Executive Team - AQUAFOR

Matthew Talbert
Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Talbert oversees all business operations, strategies, and partnerships at Aquafor. With a philanthropic spirit and years of experience in international business, Talbert funded and built the Borelite Drill to provide permanent access to clean water in third world countries. He leads Aquafor in all new ventures with an inspiring passion and a drive to succeed.

Talbert has previously launched several highly successful global businesses. In 1987, he founded Associated Barter Services, Inc., designed to serve corporate trade needs. The firm has since been expanded to meet the needs of larger businesses, providing alternative financing for advertising media and product purchasing. To reflect its expanded international focus, the company was renamed ABS Worldwide, Inc. in 1995. In partnership with the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Talbert created a new company in 1997 designed to bring the concept of barter to the world’s most populous nation. ABS Worldwide, Inc. and the Government of the PRC jointly own International Product Exchange Company (IPEC). IPEC opened five offices in Mainland China, and the company entered into agreements for barter and purchasing opportunities representing approximately $600 million dollars (U.S.) of Chinese products. Talbert received his education at California State University Northridge, majoring in Business Management, and California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, majoring in Accounting. He has been featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, and quoted in such nationally respected publications as Nation’s Business and Entrepreneur. In addition to making appearances on radio programs and CNN, Talbert has sat on the boards of the Corporate Trade Council (CTC) and the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA).



John Kneisel
Chief Financial Officer

John Kneisel brings more than three decades of business management experience to Aquafor. In 2009 he established a consulting firm to provide quality professional financial management for small to medium entrepreneurial concerns. He has served as CFO/Controller for several companies, including a software development and professional services company that delivers high-tech solutions and services to the US Military and other agencies, middle-market manufacturing entities, and the financial liaison between owners and their accounting departments. He focuses on business process, financial and operation efficiency.

As Regional Controller for a Fortune 500, company, he provided financial support to operational management while managing the monthly and quarterly close of four business units. He created a regional accounts payable department, and coordinated the consolidation of several subsidiaries into a regional accounting center. Kneisel also served as a general business consultant to his clients, assisting in the implementation of operational controls. His experience has benefited clients from several industries, including medium to high-technology manufacturing and distribution companies, software developers, professional service providers, automotive agencies, financial institutions and finance companies.

Kneisel graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.S. in Business Administration. He was the founding President of a professional business fraternity and has served on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit.


Anthony Archuleta
Director Corporate Social Responsibility Programs

Anthony brings a unique combination of skills and experience to the Aquafor team as an entrepreneur, logistics expert, and tireless community servant. His path began nearly two decades ago, when he and his wife co-founded a medical billing business in the Plains of North Dakota. As he cut his teeth learning to navigate the complexities of US healthcare systems, Anthony began to develop a passion for the health and well-being of our people – a passion that drives him today. He later took on a management role in a larger medical billing enterprise, where he oversaw a staff of 50 employees and deepened his expertise in healthcare management.

Eventually, Anthony’s desire to serve people in a more direct and meaningful way propelled him to take on a role as the Director of Events at Revival Today. In that role, he oversaw large community outreach initiatives, working closely with local, state, and federal agencies to develop innovative programs to serve the needs of individuals and communities. In a little over three years, Tony’s efforts helped the organization reach over a hundred thousand individuals and families with meals, financial assistance, clothing and hope. During that time, he also developed an expertise in program management and logistics, and became widely regarded for his ability to move boulders and “get it done.”

Anthony attended California State University, Sacramento graduating with a degree in Business Administration.

Anthony’s interest include skiing, tennis, hiking, and surfing.



Ryan Richard
Director of Global Business Development

The product of a multi-cultural upbringing and growing up in India during childhood, Ryan has traveled to over 35 countries and brings a strategic vision, planning, and network to numerous enterprises he has started. Coming from a consulting and private equity background on the client development and relational capital side, Ryan has run several regional and global headquarters with reach into over 100 countries. As a co-founder of Telemachus Global, he looks to continue to expand his futuristic vision and expertise to touch all 7 continents. Ryan studied at the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University. Ryan is married and resides in Dallas, Texas, USA.