About Water Sage

The mission and team behind the revolutionary platform that's bringing water rights, land parcel data and public records together.

The Water Sage Story

Water Sage is the brainchild of the team at Ponderosa Advisors, LLC. Ponderosa's CEO gave us a challenge: 'give me a way to understand water, land, and the relationship between them by myself. Give me a solution I can use while enjoying a coffee at the kitchen counter on a Sunday morning.' In 2013, Ponderosa assembled a diverse group of leading analysts, lawyers, technical experts and developers to set about changing the way we look at water resources and Water Sage was born. Our goal is to make crucial information about water and land accessible to the broad number of sectors that need it. We operate with a fundamental belief that access to information and transparency in markets facilitates better decision making, which benefits everyone.

Meet Our Team

We are a team comprised of ranchers, farmers, die hard outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists, energy and tech industry veterans, and avid video gamers, spread between our offices in Colorado and Montana.

Jim Beck - Director of Sales for Montana/Wyoming

Jim Beck - Director of Sales for Montana/Wyoming

Jim joined the Water Sage team in February 2016 to grow the firm’s presence and product sales. Formerly, Jim was successful in the High-Tech marketing and sales arena. Among his achievements, he founded Avtek Associates, Inc. which he held for twenty five years and grew the firm’s annual sales to the multimillion dollar level. In his free time, Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

Kelly Bennett – Managing Partner

Kelly Bennett – Managing Partner

Kelly co-founded Ponderosa Advisors in 2012 after building data and analytical products in the energy commodity space. Kelly operates with a strong commitment to community, conservation, and property rights. He sits on the Board of Directors for Colorado Uplift, one of Denver’s oldest organizations focused on supporting at-risk youth, and the Western Landowners Alliance, a non-profit advocating private conservation and land stewardship. When not playing with water data, Kelly is mostly likely found on a horse’s back or a pair of skis.

Porter Bennett - President & CEO

Porter Bennett - President & CEO

Porter Bennett is President and CEO of Denver-based Ponderosa Advisors LLC, an advisory and information firm for the energy and water sectors through its subsidiaries Ponderosa Energy and Water Sage. He has spent more than 30 years in the energy industry analyzing the natural gas and crude oil markets. He founded Bentek Energy in 1985, served as CEO and led the company’s development until 2011 when he sold it to Platts, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. He holds an MS degree in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines, an MA degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a BA degree in history from Lewis & Clark College. When not running Ponderosa Advisors, Porter can be found on his ranch in Montana.

Andrew Brachman - GIS Analyst

Andrew Brachman - GIS Analyst

Andrew is a GIS Analyst with over 5 years of experience in environmental conservation and is now responsible for locating, creating and analyzing our geospatial information for Water Sage. In his free time Andrew enjoys woodworking and the outdoors.

Parker Burgess – Software Developer

Parker Burgess – Software Developer

Parker has a computer science degree and has been developing code for the past 8 years. What he enjoys most about his position at Ponderosa Advisors is creating new and innovative projects with the latest technology. The obligatory hobby list is woodworking, photography, and gaming but trying new hobbies is always fun … that way when you kill a garden you can try composting.

Chris Carparelli - Water Rights Specialist

Chris Carparelli - Water Rights Specialist

Chris is based in Helena and works closely with Nancy to provide water rights consulting services in Montana. Through previous roles with the Montana DNRC and the Beaverhead Conservation District, Chris has developed many great relationships with producers, landowners, conservationists and agency folks throughout the state. He holds an M.S. in Natural Resources Science from the University of Nebraska and a B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Creighton University. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring the mountains with his fiancé and his dog, fishing and snowboarding in out-of-the-way places, rooting for Denver and Nebraska sports teams, and spending time on his family’s farm in North Dakota. 

Colleen Coyle- Director, Water Services

Colleen Coyle- Director, Water Services

Colleen Coyle is an attorney with over 20 years of experience in Western water law. Proud to be part of the Water Sage team since its early days, she contributes subject matter and consulting expertise, in addition to a thriving law practice. Prior to joining Ponderosa, she served as Senior Water Master with the Montana Water Court. She lives in Bozeman, Montana with two active kids, and can be found ringing the cowbell at ski races through the winter.

Aaron Edwards - Software Developer

Aaron Edwards - Software Developer

Aaron is Senior Software Developer for Ponderosa’s Water Sage project. He has over 15 years experience developing enterprise-level solutions for Natural Resources Management, Insurance, mapping and other applications. Mr. Edwards specializes in developing Windows and web-based programs on a variety of platforms and technologies.

​When he is not writing software, Aaron enjoys cooking French food, playing music and living in a Colorado mountain town.

Samantha Fox - DATABASE DEVELOPER

Samantha Fox - DATABASE DEVELOPER

Sam is a business intelligence developer with a background in energy markets. She develops the databases for Water Sage, combining primary analysis of each state’s water right data with research into their legal and regulatory administration. When not wrangling water data, she can be found doing yoga, enjoying music, or trying to sneak really healthy food into family dinners. 

Michael Gates - Water Sage Technical Architect

Michael Gates - Water Sage Technical Architect

Mike has worked in the world of software development and data analysis for the last eighteen years. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer coding, he spends his spare time hiking and climbing in the mountains outside of Boulder with his black lab Roslin.

Angie Molter - VP, Sales

Angie Molter - VP, Sales

Angie comes to Water Sage with 15 years of SaaS software sales experience leading both direct sales and technical sales teams.  Prior to joining Water Sage, Angie served as the Global Vice President of Business Development and Product Strategy for EcoSys, an Intergraph company, where she was responsible for all global pre-sales, sales pipeline management, and sales enablement.  As a second generation Colorado native, Angie frequently leaves the state to travel, having been to more than 25 countries throughout the world.

Kyle Morrison - Sales Development Representative

Kyle Morrison - Sales Development Representative

Kyle comes to Water Sage with 3 years of client success and account management experience in tech start ups. An inspirer and activator, he is excited to serve current and prospective clients in their interactions with the Water Sage product. When not at Water Sage, Kyle enjoys reading, snowboarding, cooking/exercising with his wife Amy and being way too into baseball.

Lindsey Sherry – Office Manager

Lindsey Sherry – Office Manager

Lindsey joined Ponderosa Advisors in February of 2013. With a background in elementary education, she helps keep the office organized and enjoys supporting the team on a variety of projects. Outside of the office, Lindsey loves exploring the beauty of Colorado and cheering for the Michigan State Spartans with her husband and young daughter.

Jamie Stone – Software Developer

Jamie Stone – Software Developer

Jamie has over five years of software development experience, with a focus on data collection and management. He loves being able to aggregate a multitude of data sources into a useable, transparent data warehouse. When not in the office, he can be found enjoying the Colorado snow or at home building his own applications.

Spencer Williams – Business Development Manager

Spencer Williams – Business Development Manager

Spencer oversees market development and sales for Water Sage and related custom data and technology offerings. Prior to working with Water Sage, Spencer practiced water rights law in Colorado. He continues to provide consulting services as a transaction, markets, and investment advisor in the water rights space under Water Sage’s parent company, Ponderosa Advisors. Outside of work, Spencer spends most of his time with his wife and three children, when possible, on or near a river.

Nancy Zalutsky - Water Rights Specialist and Certified Paralegal

Nancy Zalutsky - Water Rights Specialist and Certified Paralegal

Nancy has over 20 years’ experience in Montana water rights.She feels lucky to work with great clients to help them understand, use and protect their water rights and visit beautiful properties as part of her job. Nancy spends time outdoors and is an avid downhill skier, hiker and kayaker.

Mark Ziman - Water Resource Analyst

Mark Ziman - Water Resource Analyst

Mark leverages data analysis skills with subject expertise to design Water Sage to serve user needs. He holds a Masters in Water Resource Management from Duke University, with certificates in Geographic Information Systems and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. When not working, he’s likely in the back country summiting peaks, watching birds, climbing rocks, and fishing streams.

INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR TEAM?

We are incredibly proud of the talented, energetic team behind Water Sage. We are always on the lookout for the right individuals with talent, drive, intellectual curiosity, and energy, both for potential full-time positions and internships. If you are interested in learning about opportunities to join us, view our current openings here and send your resume/cover letter to careers@ponderosa-advisors.com