Portfolio Manager for Stephens Inc. and Legg Mason Wood Walker, Inc. He holds a BS in Finance from the University of New Haven.
Richard Graber is a private investor. He worked on Wall Street for 22 years as a specialist on the NYSE as a Managing Partner at Wagner Stott LLC and most recently as Managing Director at Bear Wagner Specialists LLC. Mr. Graber is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has an MBA from Baruch Business School.
Kurt W. Uihlein
Kurt Uihlein is President of ProFlow, Inc., Ecochlor’s manufacturing partner. Mr. Uihlein has been instrumental in the growth of the process systems business at ProFlow and has been closely involved with the design of Ecochlor’s ballast water treatment system. He is also a long-time member of the ISA (Instrument Society of America) and has extensive technical experience in the field of pumps, controls and automation for industrial applications. Mr. Uihlein attended the University of New Haven, School of Mechanical Engineering.
Marty Toyen is former Chief Executive Officer of the naval architecture firm, Seaworthy Systems (now a part of Rolls Royce Naval Marine).
Mr. Toyen serves as a Member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers on the Executive Board and a Member of the IMarEST Ballast Water Expert Group. Mr. Toyen was appointed Chairperson of the Connecticut Maritime Commission by the Governor of Connecticut and acted as a Director of the Connecticut Maritime Association. He was Director and Secretary of the Connecticut Port Authority, a State of Connecticut authority established to assist in economic development for the ports of Connecticut. Mr. Toyen holds a BS in accounting from Central Connecticut State and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.