Commitment to Safety
Global Water Technology, Inc. was founded in 1990 to meet a growing demand in the industry for personalized, affordable, and reliable water treatment services. The primary goal was to establish an honest and reputable company that management teams would be proud to partner with. As a result GWT built a strong reputation in the commercial, residential, industrial, hotel, and healthcare markets throughout the Midwestern United States.
GWT’s reputation for superior service and creating cost effective, resource saving, and equipment preserving strategies has allowed for continued growth and expansion throughout the United States and across a wide variety of industries.
Today, Global Water Technology, Inc. is one of the industry’s leaders in water and waste treatment.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Michael is the second generation to lead Global Water Technology, Inc. The company was founded by his mother, Maria Villarreal-Byerley in 1990. Michael joined GWT in 2009 as an intern and was hired full time following his graduation from Northwestern University. During his first few years with the company Michael directed much of his day time activity to the field, providing on-site technical service and account management to clients and prospective clients. Michael simultaneously assumed day to day operation of the company’s administrative, vendor management, sales, and marketing activities, often executing these job functions before and after his field duties. It was during this time and by working closely with GWT’s various teams, that Michael was able to develop his understanding of the technical side of GWT’s products and services and gain perspective of the water treatment industry as a whole. The time he spent in various roles has helped Michael to create a progressive, customer and employee centric approach to growing a sustainable water treatment firm.
Chief Operating Officer
Michael Landers is a visionary leader with the rare combination of global experience, business savvy, transformation management and creative problem-solving in Fortune 100, entrepreneurial and international environments. He is a sought-after advisor who has helped pioneer “firsts” across many industries, from alternative energy, to customer engagement innovation, to hospitality-based service culture, to national design, construction and facilities programs, to nationally recognized and industry leading data center and network operations center projects. He has won numerous industry awards for team leadership, innovation, corporate social responsibility and his strong work ethic. He is known for his focus on execution, delivery of results and keeping teams motivated to embrace change while operating at the highest possible levels.
Michael proudly serves as Chief Operating Officer of Global Water Technology, Inc. In this capacity, Michael directs all business, strategy and operational activities for a privately held, growing organization. With operations in 26 states currently, and a sustainable growth strategy underway, he focuses on client and team engagement, customer service excellence, efficient and safe operations and a strong culture of service to advance the business.
GWT tries to find ways to give back to and support the community. We have found that the most successful ways to give back begins with active participation in the community itself. With our participation, we hope to aid in the sustained growth and success of community organizations, business associations, youth programs, and educational institutions.
The Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago
The Chief Engineers Association of Chicago
The International Union of Operating Engineers I.U.O.E. 399
Association of Water Technologists (AWT)
Collegiate Level Athletic Scholarships
Food and Toy Drives
Local Youth Athletic Teams
Clean water initiatives
Job shadowing/technical training programs
Community outreach and educational organizations
Causes GWT Directly Supports:
Maria E. Villarreal-Byerley
Founder, Past President
Global Water Technology, Inc. (GWT) was founded in 1990 by Maria E. Villarreal-Byerley. Previously, Maria worked with her husband, William Byerley, to establish Environmental Mechanical Services (EMS), one of Chicago’s finest HVAC service companies. In the early 90’s EMS merged with Hill Mechanical Services, allowing her the opportunity to begin her own venture. It was while at EMS that she perceived a demand for a new type of company in the water treatment industry. With a handful of experienced industry experts from established companies, she founded GWT on the principles of service, honesty, and partnership. These founding principles have laid a strong foundation for the growth and success of the modern organization.
In 2005, GWT expanded into the facility operations field, establishing its Engineering Services division.
Maria’s son, Michael Byerley, joined the organization in a Business Development role after his graduation from Northwestern University in 2011. His task was organizational modernization and expansion through acquisition, diversification, and development of a modern sales infrastructure. Michel was promoted to Vice President in 2013.
Notably in 2015 GWT acquired a Chicago-based firm, Midwest Products & Consultants, which focused on waste water and other industrial process water treatment consulting services. GWT continued its acquisition mission through the acquisition of Superior Water Management, Inc., another Illinois based firm in August of 2016.
In August 2015 Michael Byerley was promoted to President of GWT and in August of 2016 Maria retired from the organization.
In July 2017, GWT continued its growth initiative by agreeing to assume PCS Industries Water Treatment as HP Products (acquired PCS in 2015) moved out of the water treatment service field.
In February 2019, GWT Acquired Lakeland Chemical Specialties, Inc. (LCS). The company was founded in 1991 and is a member of the Association of Water Technologies (AWT), specializing in water treatment chemistry and services for cooling towers, steam boilers, closed loops, and potable water systems. GWT merged all of its existing business in Wisconsin under a new division called Lakeland Chemical Specialties a Division of Global Water Technology. GWT retained Lakeland’s existing leadership, technical and administrative staff, organizational infrastructure, and warehousing in Menomonee Falls, WI for the long-term future. By virtue of this move, GWT expanded its Midwestern footprint by over 350 additional customers serviced at over 500 physical locations throughout Northern, IL and the state of Wisconsin.
In July 2019 GWT acquired Butler Chemical Company, Inc. (BCC), a Chicagoland based water treatment company. GWT and Butler Chemical are two firms that co-existed in Chicagoland and greater Illinois for years; the acquisition allowed for efficient allocation of personnel and resources and a refocusing of staff on condensed areas of existing business in a tighter geography for both companies. Butler Chemical Company was founded in 1972 and for the past 25 years was owned by Michael Jones, Sr. who joined GWT as a part time consultant. Michael’s son Mick also joined GWT through the acquisition as a Senior Account Executive in our Chicagoland region. Butler merged all of its existing business into GWT’s established portfolio. By virtue of this move, GWT expanded its Midwestern footprint by over 175 additional customers serviced at over 295 physical locations throughout the entire state of Illinois and Northern Indiana.
Water-Tech Specialties, Inc. (WTS), a Fremont, CA based water treatment firm was added to GWT’s portfolio of companies in May 2020. WTS was founded in 1983 and specializes in personal service for the commercial and industrial sectors of the water treatment market. Their reputation for superior service and solutions made them an ideal partner to facilitate GWT’s Western expansion. WTS will eventually merge its business operations and assets into GWT’s established portfolio. GWT has retained WTS’ leadership, technical and administrative staff, and organizational infrastructure, for the long-term future. By virtue of this move, GWT expands its Western footprint by over 350 additional customers serviced at over 500 physical locations throughout the state of California. This move also adds a Fremont, CA based office and distribution hub and three (3) Certified Water Technologists to GWT’s operation.
In July 2020, GWT acquired SKASOL Incorporated, a California based water treatment company with origins that date back to 1927 when Charlie Ellis founded Allied Engineering Products Company. In 1956, due to a competitive conglomerate’s similar name, Allied changed their name to SKASOL; a combinations of the words “scale” and “solvent” (Ska-sol) resulting in the 1957 incorporation of SKASOL Incorporated. SKASOL moved their headquarters to a larger production facility from downtown San Francisco to the Oakland facility of today. With the acquisition of SKASOL, GWT continues to solidify its West Coast footprint with a customer base throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area as well as territories in Northern Nevada and Southern California.
Year to year, GWT achieves consistent double digit growth through customer retention, employee retention, and its sustainable national expansion strategy.
Edward A. Modestas
Past President Midwest Products & Consultants acquired by GWT in 2015.
Past President and Owner, Superior Water Management acquired by GWT in 2016.
Past Water Treatment Executive Consultant and Division Manager at PCS Industries Assumed by GWT in 2017
Scott Olson, CWT
Past President and Owner, Lakeland Chemical Specialties, Inc. acquired by GWT in 2019.
Leonard Tanel, CWT
Past VP and Owner, Lakeland Chemical Specialties, Inc. acquired by GWT in 2019.
Michael Jones Sr.
Past President & Owner, Butler Chemical Company, Inc. Acquired in July 2019.
Jack Walker, CWT
Past President and Owner, Water-Tech Specialties, Inc. acquired by GWT in 2020.