Executive Team - AQUAFOR

Matthew Talbert
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Talbert oversees all business operations, strategies, and partnerships at Aquafor. With a philanthropic spirit and years of experience in international business, Talbert funded and built the Borelite Drill to provide permanent access to clean water in third world countries. He leads Aquafor in all new ventures with an inspiring passion and a drive to succeed.

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Talbert has previously launched several highly successful global businesses. In 1987, he founded Associated Barter Services, Inc., designed to serve corporate trade needs. The firm has since been expanded to meet the needs of larger businesses, providing alternative financing for advertising media and product purchasing. To reflect its expanded international focus, the company was renamed ABS Worldwide, Inc. in 1995. In partnership with the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Talbert created a new company in 1997 designed to bring the concept of barter to the world’s most populous nation. ABS Worldwide, Inc. and the Government of the PRC jointly own International Product Exchange Company (IPEC). IPEC opened five offices in Mainland China, and the company entered into agreements for barter and purchasing opportunities representing approximately $600 million dollars (U.S.) of Chinese products. Talbert received his education at California State University Northridge, majoring in Business Management, and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, majoring in Accounting. He has been featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, and quoted in such nationally respected publications as Nation’s Business and Entrepreneur. In addition to making appearances on radio programs and CNN, Talbert has sat on the boards of the Corporate Trade Council (CTC) and the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA).

John Kneisel
Chief Financial Officer

John Kneisel brings more than three decades of business management experience to Aquafor. In 2009 he established a consulting firm to provide quality professional financial management for small to medium entrepreneurial concerns. He has served as CFO/Controller for several companies, including a software development and professional services company that delivers high-tech solutions and services to the US Military and other agencies, middle-market manufacturing entities, and the financial liaison between owners and their accounting departments. He focuses on business process, financial and operation efficiency.

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As Regional Controller for a Fortune 500, company, he provided financial support to operational management while managing the monthly and quarterly close of four business units. He created a regional accounts payable department, and coordinated the consolidation of several subsidiaries into a regional accounting center. Kneisel also served as a general business consultant to his clients, assisting in the implementation of operational controls. His experience has benefited clients from several industries, including medium to high-technology manufacturing and distribution companies, software developers, professional service providers, automotive agencies, financial institutions and finance companies.

Kneisel graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was the founding President of a professional business fraternity and has served on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit.

Executive Team - BORELITE

Dan M. Leatzow
Vice President of Engineering & Manufacturing

Dan Leatzow has more than 20 years’ experience as a development, chemical and biochemical engineer. With bachelor’s degrees in chemical and aerospace engineering, a master’s and Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and a handful of honors and awards under his belt, Dan’s expertise is far ranging and diverse.

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Following his graduation from Washington State University in 2001, Dan fulfilled his graduate internship with the Naval Research Laboratory designing, prototyping and testing a novel fluidic cartridge for biosensor applications. He continued working for the university until taking the role of Senior Development Engineer at Protasis Corporation/Metaphoresis where he successfully transferred two electrophoretic technologies into the private sector for commercialization. It was at this same company where Dan co-invented a novel electrophoretic device for instrument hyphenation, and also authored funded research grants ($200k) from the National Institutes of Health.
During Dan’s time at Ionic Water Technologies as the Chief Operating Officer/Senior Development Engineer, he successful executed a transaction totaling $250k in private investment into the startup venture, then established and managed the startup business office for commercialization of a novel waste water treatment system tailored for acid mine drainage.
As the Senior Biochemical Engineer at Resodyn Corporation, Dan played a crucial role in the development of advanced reactor systems for use in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and energy applications.
Dan performed advanced water chemistry analysis for biomass co-generation energy production and designed water systems as Senior Engineer for RLK Hydro, Inc. before finally founding his own engineering firm, Synergetix Incorporated.
Today, Dan is still President of Synergetix, Inc. and is an Advanced Manufacturing Specialist for Flathead Valley Community College, where he’s the technical lead for specification of software products gifted by Siemens PLM (valued at $46 million). He’s been published several times in journals and books including Clinical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, and Electrophoresis, and holds several patents for various devices, methods and apparatus.