ABOUT US

At Waterfind USA, we believe in better water management, accounting and transfer solutions.

Waterfind USA is an innovative company that provides integrated software solutions and services in the water sector.  Formed in 2015, we are initially focused on creating products designed to meet the complex requirements of California’s water system, including compliance with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Our key team members

  • Tom Rooney
    Tom Rooney Founder and President
    Bio

    Tom Rooney is the founder and President of Waterfind, Australia’s most well-known and respected water resource management company.

    Tom started in the water industry in 1989 and has been a leading force in developing innovative water resource management solutions in Australia and internationally. In 2003 Tom launched the Waterfind Australian Water Market, the first online market for water rights that provided simple, transparent and reliable water trading and is now the largest online water market in Australia.

    In 2014 Tom won the Water Industry Alliance – Water Leadership Award for his services to the water sector. Tom and his partner have 3 young children that he enjoys spending time with. Before founding Waterfind Tom grew up in regional Australia and has owned and operated an irrigated citrus property.

    • Mitch Partovi
      Mitch Partovi Director of Water Stakeholder Engagement
      Bio

      Mitch Partovi is Waterfind USA’s Director of Water Stakeholder Engagement.

      Mitch started with Waterfind USA as an apprentice while pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Having studied the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) since 2015, Mitch has performed various studies on SGMA including, but not limited to, implementation, Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) formation, and policy evolution. Mitch’s professional background includes account management, higher education, and data systems integration. As a native Californian, Mitch possesses an incredible passion for water management that benefits all stakeholders.

      • Kris Volisetti
        Kris Volisetti Java Developer
        Bio

        Kris is a full stack software developer.

        She has over 7 years of experience in developing client server and web-based applications.

        Her strong problem-solving abilities and technical expertise have enabled Kris to work on key projects across a variety of industries including government, health, education and agriculture.

        Kris holds a Masters in Computer Applications from Osmania University and is an Oracle Certified Associate Programmer in Java.

        In spare time, she likes to paint and sketch in pencil.

        • Joel Blyth
          Joel Blyth SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
          Bio

          Joel is part of Waterfind’s in-house IT team making sure that our sophisticated water trading platform runs smoothly.

          Joel brings with him a wealth of IT experience, having lived and worked in Japan for an extended period before settling back into Adelaide.

          He graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Science and Engineering (Mining) and was on the Dean’s Merit list for finishing in the top 15 percent of all students with the engineering faculty at the Uni of SA.

          In his spare time, Joel enjoys squash, mountain bike riding, football, golf and computer games (of course).

          • Hanna Hornyak
            Hanna Hornyak Marketing & Business Communications Specialist
            Bio

            Hanna is our Marketing and Business Communications Specialist.

            She is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications at California State University, Fresno and has experience with marketing and communications for the International Center for Water Technology.

            Having grown up in the Central Valley of California, Hanna is passionate about agriculture and water issues.

            In her spare time, she enjoys photography, painting, country music concerts, and anything outdoors.

            • Dan Cadieux
              Dan Cadieux Finance Manager
              Bio

              Dan is a CPA, CA with over 20 years’ of business experience, in senior financial and strategic operational roles. Coupled with years of experience in the marketing industry, he also brings strength in sales and marketing.

              He has a wealth of global experience having worked in Australia, Canada and the USA. His vast business knowledge has been applied to companies of all sizes from small start-ups to large US public companies.

              Having started his career with KPMG serving international clients, he subsequently moved into a CFO role for a NASDAQ listed company spearheading growth through mergers and acquisitions. Dan enjoys contributing to fast paced business growth while maximizing profit and performance.

              GOVERNANCE BOARD

              • Justin Telles
                Justin Telles Advisory Board Member
                Bio

                Justin is an agricultural investor with a family history in irrigation and extensive experience in agribusiness.

                He is currently a Partner of Trinitas Partners and advisor to key pension funds.

                • Mike Nordstrom
                  Mike Nordstrom Advisory Board Member
                  Bio

                  Mike is an attorney specializing in agriculture and water law for the past 30 years in the Central Valley of California.

                  He has vast experience in water transfers, legislation and regulatory matters.

                  • Ceil Howe III
                    Ceil Howe III Advisory Board Member
                    Bio

                    Cecil has a long association with irrigated agriculture and is a respected figure in Californian agribusiness.

                    He is currently Chief Operating Officer of Westlake Farms.

                    • Mark Harvey
                      Mark Harvey Chairman
                      Bio

                      Mark has more than 35 years of experience in international agribusiness including production, processing and marketing of seed and associated products.

                      He has previously been Chairman of Board at NASDAQ listed S&W Seed Company.

                       

                      • Laura Shenkar
                        Laura Shenkar Advisory Board Member
                        Bio

                        Laura works with leading investors, farmers and corporations to mitigate water risk.

                        Recent projects have applied resilience strategies to develop profitable, water-spartan farming operations.  Working with investors such as Generate Capital (www.generatecapital.com), Laura adapted finance vehicles from the solar industry to outfit corporations and municipal government with advanced water technology on a “pay for performance” basis.

                        Laura established the Artemis Top 50 Water Tech Start-Up Competition, which convened a jury of water leaders to evaluate over 1000 water tech companies from 17 countries and identify the emerging leaders.

                        • Jon Reiter
                          Jon Reiter Advisory Board Member
                          Bio

                          Jon Reiter joined Maricopa Orchards full time as CEO in 2013 after having consulted for the company for a number of years on a variety of farming, banking, water and solar development matters.  Prior to joining Maricopa Orchards, Jon was a finance attorney for Milbank Tweed where he represented developers, lenders and investors in the water and renewable energy industries. Prior to Milbank Tweed, Jon worked for British Telecommunications (BT), a Global Fortune 500 communications company, where he was responsible for global procurement and real estate transactions as well as leading BT’s renewable energy efforts in the Americas. Jon joined BT upon the sale of his prior technology company to BT in 2004. Prior to BT, Jon was a mergers and acquisitions attorney with O’Melveny & Myers.

                          Jon graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree emphasizing in Political Science/Environmental Science Policy and Management. Jon went on to earn his JD/MBA from the University of Southern California.  Jon is a member of the California State Bar, a California real estate broker and a private pilot.

                          Contact Us

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