Bruce Kania founded Floating Island International after successfully trialing and patenting a new generation of floating island, one that mimics natural floating islands to deliver the water quality and habitat benefits of a wetland. In 2005, Bruce opened a modest BioHaven® production facility in Shepherd, Montana, and within two years 1,600 islands had been launched around the world. Market acceptance, backed by an impressive patent portfolio, enabled FII to license the technology to qualified partners.
Licensed manufacturers are now constructing and marketing BioHaven products throughout the world, supported by FII’s own direct and distributor sales, with more than 8,000 BioHavens now launched to date. To keep meeting the urgent need for effective, green infrastructure and to develop a stewardship model that recovers the nutrients in wastewater for a return on investment, FII maintains a strong research and development focus.
It’s being able to figure out how to live more gracefully within our sphere of influence.”
–Bruce Kania, CEO and President
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bruce has focused his professional career on product invention, intellectual property development and licensing since 1992. His life-long fascination with the interrelation of natural and human systems, combined with his passion for the outdoors, led him to first conceive the idea for what eventually became the technology behind BioHaven® floating treatment wetlands.
Today, Bruce is FII’s CEO, President and Research Director, responsible for product development, and is the Chairman of the FII Board, as well as being the principal owner of Fountainhead, LLC, FII’s parent company. As well as running the company, he remains actively involved in licensing, demonstration projects and promotion of BioHavens throughout the world.
“FII is an advocate for the creatures on this planet who have no voice, and no choice but to accept human impact on their world.”
–Anne Kania, Executive Vice-President
A first-class honors graduate in English from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Anne has lived in England, New Zealand and now Montana, where she has enjoyed a varied career as a project manager, computer programmer and professional singer. Anne has worked with FII for the last 11 years in a wide-ranging capacity that includes project management, sales support and company administration.
“Water is critical to life on this planet. By transitioning water back to health naturally, we ensure that our communities will thrive for generations to come.”
– Alicia Pettys, Sales Manager
A summa cum laude graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, Alicia pairs her passion for environmental sustainability and business in her role at FII managing client accounts. She is the newest member of the team, joining in January 2018. Her previous experience includes organizing grassroots support for clean energy policies in Montana.
“The work we do is environmentally valuable.”
–Frank Stewart, PE / FII Consulting Engineer
For nearly a decade, Frank has been contributing his considerable expertise in remediation of groundwater and surface water contamination to the Floating Island International team. His frequent contributions include patent writing as well as providing valuable research, design, product development and technical consultation. Frank has earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Civil Engineering, and is a principal of Stewart Engineering, located in Bozeman, Mont.
“I value the opportunity to provide natural cost-effective solutions for water treatment.”
–Mark Reinsel, PhD, PE, Consultant
Dr. Reinsel, an expert in the analysis of treatment alternatives for industrial wastewater, groundwater, storm water and drinking water, joined Floating Island International in 2010. He received his doctorate in chemical engineering from the Center for Biofilm Engineering in Bozeman, Mont., is a former professor in chemical and environmental engineering, and has provided technical consulting in water treatment and quality in projects from Alaska to Peru. In addition to his work with FII, he is president of Apex Engineering in Missoula, Mont.
Our Licensees and Partners
Floating Island International’s products are manufactured and sold through an exclusive network of licensed manufacturers (Licensees) who work within a collaborative network to bring BioHaven technology to their region.
FII gratefully acknowledges all the countless researchers, scientists, pioneers, licensees, Island Masters supporters and (not least) funding agencies who “got” what we were doing gave us a helping hand. A special shout-out to:
- Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology
- California Department of Resources and Recycling
- Montana Department of Environmental Quality
- Montana State University Center for Biofilm Engineering
- New Zealand Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)