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 why 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 Milestones
2006-2014 – 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 CES 2018 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
2018 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is selected as a CES 2019 Climate Change Innovator Award
Meet Our Team
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.
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.
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.
Lindsey Khuong | Customer Support Associate
Having called over 12 states home, it’s no wonder Lindsey wants to one day live in an RV and choose her destinations by closing her eyes and dropping a pin on the map. At Heatworks, she is one of the friendly folks you may speak with if you call our Customer Support Team and need help. Outside of work though, you better not mess with her — she is a doomsday prepper, enjoys archery, and honing her shooting skills at the gun range. Prior to joining our team, Lindsey provided technical support for several companies, and even managed an entire health system’s medical database. When not on the clock, you will find her cooking gourmet meals or baking for her family of four, redoing furniture (her last project was her son’s computer table), or caring for her two dogs and tortoise.
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.
Robbie Lawson | Lab Technician
A livelong resident of South Carolina, Robbie has over 20 years of manufacturing, production and systems integration experience. He has spent much of his professional life working as a government contractor doing integration and installations of electronic devices and sub-assemblies that went into military vehicles (MRAP). Robbie attended Trident Technical College, where he received an associate's degree in industrial maintenance. He enjoys spending time with his teenage daughter, fishing, grilling, and watching golf and football. But be warned -- If Tiger Woods or the Gamecocks are playing, do not call him.
Greg Lyon | Director of Engineering
Born with a keen interest in figuring out how things work, Greg grew up in New York tinkering with go karts, explosives, trumpets and sailboats. It's no wonder he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. 40 years later, his name is on 29 patents, having spent most of his career involved in research and development for companies like GE, Leviton, Thomson Industries and American Standards Testing Bureau. In 2000, he founded a consulting firm dedicated to the development and deployment of disruptive technologies. He met Jerry in 2006 through a mutual friend and has been involved in the Heatworks technology and products since. Greg’s pastimes include music and water sports.
Jason Moss | Engineer Technician
A Florida native and Air Force veteran, Jason has worked in the electronic and physical security technology industry for 12 years. His professional background includes engineering, technical development, and project management for multiple defense contractors, protecting US facilities abroad. Before moving to the low country, Jason co-founded a successful startup company in Alaska providing monitored burglar and fire systems to commercial and residential customers. In addition to his entrepreneurial spirit and love for traveling, he enjoys outdoor activities including water sports, motorcycles, off-road biking, and exploring new areas.
Cindy Simonin | Director of HR
A true leader and team player, Cindy has been an integral part of many software, business analysis, and administrative development processes cradle to grave. Cindy is an experience professional with 15+ years of extensive experience in business process analysis, acquisitions, HRIS, procurement, contracts, financial analysis’s, project management, and software development in the technology and aerospace industries. She is adept with IT, services and goods, and project execution. In her free time, she enjoys water sports, snow skiing, music/singing, going on cross country sabbatical trips, and interior and landscape design. Dearest to Cindy’s heart is animal rights and being a family advocate volunteer.
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.
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.
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!