Who Is HYDR8?

We are proud to be a family-owned and operated beverage company that has been certified by the Small Business Administration as an Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB).

My father, ret. Naval Captain Mark T. McNally, retired after having been the Commanding Officer of the Dwight D. Eisenhower. He spent over 28 years in the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator, and as his daughter, I am immensely grateful that he returned home from every combat mission, training exercise, and deployment.

The photo above of our family is circa 1977 at a 'fly-in', the name for when a military squadron returns home after a deployment. This particular separation was approximately 10.5 months long.

Despite deployments being really hard on our family, I am cognizant of how fortunate we are. Sadly, some give all during their military career, and my parents lost many friends in service to our great nation. I recognize the sacrifice military families make during their service, and often long after, and wanted to do something to honor our nation's heroes.

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Considering 94% of Americans drink bottled water, and 73% of Americans take into account a company's charitable giving when making a purchase, it made sense to take our experience and network in the beverage industry and create a premium, patriotic brand that gives back to our country's heroes.

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Once we got the green light from the Gary Sinise Foundation, and after a great deal of research and development, HYDR8 was born! HYDR8 represents my family's patriotism and love of country and was created to give back in a significant way to those who have served our country.

Working alongside Ret. Naval Captain Mark McNally, I am genuinely excited to see the HYDR8 brand make a positive impact. By choosing HYDR8, consumers will be helping to support our country's Veterans, too! 🇺🇸

With the help of our distribution partners, brokers, and supporters, we are spreading the HYDR8 word and inviting friends to join us in supporting our country's heroes. If you are interested in growing the brand, please e-mail amy@hydr8us.com.


We hope you love our water, brand, and mission as much as we do. 🇺🇸💧

If you have any comments or feedback, a fallen veteran you would like to commemorate on a label, or a military story you would like featured on our blog, please email us at info@hydr8us.com.


Mark McNally, Veteran's Advocate

 

 

Mark McNally was born to a Navy family, the third of eleven children. After graduation from the University of Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, he was commissioned on 7 July 1975 as an Ensign in the United States Navy. After completion aviation training, he was designated a Naval Aviator in November 1976.

During his early years of service, he flew the A-6 Intruder in multiple Attack Squadrons and served on the staff of Captain Medium Attack Wing ONE. During this period, he participated in four deployments onboard USS JOHN F. KENNEDY and one onboard USS AMERICA.

During his initial sea tour, he received the P.T. Smythe Junior Officer Leadership Award. In December 1983, he participated in combat actions in Lebanon. Additionally, he received the Mike Smith Memorial Award as the east coast "Intruder of the Year" in 1987. Following these early tours, he served on the Chief of Naval Operations staff.

In September 1992 he took command of an aviation squadron the "Road Runners" deployed on USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (the TR) to the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf. Under his leadership the squadron won the Commander, Naval Air Force "Battle Efficiency E" and the Chief of Naval Operations "Safety S."

Following his command tour, he served as the ship’s Navigator on the TR. During this tour, he was selected for nuclear power training. Following nuclear power training, he once again returned to the TR, serving as Executive Officer (XO). While Captain McNally was XO, the TR deployed to the Mediterranean Sea and the Arabian Gulf, winning the Golden Anchor for retention for 1997.

Captain McNally took command of the fast combat supply ship, USS DETROIT, in July 1998. While in command, DETROIT deployed to the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean theaters, participating in OPERATION DESERT FOX in the Arabian Gulf and OPERATION DELIBERATE FORGE in the Adriatic Sea. The USS Detroit was awarded a Navy Unit Citation during this time. He then took command of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, where he served until he retired from the Navy as a Captain, completing 28 years of active naval service.

After leaving the navy, he and his wife moved to Missouri, and he then worked five years as the Executive Director of the Mid-America Intermodal Port Authority and the three state Port Commission based in Quincy, Illinois. When funding from the states ran out, he was hired as the General Manager of the Clarence Cannon Wholesale Water Commission.

The Commission is a political subdivision of the state which operates a ten million gallon a day water treatment plant, and has over 300 miles of pipeline to provide water to fourteen counties in northeast Missouri. He held certification from the Department of Natural Resources for Drinking Water Treatment and Drinking Water Distribution.

He retired from that position after twelve years of service. He now is the Veteran's Advocate for Hydr8 Us, a premium drinking water company.

Mark holds a masters degree in Engineering Management. Military awards include: a Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, one with combat distinguishing device, a Navy Achievement Medal and various unit awards. He has over 950 carrier arrested landings and over 3800 A-6 flight hours.

Mark married the former Rose Hays of Monroe City, Missouri while in college. He has three children, and six grandchildren.

 

 

Amy McNally, Chief Hydration Officer & Founder

                                          

Amy McNally is the founder of Hydr8 Us, the CEO, and serves on its Board of Directors. 

Before founding Hydr8 Us, Amy was a consultant for many years for a beverage and bottling company. As a start-up, Amy wore many hats and was responsible for the sales, marketing, logistics, e-commerce, business development, production, and so much more. It was an opportunity to learn every facet of the beverage business while forging a powerful network of distributors, brokers, and category buyers. 

With her expertise, and the strong desire to give back, Amy left her consulting work to focus full-time on developing a premium brand that would support U.S. Veterans. 

After selecting the flagship product, identifying appropriate partners, and getting the green light from the Gary Sinise Foundation, the HYDR8 brand was born! 

Amy holds a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from Old Dominion University and is the proud mother of two sons and a Great Dane named Wolfie.  

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy describes how your personal information is collected, used, and shared when you visit or make a purchase from gohydr8.myshopify.com (the “Site”).

Personal information we collect
When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information”.

We collect Device Information using the following technologies:
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- “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
- “Web beacons”, “tags”, and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

Additionally when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Site, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers, email address, and phone number. We refer to this information as “Order Information”.

When we talk about “Personal Information” in this Privacy Policy, we are talking both about Device Information and Order Information.

How do we use your personal information?
We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:
- Communicate with you;
- Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
- When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.

We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).


Sharing you personal Information
We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. For example, we use Shopify to power our online store--you can read more about how Shopify uses your Personal Information here: https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site -- you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.

Behavioral advertising
As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.

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Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/.

Do not track
Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.

Your rights
If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.

Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.

Data retention
When you place an order through the Site, we will maintain your Order Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.

Changes
We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.

Minors
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Contact us
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