Bob Drew’s passion for nature and water began during his formative years in Wisconsin. He grew up an avid swimmer, canoeist, kayaker, skier and sailor in the water-abundant great lakes region. Along the way, he spent five-and-a-half years as an engineer in a paper mill in Southern California where water is quite scarce. Paper manufacturing uses copious amounts of water, and Drew led all efforts in running the water portion of the plant while optimizing paper production and quality. Through his conservation efforts, he was able to cut water usage in half while improving production and quality. As a result, the water savings amounted to a million gallons a day, which was enough to supply 12,500 residents. He has taken that passion and know-how to get similar results in Atlanta with its infinite water challenges.
ECOVIE (pronounced ECHO-VEE) Rainwater Collection Systems, founded in 2008, has become one of the leading firms that engineers, designs and installs systems in Atlanta and beyond. Projects range from home installations where smaller basins are needed, to larger scale such as college campuses and apartment buildings. Each system is engineered for the specific project to help maximize conservation efforts.
In addition to founding ECOVIE, Drew has optimized the creation process of paper products in Latin America and Europe, as well as managed large engineering projects. His eye for innovation and his project management orientation are great assets to the design and installation of rainwater systems.Drew holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.B.A. from UCLA. He is professionally accredited by the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. He was recently elected to the board of directors of ARCSA and also is the president of SERHSA (Southeast Rainwater Harvest Systems Association). He also serves on the advisory board of DeKalb Tech’s new Green Technologies Academy.
Robert “Tim” Uzar is the Chief Executive Officer of EcoMech, LLC, opened in 2009 in Newnan, Georgia. He is responsible for providing the vision and strategic direction of the company. Under Mr. Uzar’s leadership, EcoMech, LLC., has grown into a successful mechanical contracting company with 100% of its growth reinforced by referrals, and is one of the top company’s in Georgia that is committed to creating healthy environments which serve the needs of the “green minded” clientele.
EcoMech,LLC., specializes in geothermal system installations, spray foam insulation, solar, rainwater collection systems, radiant floor heating and even air quality. As one of Georgia’s leading Geothermal HVAC systems installers, EcoMech offers a team of mechanical industry professionals, skilled and focused in energy efficient systems, an integral part of its sustainable design excellence.
Uzar is a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management, where he founded in 2001, both the Georgia Student Chapter of “MCAA” Mechanical Contractors Association of America and the Specialty Contractor’s Association. He continues EcoMech’s upward growth throughout the south east with expansions in Alabama and Florida. http://www.ecomech.net/
Steve is a founding partner of Inman solar, which is a full service photovoltaic solar system installer and integrator based in Atlanta. Inman focuses on developing solar solutions that make economic sense and add marketing value for its customers. Requiring a vast knowledge of solar technological advances, Inman Solar also offers detailed financial analyses for projects.
Inman Solar has been involved with some of the largest solar projects in the Southeast. One of their latest projects is installing a 1 MW solar farm on the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. In addition, they have also done many small residential systems and more intricate architectural projects.
Steve is a Board Member of the Georgia Solar Energy Association, GSEA. He holds an MBA from Emory University with an undergrad degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University.