AquaSmart Welcomes Jared Blong

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JUNE 18, 2020, MIDLAND, TEXAS – Lubbock, Texas-based AquaSmart Enterprises, LLC, a material sciences and manufacturing company, is thrilled to announce today that Jared Blong will be joining the organization as its President and Chief Operating Officer. 

Mr. Blong comes to AquaSmart having successfully led Octane Energy for the last 7 years as their President and CEO.  Octane is a leader in the Oil & Gas consulting space, helping client E&P companies create value through more than $27B in M&A activity and unlocking more than 2 billion barrels of reserves.  He also spearheaded the company toward two consecutive INC 5000 listings as the 5th and 4th fastest-growing private energy company in Texas, for 2017 and 2018 respectively, by fostering a people-driven culture of operational excellence. 

Calder Hendrickson, Chairman and CEO of AquaSmart, commented, “We are thrilled with this addition to our executive team and are entrusting Jared to lead and serve our team with the people driven ethos he has.  He brings a tremendous amount of value to our organization, and we’re very excited about the future growth of AquaSmart with his leadership and drive at the forefront.”

Mr. Hendrickson continued, “with Mr. Blong’s battle-tested expertise in organizational development and in the energy space, he will greatly assist one of AquaSmart’s subsidiaries, AquaSmart Oil & Gas, which partnered with Rice Investment Group in 2019 around its revolutionary ProProp coated proppant technology.”

AquaSmart has developed over 30 material science patents in the Oil & Gas, Concrete, Agriculture, and Lawn & Garden industries, designed to significantly enhance performance of commodities like frac sand, fertilizer, agriculture seed, and concrete aggregate while enhancing and optimizing the use of the world’s precious resource of water. 

“Over the last 9 years in energy, I have seen a number of new technologies, but AquaSmart stands out as an exceptionally disruptive technology in the energy, concrete and agronomy spaces, significantly enabling human flourishing globally. I’m incredibly pumped to jump in with the great team of problem solvers and their technology portfolio across multiple industries. More importantly, I am eager to unleash their potential as we serve clients, investors and the communities that are impacted by our technology,” Blong commented.

AquaSmart is excited about what the future holds, given the challenging times in the energy space, as their technology continues to provide solutions to drive down costs and enhance well performance in order to steward our natural resources well.