Mark Shaw

CEO , UltraTech International, Inc.
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States

About Mark

Bio


MARK D. SHAW
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Education:
Denison University, BA Economics 1980

Summary of Qualifications:
Thirty years of experience in the designing, developing, sales and marketing of environmental products in the fields of spill containment, spill response, stormwater management, construction compliance, facility protection,bio-remediation (microbes), oil spill, radioactive waste management and nanotechnologies.
Founded and operated four businesses servicing the environmental, industrial and safety market.
Inventor or co-inventor of over sixty patents.
Developed over 500 new products.
Numerous new product of the year awards, three times named one of the fastest growing companies in NE Florida and Best Place to Work in NE Florida 2010.
Founder and Principal in UltraTech International Inc. and Interpak, Inc.
Credited with starting the Spill Containment Industry in the early 1980s.
Extensive international business experience covering thirty countries.
Numerous published articles, speeches and papers.
TED Speaker, Long Beach 2013
Experience:
1/93 to present ULTRATECH INTERNATIONAL, INC., Jacksonville, Florida
Founder and Co-President

1/93 to present INTERPAK, INC., Mentor, Ohio
Founder and CEO

4/88 to 12/92 ENPAC CORPORATION, Jacksonville, Florida
Founder and COO

1/83 to 3/88 BONDICO, INC., Jacksonville, Florida
Founder and President

After graduating from college in 1980, Mark viewed a news broadcast on a toxic waste clean-up called Love Canal. The TV footage showed leaking steel drums of toxic waste being lowered into larger steel drums, called Salvage Drums. It was then Mark was inspired to save the world from toxic waste and build a drum that would never leak. At the age of 23, with only an economics major as his experience and working out of a rented storage locker, he developed his first patent, an overpack container with resistance wiring built into the lid that would automatically heat weld the lid to the container with the push of a button. He dubbed it Macroencapsulation and today, Macroencapsulation is not only an EPA approved treatment for hazardous waste but is also used extensively at DOE National Labs for shipping and treating mixed radioactive waste that is both chemically and radioactively hazardous. Many of his inventions and products have become the market standard worldwide. Mark and his companies have also been credited with being pioneers in the spill containment and storm water management industry and is now implementing the vision of bringing advanced and innovative technologies to industry on a global basis through its 2,000 distributors covering 140 countries.

Interestingly, it took industry over 25 years before they adopted and began to extensively use the Macroencapsulation technology. During that time, Mark never gave up on what he thought was the right product for the industry. He dutifully showed it year after year at trade shows. Finally, after twenty five years of patience and effort, the US Department of Energy (DOE) adopted the product for use and it has become a preferred means for disposing of radioactive and chemically hazardous waste. Along the way, Mark co-founded a number of successful companies and created over 500 new and innovative products. Most of these products are designed to save the environment from toxic and hazardous pollution a passion Mark has kept throughout the years.

TED Conferences

TED2014, TED2013

Areas of Expertise

Business, Invention & Innovation, Environmental - Strategy, futuring, innovation,, enterpeneur, Business Development & Strategic Marketing , International Business

An idea worth spreading

Think Small - Nanotecnology is a tiny revolution that will yield big results, advancements and breakthroughs.

I'm passionate about

Inventing and creating new products, technologies, companies and markets. Solving environmental issues and challenges from oil spills to toxic waste spills to radioactive waste disposal.

Universities

Denison University

Talk to me about

New products and ideas that can change the way we approach environmental issues.

My TED story

I was asked to give a TED talk two weeks before the talk and had only two days to rehearse. The ending turned out to be an iconic TED moment. See the Ted Talk at: http://spillcontainment.com/everdry

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Mark Shaw
Posted about 1 year ago
Mark Shaw: One very dry demo
The formula we have been selling had an expected outdoor life of approximately 2-8 months due to UV degradation. We are coming out with a new, updated formula that will extend the outdoor life to approximately one year outdoors and better abrasion resistance. That formula will start hipping in June, thanks.
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Mark Shaw
Posted about 1 year ago
Mark Shaw: One very dry demo
The formula we have been selling had an expected outdoor life of approximately 2-8 months due to UV degradation. We are coming out with a new, updated formula that will extend the outdoor life to approximately one year outdoors and better abrasion resistance. That formula will start hipping in June so we hae not changed the FAQs yet. I was unware of any negative comments on Amazon. We will need to fnd out if we can respond to them or if only amazon can. We certainly want happy customers. Thanks for letting us know.
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Mark Shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Mark Shaw: One very dry demo
I will pass this by my engineers and see what they think. Very creative concept. I have though it would be interesting to develop art using coated channels on a surface and running water over it. Thanks.
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Mark Shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Mark Shaw: One very dry demo
It would work if we could get all the graffiti artists to water based paint. Unfortunately, most spray cans use oil and solvent based paint and that is a problem for the Ultra-Ever Dry and it will not work. We continue to work on new formulas, so stay tuned.
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Mark Shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Mark Shaw: One very dry demo
I have seen the video and it is quite a compelling visual. I always appeciate new and innovative ideas and that product falls into that category. It would be limited to shallow water spills, I would think.
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Mark Shaw
Posted over 1 year ago
Mark Shaw: One very dry demo
Thanks for the question. We have not tried it in pipes. But there is a concern it would not last more than a few months as the coating needs to get a "breath of fresh air" to make sure the surface remains coated with air. After a number of months submerged, the air tends to absorb into the water removing the barrier that helps provide the superhydophobic feature.