Section 8 : "Innovators Reception" Honoring Texas' Leadership in Water Innovation

John Montford

former Texas State Senator

John Montford is a business consultant in San Antonio, Texas, a former member of the Texas State Senate from District 28 (Lubbock) in West Texas, a former district attorney for Lubbock County and a former chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.


John served in the Texas State Senate from 1983 to 1996, during which time he was the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate President Pro Tem. He was a member of the Legislative Budget Board and the Legislative Audit Committee.  He authored the Statewide Water Package – the State’s first extensive water plan -  handily approved by Texas voters in November 1985. Texas Monthly magazine named John among its "Top 10 Best Legislators" for five legislative sessions.


Upon leaving the Senate, he became the first chancellor of the newly established Texas Tech University System, a position he maintained for five years until 2001. In February 1998, then Chancellor Montford announced a fundraising goal of $300 million to underwrite university improvements. Instead, donors contributed $500 million.

In 2001, John relocated to San Antonio, where he became involved in a succession of large business enterprises, beginning with the vice presidency for external affairs and then the presidency of Southwestern Bell, or SBC Communications, which was thereafter absorbed by AT&T Corporation. 

Since January 2010, John has been the president and chief executive officer of his own company, JTM Consulting, LLC. General Motors retained his firm as a consultant, where he served as the senior advisor of government relations and global public policy until January 2012.


John and Debbie Montford are civic leaders in San Antonio, having raised money for charities, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations, including the San Antonio Symphony and the University of Texas at San Antonio. He pushed for the establishment of the UTSA Presidents Dinner, which in 2007 raised $4.6 million, a large bonanza for a commuter educational institution.

Carole Baker

Texas Water Foundation

Carole Baker was the Director of Intergovernmental Relations at the Harris Galveston Subsidence District (HGSD) for 21 years, serving as their Legislative Liaison to the Texas Legislature’s Senate and House Natural Resources Committees and her accomplishments have yielded water conservation legislation that is now included in the state water planning efforts.


During this time, her activities have included numerous statewide and national roles. She is the

Chair Emeritus of the Board for the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), a national non-profit

organization working to enhance the more efficient use of water. AWE has offices in Chicago and

Washington, DC.


In her statewide role, she is currently the President/CEO of the Texas Water Foundation, whose mission is to maintain and enhance the quality of life for all Texans by mobilizing Texans to

recognize the vital role water plays in protecting human health, supporting economic growth and

safeguarding natural resources.


She is a very active public speaker on water issues around the country, including a presentation at

the International Water Conference in Paris in 2009 and she presented at the 2011 United Nations

Global Water Initiative Conference in New York.


She also holds Board positions and is active in the following organizations and associations:

• Member of Water Conservation Advisory Council – HB4 & SB3 (Created by 80th Legislature)

• Past Director - Board of Texas Water Conservation Association

• Chair Emeritus, Board, Alliance for Water Efficiency

• Member of Water Conservation Implementation Task Force – SB 1094 – TWDB

• Director - Board of Pecan Street Project

• Director - Pioneers Youth Leadership

She is the recipient of the following awards:

2011 Greg Cooke Memorial Award for Exceptional Environmental Excellence – TCEQ

2007 Water Savers Award – San Antonio Water Systems

2004 Public Policy Award for Excellence in Environmental Awareness –Texas League of Women Voters

2002 Rainmaker Award – Texas Water Foundation

1999 George Fuller Award – American Water Works Association

1998 National Public Service Award – Universities Council on Water Resources/Texas Water Resource

Institute – Texas A&M

1997 Environmental Excellence in Education – Governor Bush/Clean Texas 2000

David Maidment

University of Texas Center for Research in Water Resources

David R. Maidment is the Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin where he has been on the faculty since 1981.  He received his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering with First Class Honors from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, and his MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, he was a research scientist at the Ministry of Works and Development in New Zealand, and at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna, Austria, and he was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University.


Dr. Maidment is a specialist in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems to hydrology. In 2016, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering "For development of geographic information systems applied to hydrologic processes".


In 2015, he received the J. Mike Howard Lectureship of the Texas Floodplain Management Association. In 2014, he was recognized as Geospatial Scientist of the Year, by Geospatial Media "For contribution to geospatial science as a specialist in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems to hydrology". In 2012, he received the Ray K. Linsley Award from the American Institute of Hydrology "In recognition of his contributions in the field of Surface Water Hydrology". In 2011 he received the Ven Te Chow Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers "For notable contributions in water resources engineering, hydrology and hydraulic engineering, outstanding service to the profession through application of GIS in surface water and groundwater hydrology, authoring books and research papers in water resources engineering, and mentoring of young engineers." In 2011 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award, Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "For significant and lasting impact on teaching, research and practice in the fields of hydrology and water resource engineering, including the pioneering of geographical information systems applications in hydrology and technologies that have been adopted by national and international institutions". In 2010 he received the AWRA Award for Water Resources Data and Information Systems, "In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the application of Geographic Information Systems to water resources engineering and sciences." This award was also permanently renamed the David R. Maidment Award for Water Resources Data and Information Systems, "In honor of his many contributions to the field and his furtherance of the mission of the American Water Resources Association."

Ed Archuleta

AccelerateH2O & EL Paso Water Systems

Ed Archuleta has over 45 years experience in the water and waste water field, including his service as CEO and President of the El Paso Water System. In his public sector role, Ed managed all aspects of the municipal utility from plant operations to engineering. He is widely recognized for initiating one of the first successful conservation programs in the country, expanded reclaimed water systems and oversaw the planning and eventual construction of the world’s largest inland desalination system as well as the largest arsenic treatment of groundwater in the U.S. The planning of the desalination plant with cooperation from the Defense Department brought a 5 billion dollar investment to Ft. Bliss in El Paso.


Throughout his career, Ed has worked with Mexican, Texas and New Mexico officials and federal and international agencies in agreements effecting El Paso along the U.S./Mexico border. He has been instrumental in supporting and embracing innovation and technology at water utility systems. He currently advises the University of Texas El Paso water and engineering programs, consults with public and private water management, and is the chairman of the Pecos River Commission.


Ed has served on several national water boards including Chairman of the Water Research Foundation, Chairman of the Multi-State Salinity Coalition and on the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council.  He holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University and a Masters Degree in Management from the University of New Mexico.  He is a registered professional

Ryan Beltán


Ryan Beltrán is founder of elequa and an award winning filmmaker who is actively engaging students and communities to solve water issues with DIY and open-source solutions and sharing their stories via a documentary series. with help from Accelerate H20 elequa has been featured at the White House Water Summit, SXSW, and in classrooms around Texas

Trevor Hill


Trevor Hill, is Chairman & CEO of FATHOM:

Mr. Hill has over 25 years’ experience in building and leading water companies, including four successful startups, and has significant experience in both public and private markets having raised $75M through an IPO and over $500M for private ventures.  Mr. Hill co-founded Global Water Resources, an investor-owned utility in the water scarce southwest that through his leadership, and direction built FATHOM, a suite of software products that provides state of the art back office services to municipal water utilities.  With his continued vision, FATHOM is now an independent software company that just recently secured Round B funding with Silver Lake Kraftwerk to further enhance and expand the platform.

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