Keith Belknap, J.D.
Keith Belknap is President of Echologics, where his primary focus is overseeing and supporting the implementation of the operational and strategic direction of the company.
Mr. Belknap also serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Mueller Water Products, Inc., the publicly-traded parent company of Echologics.
Prior to joining the Mueller companies, Mr. Belknap served as general counsel and head of corporate and business development for a digital media and advertising company. Prior to that time, he held senior legal positions with two Fortune 200 manufacturing companies. He came to these positions from the law firm of Skadden Arps, where he focused on domestic and international strategic and financial transactions.
Mr. Belknap earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Tulsa (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Juris Doctor with honors from Harvard Law School.
Marc Bracken, M.A.Sc., P.Eng
Vice President and General Manager
With more than 18 years of experience in acoustical and vibration engineering, and 11 years of management experience in the water industry, Marc Bracken is Vice President and General Manager of Echologics.
As the founder of Echologics, Marc has led the company in its vision and acoustic technology development. These efforts have made the company a global success, and have enabled utilities around the world to better manage aging water infrastructure challenges and conserve water resources. Marc has presented numerous technical papers on leak detection and water pipe condition assessment.
Marc received Bachelor and Master degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto.
Vice President of Sales
Kevin has almost 20 years of experience in technology sales to water utilities, including metering systems and leak detection, with a proven track record of increasing sales and margins.
Prior to joining the Company, Kevin worked for Itron, Inc. where he managed a sales team in 26 states and provided leadership in selling turnkey projects for AMI, leak detection, and software as a service (SaaS). Prior to Itron, Kevin was a National Account Manager with Badger Meter where he developed sales with large utility customers in the Western United States and Canada. He began his career with Michelin, where he worked in sales and later as a Regional Market Development Manager.
Kevin received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1993 in Business Administration with an emphasis in International Marketing.
Vice President of Finance
Since joining the senior management team at Echologics in August 2012, Richard Belfer has led the finance and accounting functions for the Company.
Richard comes to Echologics with a breadth of knowledge and experience in audit, strategic planning, restructuring and tax within the technology, manufacturing, mining, and consumer/industrial product industries. Richard has both educational and employment experience internationally within Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Prior to joining Echologics, Richard spent most of his career with PWC, working in assurance, tax, and corporate restructuring in both Toronto, Canada, and Melbourne, Australia. He also held a senior finance role with a mining company in Canada. Mr. Belfer is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA). He received a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University, and attended the Copenhagen Business School for International Business. Richard obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) from Dalhousie University.
Charlie Fricke, MBA
Vice President, Strategic Accounts
With over 25 years in sales and marketing in the technology industry, Charlie Fricke is Vice President of Strategic Accounts.
Charlie represented Echologics in the U.S. market when the company first formed in 2003, and has since secured strategic accounts for Echologics which include Las Vegas Valley Water District, Sewage and Water Board of New Orleans and the City of San Diego.
Charlie began his career at IBM, and spent 10 years selling mid-range computer systems to the manufacturing sector before moving to Xerox to sell printing systems to Canadian banks and financial institutions. He also spent time at two startup companies selling document assembly software to insurance companies, and enterprise asset management software to the manufacturing industry, closing pivotal accounts to drive the early growth of both companies.
Charlie holds a B.A from University of Toronto and an M.B.A from McMaster University.
Kevin Laven, M.Sc.
Vice President, Technical Services
A leak detection and condition assessment expert with a track record of success in product development and commercialization, Kevin Laven oversees Technical Services.
Kevin’s expertise in managing projects, staff and departmental budgets, along with his experience with a wide variety of leak detection and condition assessment technologies and techniques, is applied as he manages Echologics’ field service projects and personnel.
Kevin holds advanced degrees in physics and computer science, and has been working in the pipeline inspection and condition assessment industry for 12 years in both academic and industry roles. He has published over 20 papers and presentations on these topics for the American Water Works Association (AWWA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the International Water Association (IWA).
Dave Johnston, P.Eng
Director, Field Service and Technology
Since joining Echologics in 2004, Dave has worked with Echologics during various stages of its hardware development, especially in the areas of design and testing.
He played a key role in developing the field methodology behind Echologics’ acoustic leak detection and leak correlation solutions, helping to give him the wealth of experience and expertise needed to manage the company’s Field Service and Technology divisions.
Dave’s background in materials engineering has helped the company develop non-invasive leak detection and condition assessment solutions for many different pipe types and materials. Along with teaching several leak detection courses for Echologics, Dave has an enormous amount of field experience with leak correlation and pipe wall integrity assessments.
Dave earned a degree in Material Engineering from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Leverage our Global Expertise
Our team is friendly, energetic, hard-working – and always looking for new ways to help our clients. More than 110 Echologics scientists, engineers and technicians work closely with partners and clients to develop next-generation technologies and innovative solutions that help utilities and operators to extend the life of their pipelines and reduce water loss.
Anotha has been with Echologics for over 11 years and has served in numerous roles within the company. Today, she applies her expertise as the global Customer Service Manager.
Alain Lalonde, P. ENG
With over 22 years of experience, Alain has managed some of the largest NRW programs in Canada. He is a member of the AWWA Water Loss Control Committee and IWA Water Loss Specialist Group.
Stewart has almost 25 years of experience in the water industry. He has worked with utilities to develop some of the largest condition assessment and monitoring programs in North America.
John Marciszewski, M. Eng
With 25 years of high-tech commercialization experience in the water and energy sectors, John helps water utilities create capital-efficient asset management programs.
As part of a focused programming team and for nearly 8 years, Andrea has been developing and advancing software that is at the heart of Echologics advanced acoustic technologies.
With over 15 years of experience in the international water sector, Mark has helped countless utilities optimize their water supply networks. Based in Singapore he oversees our international operations.
Chris has been with Echologics for over 13 years and currently serves as a senior project manager. He has successfully conducted leak detection projects at hundreds of locations around the world.
Eric Stacey, MBA, P. ENG
Eric has over 15 years of experience working with high-tech companies in the water industry. He leverages this knowledge to help develop next generation, IoT based solutions at Echologics.
With over 25 years of experience in the water industry, Michael uses his background in water main pipe manufacturing, design, leak detection and inspection to help utilities develop the right condition assessment plans to meet their needs.
With nearly 20 years of experience in the water industry, Mike has helped to commercialize a variety of leading technologies used for condition assessment, pipe monitoring and leak detection.
Hannah has significant expertise in working with leading-edge acoustic technologies, commissioning IoT based leak detection systems and training utilities on the use of data interfaces.
Jay Shah, P. ENG
Over the past several years, Jay has played an instrumental role in successfully delivering condition assessment projects, including several of the largest of their kind in North America and Europe.
Matthew Barrett, PhD
Specializing in Physics, Matthew has several years of experience at large-scale research facilities in Germany and France and applies his knowledge of wave theory to analyze acoustic data.
Sebastien Perrier, PhD
Specialized in advanced acoustic theory and vibration analysis, Sebastien applies his expertise to optimize and develop next generation solutions for buried pipe infrastructure management.
Over the past 5 years, Asha has managed critical water pipe condition assessment projects on both distribution and transmission mains. She has worked on some of the largest projects in North America.
With over 6 years of experience in the oil and gas and water sectors, Godwin has worked on 4 continents training local field crews to use Echologics technology and searching for leaks.
Wilson has over 15 years of experience in the water industry. Based in Singapore, he works with water companies throughout Asia to develop advanced water loss control and water main asset management programs.