Who We Are
“At the end of the day, we are a company of individuals whose separate paths led to a shared vision of a sustainable future.”
-John Rivers, CoFounder & CEO
John F. Rivers
Cofounder and CEO
John was the co-founder of Hillstone Environmental Partners, and it was his fourth such successful start-up business in the energy sector. Having started Hillstone in 2015 from scratch with zero accounts to its recent sale of the company for over $600MM, he has been able to secure long term agreements with several notable companies like Exxon, EOG, and Devon to name a few. One of his most recent infrastructure agreements will generate an estimate of more than $1.2 Billion and is considered to be one of the country’s largest of its kind. John was instrumental in the company achieving recognition since its inception as one of the premier U.S. environmental water handling companies in the energy sector.
David L. Johnson
Partner and COO
David is a registered Professional Engineer and is known as a results oriented engineering and project development executive. David has over 35 years of experience in water infrastructure design, construction and funding. In the last 7 years, David has focused on the oil and gas business. He has led efforts to develop water midstream business units and marketed, designed and obtained ROW green field projects worth over $150 million. He has evaluated multiple fresh water pipeline systems, produced water gathering and disposal systems, as well as gas lift pipeline delivery systems, all with evaluations between $20 million and $150 million. He has implemented and monitored the construction phase and developed the operation protocol and operation training on a 370,000 barrel per day pipeline and disposal system. He has recently implemented an automation system and water well drilling program to maintain a 350,000 barrel per day production and a 450,000 barrel per day distribution system in west Texas.
Project Development Team
J. Francis Rivers
Vice President of Business Development
Governments Relations and Public Affairs/Digestate Nutrients development
MS, Environmental Engineering
MBA, Business Administration
BS, Agricultural Engineering
Louis combines technical and executive expertise with proven leadership in natural resource management and global economic development. From business development and private finance support of regional commands in Afghanistan to emerging alternative energy technologies and their supply chains, he clearly sees the “big picture”. He has served nearly two decades in senior executive positions within both republican and democratic administrations at all levels of government.
- International Agribusiness Development Executive
- Task Force Business & Stability Operations (TFBSO), US Department of Defense
- Energy Crop (Biomass) Supply Chain and Alternative Energy Business Development
- State Executive Director – USDA Farm Service Agency
- Deputy Commissioner – Tennessee Department of Agriculture
- Senior Civil Engineer, Water Resources Project Implementation, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Director of Technologies
Marshall is a passionate agricultural leader with three decades of experience in the industry. Spending much of his younger years row crop farming and working at a veterinarian clinic. After receiving an Animal Science degree from MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, he advanced his scope in the agriculture industry by going to work for Tyson Foods in Shelbyville, Tennessee.
In recent years Marshall managed all live operational aspects within the Tyson Foods Shelbyville complex. Guiding the intricate organization to reach optimal performance while prioritizing safety as a top concern – an inspiring feat! He oversaw all planning to meet the customers’ needs by providing the quality and quantity of protein needed to meet the demand for the processing plant. Within that scope, he managed the fleet of trucks to haul feed to the farms and worked with contract vendors to provide the necessary labor and mechanics to fulfill the plants’ needs. Marshall not only worked closely with contract growers to meet these demands but also helped the farm perform at peak levels. Above all, Marshall’s dedication to building valuable relationships with farmers is what he sees as the most crucial part of his work—providing farmers value through broadening their scope and influencing their bottom line. Being able to make a positive impact on family farms is what continues to drive the success behind Marshall’s work.