Company Overview

We’re a team of engineers, innovators, and problem solvers experienced in both startup and Fortune 500 companies.

Our innovative solution has been delivering best-in-class performance levels since 2011 to industrial and municipal dischargers, treating more than 12 million gallons since 2014. Backed by a network of strategic advisors that provide expertise in engineering, biological processes, and systems management, Clearas is dedicated to ensuring that our partner-clients succeed.

We’re driven by a desire to question the status quo, improve in the face of challenges and always exceed expectations.

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The Clearas Team

Jordan Lind, Chief Executive Officer

With more than 15 years of senior-level leadership experience in business development, sales, marketing, strategic planning and operations management, Jordan blends his corporate and entrepreneurial knowledge to lead the business development strategy for Clearas.

Prior to joining Clearas he oversaw business development for ALPS Corporation, a nationwide financial and professional services firm, increasing annual gross sales from $20 million to $40 million during his tenure. While at ALPS, Jordan led an aggressive diversification strategy into health care, outsourced professional services, and information systems management. An active investor in early stage technology and service-based businesses, Jordan has an excellent track record of navigating the commercialization of products and services.

Jordan received both his BA and MBA from the University of Montana; the latter in which he graduated magna cum laude.

Garrett Pallo, Vice President of Commercial Development & Engineering

As a registered professional engineer, Garrett has delivered high quality water and wastewater engineering services for more than 20 years. In joining Clearas, Garrett also brought the resources of a full-scale professional engineering firm and a long-held tradition for innovation to the team.

Prior to founding Civil West Engineering Services in 2008, Garret was a partner in two consulting engineering firms where he consistently proved himself as an early adopter of new technologies. Always seeking opportunities for performance improvement, Garrett has delivered creative and cost effective solutions to a variety of municipal and special districts customers, implementing effective wastewater treatment systems and providing safe drinking water.

Garrett received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and is currently a licensed P.E. in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

Kevin McGraw, Operations Manager & Co-Founder

Kevin blends his military background and industry expertise with over 20 years of leadership and entrepreneurial experience to lead the operations team for Clearas. His skills in solving complex problem and finding innovative solutions, at the intersection of technological and biological systems performance, are at the heart of Clearas’ operations.

Prior to co-founding Clearas, Kevin built a successful residential land development business in California, which he later expanded into Montana. Earlier in his career, he studied navigation, graduating from the California Maritime Academy, and spent eight years sailing as a Navigational Officer for Master Mates and Pilots.

Kevin served four years as a United States Marine and completed his obligation with an honorable discharge.

Craig Hurlbert, Chairman of the Board of Directors

A seasoned entrepreneur, Craig Hurlbert was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® in 2009 for the Houston and Gulf Coast Area and inducted into the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Craig is a Managing Partner at BrightMark Partners, a growth equity and management firm dedicated to providing capital and resources to venture, growth phase, and middle market businesses. Craig sits on the Board of Directors at Loenbro, Inc., a diversified energy services and construction company with more than 750 employees. In addition, Craig is the Chairman of the Board of TAS Energy, a leading global provider of high efficiency and modular cooling and energy systems for the commercial, industrial and power generation markets. Prior to his role as Chairman, Craig served as President and CEO since joining the company in 2001. Craig joined TAS from Pratt & Whitney Power Systems (PWPS) where he served as President and General Manager of the business unit P2 Energy. Prior to PWPS, he served as President and CEO of the PIC Energy Group. Craig’s energy industry experience also includes positions with General Electric (GE), and Stewart and Stevenson (S&S), the world’s largest third party operator of power plants. During his tenure at GE Craig served as General Manager of Global Sales for GE’s contractual services, and led the growth of his division from $750 million in backlog at inception to $7 billion in backlog in 24 months. At S&S, Craig served as Director of International Business Development. He was also a founding member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) – Gulf Coast Region. Craig has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from San Diego State and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the California State University – Long Beach. He is the past President and Chairman of the Turbine Inlet Cooling Association.

Jordan Lind, Chief Executive Officer

Jordan Lind brings over 15 years of senior level leadership experience in managing business development life cycles in both corporate and entrepreneurial environments. Jordan’s background includes senior level positions in business development, sales, marketing, strategic planning and operations management. Prior to joining Clearas, Jordan was part of the executive management team for a nationwide financial and professional services firm, ALPS Corporation. Mr. Lind oversaw the organization’s business development function that transformed from $20 million to $40 million in annual gross sales during his tenure. While at ALPS, Lind led an aggressive diversification strategy into the health care, outsourced professional services, and information systems management markets. Jordan has an excellent track record of navigating the commercialization of products and services and he is the founder and president of Inspira Strategies, LLC. Jordan is an active investor in early stage technology and service based businesses. He received both his bachelor’s and MBA from the University of Montana; the latter in which he graduated magna cum laude.

Travis Joyner, Director

Dr. Joyner is a Managing Partner at BrightMark Partners, a growth equity and management firm dedicated to providing capital and resources to venture, growth phase, and middle market businesses. Dr. Joyner has broad experience consulting to a broad range of companies, from large corporations to start-ups. His areas of expertise include quantitative analysis, corporate and legal strategy, risk management, technology development, market analysis, organizational design and structure, market strategy, and capital campaigns. Dr. Joyner sits on the Board of Directors at Loenbro, Inc., a diversified energy services and construction company with more than 750 employees. In addition, he is a Board Advisor to Prostar Geocorp, a company pioneering geospatial intelligence software in energy infrastructure and transportation verticals. Prior to his current positions, Dr. Joyner had a career in management consulting and market research, consulting to Fortune 500 companies across the country. He earned his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Kansas. His graduate focus was market research and statistics. Dr. Joyner also received his J.D. from the University of Montana, earning a Certificate in Mediation and serving as the Managing Editor of the Montana Law Review. He earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, graduating with Distinction.

Dr. Art Umble, PhD, PE, BCEE, Director

Dr. Umble’s experience covers many aspects of environmental engineering practice. After completing a Ph.D. in biological waste treatment at the University of Notre Dame, he managed the water and wastewater utility operations for the City of Elkhart, IN, a city of 50,000 for nearly a decade. There he was responsible for strategic master planning, day-to-day treatment plant operations, regulatory compliance, facility planning, preliminary and final design of civil/sanitary systems, asset management and maintenance of the drinking water and wastewater treatment systems. During this time, Dr. Umble has also served as Adjunct Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Notre Dame.

In his current role as the Americas Wastewater Practice Leader, Dr. Umble provides technical analysis and review support to design teams for new and rehabilitated wastewater treatment plants, with a focus on nutrient removal facilities, process optimization for capacity and performance, wet weather treatment, tertiary and advanced treatment, solids processing and disposal facilities, disinfection systems, and emerging contaminant removal technology. His role focuses on providing technical support to the wastewater facilities design staff, development of design guidelines, staff technical training, and a wide range of business development opportunities with existing and potential clients for business units across the country. He is also responsible for cultivating the firm’s role and participation in professional associations both nationally and at the State level through a wide range of participatory activities.

Steve Rector, Director

Steve Rector is the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer of Cowles Company, a family-owned, Spokane-based firm engaged in print and electronic media, television broadcasting, newsprint manufacturing, forestry, insurance sales, real estate development and “start-up” investments. He holds a BA in Accounting from Whitworth University. Steve is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves on the boards of etailz, Inc., CloudEngage, Ag Energy Solutions, Inc. and 3D-4U, Inc. He is a board member and current president of the Rypien Foundation. He has also served on the board of the Whitworth Foundation and the Spokane Teachers Credit Union Supervisory Committee. He is a trustee of the Harriet Cheney Cowles Foundation and the William H. Cowles Foundation; company-supported foundations that support capital projects for civic and educational advancement primarily in the Spokane region. Prior to joining Cowles Company in 1989, Steve was a Certified Public Accountant for Coopers & Lybrand (now Pricewaterhouse Coopers or PwC). Cowles Company subsidiaries include Cowles Publishing Company – publisher of The Spokesman-Review, Inland Empire Paper Company, KHQ-TV (NBC affiliate stations in Spokane, the Tri-Cities and Yakima and various ABC and Fox affiliates throughout Montana, Centennial Properties, Inc., River Park Square and Northwest Farmer-Stockman insurance.

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We’re always looking for the best and the brightest. If you have a passion for innovation, love finding solutions to challenges, and have experience in engineering, wastewater treatment or industrial technologies, we’d like to meet you.