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Hayes is a water and energy entrepreneur, building global businesses that tackle complex resource and population challenges. He is Co-Founder and CTO of Wellntel, a water technology business developing simple products to help homeowners and farmers care for their groundwater and achieve water sustainability. He also founded FiveTwelve Group, a leading global research/strategy consultancy known for its collaborative innovation methods used by F250 clients.
He spends his free time working to improve neighborhoods, schools and communities as a director or past director at Center for Resilient Cities, Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and YMCA Camping Services.
He is an award-winning Author who wrote Saving Sailing (Crickhollow Books) an IP 2010 Silver Medalist, and a ForeWord 2009 Book-of-the-Year Finalist, which explores the value of inter-generational outdoor experiences in the development of the aware global citizen. Since its publication, he has spoken to hundreds of community and outdoor groups to emphasize the importance of immersive, hands-on, role-model led education. He writes the “On the Wind” column for Sailing Magazine.