Who We Are
We’re reinventing ways the world can heat and use water and other liquids. Through our patented, licensable technologies, like Ohmic Array Technology, water and other liquids are heated quickly, at higher volumes, and in the most efficient ways possible. Heated water tastes better. Temperature control is precise. Energy loss and equipment downtime is minimized. Our products improve the comfort of our homes, the quality of our lives and preserve our Earth’s precious resources: water and energy.
Some companies are happy to stand still. To keep things the same, just because. They think, if it ain't broke, why fix it. We never settle. We don't believe in waiting or wasting.
Our Key Milestones
2006-2014 – 50+ Patents and Global IP
2014 – Selected as a Microsoft Accelerator participant
2014 – Kickstarter campaign for MODEL 1 raises $435,000 in pledges and pre-orders; reached initial funding goal of $125,000 in under a week.
2014 – TechCrunch Disrupt NYC Runner-up
2015 – Shipping product since Q1 2015 (Heatworks' MODEL 1, MODEL 1X)
2015 – Retail distribution & 1,700 Lowe's
2015 – $1.1M Revenue
2016 – “Works with Nest” Partner
2016 – Closes $5M Series A
2017 – Moves headquarters from Charleston to Mount Pleasant, SC
2017 – Kickstarter campaign for MODEL 3 Water Heater is successfully funded in pledges and pre-orders.
2017 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is selected as a CES 2018 Innovation Product Honoree in the Home Appliance Category
2018 – Tetra countertop dishwasher debuts at CES and is selected as an Editor's Choice Award product
2018 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is chosen for a 2018 Red Dot Product Design award
2018 – Tetra Countertop Dishwasher is selected as a CES 2019 Best of Innovation Honoree in the Home Appliance Category
2018 – Heatworks' patented Ohmic Array Technology is given the 2018 South Carolina InnoVision Technology Development Award
2018 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is chosen as a TIME Magazine’s 2018 Best Invention
2018 – MODEL 3 Water Heater is selected as a CES 2019 Climate Change Innovator Award
2019 – Heatworks wins the SC Launch Impact Award for 2019
2019 – DUO Carafe is selected as a CES 2020 Innovation Product Honoree in the Home Appliance Category
2020 – Heatworks is given the 2019 Charleston County Industry Impact Award in the Small Business Size category
2020 – Heatworks partners with BASF to support the development of the Tetra Countertop Dishwasher
2021 – Heatworks is one of only 11 companies just selected in North America to participate in the Google for Startups Accelerator: Climate Change program.
Meet Our Team
John Michael Burton | Lead Engineer / Engineer Manager
John Michael is a Charleston local, born and bred. He grew up on Isle of Palms and Sullivan's Island before heading up north to Durham, NC, to get his engineering degree from Duke University. John Michael worked on heavy equipment and automated machinery before jumping into the startup world and falling in love with the fast-paced design. He put in a few years as a product-design consultant before joining Heatworks in 2019. John Michael and his wife live on the peninsula and spend their off-time traveling, being on the water, and reading good books.
Jack Callahan | Product Manager
Jack has been with Heatworks since 2014; first working on the production and operations side before moving to a business development role. In his current role, Jack is responsible for the strategy, roadmap, and feature definition for the MODEL 3. He also provides information to customers by way of technical sizing and support. Local to Charleston, Jack grew up on Sullivan’s Island, terrorizing local police with his dirt bike. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics, marketing and management at the University of South Carolina. Jack lives on the peninsula of downtown Charleston and spends his free time playing golf, guitar, cooking, and enjoying his time on the water.
An inventor at heart, Jerry founded Heatworks the day he realized the water heater he needed didn’t exist. Rather than buy an inferior product, he decided to find a better way to heat water. That has been his focus for the last 12 years. Now with over 50 combined patents, Jerry leads a team of heating, technology and plumbing veterans to continue to build Heatworks' family of products. Jerry grew up on Cape Cod, MA, and studied naval architecture at MIT and the Stevens Institute of Technology. After attaining his MBA from University of Chicago, Jerry co-founded Blue Rhino, the world’s leading propane cylinder exchange company.
Greg Lyon | Engineering Consultant
Born with a keen interest in figuring out how things work, Greg grew up in New York tinkering with go karts, explosives, trumpets and sailboats. It's no wonder he holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University. 40 years later, his name is on 29 patents, having spent most of his career involved in research and development for companies like GE, Leviton, Thomson Industries and American Standards Testing Bureau. In 2000, he founded a consulting firm dedicated to the development and deployment of disruptive technologies. He met Jerry in 2006 through a mutual friend and has been involved in the Heatworks technology and products since. Greg’s pastimes include music and water sports.
Anna Taylor | Customer Support
Anna has been with Heatworks since 2017. She hails from Alexandria, VA, and made her way south via Winthrop University, where she received her bachelor's degree in psychology. A born problem solver, she has over 10 years of customer service and training under her belt. She lives with her husband and their little zoo in Summerville.
Melissa Verzwyvelt | Director of Marketing
A Louisiana native and self-professed multi-tasking queen, Melissa has been in the marketing and PR industry for 20 years. She has worked at ad agencies in three states, handled public relations for a city and launched successful campaigns for local start-ups as well as global brands like Sherwin-Williams and Cessna Aircraft. She grew up in South Louisiana, enjoys watching videos of cute kids and puppies, can wiggle her second toe without moving the others and was her class valedictorian. When not watching football on the weekend, Melissa enjoys spending time with her two kids and dog.
Mike Wieckowski | R&D Consultant
Mike was born in Buffalo, NY, and tinkered with electronics and computers since he was a little kid. He received his doctorate from the University of Rochester in 2007 and then spent three years as a post-doc at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Mike came to Charleston to run a research lab developing underground radar systems and work on a few startups. That all changed when Mike bumped into Heatworks' CEO Jerry at a TechCrunch event. The rest is history!
Jared Zeringue | Mechanical Engineer
Born in New Orleans and raised in Memphis, Jared has spent his life in the south surrounded by great food, friends and family. He received his degrees in mechanical engineering and business administration from the University of Memphis, and started his professional career in the oil and gas sector in Houston. In 2015, he moved to South Carolina, calling James Island home, where he worked for an international automotive manufacturer, before starting with Heatworks. In his spare time, Jared and his wife enjoy snowboarding trips out west, cooking Louisiana cuisine, and relaxing on the beach.