The SOLitude Family

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Mychal Manolatos

Mychal Manolatos

Vice President of Vector and Aquatics

Mychal Manolatos, Vice President of Rentokil North America (RNA), first joined SOLitude in 2016 and has held various leadership roles within the organization. Today, Mychal is responsible for leading both SOLitude and Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) under the parent company, RNA. Mychal is committed to driving the overall direction and strategy of both businesses. He has a passion for delivering world class customer service as well as cultivating an exceptional colleague experience for all at SOLitude and VDCI. Additionally, Mychal is committed to ensuring the businesses remain on the forefront of technological advancement, providing clients with innovative solutions using the most environmentally friendly methods.

Mychal earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Hospitality Management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. He began his professional career in 1999 and has led diverse teams and businesses across multiple industries, including two Fortune 500 Companies. Over the past 20+ years in management and executive-level positions, Mychal focused on customer experience, strategic growth and colleague development.

Over the years, Mychal has earned numerous honors and awards, including the Inspire Award, which recognized him as one of the Top 50 colleagues at Aramark Corporation. Mychal is also a guest instructor at many top universities across the United States, where he speaks on business start-ups and the process of building high-performing teams.

Mychal resides in Chicago with his family and enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling and attending sporting events. Though he has lived in Chicago since 2011, he remains an avid Detroit sports fan, where he spent his childhood.

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Cory Fye

Senior Director

Cory Fye, Senior Director of SOLitude Lake Management, began his career with SOLitude in 2022. Cory is responsible for leading SOLitude, and driving the overall direction and strategy of the business. His vision is to enhance the company’s position as the top provider in the freshwater management industry and to uphold the company’s mission to service premium, accessible lake and pond management solutions.

After serving in the United States Marine Corp, Cory earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. Cory comes to SOLitude from his position as the Vice President of Operations for Aramark Uniform services, where he progressed through many different positions over his 25 years with the company. As a result, Cory has 20+ years of experience working with Fortune 500 organizations in management and executive roles. He holds numerous honors and awards which include 5 Presidential Club Awards, General Manager of the Year, Sales Manager of the Year, Account Executive of the Year, and multiple facility turnarounds.

Originally from Florida, Cory currently resides in Massachusetts with his two daughters Abbey and Payton. He enjoys spending his time with family, being active and enjoying the outdoors, and taking in all that New England has to offer – from its mountains to its beaches to the best professional sports teams around.

Marc Bellaud

Director of Technical Services

As Director of Technical Services, Marc Bellaud is focused on advancing SOLitude’s momentum as an industry leader by upholding our commitment to continuous education, teamwork, a superior customer experience, and premium service offerings and technologies. From leading the charge on drone applications for remote or sensitive environments to enhancing our toolbox of water quality management solutions with Oxygen Saturation Technology, Marc is passionate about bringing new technologies to SOLitude. Throughout his 27-year career, Marc has been actively involved in cultivating the science of aquatics as a good steward and widely-respected thought leader. His passion for protecting water inspires his guidance of the SOLitude team.

Marc graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in biological sciences and a concentration in natural resources. He worked for two non-profit organizations before joining the aquatics industry in 1993. His knowledge and responsibilities as a field biologist quickly expanded, culminating in his promotion to SOLitude’s company leadership team in 2013.

Marc has extensive experience designing and leading integrated aquatic plant management programs throughout the Northeast. He has authored dozens of lake management plans and feasibility studies and is a contributing author and co-editor for the third edition of the BMP Manual produced by the Aquatic Ecosystem Research Foundation (AERF). He regularly shares his knowledge and experience as a presenter and speaker at industry conferences.

Marc is a Past-President and Director of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society (NEAPMS) and has remained involved with the organization since it was initially founded. Marc also served as a Director of the New York State Aquatic Managers Association (NYSAMA). He is actively involved with several state organizations focused on lake management issues. In 2006, Marc received the SePRO Applicator of the Year award.

Marc was born and raised in New Hampshire. From an early age, he developed a love of the outdoors where he grew up skiing, fishing, playing ice hockey, and spending summers at Squam Lake, which remains one of his favorite places to visit. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and the family dog. He and his family are very active with sports and over the years Marc has dedicated much of his time to coaching youth hockey and assisting with their local Boy Scout troop.

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Frank Gomez

Director of Sales

Frank Gomez is the Director of Sales for SOLitude. He is responsible for driving growth in SOLitude’s footprint with a focus on organic growth and increased market share. Frank has more than 20 years of prior experience leading sales teams to both personal and professional growth while working for companies like Cintas, AmeriPride, most recently, 7 years in the Rentokil Pest Division, where he helped lead the West field sales team to consistent year over year growth and multiple President’s Club winners throughout the years.

Originally from Los Angeles, Frank graduated from Long Beach State University with a Business Degree in Marketing. He is a very active professional serving as a mentor and motivational speaker to many of Southern California’s UC/CSU campuses. He also stays active competing in local Crossfit events.

Frank spends the majority of his free time with his family. Frank has been married to his college sweetheart for 24 years and has 3 beautiful teenage daughters. His youngest steals every minute she can as she loves playing golf with her dad.

Will Stevenson

Director of Integration / Mergers & Acquisitions

Will Stevenson joined SOLitude Lake Management as the Director of Integration / Mergers & Acquisitions. Previously, Will was the owner and President of Lycott Environmental based in Massachusetts. Under his tenure, Lycott expanded its services and significantly grew its operations.

Will received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Union College in Schenectady, NY. He went on to earn his Master of Environmental Management degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in New Haven, CT in 1994, as well as his Master of Business Administration degree from Babson College in Babson Park, MA in 2002. Prior to owning Lycott, Will held multiple senior management positions in marketing, operations and sales for companies focusing in the software and real estate markets.

Will currently serves as the President of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society, as well as on the advisory boards for Massachusetts Audubon and the Nashua River Watershed Association. He is also Vice President of Timber Owners of New England and on the board of directors of Wildlife Conservation Trust, in New Hampshire. These organizations manage several thousand acres of forest and recreation lands in New Hampshire, where he and his family spend time hiking, fishing and biking. When not focused on environmental activities, he can be found on the local ambulance where he is both and EMT and the Assistant Director of Finance.

Brett Emmerton

Regional Director

Brett Emmerton is SOLitude’s Regional Director and leads Operations in the South region. He comes to SOLitude with almost 15 years of experience in various leadership roles to include the military, commercial pest control, and food safety industries in various geographies across the country. He is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of his teams while executing the strategic goals of the business. People development is a primary passion for him.
Brett served in the United States Marine Corps in both Reserve and Active Duty capacities until he was discharged as a Sergeant (E-5) in 2008. His assignments include having served as a unit training non-commissioned officer in charge, armorer, and crew-served weapons instructor.
Brett was born and raised in South Africa before immigrating to the United States in 1994. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and double majored in International Business and Peace, War, and Defense. Brett was an active member of sports teams growing up, to include rugby, swimming and springboard diving. He actively enjoys destination trips for skiing and open water diving.
Brett resides in South Carolina with his wife Karen and three children (son Nathan, and identical twin daughters Caroline and Claire). The family enjoys time together outdoors hiking and traveling, or any excuse for water sports and activities.

Matt Serino

Director of Marketing

With over a decade of professional marketing experience, Matt leads SOLitude’s lead generation strategy and team of marketing professionals. Through his creative thinking and passion for innovation in digital marketing, he is focused on implementing new initiatives that enhance the SOLitude brand and help grow the business.

Matt graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA in 2006, and earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in art. After college, he held an internship in the creative department of a prominent advertising agency in Virginia Beach. Matt then spent six years as Marketing Manager for the Hermitage Museum & Gardens, a non-profit arts organization in Norfolk, VA. Before joining SOLitude in 2016, he was a member of the marketing department at Sentara Healthcare and supported the growth and branding of medical group practices throughout Virginia and Northeast North Carolina.

Matt is a native of Virginia Beach and lives at the Oceanfront with his wife and two children. He loves spending time in and around the ocean with his family, whether that’s riding bikes down the boardwalk, playing on the beach, swimming or surfing. Matt also enjoys snowboarding, hiking and camping. He’s a huge fan of both baseball and live music, and travels the country to see his favorite teams and bands play.

Rebecca Higgerson

Director of Business Operations and Procurement

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.

 

Andrea Murray Customer Experience Manager

Andrea Murray

Customer Experience Manager

Andrea Murray, Customer Experience Manager, began her career with SOLitude in 2022. She joins the team with almost 10 years of leadership experience in various, customer-focused roles. Andrea is passionate about connecting to customers and strengthening the customer experience through relationships.

Andrea earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Medaille College, in Buffalo, NY. She began her professional career, in a post-collegiate program with Aramark Uniform Services, holding multiple positions during her tenure with the organization, including Route Operations Manager, and District Manager in both the Greater Boston Area, and Baltimore markets.  Following, Andrea worked for Public Storage as a District Manager throughout the country with customer-oriented teams in Northern Virginia, Chicago, and Houston markets.

Andrea is originally from Western New York, and now resides in Texas with her husband, Keith,  two young sons, Jack and Connor, and their chocolate lab, Clark. The Murray family enjoys spending their time together at the beach, sporting events (Go Bills!), and traveling.

Debbie Clement

Chief Financial Officer

Debbie Clement, CPA, is SOLitude’s chief financial officer with more than 25 years of experience as a financial executive. As CFO, Debbie has oversight of the company’s accounting and finance operations and coordinates the preparation of financial statements, reports, analyses and budgets. She also assists with the integration of companies that have been acquired.

Debbie is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Arkansas State University, holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Accounting. In addition to her extensive finance and accounting experience, Debbie brings experience in managing various HR functions, including payroll, employee benefits, and retirement plans.

When she is not working, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and sweet dog, Mako Jo. For years, Debbie was the ultimate softball mom, spending her summers and falls traveling with both daughter’s teams. Now that they are both in college, she will have time to pursue other hobbies.

Debbie believes in giving back to the community that has so enriched her life, and particularly enjoys organizing charitable/giving events for local organizations/charities such as the Arkansas Foodbank and Our House Shelter.

Kevin Tucker

Founder

Kevin Tucker started SOLitude Lake Management in 1998 to focus on the growing need for adequate management of lakes and stormwater retention ponds and the preservation of our natural resources. He is an active member of many leading trade and professional organizations and remains committed to improving the technology, products and services used to deliver value-added and ecologically balanced solutions to the communities and water resources we serve. Kevin and the SOLitude Lake Management staff work with various leading aquatic product manufacturers to perform case studies and field research for many of the new products being introduced to the market. Kevin has been a speaker at many trade and professional shows and conferences, and sits on the Board of multiple trade and professional associations. He is a regularly published author and has been featured in numerous newspapers, businesses and trade publications.

Kevin is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a degree in business management with a concentration in finance. He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie leadership training course, as well as various industry and technical course curriculums for aquatics, lake management, limnology, environmental science, fisheries management and GPS mapping and bathymetry. Kevin is widely recognized as an expert in the management of lakes, ponds and other freshwater systems, as well as the management of invasive aquatic plants. He is a founding member of the Society of Lake Management Professionals, an organization dedicated to the management and preservation of fresh water resources, and the accreditation of the professionals who serve this industry. Kevin currently serves on the Board for the Center of Entrepreneurship at James Madison University, is a guest lecturer, and has also served as an Entrepreneur in Residence.

Kevin maintains many industry accreditations and is a Certified Aquatics Pesticide Applicator in eight states, a SePRO Steward of Water and Certified Preferred Applicator, Sales and Service certifications from AquaMaster, Vertex, Otterbine, Aqua Control, and Kasco, and is a certified GPS Mapping Network Partner.

Kevin is a member of numerous associations dedicated to the improvement of our industry, our water resources and our clients’ needs, including CAI (Community Associations Institute), NALMS (North American Lake Management Society), APMS (The Aquatic Plant Management Society), AERF (Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation), RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), WSSA (Weed Science Society of America), GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America), various Turfgrass Councils, American Fisheries Society and EO (Entrepreneurs Organization).

Kevin is a father, husband and avid outdoorsman. He is a native of southeastern Virginia, and has spent much of his life on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he nurtured his passion for the ocean and all that it offers. His love of water and the natural environment is what has fueled his passion for his work and his play. If not in the ocean, you will find Kevin in the mountains, on a river, by a waterfall or on a trail. He enjoys surfing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding and most every sport.

Kelly Martin

Regional Director of Human Recourses

Kelly Martin, Regional Director of Human Resources, has nearly 26 years of experience developing and driving the talent strategy for high profile organizations. At SOLitude, she is passionate about cultivating experienced and innovative teams that reinforce the company as an industry thought leader. Her commitment to building trust across diverse groups is evident in her rapport with colleagues and dedication to positioning them to achieve long-term success.

Kelly graduated from Assumption College with a liberal arts degree. She went on to serve in a variety of human resources positions – most notably with Staples, SimpliVity, and Brookfield Renewable Energy. She joined the SOLitude team in 2016 and quickly became a knowledgeable asset to the company.

Kelly was born and raised in Massachusetts and is a huge fan of all Boston sports teams. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her two children, Meghan and Matthew, and their three dogs, McKinely, Mookie and Sadie.

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My Pond Is Finally Nice to Look At

This company is amazing! I called and explained the issues I was having with my pond, and Josh came out and assessed my pond. After doing so, he was able to put together a regiment that helped bring my pond back to where it is nice to look at! I would recommend this company to all of my friends and family!

William Youngblood

Private Landowner, TX

Created An Oasis All Can Enjoy

Our community has a one-acre pond that SOLitude has managed for our 200 homes development. They have done a fine job in maintaining the health of the pond so that people can fish and enjoy the surrounding area, wildlife, and gardens. It is a true oasis in a declining area of green spaces for all to enjoy.

Andrea Kowaleski

Property Manager, Marriottsville, MD

SOLitude Came to Our Rescue

When SOLitude came to our rescue, our pond was covered in water lettuce. As each month went by, the pond became clearer and clearer until now it is completely clear and I am completely grateful that the beautiful, clear pond that was there when we moved in 36 years ago, is once more. Thanks to Mike and everyone at SOLitude who made this possible!

Debra Krogh

Private Landowner, Pinellas Park, FL

Pleasure to Work With

For the past 2 years as a member of our neighborhood board, I worked personally with Mitchell of SOLitude Lake Management. Our neighborhood has over 40 lakes & ponds. I can honestly say it was a pleasure to work with this vendor. Mitchell provided weekly updates and as our aquatics expert, he helped educate us and assisted in developing a restorative approach to our lake & pond management. It was a pleasure to work with such a knowledgeable representative. Thanks!

Colette Price

Board Member, Bradenton, FL

Highly Recommend SOLitude

SOLitude services all the water, weed, and algae requirements for our Condominium Lake which 7 buildings back up to. Our Aquatic Specialist Ean does a fabulous job taking care of all our needs and has many owners complimenting on how great our water looks. Ean is just a phone call away and shows up immediately. He is always friendly and very knowledgeable and takes care of the issues. I would highly recommend this company to anyone for your lake water needs.

Doug Berlet

Board President, Naples, FL

From Swamp to Beautiful Water

For about 30 years I watched the encroachment of weeds across my pond, limiting not only our recreational use but our aesthetic appreciation as well. SOLitude Lake Management came in with their hydro-raking harvester and clear it all out! It was the first time I could swim across the entire pond! No swamp, just beautiful water that passers-by slow down to look at.

Dean Jacques

Private Landowner, Chester, CT

Go-To for All My Lake Needs

The SOLitude team is my go-to for all my lake needs. Very professional and responsive. I know I will always be taken care of even when it is something extremely difficult. Their years of experience make them the best lake company in the valley. Highly recommended. Thanks team!

Jennifer Thomasson

Community Manager, Peoria, AZ

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