About UgMO

UgMO is committed to delivering a water savings solution that drives sustainable change in natural resource management practices and outcomes.

UgMO develops new technologies that deliver live soil conditions and actionable insights to people who care. UgMO is a dependable partner who supports those people, with people, making responsible actions our shared goal.

UgMO Technologies maintains end-to-end control of every aspect of the solution experience through controlling the product’s research and development, design, manufacturing, software, management, labor, installation, sales, maintenance, warranty and customer service.

Further, UgMO Technologies is a US based company, with its headquarters and manufacturing located in Pennsylvania. The wireless sensors measure soil moisture, temperature and salinity at the root level of the plant in real-time, up to six times an hour, 24 hours a day. This wireless sensor data is transmitted to the UgMO Irrigation Controller, which utilizes its patented, watering algorithms to deliver only the correct amount of water the landscaping needs, zone-by-zone.

The UG1000 system breaks the traditional watering schedule paradigm. There are no cycle times to set and no complex site variables to enter. Just tell the system when its allowed to water and using the sensor data, UgMO does the rest. The controller is also fully software upgradeable to incorporate future features. The UG1000 can be combined with the advanced UgMO Knows web-based software platform for sophisticated agronomic analytics, environmental monitoring, leak detection and remote configuration and control.

Social Responsibility

Recognizing that education is the foundation of all sustainability efforts, UgMO has partnered with Project Green Schools to support and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders to innovate new ways of driving water conservation. Through this partnership, UgMO develops impactful water conservation curriculum for K-12 students and sponsors the students implementing those initiatives.

The Leadership Team

Chairman of the Board
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Robert Burch

Chairman of the Board

Bob is a visionary, dedicated to innovations in natural resource management. His commitment drives UgMO to deliver transformational environmental control. In addition, he is chief executive officer of Red Badge, Inc., a real estate and venture capital corporation, co-founder of Everlands, a worldwide outdoor lifestyle membership club, and co-founder of Asian American Partners. Bob was the co-founder of Eagle’s Eye, a successful retail clothier, and an early-stage investor in numerous companies including Internet Capital Group, Jawbone, Color Kinetics and Voss Water. He has a B.A. from Denison University.

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Chief Executive officer
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Brian Dalmass

Chief Executive officer

Brian is an executive, dedicated to delivering ambitious outcomes. His leadership generates value for UgMO customers through simplified contracting and improved capabilities. Brian has an extensive background in sales and operations, executing and delivering results from very large operations to start up and turnaround companies. He was most recently the Vice President and General Manager for the Affinion Group and prior to that was the Senior Vice President of Field Operations for DIRECTV, before becoming the company’s President of the Network Solutions Division. His past experience also includes roles with 1800Flowers as the Vice President of Sales and Corporate Marking and a variety of positions with Cendant Corporation including Executive Vice President, Division Vice President and Vice President of Marketing. Brian has a B.A. in Marketing from Rider University.

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Chief Operations Officer
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Mark McCarel

Chief Operations Officer

Mark has nearly two decades of turf management experience and is dedicated to solution implementation and outcomes. Before UgMO, he managed high-end golf clubs in the Northeast. Mark specializes in leveraging smart irrigation technologies and customized services that help clients save water, resources and money while improving landscape health. In addition to years helping to develop UgMO’s unique blend of patented technology, advanced web applications and agronomy expertise, Mark has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Bowling Green State University and an Associate’s Degree in Turfgrass Science from The Ohio State University.

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VP Sales & Marketing
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Chris Schnaars

VP Sales & Marketing

Chris is a sales and marketing executive with decades of experience leading team strategy, development, and training. Before UgMO, he was Executive Vice President at Insight Consulting Group responsible for leading brand and business development, focusing on design of innovative market research methods to address business needs in rare and specialty disease areas. Chris’s unique cross-functional experience in the life sciences are utilized in the development of sales, marketing and client engagement strategies. Chris has a B.A. in Marketing from Rider University.

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VP Client Development
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Michael Parrish

VP Client Development

Michael previously was the President of Wakefield Building Solutions Group and was co-founder of Sustainable Water Savings. He began his foray into the energy efficiency profession in 2010 during which time he independently developed and managed utility cost reduction projects for commercial clients in the Mid-Atlantic region. Michael is the former Director of Energy Solutions for a Plano-Coudon Construction. Prior to that, Navy Veteran Michael was a Baltimore Police Officer who served with distinction as a member of the Baltimore SWAT team.

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Business Development Administrator
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Sydney Dalmass

Business Development Administrator

Sydney is a communicator, dedicated to account management and service. Her accessibility and analytical approach make your account profitable with UgMO. Sydney earned a B.G.S. at the University of Michigan.

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VP Technology
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Tim Varley

VP Technology

Tim has worked with startup tech companies for over 25 years in the UK, Cleveland, Boston and New York and now Philadelphia. He is an inventor and is proud that one of his inventions was nominated for a Smithsonian Award. He is passionate about technology and how it helps people in ways they did not realize. He studied computer science in Oxford, UK.

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Lead Agronomist
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Derek Pruyne

Lead Agronomist

Derek joined the UgMO team as a Data Analyst bringing with him a diverse background in turfgrass management and research. Before joining UgMO Technologies, his previous work experiences included golf course and professional baseball field management, field and greenhouse research, and three years as a Sr. Research Specialist in turfgrass biotechnology. Derek’s primary goal with UgMO is to provide field operations and our customers data-driven insights into irrigation practices to promote efficient and effective landscape management. Derek earned his B.S. in Turfgrass Science and M.S. in Agronomy from Penn State University. 

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IoT Architect
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Doug Bodden

IoT Architect

Doug has extensive experience in technology product and service development at a mix of startup and established firms, most recently as a lead engineer with Cisco Systems’ video group. Doug has a broad background in distributed systems, enterprise data processing, analytics, and had his hands dirty with DevOps and IoT challenges before these terms were in common use. Today, he is building UgMO’s next generation of technology solutions, from the cloud to the rootzone.

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Director of Field Operations
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Brad Carmean

Director of Field Operations

Brad joined the UgMO team in 2011 after spending 10 years leading a company from start-up to acquisition and another two years managing a book of business for the largest green industry distributor in the country. He also brings years of experience in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University and an M.B.A. from Wayne State University. Brad’s extensive experience in irrigation management, along with his mechanical background, make him an invaluable asset in the field ensuring maximum functionality of UgMO’s product lines.

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Accounting Manager
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Patricia Importico

Accounting Manager

Pat brings over 30 years of experience in corporate accounting and supervises daily operation of the corporate accounting team. Before UgMO, she lead as Senior and Corporate Accountant for Amerisource Bergen, Morgan Corporation, Stryker Corporation, Orthovita, and Kofax. Pat earned a B.A. in Accounting from LaSalle University and is pursuing her Finance MBA from Penn State University. 

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The Evolution of Irrigation

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    In 1950, the Mood Sprinkler Company developed the first hydraulic irrigation controller for home use. Irrigation control was performed by a hydraulic (later electro-mechanical) system that required constant user management to account for variability in irrigation system, landscape, and weather conditions.

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    Weather Based Control

    With the turn of the century, water resource management became a priority to account for drought, and conversely rain. Irrigation control solutions began using equations based on weather to approximate irrigation requirements.

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    Weather Based Control with Sensors

    Shortly after, irrigation controllers began incorporating rain and moisture sensors for simple binary commands (if it has rained, stop irrigation) to reduce unnecessary irrigation events. Though, proxy data and approximations continue to determine irrigation event durations.

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    Soil Based Control with Sensors

    In 2007, UgMO began developing the first and only soil based irrigation controller, using continuous zone-specific measurements and artificial intelligence to determine precision irrigation events. Today, UgMO delivers the most advanced irrigation control solution available.

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