WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The Banyan tree, sacred in many cultures, grows roots from its branches, giving it the appearance of growing upside down. Just like tree roots underground, our water travels through systems underneath and throughout our fields, cities, landscapes and buildings. The roots are unseen, often forgotten – yet crucial for stability. Banyan Water turns that root system upside down, applying advanced technology to increase visibility and control over the way it is managed.
About Banyan Water
Established in 2011, Banyan Water uses the power of data and analytics to deliver water savings to commercial real estate customers. Our sophisticated cloud based software platform has delivered over 4 billion gallons of water savings and associated asset value to our customers. Our savings are real and verified against utility data. We currently have over 1 billion gallons of water under management and are growing nationally.
We’re proud to work with clients who are committed to saving water, and smart about saving money at the same time. Some of the properties that we work with include multifamily housing complexes, campuses, and office buildings.
Banyan Water is led by a team whose areas of expertise include sustainability, green technology, irrigation, data & analytics and outstanding customer service.
Gillan Taddune is the Chief Executive Officer of Banyan Water. She believes that technology solutions are the most effective way to address critical natural resource issues and has dedicated her career to realizing that vision. Gillan came to Banyan with the belief that water scarcity is a growing global concern and that sustainable water solutions must be adopted to address this critical issue.
Prior to her time at Banyan Water, Gillan served in numerous executive positions at leading mission driven technology companies such as Recyclebank, ranked #1 on the Wall Street Journal’s list of top venture-backed cleantech companies; EnerNOC, a publicly-traded energy management firm helping large enterprise customers reduce their energy use, cost, and impact on the environment; and Green Mountain Energy, where she helped lead the company’s rapid growth and ultimate sale. She also served as Chief Economist for the Public Utility Commission of Texas where she developed the Texas Renewable Energy Portfolio standard resulting in over 9,000 MW of new wind capacity installed and for which she received achievement awards from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA). She currently sits on the Austin Technology Incubator’s Water Advisory Board where she advises start-ups in the water conservation field. Gillan has served as a member of the board of directors of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association (TREIA). Gillan holds an M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Vermont.
Jed Smith is a Managing Director of Catamount Ventures. Catamount, rooted in the creative process of company building, serves the gap in the market between angel investors and large venture funds. Jed’s extensive experience in company building includes founding drugstore.com (NASDAQ: DSCM), and co-founding Cybersmith, a retail store chain that showcased advances in information technology and multimedia software.
Before that, Jed was Vice President of Sales at Tribe Computer Works (a networking hardware and software company that was successfully sold). He began his career in technology working for Tom Siebel and subsequently Marc Benioff at Oracle Corporation, ultimately serving as District Manager for Eastern Region.
Jed serves on the boards of Linden Lab, Seventh Generation, Siterra, Flock, Ecohaus, Nest Collective, and Revolution Foods. He has also served on the boards of education and non-profit institutions, including the Middlebury College, the Monterey Institute for International Studies, Shackelton Schools and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. He earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Jeffrey Schutz is currently a managing director of Centennial Ventures, a Denver-based venture capital firm. Since joining Centennial in 1987, he has developed an impressive record of overseeing durable growth. Jeffrey has been directly involved with financing more than one hundred investments and helping entrepreneurs build valuable, sustainable businesses.
He serves on boards of numerous private and public companies, including Centennial Ventures, CenterStone Technologies, Inc., Siterra Corp., and Accellos, Inc. He is also a Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C., and serves on the board of the Coastal Conservation League. He received a BA in Economics from Middlebury College and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
John Hamel is a General Partner at Cue Ball, a Boston-based venture and growth equity firm focused on recurring revenue platforms in business information services, digital media, and specialty consumer opportunities. Prior to co-founding Cue Ball, John was Director of Business Intelligence at AnswerThink, where he became a trusted advisor to global enterprises such as Verizon and GE and multi-unit chains such as the Hard Rock Café.
He was also founder and president of The Hamel Group, a real estate development group and is co-founder of MiniLuxe aiming at “Starbucking ” the nail salon.
John currently sits on the boards of JW Player, Lex Machina, Epic Burger, and Banyan Water and is a board observer of MiniLuxe, ShapeUp, and Rentlytics.
He is also chairman of the non-profit International Sand Sculpting Festival which hosts over 800,000 people each summer on Revere Beach, America’s first public beach.
Mario Romero Orozco
Mario Romero (51) is the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Grupo Rotoplas (ticker:AGUA), the leading provider of water management solutions for the Americas.
He has long been recognized by his innovative approach and execution skills in his professional practice, having led a wide range of projects including: a transformation program, strategy design & delivery, various cross-border M&A transactions, Rotoplas initial public offering and the issuance of the first Latin-American Sustainability Bond.
He is an advocate for Sustainable Investments and serves in the following advisory councils & boards: CCFC (Consejo Consultivo de Finanzas Climaticas | Mexico), LAGREEN (Latin American Green Bond Fund | Germany), Banyan Water (water technology | Austin, TX), B37 (technology VC Fund | Silicon Valley), Narval Investments (food, water & wellness PE fund | Mexico), HJB (chemical business | Mexico) and actively participates in Funed, a non-for-profit organization that offers Mexican students financial support to pursue graduate studies overseas. He has been awarded multiple times by Institutional Investor including best CFO and ESG metrics.
Mario holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a graduate certificate in Business Administration from Harvard University. He enjoys spending time traveling with his family along with running, yoga, wine, and meditation.