Angelo L. Mazzei founded Mazzei Injector Company in 1978 and serves as Chairman/CEO. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the company and the company’s vision. He emphasizes providing solutions-based systems and products to our customers.
Angelo has been granted 20 patents in the area of fluid processing and related equipment with emphasis in injection of gases and liquids into water streams and the removal of gases from water. Angelo was also recognized by The American Society of Agricultural Engineers in 1987, and then again in 2002, with the AE-50 Award as one of the 50 best agriculture-related inventions in the United States for that year.
He has received patents on the injection of air or gases into subsurface irrigation water to significantly increase crop production. Angelo has presented several scientific papers at conferences worldwide.
Angelo received his Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno (Fresno State). He currently serves on several community and professional Boards including Kern Agricultural Foundation; The International Center for Water Technology (ICWT)—a collaboration of water technology professionals and Fresno State; California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) Foundation; and the International Ozone Association. In addition, Angelo is a Board Member Emeritus and Founder of Valley Republic Bank of Bakersfield.
Geoffrey Whynot joined Mazzei in April 2010 as Chief Financial Officer. In January 2012 his title and duties expanded to included that of Chief Operating Officer, and in July 2014, Geoff was named President. Geoff oversees the day-to-day operations and bottom-line performance of the company, sets the managerial and operational goals for the company and assures that these goals are met.
Geoff has an extensive finance and accounting background as CFO in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, technology, construction and communication. His experience includes completion of a number of acquisitions and corporate consolidations, negotiation of numerous financings, creation of a joint venture to develop and market imaging software and the successful implementation of financial restructurings. In addition, Geoff managed the audits of several Fortune 500 companies.
Geoff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Babson College in Massachusetts, and he is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
VP, Sales & Marketing
Jim Lauria was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Mazzei Injector Company in April 2015. Jim is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the company’s sales and marketing efforts. Jim works with engineering and his sales staff to identify and successfully develop solutions to customers’ water and wastewater needs.
Jim has extensive experience in business development and sales in the water and wastewater industry for over 15 years and has held senior positions at a number of companies including Johnson Screens and Amiad Water Systems. In addition to this experience, Jim has written features and cover articles for most of the leading water industry publications in the U.S. and many top international magazines.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Manhattan College.
Celia (Mazzei) Cobar
VP, Research & Development
Celia Cobar is responsible for the company’s active Research and Development activities. She is dedicated to the continual growth of the company and leads activities that continually evaluate and implement expanded applications of Mazzei’s products as well as improvements in performance of existing product uses.
Cece directs the company’s Computational Fluid Dynamics projects, which facilitate new product development and validate existing Mazzei products and systems. Publication and presentation of her research continues to educate audiences of international organizations such as the International Ozone Association, International Center for Water Technology and various regional associations.
Cece received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.
VP, Engineering & Operations
Justin Bennett was named Director of Engineering and Operations for Mazzei Injector Company in August 2013, having responsibility for overseeing all of Mazzei’s production and design efforts. Justin actively coordinates with the Sales team and the Research and Development team for new product development and optimization to existing products. He has been with Mazzei since January 2005 and has had multiple roles at Mazzei including Industrial Sales Manager and Application Engineer Manager.
Prior to joining Mazzei, Justin worked in the general construction contracting business and multiple water related companies including: Turner Construction Company, Ram Environmental Engineering, and Arvin-Edison Water Storage District. He received his Bachelor of Science in Geology with a concentration in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.
Srikanth S Pathapati, PhD
Director, Research & Development
Sri Pathapati joined Mazzei in December 2012 as Director of CFD Analysis & Engineering, and in November 2018, was promoted to Director of Research and Development. Sri oversees R&D for new product development and functional system design optimization.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) recognized Sri for his work in computational fluid dynamics with the 2013 Rudolph Hering Medal for “the most valuable contribution to the field of environmental engineering.” He received his Doctorate in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, and his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from the University of Madras, India. Sri is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, International Ozone Association, American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.