Our Story

 

 

Henry Pino | Founder 

Henry Pino has been in the chemicals industry since 1993, when he created a company to help hotels, hospitals and restaurants reduce their stockpile of chemical drums by refilling them with his fleet of tanker trucks. In 2003, Mr. Pino sold that company to dedicate more time to his high-rise development company, but always understood that his original concept could work at the consumer level. Environmental Solutions Group was founded to achieve a real and positive impact on the environment – reducing plastic waste on a massive scale by providing the same refilling capabilities to anyone with the Ecopod system, as well as other eco-conscious innovations.

 

Gabriela Pino  |  Co-Founder

Ever since learning about ocean pollution at a young age Gabriela has made it her personal mission to create greener solutions on a global scale. As an undergraduate student at NYU’s School of Professional Studies Gabriela focused her coursework on current Environmental issues and potential solutions. The Zero Waste concept resonated with Gabriela and she found ways of incorporating this lifestyle.  One day, while participating in a beach cleanup along the shorelines of NYC, the debris along the coastline were seemingly endless. Gabriela witnessed the devastating effects of Microplastic pollution firsthand and realized that she needed to do more to help. The idea for Ecopod Kiosks was born. A centralized refilling system for household cleaning items that could prevent millions of pounds of plastic waste from entering our landfills and bodies of water. Gabriela is committed to creating a better world through offsetting our environmental footprints and being an innovator in sustainable urban development.

 

Matt Gawne | President

Matt Gawne is a senior-level executive with more than 36 years of experience in sales management, international sales and marketing, including national account relationships, export sales, distributor selection and management, category sales development, project management, and new initiative development for packaged goods and prescription brands. Prior to Ecopod, Matt held a variety of senior management positions with the Procter and Gamble Company, most recently as the Sales Leader for US Exports. At P&G, built a very successful career over more than three decades developing teams, business plans, launching new products and sales strategies to drive sales and build brand loyalty at both the national and global level. Matt is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.