Joel Gay

By: Errol Mars
Position: CEO, President; Company: Energy Recovery; Industry: Oil & Gas; Country: United States

Joel Gay

Joel Gay was named the President and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Recovery in April 2015, and is a member of the company's Board of Directors. He's one of the youngest black CEOs of a ­public company and was ranked 13th on the 2016 Fortune magazine 40 Under 40 list.

Mr. Gay joined Energy Recovery in January 2012 and has held several positions at the company, including most recently serving as Chief Finance Officer.  Prior to joining Energy Recovery, Mr. Gay held various roles at the Aegion Corporation, most notably as the CFO of the largest division (North America).  

Mr. Gay has also held several positions within the Service Master companies and began his career in entrepreneurial finance where he led a start-up to a successful liquidity event.  Mr. Gay brings more than a decade of experience in leading multiple corporate disciplines in global small-cap and large-cap companies with innovative and quantitatively rigorous discipline.

In addition to his role as CEO of Energy Recovery, Mr. Gay serves on the board of GDG Constructors as an Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Gay holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University.


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