CLARKE VALVE TEAM
Mr. Dambrackas has served as an engineer, executive and investor in technology companies through startup, IPO and acquisition. He has been issued 9 US Patents and is co-inventor on 3 US Patents. Bill founded Equinox Systems (Nasdaq: EQNX), took it public in 1993 and served as its Chairman, President & CEO until 2000 when it was acquired by Avocent (Nasdaq: AVCT), where he served as Executive Vice President until shortly before Avocent was acquired by Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR). Bill also served on the Boards of Focus Enhancements (Nasdaq: FCSE) until it was acquired by Vitec Multimedia and on the Board of Quipp Inc. (Nasdaq: QUIP) until it was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW).
President, Director & CEO
Kyle Daniels is an aerospace engineer and the inventor, chief engineer and head of product design of the Dilating Disk™ Valve. He holds several patents on the Dilating Disk™ Valve and is an expert in the field of industrial valves. Mr. Daniels spent his career in the aerospace industry working at General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, and Embraer Aircraft. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University’s prestigious Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering program, and also received a master’s degree (magna cum laude) from Brown University’s Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Daniels is from Miami, FL and has resided in Ohio, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Paris, France.
Daniel has over 23 years of experience financing and investing in the energy sector across the value chain. He has been Investment Director at Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) for over 5 years responsible for growth equity and venture capital investments in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors for Aramco, as well as commodity trading. Daniel started his career at Salomon/Citigroup for 8 years in the Investment Banking Division, advising utilities and renewable companies, as well as power generation OEMs (in London, Frankfurt, Australia and NYC) and co-founded the Energy Technology investment banking practice. Prior to SAEV, he worked 9 years in a venture fund focused on energy efficiency with investors including Goldman Sachs, Shell, Kuwaiti Petroleum Company. Daniel holds MBAs from Columbia Business School and London Business School and is President of the Columbia Business School Club of Houston. He is Chair of the SPE GCS Investment & Finance Initiative.
Aruna has over 15 years of experience in corporate finance and impact investing. She joined OGCI Climate Investments (OGCI) as Ventures Principal in 2018 to invest in technologies that can significantly lower the carbon footprints of the energy and industrial sectors and their value chains. Prior to OGCI, Aruna spent 7 years at the Soros Economic Development Fund, based in New York, Johannesburg and West Africa, underwriting early stage and growth equity investments in key sectors of the economy with sustainability and job creation as priorities. Aruna started her career in investment banking, first at Credit Suisse, in the Global Energy Group where she focused on the utilities and power sector, then in the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group. She was an investment banking associate at Moelis & Company advising on mergers and acquisitions and restructuring transactions. Aruna has a BCom with First Class Honors in Economics and Finance from McGill University and an MBA from INSEAD.
As Vice President Stakeholder Management for OGCI Climate Investments, Roger Humphreville is responsible for ensuring all partnerships are backed up with the insight and process needed to make their goals a reality. Prior to joining Climate Investments, Roger worked globally with Amoco and then BP in a variety of technical and management positions in exploration and production, commercial and technology teams. These included Head of the Chief Scientist’s Office, Director of Upstream Technology Integration, Senior Director of Government Affairs and VP, Exploration. Roger holds an M.B.A. and M.Sc. in Geology, and is a Certified Petroleum Geologist.
Mr. Nechiti has over 24 years of experience in M&A, Investment Banking, Finance, Audit & Due Diligence and Taxation, Supply Chain, Operations and Management. His extensive portfolio history includes the acquisition, hands-on management, and successful exit of four global industrial valve companies to noted industry leaders including Cameron & Schlumberger and Precision Castparts Corporation. Mr. Nechiti has a distinguished educational background holding degrees and certificates from Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. He also holds a certification from the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). Mr. Nechiti is originally from Romania and has resided in Houston, TX since 2001.
VP of Engineering
Fred Catron is an internationally experienced mechanical engineer with over 20 years in the valve industry and is the Vice President of Engineering for Clarke Valve. He holds a B.S in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and a Masters in Engineering from Iowa State University. Fred started his career in the Fisher™ Valve Division, part of Emerson, working in the research flow lab and holding positions of increasing responsibility before working at Weir Valves & Controls in the USA, United Kingdom, and South Korea valve companies as the Head of Nuclear Qualification. Fred is the holder of 8 United States patents and co-author of numerous technical papers on subjects like flow induced vibration, noise control in process plants, and piping system noise predictions that have been published in international proceedings, such as ASME, AGA, INCE, and Inter-Noise.
VP of Finance
Steven is a seasoned financial executive bringing over 20 years of experience in leading finance and accounting operations within manufacturing organizations. Prior to joining Clarke Valve, Steven served as Vice President of Finance for the Industrial and Healthcare Materials group of Avery Dennison Corporation. During his distinguished career with Avery Dennison, he initiated greenfield manufacturing operations in Central America, executed a financial turnaround for Asian operations, and successfully completed acquisitions in the US, Colombia, Europe, and China. Steven received his BS in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering from Clarkson University, and earned his MBA from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.