Friday, December 7, 2012

Backflow Direct Chief Operations Officer

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Doug Powell

Aaron Colacchia joins the BACKFLOW DIRECT team as the Chief Operations Officer (COO) responsible for all business operations. 

Aaron has over 25 years of experience in design, engineering and manufacturing of backflow prevention products.

In 1988 he started with Ames Company as a design and manufacturing engineer involved in the development of the complete Silver Bullet backflow prevention product line. He succeeded in this role up to Watts Industries' acquisition of Ames in 1996.

In 1997 he became the COO of Hunter Innovations, the developer of the Colt/Maxim product line where he served in this capacity until Watts acquired Hunter Innovations in 2003. Aaron joined the Watts organization where he served as the Plant Manager for Ames (a subsidiary of Watts) until 2008.

In 2009 Doug Powell and Aaron Colacchia partnered in the acquisition of MetalCloak a manufacturer of high end aftermarket off-road vehicle products. Under new ownership the traditional tiered marketing approach for MetalCloak was immediately changed to an internet based, direct to customer sales model. MetalCloak has averaged annual sales growth of more than 100% since the transition to a direct to customer sales model.

The backflow prevention industry meets all of the parameters necessary for a successful direct to end user internet sales model. Aaron's experience with the backflow industry and the direct sales model is the perfect combination to lead BACKFLOW DIRECT to the position of industry leader.

Backflow Direct Product Manager

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Doug Powell

Matt Longo joins the BACKFLOW DIRECT team as the PRODUCTION MANAGER responsible for the manufacture and quality control of the Deringer backflow prevention product line. 

Matt has over 5 years of experience as a Production Manager at Hunter Innovations, developer of the Colt/Maxim backflow product lines, acquired by Watts (2002). He followed the acquisition of Hunter Innovations, to Ames Company, where for more than 8 years he was a Production Manager responsible for the manufacture of the Colt/Maxim backflow prevention product lines. 

His nearly 14 years of experience in the manufacture of backflow prevention products will be critical as we strive to become the market leader in the backflow prevention industry.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Eccentric-Seal Shutoff Valve US Patent Filing

Backflow Direct filed for US Patent: Eccentric-Seal™ Shutoff Valve December 4, 2012

Eccentric Seal Shut-Off Valve

The only large diameter STAINLESS STEEL shutoff valves in the Backflow Industry. The Patent Pending Eccentric-Seal™ Shutoff Valve has a unique feature in that the inlet shutoff valve sealing disk seals on the downstream side of the valve operation shaft. This allows the #1 test cock to be located adjacent to the valve operation shaft reducing the overall length of the valve (and weight) by at least 2 inches. Additional features and benefits include:

  • Self-centering disk seal
  • Bolt-on replaceable shutoff disks
  • Low torque valve operation
  • Disk replacement does not require elastomer compression
  • Elimination of seal around valve shaft
  • Stainless steel shutoff disk
  • The entire valve operation shaft is a single component

Dual-Action Check Swing Action and Poppet Action

The initial 25% of the opening stroke of the Dual-Action Check is that of a traditional "Poppet" action check with the following features:

• Consistent static sealing and differentials
• Excellent resistant to fouling 
• Reliable check closure 
• Stable low rate flow characteristics

The last 75% of the opening stroke of the Dual-Action Check is that of a traditional "Swing" action check providing the following features:

• Minimal friction loss at high flow rates
• Flow path of fluid through valve is more linear
• Reduces component stress at high flow rates

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dual-Action Check US Patent Filing

Backflow Direct filed for US Patent: Dual-Action Check on December 4, 2012

Dual-Action™ Check module

The Patent Pending Dual-Action Check™ module is the core technology behind the superior performance of the Deringer Backflow Prevention Product Line. The Dual-Action Check™ combines all of the best features of industry standard “poppet” checks and “swing” checks creating a single high performance Dual-Action™ Check module.


  • Light weight engineered polymer components
  • Modular for quick and easy servicing
  • Disconnect spring tension for safe servicing
  • Replaceable Silicone Rubber Elastomer Disk
  • Excellent resistance to fouling

Bow Seal Full Access Cover US Patent Filing

Backflow Direct filed for US Patent: Bow-Seal™ Full Access Cover on December 4, 2012

Bow-Seal™ Full Access Cover

The BACKFLOW DIRECT sales model requires direct shipment to it's customers via UPS/FedEx therefore our valves must be as small and light as physically possible. The Patent Pending Bow-Seal™ Full Access Cover accomplishes this and much more: • Light weight • Simple removal • No sliding seals • Full access to valve internals • No supplemental cumbersome and heavy couplings The Bow-Seal™ Full Access Cover is pre-formed to a partially cylindrical shape friendly to high fluid pressure. This allows the cover to be much thinner and lighter than traditional flat covers while still providing FULL access to internal valve components.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Backflow Direct Chief Acquisitions Officer

Backflow Direct Chief Acquisitions Officer
Doug Powell

Scott Powell is a founder and the Investor Relations Officer (IRO) of BACKFLOW DIRECT, responsible for capital funding, corporate structure and new business development. Scott will focus on the strategic acquisition of waterworks product manufacturers compatible with the direct to customer sales model.

In 2001, as the founder and CEO of SACjet (a general aviation company owned by the Powell Family), Scott acquired the Sacramento Executive Jet Center a general aviation fuel and flight support company located at the Sacramento Executive Airport (SAC).

In 2005, Scott acquired the rights to general aviation fuel and flight support at the Sacramento International Airport (SMF), requiring SACjet to construct a 55,000 square foot private aviation terminal and hanger. SACjet began operations in this second local as The Sacramento Capital Jet Center in 2006.

In 2013, Scott acquired the rights to general aviation fuel and flight support at Mather Airport by committing to more than $7 million in airport capital improvements including a new private aviation terminal, hangar space, and executive offices. SACjet began operations in this third local as The Sacramento Mather Jet Center in April of 2014.

SACjet is now the exclusive supplier of fuel and flight support in the greater Sacramento area to the NBA, UPS, FAA, Intel and hundreds of international and domestic flight departments.

Scott has been active member of the board of directors of the other Powell family investments including Ames Company, Hunter Technologies Inc., and Backflow Direct.

Backflow Direct Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer
Doug Powell
Kent Powell is a founder and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of BACKFLOW DIRECT, responsible for all financial operations. Kent became the President of Ames Company, Inc. in 1978 and in 1983 Ames introduced its first backflow valve. The new valve featured fabricated epoxy coated steel that was then a technological breakthrough allowing for a dramatic reduction in manufacturing cost and weight. Under his leadership in 1985 Ames introduced the “Silver Bullet”. This products' technological breakthroughs included a fabricated stainless steel valve housing, single access port and low flow loss check modules. The Silver Bullet was much shorter and lighter while producing a substantially improved friction loss curve over available products in the industry. By 1990, the Silver Bullet became the large diameter, 2½” to 10”, backflow industry leader.His commitment to innovation in the backflow industry continues today with BACKFLOW DIRECT. Kent is excited to once again work with his sons to revolutionize the backflow market. The “Deringer” is the next breakthrough in backflow providing contractors and end users with the most economical and best performing product.

Backflow Direct Chief Executive Officer

Backflow Direct Chief Executive Officer
Doug Powell

Doug Powell is the founder, majority shareholder and CEO of BACKFLOW DIRECT responsible for product design and company development. He designed his first backflow preventer, the Ames Silver Bullet, in 1989 and continues in this latest endeavor to advance the design features and performance of backflow prevention products.

Doug has a history of business success as an owner of Ames Company (acquired by Watts Industries in 1996), as the founder of Hunter Innovations, developer of the Colt and Maxim backflow product lines (acquired by Watts Industries in 2002) and as an owner of MetalCloak a successful manufacturer and direct marketer of aftermarket off-road vehicle products.

Doug has reunited an amazing team of individuals specifically skilled in the design, production and marketing of backflow prevention products. This team is poised to quickly take BACKFLOW DIRECT from a startup to the industry leader.

Track Record

  • 25 years of experience in backflow design & manufacture
  • Owner of two highly successful Backflow Manufacturers
  • Six issued US Patents in Backflow Prevention
  • Three US Patents Pending in Backflow Prevention
  • More than 1000 Product Approvals (UL, FM, ASSE, CSA, NSF, USC) in Backflow Prevention
Designer/Inventor of the following Backflow Product Lines
  • Ames 2 ½”-12” SILVER BULLET 2000SS-4000SS
  • Ames 2 ½”-10” COLT 200-500 (H,V,N & Z)
  • Ames 2 ½”-10” MAXIM 200-500 (H,V,N & Z)
  • Watts 2 ½”-12” 774 & 774DCDA
  • Watts 2 ½”-12” 994 & 994RPDA
  • Watts 2 ½”-10” 757-757DCDA (H,V,N & Z)
  • Watts 2 ½”-10” 957-957RPDA (H,N & Z)
And now...
  • Backflow Direct 2 ½”-8” DERINGER 20-50 (H & V)