About Us

ZennValve’s mission is to create and produce water sense technology in the US. With over 75+ combined years of engineering, manufacturing and retail experience, the team at ZennValve is leading the charge on consumption reduction and water savings technology for the residential and commercial markets with their sister company, Zennergy LLC.

The team at ZennValve discovered water meters are only accurate for a short period of time after they’re installed, due to over pressurization, water surges, and turbulence in the incoming flow. After working with the founders of the valve technology and their Michigan manufacturing facility, the team was able to create the residential Zennvalve technology and imbed it in a meter coupler to ensure an easy install.

Meet the Team

Steve Tarte, Chairman

Bringing 35 years of executive experience in retail, manufacturing and professional services industries, Steve Tarte has served as a Senior Vice President for a publicly traded international supplier of real-time hydrologic data monitoring equipment and engineering services to more than 40 countries globally. The last 11 years have been primarily focused on Cribb Philbeck Weaver Group, a professional engineering firm he co-founded. He is also a co-founder and the CEO of Hydronomics, LLC. Steve has been married for 29 years to his high school sweetheart and has 5 children. He is a supporter of several charities serving children and disadvantaged people around the world.

John Venzon, Chief Executive Officer

John brings a unique blend of leadership skills honed in Fortune 50 companies and sharpened in numerous entrepreneurial experiences. After graduating as an engineer from Carnegie Mellon University, John ascended to the executive ranks at IBM before building and selling and Internet Company. He then led innovation and customer service improvements at Bank of America before joining a financial services company. His companies developed real estate, exported capital equipment, and provided strategic consulting services for a variety of industries. John has been married for 32 years to his college sweetheart and they have 2 children.

Ronny Hayes, Board Member/ Principal Partner

Ronny has 37 years of executive retail experience, 25 of those years with Walmart US Stores in positions such as Regional VP of Walmart Stores and Director of Walmart Store Operations, where he lead multi-billion dollar sales/operations teams throughout the U.S. During this time, worked closely with National and State Food Banks, eventually serving on their board. After retiring from Walmart, Ronny now acts as one of the founding members of Hydronomics LLC, playing a key role in development and retail strategies. Ronny has been happily married for 32 years and has raised two successful sons.

Jeff Tarte, Board Member

Senator Jeff Tarte represents the 41st District in the North Carolina Senate. A resident of Cornelius, Senator Tarte was elected to three terms as Mayor of Cornelius before being elected to the Senate in 2012. A former partner at Ernst and Young, Senator Tarte has started several small businesses. He was a co-founder and currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Applied Revenue Analytics, an international healthcare IT consulting firm. He is a co-founder of Hydronomics, a water valve company. He and his wife, Dr. Nancy Tarte, attend Davidson United Methodist Church and have three grown children