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About HydroPoint

Our Story

After Chris Spain, Peter Carlson and Chris Manchuck successfully built and sold Shaman Corporation, the enterprise software company they founded, they carefully considered what to do next. Believing that water would only become increasingly precious and wanting to marry their technology acumen with a socially conscious endeavor, they decided to focus on end use, the long-ignored last mile in water management. In 2002, HydroPoint Data Systems was born.

While it wasn’t always initially apparent why organizations should care about their water usage, HydroPoint has been able to demonstrate just how much money is ‘hiding’ across a property’s outdoor water use, showing a typical payback in 24-36 months just by lowering irrigation water bills. Additional savings come in the form of reducing labor and operational expenses, eliminating overwatering with the accompanying danger of structural and plant damage, lowering liabilities (think slips and falls) and lessening exposure to fines and compliance violations. In 2015 alone, visibility and control of water usage saved thousands of HydroPoint customers:

  • 16 billion gallons of water
  • Hundreds of thousands of man hours
  • 62 million kilowatt hours of energy
  • And a whopping $137,000,000

In 2016, HydroPoint expanded our product line by acquiring Baseline Systems, a Boise-based developer of irrigation solutions, and by moving beyond irrigation to offer visibility into building water use – domestic, cooling tower and fire supply water – through our WaterCompass product. Baseline is widely recognized for their superior moisture sensors and two-wire technology, nicely rounding out our product line. All together, WaterCompass, WeatherTRAK and Baseline give HydroPoint’s 30,000+ customers the insight and control needed to improve efficiency and lower costs for one site or an entire portfolio, both indoors and out.

Corporate Headquarters

HydroPoint Data Systems
1720 Corporate Circle,
Petaluma, CA 94954

Phone numbers

Main: 800-362-8774
Fax: 707-769-9695

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Management Team

Chris Spain
CEO and President
Chris Spain co-founded HydroPoint in 2002. Chris has over 20 years experience managing emerging growth technology and information services companies. Previously, he was the president and founder of Shaman Corporation, providing mission-critical IT data services to organizations focused on secure and stable 24/7 IT operations. Shaman Corporation’s customers included Intuit, United States Department of Education, Hambrecht & Quist, and other leading financial institutions. The company was sold to Corporate Software & Technology in 2000. Prior to Shaman Corporation, Chris was President of Accelerated Media, a digital and broadcast media company that produced award-winning, innovative and interactive projects for Pacific Bell, Discovery Channel, Chronicle Broadcasting, Colossal Pictures and Francis Coppola’s Zoetrope Studios, among others. Together with Peter Carlson, Chris holds a patent on Controlling a Resource Demand System. In his free time, Chris participates in numerous outdoor sports, including rock climbing, whitewater paddling, telemark skiing and backpacking.
Chris Manchuck
Senior VP of Sales
Chris Manchuck co-founded HydroPoint, and is responsible for enterprise and channel sales, strategic partner development and support programs. He spent over a decade managing technology, media and data services strategies for Fortune 500 companies. Previous positions included VP of channel sales and VP of business development at HydroPoint, as well as founder and VP of content development at Shaman Corporation, where he secured and managed partnerships with Microsoft, Adobe, and Symantec. When not zigzagging the country visiting customers, Chris enjoys fly-fishing and snowboarding on some of his favorite rivers and mountains across the west.
Peter Carlson
VP of Technology and Product Management
Peter Carlson is a co-founder of HydroPoint. He has 15 years of experience using distributed data systems and scalable Software-as-a-Service solutions to build IT products and services for enterprises ranging from small to Fortune 500. Previously, Peter was VP of engineering at Shaman Corporation, providing industry leading, award-winning IT data services. Prior to Shaman, Peter held environmental management positions at UC Berkeley. Together with Chris Spain, Peter holds a patent on Controlling a Resource Demand System. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, and splits his remaining spare time between snow camping in Yosemite National Park and scuba diving in the Caribbean.
Adam Opoczynski
Senior VP of R&D and Engineering
Adam brings nearly 25 years of experience building and delivering telecommunications hardware, software and network management products to the HydroPoint engineering organization. Previously, he served as vice president of engineering for Larscom, a leading provider of WAN connectivity and network access equipment. Prior to Larscom, Adam served as vice president of R&D for ECI Telecom Inc., one of the world’s leading providers of telecommunication networking solutions, where he was responsible for delivering carrier-class multi-service aggregators along with other key products. He is a collector of vintage Swiss watches, and has won both gold and silver medals in RoboGames, the largest robot competition in the US.
Ben Slick
Senior VP of Business Development
When Ben joined HydroPoint in 2005, he brought with him nearly 25 years of sales and general management know-how in the software and network services industry. His responsibilities include business development, strategic partner relations and key customer accounts. Ben served as VP of sales for two publicly traded software companies: Delrina (acquired by Symantec) and Xiox Corporation. In addition, he held a VP and general manager position at NETCOM On-line, a publicly traded Internet services company. Ben enjoys golf and serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations. Like most audiophiles, he owns an abnormally large collection of vinyl records.
Charles Zaher
Regional VP, Channel Sales
Charles came to HydroPoint in 2007 having spent over 35 years in the irrigation industry in sales, marketing and business development positions. He holds a Master of Science degree in irrigation and soils management from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. As the regional vice president of channel sales, Charles administers the company’s business development strategy, fosters strategic partner relationships and manages partner and distributor accounts. Prior to HydroPoint, he was employed at Hardie, Irridelco, Rain Bird, Thompson, and Signature. Charles is a frequent speaker on irrigation design, system components and water management strategies to both technical and business audiences. He recently helped raise $1 million for a major renovation project for his church. Charles also bikes, swims and plays tennis in his spare time.
Amir Omar
VP of Strategic Partners & Key Accounts
Amir joined HydroPoint from Weathermatic where he served as EVP of business development. He has extensive experience in both water policy and business solutions. In addition to Amir’s business experience, he served two terms as a city council member in Richardson, Texas, where he was recognized for his leadership and dedication to community involvement and volunteerism. During this time, Amir led Tree North Texas, the nation’s largest tree planting initiative whose goal was to plant three million trees. Previously, he held management roles with several top telecom companies. Amir is a marathon runner as well as an avid photographer, although usually not at the same time.
Mardi Diamond
Senior VP of Services
Mardi is responsible for strategic planning and the day-to-day operational management of technical support, customer service and professional services. She has extensive experience in product implementation, new product introductions and the management of customer service professionals. Prior to joining HydroPoint, Mardi was the VP of worldwide sales consulting for Plumtree. She has held management positions in the customer service and product development areas at Cornus, Walker Interactive Systems and Data Design Associates. Mardi spends her spare time attempting to improve her golf game.
Al Sonntag
VP of Operations
Al directs manufacturing, distribution, data delivery and IT operations for HydroPoint. His 30+ years of inventory management, procurement and IT experience has been instrumental in helping HydroPoint to achieve its considerable year-over-year company growth. Prior to joining HydroPoint in 2004, Al spent 16 years at Broderbund Software overseeing IT, operations and manufacturing, where he optimized external and internal supply chains, development processes and technical support infrastructure for multi-national direct-to-consumer sales and multi-channel retail distribution. Al owns and pilots his own airplane and also spends time scuba diving, windsurfing and mountain biking.
Steve Wilde
VP of Finance and Accounting
Steve Wilde oversees all of HydroPoint finance, accounting and FPA activities. He has over 20 years of progressive experience with technology, healthcare and consumer product companies. Prior to joining HydroPoint, Steve served as corporate controller for PhotoTLC during a time the company grew from 50 to over 300 employees. He has also held management positions with Harris, Mariposa Technology, Marconi and Allerderm Laboratories. A lifelong Californian, Steve spends much of his spare time hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities.

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