Joshua Ballard is the Chief Financial Officer at Energy Recovery and is responsible for all finance, IT, and investor relations organizations for the company.  He brings more than 20 years of finance and operations experience, both domestically and internationally, working across industries within complex organizations to successfully navigate high growth.  Most recently Mr. Ballard held the position of Operating Partner at Orox Capital Management, a Dallas-based private equity firm.  During his time there he was responsible for the management of and collaboration with portfolio company teams to implement long-term strategic plans and improve finance and operations.  Additionally, he served as the CFO for Southwest Spirit and Wines, an Orox Capital portfolio company, during a critical growth period in the company’s development.  Prior to joining Orox Capital Management, Mr. Ballard was the Managing Director of Lanterne Advisors, LLC, where he held multiple CFO roles with venture-backed companies.  He also served as Executive Director of Finance and Investor Relations for SigmaBleyzer Investment Group, a private equity fund, with investments across a broad range of industries within the U.S., Southeast Europe, and other former Soviet bloc countries.  Mr. Ballard started out his career working on multiple international oil and gas projects, most notably with Fluor Corporation and holds a CFA, CMA and a Global MBA in Finance from Thunderbird, School of Global management.