TOMBALL, TX – May 1, 2023 – Shape Waterblast Group, a subsidiary of Shape Technologies Group, announced today the promotion of current Vice President of Sales, Chris Ewart, to President. Shape Waterblast Group includes the industry-leading brands of Advanced Pressure Systems, Aqua-Dyne, and Riverstone Pressure Systems. In his new position, Chris will be responsible for leading the Shape Waterblast Group’s strategic direction, overseeing day-to-day operations, and driving growth.

“Chris has been an instrumental part of our team for many years, and we are confident in his ability to lead the company forward,” said Nino LaDuca, Chief Executive Officer of Shape Technologies Group. Leading the Sales teams for the Shape Waterblast Group, Chris has spent the past two years driving market development, product innovation, and relationship cultivation. During Chris’ time with Shape Waterblast Group, employee development drove the business process and the foundation and vision laid out by the previous leadership team will provide a stable base to grow from.

Chris is a Naval Veteran, whose 13 years of active-duty service concluded with a refueling overhaul on a Trident Class Nuclear Powered submarine. Chris has always migrated towards challenging and trailblazing assignments. This attitude took him on some interesting adventures during military service. Post-military, this trend continued with a steady focus on new markets, regions, and partnership development with companies such as Rosemont, MicroMotion, Endress + Hauser, and ABB. “Chris is a talented executive that has been a key leader in our growth, so I know I’m leaving the Waterblast Group is very capable hands,” said Brendan Shackelford, current President of the group.

As for Shackelford, he will be transitioning to the role of President of KMT Waterjet – another Shape Technologies Group company. We are grateful for Brendan’s many years of service to our company and wish him continued success at KMT.


About Shape Technologies Group
Shape Technologies Group, Inc. (SHAPE) is the world’s leading developer and provider of ultrahigh-pressure process solutions for advanced manufacturing and materials processing applications. SHAPE companies deliver innovative manufacturing process solutions to customers spanning 100 countries and a broad array of industries. For more information, visit


About Shape Waterblast Group
The Shape Waterblast Group is a leading provider of high-pressure pumps, systems, and accessories for a variety of industries, including oil and gas, mining, aerospace, and defense. Offering a wide range of products and custom solutions that are designed to meet the unique needs of their clients, and their team of experienced engineers and technicians provide unparalleled technical support and service. With a focus on quality, reliability, and innovation, APS is committed to delivering cutting-edge technology and exceptional value to their customers.


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Bryan Davidson
Marketing Manager
Advanced Pressure Systems