Aquasana Leadership Team
Todd Bartee joined Aquasana in January 2010, and is leading the company’s charge to educate consumers on water wellness, including the health and environmental importance of drinking, showering, and cooking with filtered water. A trained environmental engineer with an expertise in recycling, water and waste-water treatment, Todd has a deep understanding of the chemical impact our actions have on our vital water supply and natural resources. Prior to Aquasana, Bartee was an executive at Dell Inc., where he spent twelve years working in branding, business management, production management and sales. Bartee has also previously served as a consultant at Deloitte and Touche and worked as an engineer at Radian International LLC, an Austin-based engineering and hazardous waste management consultancy. Bartee holds an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Bartee lives with his wife and children in Austin, Texas.
Jay Martin joined Aquasana in August 2010, and is responsible for leading efforts to develop the infrastructure to support the company’s growth and exceed customer expectations. In addition to his infrastructure responsibilities, Martin is also tasked with driving business development initiatives and developing external partnerships. Prior to Aquasana, Martin was the Vice President of SMB and Software Sales at SunGard Availability Services in Wayne, PA where he directed a sales and support organization and was integral to the product design process. Martin also previously spent eleven years at Dell Inc., where he was an executive in operational and sales roles with multi-market responsibilities and was a Regional Director for Belgacom USA, the US arm of the Belgian national telecommunications carrier. Martin holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Martin lives with his wife and son in Fort Worth, Texas.
Kevin Brady comes to Aquasana with 25 years of leadership experience most recently working with fast-paced, entrepreneurial companies. As Chief Financial Officer, Kevin is responsible for all accounting, finance, and human resources. Kevin leverages his years of experience at Fortune 500 companies, Dell and EDS, to help small-medium businesses find ways to maximize shareholder value. He relishes the fast-paced and responsive start-up environment, enjoys adapting big-company efficiencies to the small/medium company environment. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Kevin lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children.
Wes Russell is an Aquasana co-founder and original investor in 1997. Prior to his current position, Wes served as an Electronics and Hydraulics engineer for the United States Marine Corps. He also spent time developing injection mold technology in an executive role for K&D Plastics, International Purity and Branson Ultrasonics. When he’s not troubleshooting problems, designing new products and overseeing all of manufacturing, warehouse shipping and operations for Aquasana, Wes spends time at home with his family in Bridgeport, Texas.
Derek Mellencamp joined Aquasana in April of 2010, and is responsible for leading the Aquasana marketing efforts from product management to branding. Derek has a strong background in direct marketing and branding having most recently worked as the Director of Marketing Strategy for the Chief Marketing Officer at Dell. Prior to that, he ran the Dell Consumer eCommerce business for thirteen countries in Western Europe. He has extensive experience in traditional marketing communications including direct response television, radio, catalog and print efforts. He has presented in numerous forums on various online marketing topics including metrics driven marketing and successful online merchandising strategies. Derek graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University and received his MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Bill McFadden joined the Aquasana team in September 2013 and brings 16 years of sales and business development experience working with national and specialty retail chains across the US and Mexico. Bill is responsible for developing and building the Aquasana brand within the retail channel through innovative technology that will ultimately benefit the health and wellbeing of consumers. Most recently, Bill spent four years working as the National Sales Manager for the industry leader and premier brand in the small kitchen appliance and housewares category. Prior to this role, Bill spent 12 years working for a large national independent manufacturer’s rep firm managing national and regional retail accounts for leading brands in the consumer electronics and home categories, as well as developing new retail distribution for products and brands new to the market. Bill is a graduate from the University of Arizona and lives in Chicago with his wife and children.