John Herring

  • Masters in Environmental Engineering – University of Houston
  • B.S. Bachelor of Science Biology/Chemistry – Vanderbilt University

John is a results-focused professional delivering effective solutions to optimize resource management as well as strengthen environmental and economic performances.  As a technical director, John possesses a strong background in design, process improvement, and operations of water treatment facilities providing proven success designing complex industrial and municipal membrane systems including wastewater recovery processes.  John has demonstrated expertise in growing three companies’ in the water market in a short period of time and producing technical studies optimizing water system economics and sustainability.  Known to lead a diverse, high-performing team while determining process design system specifications, supplier selection, and equipment execution.

Areas of Expertise

  • Strategy Development
  • Project Management
  • Process Optimization
  • Maintenance
  • Functions Operatonal
  • Excellence FEED &
  • Detail Design
  • Cost Saving Water
  • Treatment
  • Technologies System
  • Troubleshooting


  • Saved $80M for Oil Super Major by redesigning desalination system.
  • Saved ammonia producer over $3M by reducing waste stream by implementing HERO process.
  • Subject Matter Expert (SME) for water and wastewater systems to top 100 ENR Design Firm.
  • Enabled successful penetration in municipal and industrial market segments, with two separate companies that generated sales of more than $8M.
  • Attained 25% increase in market share with focus on company’s membrane products and services.
  • Expanded specialty chemical business by 10% within three different locations.

Career Experience

Technical Specialist, KBR- Operations, Houston, TX (2008 – Present)

Plan, coordinate, and lead process development and engineering framework to support large industrial complexes, including Olefin Facilities, Offshore Production Platforms, Ammonia Plants and Combine Cycle Power Unit. Lead the machinery effort for restructuring a fluorocarbon plant while overseeing supplier selection and procurement of equipment. Conduct detail drawing review of support equipment including pumps, mixers, generators, and compressors.

  • Saved $80M by redesigning membrane-based seawater desalination facility that contributed to stage gate approval and funding of project.
  • Secured $30M using third party outsourcing options during execution of detail study.
  • Achieved client corporate sustainability goals by innovative front-end engineering design for seawater desalination/wastewater reclaim project.
  • Attained $10M construction costs saving for Ammonia Facility by designing high recovery reverse osmosis system (HERO).

Gulf Coast Regional Sales Manager, Layne Christensen Company, Houston, TX (2005 – 2008)

Setup a water treatment division to penetrate within municipal/industrial market. Oversaw sales development and execution in collaboration with consulting engineers and end users while coordinating pilot system operations.

  • Accomplished cost saving of $2M by leading innovative membrane filtration design, minimizing disinfection by-product production, and eliminating need for wastewater plant expansion.
  • Drove $3.5M sales by building Layne Christensen’s Water and Waste division.

Gulf Coast Municipal Market Manager, GE Water & Process Technologies, Houston, TX

Regional Manager, MECO (Mechanical Equipment Co.), Houston, TX

Regional Manager, Hydranautics, Houston, TX

Regional Engineering / Sales Engineer, Arrowhead Industrial Water, Conroe, TX

District Sales Representative, Product Specialist, Nalco Chemical Company, Naperville, IL

Nuclear Submarine Officer, Military – Lieutenant (SS) US Navy


  • Masters in Environmental Engineering University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Bachelors in Engineering – Mechanical Engineering Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN