Upstream Technologies is committed to
the design and distribution of products
that return our watershed environments
to a natural state
Founded in 2011, Upstream Technologies goal is to help reduce the costs of managing stormwater,
and we continue to develop products and services to achieve this goal.
The SAFL Baffle was first introduced in 2011, and it is a pretreatment system to lower costs for
managing total suspended solids (TSS) in stormwater systems.
The SAFL Baffle was developed and verified by 4 years of research at the University of Minnesota.
In 2015, we teamed with BMP Products to offer the SNOUT and Bioskirt, which work with the SAFL Baffle
and manage floating trash and oil in stormwater runoff.
In 2016, we introduced the MPD Infiltrometer. This is a quick and inexpensive test for saturated
hydraulic conductivity (Ksat) and soil capillary pressure. It allows engineers to accurately size
and design infiltration basins and rain gardens. It also allows project inspectors and public works
employees to verify proper construction of these practices and provide on-going data for annual
inspections to verify maintenance requirements.
Meet the Team:
A.J. Schwidder, Founder & CTO|
A.J. is a licensed professional engineer with a masters degree in civil engineer and an MBA. AJ has over 2 decades of experience
successfully procuring engineering contracts with local, state and federal government agencies. AJ's background and expertise
drives and opens the technical doors in the markets we serve.
Rick Kuntz, Chairman & CEO|
Rick has 30 years of successful sales, marketing & business leadership, building revenue growth systems in both hi-tech
metrology and the internet software (SaaS) industries. Rick has a proven track record of growth with startup companies
and while formally educated as an Engineering his passion is orchestrating and strategizing sales success.
Bruce Leach, Territory Manager & Business Development|
Bruce has over 20 years experience in technical sales and business development.
He is also a life-long outdoorsman and fisherman with a passion for keeping our waterways clean and safe,
both now and for generations to come. A graduate of St. Cloud State University, he holds a Bachelors degree
in business administration, with an emphasis in real estate and management.
Greg Chamberlain, Business Administrator|
Greg provides business administrative support to all aspects of the organization. He has been overseeing the day to day
operations for small companies for the past 10 years and knows how to run a tight ship. Greg has a
B.S. in International Business from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania.
Board of Directors:
Doug Johnson, Director|
Doug Johnson was the founding Director of the Venture Center at the University of Minnesota. He has
20 years experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries and has developed
and taught a Venture Capital curriculum in the MBA Program at Carlson School of Management. Doug also
brings 10 years of sales leadership working for IBM. Doug holds an MBA and a degree in Mathematics.
Carl Moe, Director|
Mr. Moe is CEO of C.R.O. Success, LLC, an organization specializing in revenue development programs for high growth
companies and author of “Chief Revenue Officer! – B2B Success Model”. He has decades of executive leadership experience
with global technology based organizations including COO of NT International, Inc., Vice President of Sales and Marketing
of CyberOptics, Inc., and President of Rank Scherr-Tumico, Inc.
Marvin Sorvala, Director|
Marvin has many years of executive leadership experience in the civil engineering industry as an employee of
Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik and Associates from 1972 to 2004. As president of the Roseville, Minnesota corporation
from 1990 to 2004, he developed and implementing a business strategy that generated
revenue growth of 500 percent, and went from 100 to 370 employees.
Bill Gray, Board Advisor|
Bill Gray is the President of Uponor North America. Uponor has 650 employees in North America,
with 570+ in Apple Valley and Lakeville, Minn. Uponors core offering has long been innovative plastic pipe (PEX),
which is sold in the same market space as Upstream Technologies. Bill brings his leadership and sales experience
to Upstream's table.