Northern and Central FL
Gary Ribbink is a Regional Director who leads teams in SOLitude’s Sanford, Winter Garden, and Jacksonville offices. He began managing lakes, ponds and wetlands in Florida in 1984 and has excelled in many roles throughout his tenure at SOLitude. He is passionate about resolving freshwater imbalances and wants his clients to know he is up for any aquatic management challenge--and will not rest until it has been resolved.
Gary was born-and-raised in Dayton, OH. In 1972, he enlisted in the United States Navy, during which he served as a radiation worker and nuclear power plant operator on fast attack and fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarines. Throughout this time, he gained valuable experience with water chemistry training, testing, and control. He worked his way up to become a supervisor and 2nd Class Petty Officer before being honorably discharged after six years.
From there, Gary moved to Florida where he earned his Associate of Arts degree from Seminole Community College. Before joining SOLitude, he worked in water plant operations for the City of Deerfield Beach.
Regional Sales Manager
Josh McGarry is a Regional Sales Manager who helps oversee business development efforts across SOLitude’s Sarasota and Sun City territories. He enjoys helping and educating clients, developing his team, and speaking at industry conferences. He is passionate about supporting his colleagues and being a good steward to the environment by restoring wetlands and waterways to a natural and healthy state.
Josh earned a Master Naturalist Certification from the University of Florida, and holds a Florida Green Best Management Practices certificate. He has more than 10 years of experience working with SOLitude.
Josh was born-and-raised in Aurora, NY, in the Finger Lakes region.
Business Development Consultant
Marti Veatch is a Business Development Consultant based in Central and North Florida. Marti joined SOLitude in 2018 to help support the team’s territory growth across the region and educate property owners about sustainable lake, pond and wetland management solutions.
Marti graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. Before joining SOLitude, Marti worked for a modular robotics systems manufacturer where she initiated and closed sales for Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), modular robotic systems and cameras for use in confined spaces and hazardous environments. She built relationships with key decision makers and matched customers with the right solutions for their needs while providing ongoing customer assistance and support.
Outside of work, Marti enjoys spending time with her husband and her two dogs. She enjoys camping, hiking, fishing, birding, boating, snowboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, going to concerts and festivals, and riding her Triumph Bonneville.
Business Development Consultant
Nick Viles joined the SOLitude team in January 2019 as a Business Development Consultant serving local clients in Tampa and Orlando. He focuses on cultivating lasting relationships with clients and partners throughout the region.
Previously, Nick gained extensive business development experience with Cintas Corporation, where he educated and assisted clients as an outside sales representative for three years. During this time, he developed skills in contract negotiation, sales process and prospecting. Nick joined Cintas in his hometown of Springfield, MO where he also graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Nick and his family relocated to the St. Petersburg/Tampa area in April 2018. Outside of work, Nick enjoys spending time with his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Ella. He enjoys staying physically active and being outdoors. Nick and his wife also use free time to advocate for Rett Syndrome, which is a condition their daughter suffers from.
Dan Hunt is a District Manager with more than 25 years of experience managing lakes and ponds across central Florida. Dan has extensive knowledge about the use of sustainable strategies to limit nuisance algae and aquatic weeds, including biological applications, Triploid Grass Carp and tilapia stocking, and floating fountain and submersed aeration installation. Since 2008, Dan has served as leader of SOLitude’s central Florida office and currently oversees more than 300 client relationships. Before joining the SOLitude team, Dan focused on improving waterbody aesthetics by designing decorative fountains and Koi ponds for clients in Arizona.
Outside of work, Dan likes to motorcycle, fish and hunt. He’s also an active member of the American Legion, a wartime veteran's organization.
Assistant District Manager
Errol Walsh is an Assistant District Manager serving clients in Orlando and the surrounding Florida region. Errol helps clients develop sustainable lake and pond management plans with a focus on preserving native plant and animal species. Errol is experienced in invasive aquatic plant and nuisance algae treatments using cutting-edge Integrated Pest Management strategies.
Prior to joining the SOLitude team, Errol was a successful entrepreneur and business owner in the landscaping industry. He was also the co-founder of The Bean House Café, which he started in Boston with his brothers. He helped expand the company into three locations before finding his passion in aquatics.
Outside of work, Errol enjoys supporting his two teenage daughters. His older daughter is active on her high school cheer team and his youngest is an avid soccer player who participates on a traveling club team. Errol spends his spare time fishing, hunting and working on home improvement projects.
Josh Taylor is an Aquatic Biologist and Service Manager responsible for ensuring SOLitude’s clients receive exceptional water quality management services. He is passionate about making sure the lake and pond goals of his customers are achieved using the most natural tools and solutions as possible.
Josh has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida. In addition, he successfully completed the USCS/USAMT Airboat Operator Certification Course.
Josh was born-and-raised in Central Florida and has been a valuable member of the SOLitude team for more than 10 years.
Alan Wilson is a Service Manager and Microbiologist/Fisheries Scientist who helps maintain aquatic ecosystems using proactive lake, pond and wetland management strategies. He plays a valuable role by managing projects and interfacing with clients. He joined the SOlitude team in 2013.
Outside of work, Alan enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with family.
Field and Operations Support Manager
Greg Baxter is a Field and Operations Support Manager with more than 25 years of lake and pond wetland management experience. Greg has been a part of the SOLitude team since 1999, and supervises a fleet of more than 200 vehicles, airboats, trailers and mechanical equipment. He is also responsible for the installation, management and repair of all fountain and aeration systems in central Florida.
Greg spearheaded SOLitude’s central Florida aquatic landscape and manual removal program, and designed the company’s first spray systems for use across the region. Greg’s extensive experience in aquatic landscaping has allowed him to design landscapes for many central Florida golf course events, including the Bay Hill Invitational Golf Tournament, for more than two decades.
Outside of work, Greg enjoys spending time with his family and tinkering with old tractors.
Jessica Jones is an Aquatic Biologist and Account Representative who assists local clients and regularly communicates with them to ensure their freshwater management needs are met. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida.
Jessica was born-and-raised in South Florida. While in school, she interned for Jungle Adventures, a zoo where she worked with over 150 alligators. Before joining the SOLitude team, Jessica worked for Mills Creek Environmental, where she was employed as an Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) Phase 1 site inspector. She was responsible for identifying environmental contaminants on commercial properties, fields, warehouses, and more.
Jessica loves the outdoors and enjoys working in a role that allows her to spend lots of time in nature.
Assistant Regional Manger
Carl Abinuman is an Assistant Regional Manager and SOLitude Video Ambassador who oversees projects in Orlando and Sanford, FL. He ensures his clients waterbodies are well cared for by regularly performing vegetation removal, buffer management, aeration installation and other proactive strategies. He also specializes in the identification and management of nuisance algae and harmful cyanobacteria.
Carl joined the SOLitude team in April 2018. In addition to his environmental expertise, he still maintains connections with the Navy as a member of the Veterans Club of Celebration, FL and as a part-time Navy construction mechanic. He performs maintenance and repair for a variety of tactical vehicles and industrial equipment.
Carl is a married dad of two young boys. He trains in Gracie Barra Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Celebration three times a week and enjoys photography and videography. His wife is a Disney Cast Member and his family visits the parks quite often.
Drew Gamage is an Aquatic Biologist who regularly works with clients to identify and achieve their long-term freshwater goals. He takes pride in being a knowledgeable and attentive resource for community managers and property owners. Preserving the health and beauty of aquatic environments is of utmost importance to Drew, who studied Biology at the University of Southern Maine. He joined the SOLitude team in August 2019.
Originally from the Northeast, Drew spent a lot of his time hiking, cliff jumping, and living in the thick of nature. Since moving to Florida, Drew has found many new hobbies, including wood burning, painting, drawing, engraving, exercise, and studying. He’s an outdoor enthusiast and never stops moving and making things.
Noah Wetzel is an Aquatic Biologist who works with clients to manage their freshwater and wetland resources. He is knowledgeable about a vast array of sustainable technologies and solutions used to safely reduce aquatic weeds, prevent algae growth and maintain the balance of the ecosystem.
Noah earned his bachelor’s degree in Zoo & Wildlife Biology from Liberty University. He is also a licensed aquatic applicator. He joined the SOLitude team in September 2018 after completing a six year enlistment in the Army.
In his spare time, Noah enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma. They have been married for three years and moved to Florida in 2018. Noah loves the outdoors and enjoys shooting sports. In fact, he was on a shooting team in high school and won several state titles.
William Beck is an Aquatic Biologist who specializes in all aspects of lake, pond and wetland management. He serves as a knowledgeable and valuable resource for clients in need of water quality restoration and nutrient reduction throughout Winter Garden, Southern Orlando and Kissimmee.
William earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida. He has also completed our in-house laboratory internship program to become a certified sampling technician and holds a valid general pesticide and aquatic applicator’s license through the state of Florida.
Bennett Misner is a Wildlife Ecologist who specializes in the implementation of customized management plans for property owners throughout Central Florida. He regularly interfaces with clients and helps them identify their long-term freshwater management goals.
Bennett earned his degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University. He gained additional experience with the USDA Forest Service as a Biological Science Technician before joining the SOLitude team in June 2019.
Outside of work, Bennett spends his time watching college football and playing ice hockey. He also spends as much time as possible with his girlfriend and dog.
Eric Carnall is an Environmental Scientist with more than a decade of experience developing sustainable solutions for aquatic ecosystems suffering from nuisance aquatic weeds and algae throughout central Florida and surrounding regions.
Eric is a licensed Aquatic Applicator and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Florida. He has helped lead a variety of notable projects, including a lake reclamation effort at Bahia Del Mar Lake. Eric and his team helped transform the eutrophic waterbody, which suffered from excessive nutrients, into a beautiful, thriving ecosystem once again. Additionally, Eric maintains a Florida Master Naturalist Certification, making him a valuable source of environmental knowledge for his peers and clients.
Aside from work, Eric can often be found enjoying the great outdoors. He enjoys kayaking, mountain biking, camping horticulture and doing CrossFit.
Chad Day is an Environmental Scientist who specializes in the sustainable management of lakes, ponds and wetlands. He is experienced at water quality sampling, data collection, and aquatic plant identification and treatment. He takes pride in maintaining close relationships with his clients and working with them to better understand the needs of their freshwater resources.
Chad earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies & Geography from Florida State University. He joined the SOLitude team in 2016.
Outside of work, Chad enjoys surfing, rock climbing and fishing for reds and trout. He also likes to work on his “money pit,” a 1971 VW bus.
Reed Vaughn is an Aquatic Biologist who specializes in the sustainable management of lakes, ponds and canals throughout Central Florida. He has experience using industry best practices and new sustainable technologies to eradicate invasive plants and nuisance algae. His expertise is invaluable for communities and property owners looking to restore health and balance to their freshwater resources.
Reed studied Biology at Covenant College. He joined the SOLitude team in July 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys boating, fishing, gaming and working out.
Justin Howes is an Aquatic Biologist who specializes in all aspects of lake and pond management. He strives to keep clients informed and enthusiastic about their results. His expertise includes water quality management, species identification, aquatic weed and algae management and more. He utilizes sustainable technologies and best practices to maintain the balance and aesthetics of aquatic ecosystems.
Justin earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida. He joined the SOLitude team in 2017.
Outside of work, Justin enjoys relaxing and spending time with his wife.
Chris Buchanan is an Aquatic Specialist with more than a decade of industry experience managing lakes and ponds and preventing nuisance aquatic weeds and algae. Chris works with clients to help them determine the unique long-term management goals for their aquatic ecosystem, and ensures that their goals are exceeded. In addition to being a Licensed Commercial Applicator, Chris is experienced in the identification of invasive and exotic weeds, and serves as a valuable resource for clients and peers alike.
Outside of work, Chris can often be found playing sports and is an avid golfer.
Francisco Dela-Cruz is an Aquatic Specialist who joined our team in 2016. He is focused on the management of lakes and ponds in Tampa and the surrounding Florida region. Francisco ensures water quality issues, like nuisance aquatic weed and algae growth, nutrient loading and erosion are treated in alignment with the long-term goals of his clients, and is a knowledgeable resource for his clients and industry peers.
Francisco spends much of his free time fishing and boating in the beautiful Florida waters.
Travis Hunt is an Aquatic Specialist focused on helping clients exceed their lake, pond and wetland management goals. Travis specializes in identifying and treating nuisance aquatic weeds and algae, and is experienced in the removal of non-beneficial plants and trees from aquatic ecosystems. Travis is also accomplished in fountain and aeration system installation and maintenance, and serves as a knowledgeable resource for clients regarding the benefits of lake and pond circulation.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Travis broadened his expertise in the farming, plumbing and mechanical industries, through which he gained experience repairing large vehicles and machinery, and helping homeowners and businesses improve the aesthetic beauty and health of their properties.
Travis enjoys fishing, range shooting, online competitive play, wood working projects and teaching music.
Jared Pope is an Aquatic Specialist who has managed lakes, ponds and canals in Florida since 2009. His extensive experience and knowledge of Florida waters has allowed him to excel in the identification of invasive weeds, as well as the effective treatment of exotic and undesirable aquatic plant species. Jared has his aquatic core license and serves as a knowledgeable resource for clients and industry peers.
In his free time, Jared can be found fishing or boating. He also enjoys football and basketball.
David Smallridge is an Aquatic Specialist with nearly 20 years of experience managing lakes, ponds and preserves throughout south and central Florida. David specializes in identifying nuisance aquatic weeds and algae, and developing sustainable management plans that achieve and exceed the goals of his clients. David is accomplished in the identification of aquatic plant species and has helped restore hundreds of waterbodies since the start of his two-decade career.
David enjoys spending time outdoors. He particularly likes kayaking, hiking, biking and spending time with his friends and family.
Scott Dye is an Aquatic Specialist focused on providing sustainable lake, pond and wetland management solutions for clients throughout Central Florida. Scott's expertise extends to invasive plant identification and treatment, water quality management and proactive strategies to reduce nutrient loading while improving the long-term health and beauty of aquatic ecosystems.
Scott is drawn to the lake management industry due to his love of the outdoors and passion for nature. Born and raised in Florida, Scott was a member of Boy Scouts of America as a child and later served as an assistant Scout Master for his son's troop. When he's not working, he can often be found enjoying all that mother nature has to offer.
Taylor Kidney is an Aquatic Specialist who manages lakes and ponds across Central Florida. He helps clients achieve their freshwater maintenance goals and serves as a knowledgeable resource when they have questions. He takes pride in his attentiveness and regular communication with his contacts.
Taylor joined the SOLitude team in 2018. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football (he’s a huge Steelers fan), fishing on the coast, and attending concerts.
Troy Parrish is an Aquatic Specialist who regularly works with clients to ensure the health and aesthetics of their lakes and ponds are maintained. He specializes in the management of aquatic weeds and algae using sustainable technologies and industry best practices.
Troy studied Civil Engineering at Seminole State College. He joined the SOLitude team in 2018.
In his free time, Troy enjoys kayaking in Florida’s coastal waterways. Previously, he was a high school rowing coach.
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In support of our belief that lakes and ponds are a precious natural resource requiring protection, SOLitude is committed to providing sustainable and renewable solutions that maintain ecological balance in the workplace and beyond.
When you partner with SOLitude, a dedicated field technician visits your lake or pond twice a month, leveraging extensive knowledge and training to carefully maintain ecological balance and preserve the appearance of your aquatic property.
Utilizing the latest GPS aquatic mapping technology and our own proprietary lake and pond management software, the experts at SOLitude collect all the data necessary to provide comprehensive analysis and in-depth solutions.