Director of Operations
Rebecca Higgerson joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as the company's Service and Inventory Manager and was quickly promoted to Director of Operations. In this role she is responsible for managing and overseeing our field service operations, as well as our vendor relations, purchasing, and procurement activities.
Becky brings with her 25 years of finance, purchasing and leadership experience. Becky is a graduate of Old Dominion University and holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. Becky’s early career consisted of finance-related positions before becoming the Controller for a game company in Norfolk for ten years where she managed the finances and operations for the company. For the eight years prior to coming to SOLitude, she was the Director of Purchasing for a large national company headquartered in Virginia Beach that provides tactical equipment, services, procurement, and support solutions to the local, state and federal government. While there, Becky built and managed a purchasing team of 18 people and managed $1.3 billion in purchases a year. She was responsible for vendor contract negotiations, and implemented a Supplier On Time Delivery program for several hundred preferred suppliers that made a huge impact on improving the overall operations of the company.
Becky is a native of southeastern Virginia. She and her husband live in Chesapeake with their Norfolk terrier, Rugby. When she is not spending time with one of her 14 nieces and nephews, Becky enjoys being outdoors running, walking, biking, stand up paddle boarding, and boating.
Operations and Procurement Manager
Rob Wheaton is an operations and procurement manager for SOLitude Lake Management’s New England region. Rob is responsible for overseeing the company’s daily business to ensure that service agreements are properly executed. He also handles the acquisition of company vehicles and equipment. Additionally, Rob currently holds pesticide licenses in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont with supervisory-level licenses in both Connecticut and New Hampshire. He can also be found on an airboat assisting on larger application projects throughout the New England states.
Rob received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Nichols College in Dudley, MA. He entered the aquatics industry as a field assistant in 2005 with Lycott Environmental, graduating through multiples roles throughout all aspects of the company, and in 2009 was promoted to technical applications manager where he oversaw the chemical applications division. Rob has an ability to design and build equipment based on the specific wants and needs of the application staff and has been nicknamed “MacGyver.” He designed and supervised the construction of Lycott Environmental’s first Hydro-rake in 2007.
Rob enjoys spending his time away from work boating at his family camp on Big Alum Lake, playing golf and traveling to Aruba. He lives in Sturbridge, MA, with his wife Noreen and his canine shadow, Gator.
Operations and Facilities Manager
Brandon Peoples is an operations manager for Solitude’s Northeast Region. Brandon is responsible for implementing efficient, cost effective operations and manages the company’s daily business to ensure that service agreements are executed properly. He also reviews financial, sales and operations reports with senior management to make appropriate recommendations for capital equipment expenditures. Additionally, Brandon negotiates the acquisition of trucks, boats and equipment and helps to maintain a safe working environment by scheduling all equipment and vehicle maintenance.
Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Environmental Compliance and Sustainability from the University of Southern New Hampshire.
He began his lake management career in 2005 as a seasonal field technician. Since his start in lake management, he has functioned in a variety of roles such as field technician, mechanic, equipment operator, mechanical project manager and business development manager. He has worked on restoration and lake management projects throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.
Brandon is a native of Massachusetts. When he’s not working, Brandon enjoys offshore fishing, strength training, competitive powerlifting, snowboarding, traveling and hiking with his dog Roman.
Trina Duncan joined the SOLitude Lake Management team as the company's business manager, working in the overall administration of the business and overseeing the firm's day-to-day financial transactions, accounting and other important internal business projects. Trina brings more than 20 years of high-level experience in bookkeeping and office management to the SOLitude Lake Management staff. She holds an associate degree in computer science from Tidewater Community College and possesses much related work experience and a never-ending desire to learn. These qualities, in addition to her organizational skills, attention to detail and strong work ethic make her a perfect fit for our growing company.
Trina is a native to South Hampton Roads. She and her husband make their home in Virginia Beach with their two adopted German Shepherds, Max and Anya. When she's not crunching numbers, she enjoys volunteering for the Virginia Beach SPCA, Jazzercise, running, cycling, scuba diving and just hanging out with family and friends.
Nancy McGann is the business manager for SOLitude Lake Management’s New England office. She is responsible for overseeing accounting and financial transactions as well as other important internal company projects.
Nancy’s tenure in the aquatics industry began in 2005 as the executive secretary to Lee Lyman at Lycott Environmental. Before starting with Lycott, Nancy held positions in personal banking and in municipal planning. Nancy has carried her meticulous organizational skills and acute attention to detail throughout her career which allows her to succeed in any task or challenge that is presented to her. She has assisted with multiple office relocations along with the consolidation of operations as a result of multiple mergers.
When not solving the problems in the office world, Nancy and her husband Brian can be found caring for their rescue horses Sweetie and Boston.
Business Support Specialist
Griffin Lang joined SOLitude Lake Management as a business support specialist. Griffin works out of SOLitude’s Virginia Beach office and assists with daily business operations. His responsibilities include processing service contracts and providing additional support and aid as needed.
Griffin is from Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, in 2016, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He has worked at least part-time since the age of 16, building a strong work ethic and a desire to learn and help others. Before joining SOLitude, Griffin interned at BusinessForward, a process-improvement management consulting firm in Pittsburgh, PA. Griffin quickly gained the trust and confidence of his coworkers and assisted with the creation of the company’s first ever e-newsletter. He also helped to redesign their document retention process, implement talent acquisition software, and perform social media analytics.
At James Madison, Griffin was a four-year member of the club ultimate frisbee team, the JMU Flying Hellfish. He was a captain his senior year, and helped lead the team to a program best finish of 23rd in the nation. Griffin continues his love of the sport by playing on the weekends for a club team in Richmond, VA, as well as pickup games on the beach. When he is not on the ultimate field, Griffin can be found hiking, cooking or seeing live music. He loves the outdoors and is always looking for new adventures to go on with friends.
Business Support Analyst
Amy Draudt is a business support analyst for SOLitude Lake Management and is based out of the company’s Virginia Beach, VA, office. Amy is a highly organized and technically skilled business professional with a versatile administrative support skill set. At SOLitude, she is responsible for providing office support in the day-to-day operations of the business, including processing service contracts and orders, licensing, and invoicing.
Amy attended Kingsborough Community College in New York City, and worked in Manhattan and New Jersey before relocating to Virginia Beach in 1999. She brings many years of experience working as an office manager, with hands-on experience in all areas of accounting and payroll. In her previous role, Amy was recognized for identifying cost saving initiatives, enhancing and streamlining procedures, and motivating complacent vendors.
When she is not working, Amy loves spending time with her daughter Melissa as well as other family members and friends. She enjoys going to movies, listening to music, watching football (especially when the New York Giants or Virginia Tech Hokies are playing), and spoiling her cat Ebby.
Service and Contract Administrator
Allison Tabisz is a services and contracts administrator focused on processing service agreements and supporting SOLitude’s Operations and Administrative teams. Allison has more than a decade of business and management experience, and has utilized her administrative expertise in a variety fields ranging from catering and events to healthcare. She holds a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Technical Management from DeVry University.
Allison is originally from Cincinnati, OH, but she has lived all over the country. She relocated to Virginia Beach from Sneads Ferry, NC, with her husband, Paul, step-daughters, Addison and Kaydence, and their three dogs, Remus, Sophie and Ike. When not at work, Allison can be found reading a good book, going to the movie theater, working on projects around the house or planning their next crazy adventure.
Service and Contract Administrator
Gigie Button is a services and contracts administrator with more than 30 years of experience in multi-million-dollar proposal negations, procurement system implementation and business process engineering. She has an extensive background with federal, state and local government and commercial contracts administration, and supports SOLitude’s sales and leadership teams with her operations and administrative expertise.
Before joining SOLitude, Gigie served as the Virginia Association of Governmental Purchasing’s IT Procurement Instructor for Commonwealth of Virginia municipalities, state agencies and educational institutions. As the functional lead to the city’s technical staff, she negotiated and implemented multi-million-dollar e-Commerce agreements, including a contract with a large technology corporation that helped contribute to a six-figure cost savings for the city. There, Gigie received the City Manager’s Award, illuminating her role as the City of Chesapeake’s procurement lead for the City’s PeopleSoft Enterprise Resource Planning system.
Additionally, Gigie is a published author for Government Procurement Magazine, for which she chronicled the implementation of e-procurement systems and distinguished the City of Chesapeake as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s first municipality to adopt e-procurement for industrial, technology and office supply procurement.
Gigie is a native of the Philippines and lives in Chesapeake with her husband, Jim Retzke. Jim & Gigie are committed Veterans Advocates. Jim is the President of Fallen Soldiers March (FSM), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gifts $30K Service Dogs to US Veterans. They hope to open a ranch to help veterans and their families cope with the consequences of war. Alongside her husband, Gigie serves as the Director of Advocacy, a brand-new chapter of FSM here in Hampton Roads. In her spare time, Gigie enjoys weight training, organic gardening, jewelry design, acrylic/water color painting and hiking on the beach.
Chief People Person
Sharon brings over a dozen years of business and executive administration experience, and currently assists Kevin Tucker, SOLitude’s President, with human resources, financial and legal/compliance administration, staff training and internal meetings. Most recently, her administrative experience comes from working directly for chief officers at a Fortune 500 company. She takes pride in her natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning which allows her to quickly catch on to new concepts.
Sharon has been successful using these traits to find efficiencies and create process improvements. Her adeptness with on the job training makes her a great addition to the SOLitude family.
Brianna Scicluna is an executive assistant, helping SOLitude’s CEO, Kevin Tucker with internal meetings, reports, financial data, and customer relations. She is an extremely organized individual, and considers herself a specialist in operations management—often implementing elevated standards in order to increase efficiency. Previously, Brianna directed operations for a real estate brokerage firm and played a critical role in managing their growth and acquisitions.
Brianna received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Originally from Chicago, IL, Brianna relocated to her new home in Virginia Beach in 2014. She is an athlete and has participated in rugby, fencing, soccer, volleyball, and co-ed football. She is also a diehard Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Bears fan, and has the accent to prove it. Brianna much prefers the beach over the cold winters in Chicago and also enjoys spending time with her wonderful family and her dogs, Jordan and Amelia.
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