Leadership

Leadership

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.

Management Team

  • Steve Candito

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

  • Ricky Dixon

    Ricky Dixon has more than 25 years of experience working in water treatment technologies, including for technical applications, research, marketing and sales. He currently serves as the Director of Sales, North America and has been involved with ballast water treatment since 2001.

    Mr. Dixon previously acted as Director of Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Kemira Chemicals, a $2.6 billion water chemistry company. Prior to Kemira, Mr. Dixon served as business manager for Exxon Chemical, Vancouver, Canada, where he focused on developing water treatment solutions for Canadian industry. Other experience includes 15 years of sales management in the pulp and paper business with Exxon Chemicals and Vulcan Materials. Mr. Dixon holds a BS in Chemistry from Columbus State University.

  • Pete Thompson

    Pete Thompson has been Director of Engineers with Ecochlor for more than five 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.

  • Mike Hasson

    Mike Hasson is Technical Director at Ecochlor, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in water treatment related industries in both equipment manufacturing (Andritz Ruther, Schriber) and specialty chemicals (PolyPure, Vulcan, Kemira). Prior to joining Ecochlor, Mr. Hasson served as an independent consultant, providing services to companies in the chemical, environmental service, and pulp and paper industries.

Board of Directors

  • Tom Perlich

    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

    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

    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.