Meet The Players

Wendell Sawyer
Wendell SawyerPresident

Wendell founded Active Treatment Systems, Inc. as Clear Water Compliance Services of California, Inc. in October 2005 and is responsible for day to day operation of the business. He has over 30 years in general business management and project engineering and in his career has demonstrated success in start-ups and small business operations.

He led the introduction of the company’s water remediation services into the California market and has established relationships with supporting vendors, consulting engineers, contractors, builders and regulatory officials. He is also involved with new business development, system design, automation and data acquisition. Wendell has pioneered the use of Internet based SCADA control and water quality monitoring on ATS systems. He believes in creating true customer advocates and works hard to assure that ATS deliver’s what was promised and promptly fixes what goes wrong.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Dan Palmer
Dan PalmerOperations Manager

Dan joined ATS as Operations Manager in January of 2015. He is an experienced General Manager with over 15 years in the management of construction related disciplines and stand-alone business unit functions. Prior to joining ATS, Dan spent over ten years in landscape construction and maintenance and lake management including water quality monitoring. He had direct responsibility for client relations, contract negotiation, estimating for field operations, project management, equipment acquisition and maintenance.

He is active in industry associations and holds certificates in related disciplines. He schedules and directs the companies’ Certified ATS Operators on many varied dewatering projects using tried and true and leading edge technologies.

Dan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from UC Davis.

Vern Slater
Vern SlaterLab Manager

Vernon joined the company as a Water Treatment Technician in October 2007. He has over eleven years of laboratory experience, ten years of maintenance experience and four years of drinking water treatment experience. He holds a Water Treatment Operation Specialist Certification issued by CSU Sacramento. His other qualifications include a California Department of Health Grade T2 Water Treatment Operator license, CESF Treatment System operations training, Worker Occupational Safety and Health Specialist training, and API Work Safe training.

Vern is the company Project Scientist and Training Coordinator. He is responsible for Lab Operations and shop related functions of inventory control and equipment tracking and maintenance.

Vernon has been involved with treatment system design, implementation and operations since 2007 and is a Certified ATS Operator and Trainer since 2007. He is also a CPESC, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, and a QSD/QSP.

He holds an Associate of Science Degree in Chemistry from Sierra College.