Director of Lake Management
Bill Kurth, director of lake management in Florida, has more than 34 years of extensive experience in lake, pond and wetland management. Bill specializes in providing innovative treatment solutions for clients using new products and technologies, and has managed waterbodies for many of his local community associations and clients for 25 years or more.
Bill attended Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University, where he earned a degree in Business Management. He began his industry career as an aquatic applicator with a Florida-based aquatics company, where he quickly became responsible for the technical training of all new employees, and was promoted to the position of Branch Manager of the company's Ft. Myers branch within 4 years. Bill then moved to Cape Coral Florida in 1987, where his expertise in herbicide technology and ability to sell and manage while also performing aquatic applications allowed Bill to grow his branch by 400% in 8 years. In 1999, Bill moved on to the then newly-formed Lake Masters Aquatic Weed Control, where he served in many roles, including Branch Manager, Director of Operations and Vice President of Operations. Under his leadership, Lake Masters became one of the premier lake management companies in Florida before merging with SOLitude in 2018.
Bill is a multi-year board member for the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society (FAPMS) and has served as a member of the North American Lake Management Society. He has presented at FAPMS on Control of Exotic Melaleuca Trees, and Recognition and Control of Golden Algae; at the UF/IFAS Aquatic Weed Control Short Course on the control of exotic species in Wetlands; at NALMS on Aquatic Weed Control in Florida; and has spoken at SePro Annual Business Conference on the use of Sonar herbicide in irrigation and other lakes, and on the efficacy of Captain XTR algaecide. He served on the Advisory board for SePRO, and has won awards for Best Management Practices, Sustainability, and Applicator of the Year in 2007. Bill was also named Outstanding Business Partner by the Bonita Bay Group and is a certified erosion and illicit discharge inspector.
Bill’s love of the outdoors is evident through his many hobbies, which include boating, fishing, diving, and travel. He also has a passion for cooking and gardening, and has been heavily involved with aquarium-keeping for most of his life, including live reef aquariums with living coral. Bill was an active little league coach for nine years as his boys, William and Alex, were growing up. Today, he and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Cape Coral, FL. They recently became grandparents and love to spend as much time as possible with family.
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.
Dan Hunt is a regional leader 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 veterans organization.
Assistant Regional Leader
Scott Marketta is an assistant regional leader focused on ensuring the needs and goals of clients are met during the restoration of their lakes, ponds, wetlands and preserves. Scott works with his team to identify problematic or undesirable aquatic plant and algae species and design long-term management plans that ensure the health and beauty of the waterbody is enhanced while also protecting the surrounding aquatic ecosystem.
Scott really enjoys managing lakes, but in his spare time he can be found camping, keeping and hanging out with his wife and kids.
Assistant Regional Leader
Errol Walsh is an assistant regional leader 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.
Field & 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.
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.
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.
Fransico 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. Fransico 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.
Fransico 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.
Joseph Vucich is an aquatic specialist who joined the SOLitude team in 2015. He focuses on providing ecologically-responsible solutions for waterbodies suffering from poor water quality, bad odors, nutrient loading, aquatic weeds and undesirable algae. Joseph works with clients to determine their long-term waterbody goals and ensure their desired results are exceeded.
In his spare time, Joseph enjoys boating, football and motorcycles.
Senior Business Development Consultant
Jeff Moding is a senior business development consultant with more than 30 years of industry experience. Jeff has an extensive background in the management of lakes, ponds and wetlands, and specializes in aeration solutions and invasive species eradication.
Invaluable on-the-job experiences have allowed Jeff to play an integral role on thousands of aquatics projects. Jeff helps clients identify aquatic plant and algae species found on their properties and helps them develop sustainable management plans that encourage a healthy ecosystem.
Prior to joining the SOLitude team in 2009, Jeff worked in sales, where he grew his division from 2 to 30 employees and developed his expertise in foundation and aeration products.
Jeff is a United States Airforce Veteran. Outside of work, Jeff is an avid bow hunter and fisherman. He also enjoys playing golf and tennis, and spending time with his family.
Jim Dougherty has more than 20 years of experience working in the lake, pond and wetland management industry. He helps lead SOLitude’s largest Florida office, where he directly oversees a staff of nearly two dozen aquatic specialists and technicians. Jim also serves as the first point of contact for many clients, providing ongoing education and helping them develop personalized sustainable management plans for their aquatic properties.
In his spare time, Jim enjoys fishing, biking, and spending time with his family and two dogs.
Assistant Regional Leader
Kevin Klukowski is an assistant regional leader with nearly 20 years of experience working in the lake, pond and wetland management industry. Kevin focuses on managing more than 300 client relationships of all types – from single residential ponds to large, multimillion-dollar golf course communities.
Kevin serves as a leader for the 15 applicators based in his region. His knowledge of Florida lakes has allowed him to educate new hires, community managers and residents on the importance of maintaining a healthy waterbody, and the strategies needed to achieve that goal.
Kevin credits his passion for the environment to the experiences he had in childhood, during which he grew up on the Myakka River near the Gulf of Mexico in the small town of Englewood, FL. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, friends and dogs, traveling, being outdoors, and helping his wife manage their small business.
James Billings is an aquatic specialist focused on managing lakes and ponds in and around Ft. Myers, FL. He regularly provides sustainable solutions to aquatic weed and algae problems and helps clients achieve their long-term waterbody goals. James is a licensed Aquatic Weed Control Applicator and is certified by the City of Cape Coral Emergency Operations Center in Emergency Response.
James has a diverse educational background focused on the arts, and has spearheaded projects that merge his passion for the arts with the environment. While earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida, James was awarded grants and a scholarship in undergraduate research for creating a green energy kiln that utilized a bio-diesel fuel source.
Outside of work, James enjoys community outreach, including artistic community projects with local students and feeding the homeless through church volunteering opportunities. He also likes to watch movies, cook with his wife and hang out with his kids.
Brandon Cragin is an aquatic specialist focused on serving clients in the Ft. Myers, FL, region. He provides comprehensive lake and pond management solutions to reduce aquatic weeds and algae, improve water quality and enhance the beauty and health of natural aquatic ecosystems.
Brandon has a diverse background in aquatics. Before joining the SOLitude team, he worked for a construction company building pools for high-end properties.
Outside of work, Brandon is a very talented golfer and has played competitively. He is also an avid music fan and collects music and plays the drums.
Shawn Dever is an Aquatic Specialist with nearly two decades of experience managing lakes, ponds, wetlands and preserve areas in communities throughout southwest Florida. Shawn is accomplished in aquatic plant identification, and specializes in exotic and invasive plant removal. His extensive industry background and broad scope of experience make him a valuable resource for clients, and Shawn regularly helps associations and homeowners develop and exceed their long-term waterbody goals.
Shawn spends much of his spare time fishing, hunting and watching Florida State University sports with his family.
Gerardo Garcia is an aquatic specialist with nearly 15 years of experience managing lakes, ponds and wetlands in the state of Florida. Gerardo focuses on providing ecologically-responsible solutions for problems related to water quality, nuisance algae, aquatic weeds and nutrient loading. Gerardo has been a member of the SOLitude team since 2008, and brought with him four and a half years of prior experience maintaining the natural health of Florida’s preserves.
Growing up, Gerardo worked alongside his father at his harvesting company, and credits the experience for teaching him about the importance of responsibility and hard work to achieve what you want in life.
Gerardo spends much of his free time with friends and family, cooking out, mudding and traveling as much as possible.
Chris Hobbic is an aquatic specialist with nearly 15 years of industry experience. He has served lake, pond and preserve management clients since 2004 and regularly provides sustainable solutions for water quality problems throughout the Ft. Myers, FL, region.
Chris has worked on many unique industry projects throughout his career, including an Everglades restoration initiative for the state of Florida. Prior to joining SOLitude, he managed his own business and cultivated valuable operations and management experience that have allowed him to excel on the SOLitude team.
Chris is an avid fan of the NHL, specifically the Blackhawks. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, canoeing and spending time with family.
Alex Kurth is an aquatic specialist focused on the management of exotic weeds and algae in the Fort Myers, FL, area. Alex is specialized in the management of large diverse lake systems in communities that demand very high aesthetic and water quality standards. Alex works with his clients to ensure their long-term water management goals are identified and achieved, and has successfully completed many notable lake and pond restoration projects while taking a full course load at Florida.
These community lakes demand a large level of effort, and Alex’s drive has allowed him to be very successful in his job while taking a full course load at Florida Gulf Coast University in pursuit of a finance degree.
When not restoring lakes and ponds, Alex can still be found on the water fishing, SCUBA diving, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. He also likes to travel as much as possible.
Kris is an aquatic specialist with almost 20 years of experience bringing sustainable aquatic solutions to agricultural, commercial and preserve clients throughout Florida. Kris has extensive knowledge of ecologically-responsible lake, pond and wetland management strategies and regularly provides mitigation and upland services focused on improving both the health and beauty of the surrounding ecosystem.
Kris spends his free time hunting, shooting and fishing in bass tournaments. He and his wife raise cattle and have four rescue bunnies. They enjoy volunteering their time with the Southwestern Florida Rabbit Rescue and being with family.
Bryan Lewis is an aquatic specialist with more than a decade of experience providing lake and pond management solutions. Bryan specializes in delivering comprehensive algae and aquatic weed services to clients throughout Fort Myers and the surrounding Florida region. Bryan has served as a professionally-trained aquatic technician for more than 18 years and has experience with aerography and oceanography.
Outside of work, Bryan likes to spend his time boating, fishing, and enjoying the beach. He’s an avid Miami Dolphins football fan and loves hanging out with his wife, daughter and family. He also trains as a volunteer firefighter.
Ronald Osborn is an aquatic specialist who has served clients in the Fort Myers region since 2014. Ronald delivers environmentally friendly aquatic algae and weed control solutions to clients, and ensures that their long-term lake and pond goals are exceeded.
In his free time, Ronald likes to hunt, fish, wrestle, race RC cars. He also strives to spend as much time as possible with his family.
Robert Ostrowski is an aquatic specialist and Commercial Aquatic Herbicide Applicator with more than a decade of experience providing lake and pond management services. He specializes in plant identification and sustainable treatment strategies. His background in Environmental Studies and many years of experience are invaluable to clients in the development of management plans for their waterbodies, and Robert is a valuable source of aquatics knowledge for both clients and industry peers.
Robert enjoys spending his spare time kayaking, hiking, biking and completing home improvement projects. He is a classic movie buff, church-goer and loves spending time with his family. He has five adult children, two grandchildren and a wife of 34 years.
Ryan Proud is an aquatic specialist with more than a decade of experience providing sustainable lake and pond management solutions to clients throughout the Fort Myers, FL, region. Ryan is a licensed Aquatic Applicator who specializes in treating nuisance and invasive aquatic weeds and algae, and enhancing the beauty and health of Florida’s aquatic ecosystems.
Before joining the SOLitude team, Ryan studied automotive technology and worked as a tech for a leading vehicle manufacturer for 5 years. He has an Automotive Service Excellence certification as well as his SCCA Motorsports license.
In his free time, Ryan enjoys modifying cars and going to the racetrack, playing games and hanging out at the beach or by the pool.
Natural Resources Scientist
Robert Traux is a natural resources scientist focused on understanding the underlying principles of wildlife ecology and wildlife management strategies. In his role, he studies the limnological side of Florida’s ecosystem by collecting and analyzing many types of biological data. Rob is also accomplished in statistical analyses, wetland plant, fish and animal identification, project design and many other biological techniques that enhance his aquatics and terrestrial projects.
Rob has a Master of Science degree in Conservation Biology with an emphasis on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing from Central Michigan University, where he also earned his bachelor’s degree in Natural Sciences. Rob has conducted and assisted in a variety of studies in which radio-collared animals were the primary focus. He’s also well-experienced in incorporating GIS in to many of his projects, and uses biological data in conjunction with GIS for the development of predictive models.
Rob grew up in the remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and, inherently, is an avid outdoorsman. He considers himself a rogue terrestrial biologist who is greatly fascinated by Florida waters. He enjoys fishing, hunting, collecting (mammal skulls, MTG, coins), shooting sports (sporting clays, 5-stand, skeet), horticulture, computer science, reading (typically scientific and Michael Crichton-esque books) and spending time with family.
Scott Weyant is an aquatic specialist with nearly 15 years of experience in the aquatics industry. He regularly works with clients to design sustainable management plans for the waterbodies and educate them about the ecologically responsible services offered by SOLitude.
Scott has a degree in Golf Course Operations and is a source of extensive industry knowledge. Additionally, Scott is a member of several professional associations, including the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society and the Florida Surveying and Mapping Society.
Scott enjoys mountain bike trail riding and is an active member of the Florida Mountain Bikers Club. He also likes to design outdoor landscapes. Most importantly, Scott enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife are the proud parents of their young son, Cole.
Jim Sheeran is an aquatic specialist with more than a decade of experience in the aquatic weed management industry. He works with golf courses, homeowners associations and private landowners to cultivate lakes, ponds and wetlands that meet their aesthetic, ecological and budgetary goals.
Jim is passionate about the protection of aquatic resources and dedicated to fostering strong client relationships based on knowledge and communication. Prior to joining SOLitude, he gained extensive industry experience working with various weed control companies throughout Southwest Florida. Jim’s career experience also extends to the restaurant industry, where he worked for 10 years.
Jim enjoys spending time with his young daughter, Chaselyn. In addition to painting and paddle boarding in his spare time, he listens to music and plays bass guitar. Jim is also an experienced snowboarder and served as an instructor in Vermont for three years. Jim’s interests also include volunteering and ministry work with The Salvation Army. He attends regular Sunday services with the organization and enjoys helping others.
Executive Assistant and Business Manager
Carolyn Kurth is an executive assistant and business manager with nearly 20 years of experience focusing on office management, high-level financial reporting, printing and design procurement, and client relations. She works closely with SOLitude’s sales and operations leadership.
Carolyn’s prior career included working for a privately-owned, multi-million-dollar medical supply franchise, where she began in data entry before quickly rising to the position of Office Manager, and then to the Vice President of Operations. There, she gained extensive experience in operational management, book-keeping and accounting, payables and receivables, payroll, human resources, initiating cost-effective methods of servicing accounts, and setting up a fleet-maintenance division. Carolyn also handled the real estate management of multiple commercial properties for the franchise owner.
Carolyn moved from Brooklyn, NY, to Hollywood, FL, at a very young age. She attended Florida State University in Tallahassee, where she lived for some time, and is now living in Cape Coral. Carolyn and her husband, Bill, raised two sons, William and Alexander, and have recently become grandparents. Carolyn has always loved animals and is involved in rescue efforts. She has had many exotic and domestic pets, and now has two dogs, Roxy and Storm. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, boating, working on household renovations, and family time playing board games and traveling together.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Cindee Addessi is a regional administrator and client relations Professional with more than 40 years of administrative and operations experience. Cindee has played an integral role in the expansion of the services and administrative systems in SOLitude’s Fort Myers office. She serves as a knowledgeable point of contact for clients and provides continuous support for field staff through contract development, data tracking and office management.
Cindee has a diverse background. Prior to joining the SOLitude team in 2010, she helped double the client-base of an emerging telephone service and spent several years as an Executive Administrator in the banking industry. Cindee also has experience in the real estate and development market, through which she worked for one of the largest residential developers in southwest Florida.
Outside of work, Cindee is active in her community. She sat on multiple Chamber of Commerce boards, started a women’s networking group, and is involved with the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Fort Myers. In her spare time, Cindee enjoys being a member of the southwest Florida Shutter Bug photography group, cooking, gardening (she has a National Wildlife Habitat Certification through the National Wildlife Federation) and volunteering with Women Build/Habitat for Humanity and her local church.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Karyn Ekstrom is a regional administrator and client relations specialist based in SOLitude’s Fort Myers, FL, office. She provides daily support for sales, field and operations teams, along with clients and prospective customers. Karyn also manages inventory reporting for 8 warehouses.
During her 25-year career, Karyn has occupied many administrative positions supporting upper management and executives from different industries. Karyn attended the prestigious Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston, MA, and began her administrative career in the Financial District of downtown Boston. She’s also served in the executive role herself, co-owning a landscape business with her husband for several years. Before joining the SOLitude team, she studied accounting at Lee County Tech in Cape Coral, FL.
Originally from San Francisco, CA, Karyn grew up in a suburb just north of Boston. Her life was centered around family, sports and education. Today, she enjoys raising her teenage daughter, watching professional New England sports teams, attending concerts, reading and lounging by the pool.
Business Development Consultant
Bethany Thompson is a business development consultant who has worked in the commercial sales industry for more than 15 years. Bethany regularly educates clients about sustainable lake, pond and wetland management strategies. Her in-depth understanding of customer service and the need to put the customer first has led to a long list of dedicated clients.
Bethany graduated from Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale with a degree in Business Management. Before joining SOLitude, she gained extensive knowledge of turf management best practices and nuisance pest control, and frequently relates her thorough expertise to client properties across the state of Florida.
Outside of work, Bethany enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family, especially if she’s in her jeep or on her Harley.
Alberto Florez is a regional leader and lake, pond, wetland and upland specialist with more than 25 years of year-round experience managing invasive aquatic and terrestrial weeds in Florida. Alberto specializes in the management of challenging plant infestations with sustainable treatment strategies and has restored hundreds of acres of interconnected waterbodies throughout his industry career. Alberto has also contributed to studies focused on expanding cost-effective and sustainable plant management options, and regularly advises SOLitude’s biologists and technicians on proper equipment maintenance and local, state and federal environmental regulations.
Outside of work, Alberto can be found enjoying the outdoors through kayaking, hiking, cycling, running and spending time with his family.
Assistant Regional Leader
Anthony is an assistant regional leader who oversees the management of nearly two thousand acres of lakes and canals on the treasure coast. He regularly works with property owners, homeowner’s associations and golf course superintendents to develop sustainable treatment strategies for their waterbodies, and educates them on the benefits of keeping their waterbodies clean and healthy. Through regular continuing education opportunities with industry leaders, Anthony stays informed on new technologies and trends in the management of nuisance algae and invasive aquatic weeds.
David Boren is an aquatic specialist with nearly 20 years of industry experience. Since he began his career with SOLitude in 2000, David has helped restore and manage thousands of lakes and ponds throughout Florida. He has extensive experience providing sustainable solutions for algae and aquatic weed problems, poor water quality and excessive nutrients. David is a valuable source of knowledge for clients and is instrumental in ensuring their lake and pond management goals are met and exceeded.
Prior to joining the SOLitude team, David earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master of Science degree in Psychology & Communication. He also attended numerous military schools focused on intelligence gathering.
In his spare time, David enjoys shooting at the gun range, riding his motorcycle and traveling on cruise ships.
Nick Garner is an aquatic specialist with nearly a decade of experience helping clients exceed their lake and pond management goals. Nick specializes in providing solutions for nuisance algae and aquatic weed problems while improving the beauty and longevity of aquatic ecosystems. He’s a licensed Aquatic Spray Applicator in Florida, where he focuses largely on the West Palm area and surrounding regions.
Nick spends much of his spare time going to the gym and hanging out on the beach with his friends. He also enjoys cooking.
Blake Payne is an aquatic specialist focused on providing ecologically-responsible lake and pond management solutions to clients in West Palm Beach, FL, and surrounding areas. He is experienced in aquatic plant identification and treatment. He enjoys studying plants in relation to various natural landscapes, and specializes in natural resource management, a field in which he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University.
Animals and the environment have always been a passion of Blake’s and he enjoys seeking out and studying new species, spending much of his time on piers and beaches catching and identifying local species of fish. Blake also enjoys being with friends and family.
Rito Robledo is an aquatic technician with more than 18 years of experience working in the lake, pond and wetland management industry. He focuses on enhancing the health and beauty of preserves and littoral zones in Florida, and is experienced in the removal of nuisance and invasive aquatic plant species. He serves as a knowledgeable source of industry information for clients interested in sustainable management strategies, colleagues and new hires.
In his free time, Rito enjoys traveling with his family and playing sports, especially soccer, basketball and golf. He also likes to read and regularly studies the bible.
Moises Rodriguez is an aquatic specialist who specializes in the management of lakes, ponds and wetlands using environmentally responsible strategies and solutions. He is accomplished in the identification of nuisance aquatic plant and algae species, and works with clients to design and implement long-term management plans for their waterbodies that promote the health of the ecosystem. In addition to having his Aquatics License, Moises Is certified in Boating Safety and has a degree from Palm Beach State College.
Outside of work, Moises likes to spend time with his family and dogs outdoors. He enjoys fishing, hiking and enjoying nature any chance he gets.
Jules Stahon is an aquatic specialist with nearly 15 years of industry experience. He has an extensive background in the management of nuisance aquatic weeds and algae in central and south Florida, and serves as a knowledgeable resource for clients and industry peers interested in learning about the state’s diverse water system.
Jules has many industry licenses and certifications, including his pilot and drone operator license, and commercial aquatic herbicide license.
In his spare time, Jules enjoys flying, photography, video-editing and spending time outdoors (as long as it’s not August)!
Mark Wano is an aquatic specialist with nearly 20 years of experience providing sustainable lake and pond management solutions to clients throughout West Palm and surrounding regions. Mark is a licensed Commercial Aquatic Herbicide Applicator in Florida and specializes in nuisance aquatic plant identification and treatment strategies. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education.
Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Sandy. They like to go to the beach, watch movies, and play sports like golf and basketball. He also likes to work out at their local gym.
Samuel Smith is an aquatic specialist focused on aquatic weed control and natural areas weed management. He is knowledgeable in aquatic plant and noxious weed identification and is accomplished in designing and implementing sustainable management programs to enhance the natural beauty and health of lakes, ponds and wetlands.
Samuel has experience with the interpretation and implementation of federal, state, and local environmental statutes and regulations. His knowledge and experience in meeting the requirements of regulatory programs allows him to provide efficient and cost-effective solutions for clients, while ensuring environmental compliance and sustainability.
Outside of work, Samuel likes sports and spending time with family.
Regional Administrator and Client Relations
Susan is a regional administrator and client relations specialist with more than 25 years of experience. Susan serves as the first point of contact for clients throughout Florida and the surrounding region, and regularly supports field staff and regional directors through the management of client accounts and industrial equipment.
Before joining the SOLitude team in 2005, Susan was employed in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, with a large brokerage firm based in New York for 6 years, and subsequently with a payroll firm for 7 years based in Stuart, FL, overseeing payroll for multiple companies.
Susan is an accomplished mixed media artist, an avid tropical gardener and enjoys weekend getaways with her husband to different beaches in Florida.
Business Development Consultant
Gary Wilhelm is a business development consultant with more than 25 years of experience providing sustainable solutions for lake, pond and wetland challenges. He focuses on cultivating relationships with clients to exceed their property goals. Gary has extensive experience working with homeowners associations, property management companies and private property owners, and offers extensive knowledge on the benefits of aeration and wetland management.
Gary enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and watching sports. He’s an avid Dolphins and Miami Hurricane fan, as well as a competitive golfer. In fact, he carries a +2 handicap and has played in many qualifiers for PGA tour events throughout the years.
Mike Bayless is a regional leader in south Florida. Mike has more than 21 years of experience helping clients identify aquatic plant and algae species found in their areas and properly manage them in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Invaluable on-the-job experiences have allowed Mike to play a part in a wide range of aquatic-related projects, encompassing annual maintenance on thousands of ponds per year and treating countless acres of invasive wetland plants. He has received numerous certifications and credentials that expertly qualify him to manage lakes, ponds and wetlands, and uses his extensive knowledge base to educate new hires, clients and industry peers.
In his free time, Mike enjoys boating, fishing, scuba diving, traveling and spending quality time with his family.
Andrew Bayless is an aquatic specialist who joined the SOLitude team in 2012. He helps customers identify algae and aquatic vegetation in their lakes and ponds, and develops sustainable solutions for their aquatic needs. Andrew is involved in some of SOLitude’s largest projects in south Florida and serves as a knowledgeable and accessible resource for clients. He is Boating Safety certified and is a licensed commercial aquatic herbicide applicator.
Outside of work, Andrew enjoys boating, fishing, photography and going to the beach.
Jackson Martinez is an aquatic specialist and new hire trainer with nearly a decade of experience managing lakes, ponds and wetlands. Jackson helps clients identify aquatic plant and algae species found in their areas and develops sustainable management strategies that help maintain a healthy ecosystem. Invaluable on-the-job experiences have allowed Jackson to play a part in a wide range of aquatic-related projects, encompassing annual maintenance on thousands of ponds per year and treating countless acres of invasive wetland plants. He has been a part of water quality and plant monitoring programs in some of the largest lakes in Florida.
In his spare time, Jackson can be found playing basketball and fishing in Florida’s beautiful waters.
John Preciado is an aquatic specialist and new hire trainer with more than two decades of experience. He has received numerous certifications and credentials that expertly qualify him to manage lakes, ponds and wetlands. John helps clients identify aquatic plant and algae species found in their areas and helps them develop sustainable management strategies in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem. John’s extensive industry background has allowed him to play an integral part in some of the largest water quality and plant monitoring programs in Florida.
John is boating safety certified in addition to being a licensed commercial aquatic herbicide applicator. He’s also a member of the Florida Aquatic Plant Management Society.
In his spare time, John enjoys playing sports, specifically, golf and soccer.
Assistant Aeration Services Leader
Tyler Dodd is assistant aeration services leader. He is focused on the aquatic biology side of water management and is well-versed in Florida native plant and animal species identification. He helps manage SOLitude’s aeration projects and serves as a knowledgeable resource and guide for his team.
Tyler is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He also minored in Natural Resources Management with a focus on the management of wildlife. He went on to work as a biologist and ecologist, managing natural and man-made bodies of water before joining SOLitude in 2017.
In his free time, Tyler is often found hiking, and riding horses and dirt bikes. He is also a recreational aquarist.
Aeration & Fountains Specialist
Paul Bondeson is an aeration and fountains specialist with 5 years of experience providing aeration solutions for SOLitude clients. He has extensive knowledge of pump and motor repair, electrical troubleshooting, preserve removal and maintenance, and fountain repair and installation. He is also bi-lingual, allowing for easier communication with Spanish-speaking clients.
Additionally, Paul maintains many industry licenses, including Right of Way, Turf & Ornamental, and Natural Areas, as well as his Aquatic Spray Technician license.
Outside of work, Paul spends much of his spare time watching and playing golf and other sports.
Aeration & Fountain Specialist
Sean Kozikowski is an aeration and fountain specialist who specializes in the installation, maintenance and repair of floating fountains and submersed aeration systems in waterbodies throughout Florida. He joined the SOLitude team in 2014, and has since managed hundreds of aeration systems.
Sean graduated from Edison State College. Prior to SOLitude, Sean gained experience as an Automotive Technician and home remodeling contractor. The problem-solving skills he acquired lend well to diagnosing problems with aeration equipment and determining the best repair strategies.
In his free time, Sean enjoys scuba diving and completing cabinet and furniture woodworking projects.
Aeration & Fountain Specialist
Dwight Proud is an aeration and fountain specialist who joined the team in 2015. He focuses on the maintenance and installation of floating fountains and submersed diffused aeration systems to help improve water quality and circulate client waterbodies.
Dwight works with his team to ensure all water quality management strategies meet local, state and federal government regulations.
Before joining SOLitude, Dwight gained extensive experience in sales and business development. For 7 years he worked in computer sales, managing major corporate accounts. He went on to found and preside over his own company for 9 years, focusing on nationwide transport and distribution services.
In his spare time, Dwight can often be found touring the country on his motorcycle, shooting guns and hunting.
Wetlands Services Leader
Dustin Hormann is a wetlands services leader with extensive experience in exotic vegetation removal/control, wetland mitigation planting, littoral shelf planting, and incorporating native plantings into golf course landscapes. He has managed numerous projects in collaboration with the Florida FWC, the National Park Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In addition to his federal experience, Dustin has performed initial and ongoing maintenance of invasive exotic species on thousands of acres for private individuals, golf courses, and communities.
Dustin is a current member of the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council, and in 2008 was elected to a two-year term on the Board of Directors. Dustin has a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management from Grand Valley State University. He started his industry career working as a project manager for an ecosystem restoration company where he gained experience bidding, executing and managing projects from Louisiana to the Virgin Islands before joining the SOLitude team in 2011.
In his spare time, Dustin likes to fish, fish, duck hunt and fish.
Assistant Wetlands Services Leader
Robert Brookins is an assistant wetlands services leader with 10 years of experience managing lakes, ponds and wetlands. Robert supervises his team’s wetland management projects, to include the removal of exotic vegetation, the introduction of aeration systems and the restoration of water quality in struggling waterbodies. Robert works directly with client to identify their long-term preserve and wetland management goals and ensure desires are exceeded. Robert also has experience building fish guards and performing fish stocking. He is a licensed Commercial Aquatic Herbicide Applicator and is Natural Areas Certified.
Before joining the SOLitude team in 2015, Robert gained more than a decade of experience in welding, fabricating and mechanics. Outside of work, Robert enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Wetland Crew Leader
Isaac Robledo is a wetland crew leader who joined the SOLitude team in 2016. He provides valuable leadership and guidance to his team with a focus on the management of wetland ecosystems. Isaac has diverse experience working with clients across the West Palm region and continues to expand his industry knowledge through professional growth opportunities with partners, vendors and industry leaders.
Before joining the SOLitude team full-time, Isaac worked part-time, strengthening his understanding of sustainable lake, pond, wetland and preserve management strategies and solutions.
Wetland Crew Technician
Elizabeth Mardy is a wetland technician focused on restoring and preserving the native ecology of wetlands and preserves across southeast Florida.
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science. She attended the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry before going on to serve as a FLCC OPS Exotic Crew Park Ranger in Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park for a year. In the role, she identified many invasive and exotic species in different environmental conditions, and is experienced in designing sustainable management plans for the removal of undesirable plant species. She also recruited and educated volunteers to help mechanically remove exotic species in specific areas at the prairie and Okeechobee Battlefield Historic State Park.
Additionally, Elizabeth is experienced with utilizing specialized equipment to conduct surveys and apply herbicide applications, including ATVs and swamp buggies. She is also accomplished in the use of GPS technologies to keep records of treatment sites and progress.
In her spare time, Elizabeth can be found spending time with friends and family, watching Netflix, playing video games, exercising, hip-hop dancing, practicing Kenpo Karate, listening to music, going to concerts, visiting Disney or Universal Studios, and looking at houses that are for sale.
Wetland Crew Technician
Alex Florez is a wetland technician serving SOLitude’s Florida clients. He focuses on the restoration and preservation of precious marsh areas and delicate aquatic ecosystems in southwest Florida. He is knowledgeable about sustainable management strategies that target undesirable and invasive species without impacting native wildlife. Prior to joining SOLitude he gained extensive experience working with the Palm Beach County Environmental Resources Division.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys photography, playing basketball and tinkering with car audio systems.
Wetland Crew Technician
Johnathan Rodriguez is a wetland technician serving SOLitude’s Florida clients. He focuses on the restoration and preservation of precious marsh areas and delicate aquatic ecosystems in southwest Florida. He is knowledgeable about sustainable management strategies that target undesirable and invasive species without impacting native wildlife. Johnathan is currently studying business management at Palm Beach State College.
Outside of work, Johnathan enjoys playing sports, including baseball and volleyball, weight lifting and pursuing his interest in cars.
Wetland Crew Technician
Ricardo Jose Montalvan Alamo is a wetland technician serving clients in SOLitude’s Florida market. He specializes in the eradication of nuisance and invasive aquatic plants and is knowledgeable about sustainable strategies to cultivate a healthy native ecosystem.
Ricardo has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Keiser University and served in the military for more than a decade before joining SOLitude.
Outside of work, Ricardo enjoys photography, movies, video games, coaching the West Boynton Football team in his community, and spending time with family and friends.
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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.