Who We Are
At Heatworks, we’re meticulous about making things better. Products that improve the comfort of our homes, the quality of our lives and preserve our Earth’s precious resources: water and energy. That’s why we reinvented the way the world heats water.
Some companies are happy to stand still. To keep things the same, just because.
They think, if it ain't broke, why fix it.
We never settle.
We don't believe in waiting or wasting, especially when it comes to water. That's how we developed Ohmic Array Technology. And that's why we will continue to heat water in the simplest, purest and most efficient way.
Our Key Milestones2006-2014 – 50+ Patents and Global IP
2014 – Selected as a Microsoft Accelerator participant
2014 – Kickstarter campaign for MODEL 1 raises $435,000 in pledges and pre-orders; reached initial funding goal of $125,000 in under a week.
2014 – TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Runner-up
2015 – Shipping product since Q1 2015 (Heatworks' MODEL 1, MODEL 1X)
2015 – Retail distribution >1,700 Lowe's
2015 – $1.1M Revenue
2016 – “Works with Nest” Partner
2016 – Closes $5M Series A
2017 – Moves headquarters from Charleston to Mount Pleasant, SC
2017 – Kickstarter campaign for MODEL 3 Water Heater is successfully funded in pledges and pre-orders.
2017 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is selected as a 2018 CES Innovation Product Honoree
2018 – Tetra countertop dishwasher debuts at CES and is selected as an Editor's Choice Award product
2018 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is chosen for a 2018 Red Dot Product Design award.
2018 – Tetra Countertop Dishwasher is selected as a CES 2019 Best of Innovation Honoree Award in the Home Appliance Category
2018 – Heatworks' patented Ohmic Array Technology is given the 2018 South Carolina InnoVision Technology Development Award
2018 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is chosen as a TIME Magazine’s 2018 Best Invention
Meet Our Team
Jerry Callahan | Founder and CEO
An inventor at heart, Jerry founded Heatworks the day he realized the water heater he needed didn’t exist. Rather than buy an inferior product, he decided to find a better way to heat water. That has been his focus for the last 12 years. Now with over 50 combined patents, Jerry leads a team of heating, technology and plumbing veterans to continue to build Heatworks' family of products.
Jerry grew up on Cape Cod, MA, and studied naval architecture at MIT and the Stevens Institute of Technology. After attaining his MBA from University of Chicago, Jerry co-founded Blue Rhino, the world’s leading propane cylinder exchange company.
Mike Wieckowski | Chief Technology Officer
Mike was born in Buffalo, NY, and tinkered with electronics and computers since he was a little kid. He received his doctorate from The University of Rochester in 2007 and then spent three years as a post-doc at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Mike came to Charleston to run a research lab developing underground radar systems and work on a few startups. That all changed when Mike bumped into Heatworks' CEO Jerry at a TechCrunch event. The rest is history!
JP Carroll | Director of Business Development
JP started with Heatworks in December of 2016 and is focused on building and leading B2B and e-commerce sales. He has over 20 years of sales and sales management experience in the high tech industry, most recently from home automation leader, Savant. JP lives in the Charleston area with his wife and black lab, Bella. In his spare time JP likes to golf, build things out of wood, ski and cook. His two children are grown up and are almost off his payroll.
Hamer Darby | Business Development Associate
Hamer grew up in Mount Pleasant, SC, and graduated from the University of South Carolina in history and political science. After graduating college, he worked for a large software company for three years doing customer service and account management. Hamer joined the Heatworks team in September 2016, handling incoming customer service calls. He has since partially transitioned to the business development team. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and spending time in the outdoors.
Russ Deuell | Program Manager
With a degree in mechanical engineering and a zest for making things work better, there is no wonder why Russ met his wife in the parking lot of a Home Depot. (Ask him to tell you the story!) He has an extensive background in program management, working in both the technical and integration sides of new and existing products. He spent 13+ years with Intel, overseeing a team of 20 engineers in a Center of Excellence, where he flourished working alongside senior management as well as engineering teams. Russ’s love of start-ups began after receiving his MBA from Babson College in Entrepreneurship. Fast forward to now, his main focus at Heatworks will be to ensure that the right product is developed to meet or exceed quality standards and is delivered on time. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, hiking, fat tire biking, and kayaking, as well as spending time with his wife, five grandsons, and one granddaughter in Summerville, SC.
Jack Callahan | Product Manager
Jack has been with Heatworks since 2014; first working on the production and operations side before moving to a business development role. In his current role, Jack is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for the MODEL 3. He also provides information to customers by way of technical sizing and support. Local to Charleston, Jack grew up on Sullivan’s Island, terrorizing local police with his dirt bike. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics, marketing and management at the University of South Carolina. Jack lives on the peninsula of downtown Charleston and spends his free time playing golf, guitar, cooking, and enjoying his time on the water.
Anna Taylor | Customer Support Associate
Anna has been with Heatworks since 2017. She hails from Alexandria, VA, and made her way south via Winthrop University, where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology. A born problem solver, she has over 10 years of customer service and training under her belt. She lives with her husband and their little zoo in Summerville.
Melissa Verzwyvelt | Director of Marketing
A Louisiana native and self-professed multi-tasking queen, Melissa has been in the marketing and PR industry for 16 years. She has worked at ad agencies in three states, handled public relations for a city and launched successful campaigns for local start-ups as well as global brands like Sherwin-Williams and Cessna Aircraft. She grew up in South Louisiana, enjoys watching videos of cute kids and puppies, can wiggle her second toe without moving the others and was her class valedictorian. When not watching football on the weekend, Melissa enjoys spending time with her two kids and her three-toothed Chihuahua.
Kevin Hammer | Electrical Engineer
Kevin grew up in Mt. Pocono, PA, and received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Penn State University. He worked for several years developing high power electronics in Pennsylvania before moving to Charleston in 2010, where he began working with a small company that specialized in ground penetrating radar and consulting for a few local startups. A need for change and a new challenge eventually brought him to the Heatworks' engineering team. In his free time, he loves to travel, and if he’s not somewhere new, you can find him building or fixing stuff around the house.
Jesse Flynn | Mechanical Engineer
Raised on a small island in the Caribbean, Jesse developed an early appreciation of water…and rum. After obtaining a Bachelor's of Science in mechanical engineering from University of Washington, he spent close to a decade involved in the design and manufacture of mobile devices. Looking for a change of pace from the typical corporate setting and an outlet for his interests in conservation and sustainability, Jesse joined the Heatworks team in 2017. In his free time, Jesse enjoys climbing, kiteboarding and camping.
Weston Catron | Software Engineer
Weston grew up in Greenville, SC, and started programming when he was 10 years old - developing websites, apps and countless other projects. He went to Furman University for one year before dropping out and moving to Charleston to work on his entrepreneurial ideas full time. After gaining a lot of experience in the start-up scene and completing projects for various clients, Weston joined the Heatworks team in the fall of 2016. In what free time he has, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, playing guitar and dabbling in the local comedy scene.
Julie Klions | Firmware Engineer
Julie is responsible for developing, maintaining, and testing firmware for a variety of Heatworks products. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from The Ohio State University and has a strong background in machine control software. When not working, you can find Julie either running or cooking.
Don Spina | Lab Manager
After 20+ years in Colorado, Don and his wife decided that mountain life wasn’t the best fit for their last mile, and relocated to the South Carolina coast in 2016. Don’s experience in technology includes 13 years in technical roles at two of the top storage companies in the world, and 6 years in storage-industry startups. Don has an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree in Electronics, and brings test engineering experience to this new role here at Heatworks.
Kristie Petersen | Office Manager
A native Long Islander, Kristie joined the Heatworks team in September 2016. She provides administrative support to the team, who fondly refer to her as “Girl Friday” because of the many hats she wears. Kristie has more than 11 years' experience in human resources, merger and acquisition integrations, corporate administration and corporate compliance. As a proud US Army family, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter in Summerville, just outside Charleston.