Founded in 2002, ECO2 has built their business on being an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional chemical treatments for water and wastewater. Initially focusing on odor and corrosion prevention, ECO2 has helped cities across the country solve their needs in both municipal and industrial applications.
Simultaneously, ECO2 continues Dr. Speece’s work of improving water quality through SuperOxygenation in the nation’s rivers, lakes and reservoirs, while also advancing the technology for other gases in new applications.
Our vision is to become the worldwide leader in the implementation of innovative pure oxygen transfer technology for water quality improvement.
Alex D. Oak, PE, founder, ECO Oxygen Technologies, LLC
ECO Oxygen Technologies is in search of self motivated, highly qualified individuals who have a desire to succeed and grow within a fast paced and highly technical environment. If you meet the criteria, please submit your resume for review to email@example.com. ECO Oxygen Technologies, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Meet the Team
David Clidence, P.E.
317.706.6482 | Mobile: 317.997.6428
Mr. Clidence has been a key member of the technical development team since 2000, when the company demonstrated its first force main prototype. His experience includes working with plant operators, consulting engineers, government agencies, component suppliers and construction subcontractors to design, produce and install ECO2 SuperOxygenation systems to meet owner performance expectations.
In addition, David supports sales, marketing and promotional programs through presentations to prospects and professional conferences. He was recently elected by peers to the Air Quality Committee of the Water Environment Federation, the national trade organization for water quality professionals. Mr. Clidence holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil / Environmental Engineering from Purdue University.
National Sales Manager
Mr. Thompson joined the ECO Oxygen Technologies team in March 2018 and has served the water and wastewater industry since 2004. His experience ranges from process equipment research, development and commercialization to consulting engineering. The first decade of his career was spent researching, developing and commercializing dissolved gas process equipment. He managed over $2 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health and is co-author on two patents. Starting in 2007, Mr. Thompson set up BlueInGreen’s national manufacturer’s representative network and supported this network until 2014. At this point, he joined the team of a nationally recognized consulting engineering and field services firm, The RJN Group, Inc., where he served as a Client Manager. In this capacity, Mr. Thompson maintained RJN’s vast client base and developed new clients and markets in the southern part of the US.
Mr. Thompson is actively involved with both national and statewide water and wastewater organizations and annual conferences. He has served and/or currently serving on committees with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA), Missouri Water Environment Association (MWEA) and Southwest Section of the American Water Works Association (SW AWWA). Mr. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering also from the University of Arkansas.
Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Ms. Trollier is a passionate and dedicated environmental engineer, with over 15 years in the water and wastewater industry. She obtained a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from the University of Wyoming, and her P.E. license for Environmental Engineering, in the state of Florida, in 2021.
Ali has an in-depth knowledge of municipal, environmental, and industrial water systems through her experience at Severn Trent Services, Nalco Chemical, Mazzei Injector Company, and Hach Company.
Since her start with ECO2 in November 2016, Ali continues to bring her background in water chemistry and mass transfer systems to help solve problems with an environmentally friendly solution.
Western Regional Sales Manager
Mr. Grimes joined the ECO2 team in January 2018 bringing 7 years of sales experience in the water, wastewater, and environmental industries for DS Waters of America, Schlumberger, and OMI Industries. While with OMI, he spent 3 years as an odor control specialist managing domestic sales for eastern U.S.
In addition to his knowledge in odor abatement, he brings expertise in customizing solutions for many industrial applications including the industrial and municipal wastewater treatment, pulp and paper processing, food processing, solid waste and manufacturing segments. Mr. Grimes is based in Dallas, TX and is involved with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT).
Mr. Schleis joined ECO2 in July of 2021, bringing his mid-west work ethic, and experience in wastewater aeration systems to the team. Garret has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
In his previous role, he served as an applications engineer for Aeration Industries where he quickly became a team leader, taking on project management, estimating, and engineering roles.
Garret has a wide range of technical skills including systems design, CAD and 3D modeling, project management, organization, and development of Standard Operating Procedures. Garret is a incredible asset for the growing technical team at ECO2.
Board of Directors
Dr. Richard Speece – Inventor, Co-Founder, and Technical Consultant
Dr. Speece is a Professor Emeritus, of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and consultant for ECO2.
Dr. Speece developed and patented the Downflow Bubble-Contactor, which has become known around the world as “The Speece Cone”, for dissolving high levels of oxygen into water. This technology is the basis for all ECO2 systems.
In addition to his numerous technical publications and innovations in the fields of wastewater treatment and environmental processes, Dr. Speece holds the following degrees:
- B.S. in Civil Engineering, Fenn University
- M.S. of Engineering in Civil Engineering, Yale University
- Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, M.I.T.
Al Oak, P.E. – Co-Founder and Chairman
Mr. Oak is also Chairman of Cripe, a large architectural and engineering firm based in Indianapolis, IN. He has been involved with the firm for over 40 years, and has served as the majority owner, President and CEO for 24 years. During Mr. Oak’s tenure, the Company has grown significantly and has received several awards and recognition for its growth potential, progressive management style, best places to work, and design excellence in a green environment.
Mr. Oak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters of Business degree in Real Estate from Indiana University and is a registered Professional Engineer. Mr. Oak is a proud member of the Native American community and is a descendant of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe in Michigan. He has held numerous leadership positions on both for profit and non-profit boards, has been recognized by the governor of the State of Indiana as a distinguished Hoosier and has received legacy awards from both Purdue and Indiana Universities.
Dr. George Tchobanoglous, Member
Dr. Tchabanoglous is currently Professor Emeritus of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California at Davis. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of the Pacific, a Master of Science degree in sanitary engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Stanford University.
He is also a registered civil engineer in California. Dr. Tchobanoglous’ principal research interests are in the areas of wastewater treatment, wastewater filtration, UV disinfection, aquatic wastewater management systems, solid waste management, and wastewater management for small systems.
He has authored or coauthored over 350 technical publications, including 12 textbooks and two reference works, including collaboration on the industry standard, Wastewater Engineering: Treatment and Reuse, published by Metcalf & Eddy.
Thomas Dapp, Member
Tom Dapp is owner and Chairman & CEO of Gradex, Inc., an Indianapolis-based heavy-highway company he founded. Gradex, celebrating its 36th year, specializes in grading, excavating and utility construction in the public and private sectors and on residential, commercial and industrial sites. Tom is a graduate professional engineer from the University of Wisconsin where he also obtained his MBA. He is currently Chairman of the Indiana Construction Association and a current Board member of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and is Chairman of the Infrastructure and Environmental Committee as well as serving on the Economic Council and Transportation Committees.
He is a Board member of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce and the Carmel Library Foundation where he served as past President. Tom also is a Director of the Western Golf Association, where he is active in promoting the Evans Scholars Program having been a recipient of that scholarship. Honors include being designated a Distinguished Hoosier by Governor Orr, selected to Who’s Who in Construction, Design & Engineering by the Indiana Business Journal, as well as being chosen as one of the 30 most influential persons in construction in the last 30 years. Tom is a Blue Chip Award recipient and a past Board member. He was recognized as Contractor of the Year in 1999 and is a SIR Award winner.
Russell Wurster, Member
Mr. Wurster is a member of KJS, LLC, which is the largest investor in Eco Oxygen Technologies. He has had a wide variety of owner/manager experiences in construction equipment companies and was a principal owner of Wurster Construction Company, a prominent commercial and industrial contractor in central Indiana. He has also developed some major commercial properties and owns a vast majority of the bowling centers in central Indiana. Mr. Wurster also has had many experiences in financing start-up ventures.