Our Team

Our Founders are Burt Hamner and Dane Roth.

Burt Hamner

President | Co-Founder

Burt Hamner is President of Hydrobee SPC.  Before founding this company in 2013 he founded, grew and sold Hydrovolts, Inc.

Dane Roth

Vice President | Co-Founder

Dane Roth is Vice President of Product Development and Design for Hydrobee SPC. He has over 20 years experience in Mechanical


Darren Pinne is Vice President of Product Management.   Before joining Hydrobee he worked for 20 years at Cascade Designs, a leading national manufacturer of 6 brands of outdoor equipment.  As a Brand Division Director, he oversaw the entire Waterproof Protection and Adventure Travel products Division, managing P&L and budgetary responsibilities for Product Development, Marketing, and Operations.  He has helped bring hundreds of products to life, from design to vendor selection and supply management to distribution to CRM.

Prototyping and Production is led by Dave Vaillancourt, founder and President of DA International Group.  For 20+ years he has created products in China and has a vast web of factory partners who make things similar to Hydrobee, like remote-controlled toy hydrofoil raceboats with waterproof electronics, batteries and propellers in a fine plastic body.

Digital Marketing is managed by Bonsai Media Group in Seattle. 

Paul Salzman is our E-Commerce Adviser.  He is co-founder of Portable Charging Systems producing a USB battery pack with a hand-crank charger.

Hydrobee’s Founding Attorney is Joe Wallin.  Joe has decades of experience in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public. Joe is the founder and editor of StartupLawBlog.com.

Our first Mentor is Michael “Luni” Libes.  He is a serial entrepreneur and the Teacher / Provocateur in the Fledge and Kick startup incubator programs.  Hydrobee was a member of the fall 2013 FLEDGE accelerator program.

New Mentors have joined us for the 2018 Cleantech Open Accelerator in California.  Dr John Foggiato got his PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford and has over thirty years of technical and marketing experience in the Silicon Valley region.  Joe Heaney  has been CEO of 6 companies with sales up to $100M by his food industry firms and is an active leader at Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Northern California.  This group makes 4-6 investments a year in early-stage companies.

We have benefited greatly from the helpful advice of these friends:

Eric Rasmussen, MD – Field Testing and Rapid Response Markets.  He is a global expert, consultant and teacher in disaster planning and response technologies.  He has 20+ years experience as a Navy doctor with multiple combat tours.  Eric is leader of the Roddenberry Foundation Disaster Response Team that provides water purified on site and Rapid Telecommunications Damage Assessment.  Eric is CEO at Infinitum Humanitarian Systems and CEO in Innovatio, a socially-responsible manufacturing team in Mexico that we have engaged to establish manufacturing in Mexico for the 50M+ Latin America market for Hydrobee.

Frank SanbornSmart Hardware.  His recent focus is the use of wireless mesh networking for communication infrastructure for disaster resilience. He makes “smart hardware” with open-source Arduino, Raspberry Pi and other inexpensive technologies.  Sanborn was an External Entrepreneur / Innovation Fellow for the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  He was the Rural Incubation Program Manager in Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential emerging market group .

Dan Terry Prototyping and Thermo-Electric Generation.  He has 30+ years in a variety of manufacturing and rapid prototyping engagements and has 13 patents.  Dan is an expert in heat sinks and thermo-electric generators.  Dan specializes in precision aluminum extrusion solutions, LED thermal solutions, thermal products, and the development of alternative energy in hydro-power systems, solar solutions, and hydrogen components.


Hydrobee is an Autodesk Clean Tech Partner.  We use Autodesk software to design our products.  The Autodesk Innovator program includes the Eco-Materials Adviser that helps us make our products in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.

Lumeter Networks is our partner for Micro-Finance.  Lumeter Networks has developed an affordable pre-paid off-grid electricity meter, and cloud accounting software that it provides to renewable energy providers who are providing access to electricity for the poorest populations in developing countries.  Lumeter co-founder and CEO, Mitra Ardron, has decades of experience in developing countries and creating novel software solutions.  He is a leader in open-source software solutions for micro-finance.