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.
Asset and Compliance Manager
As SOLitude's asset and compliance manager, Brandon Peoples is responsible for implementing efficient, cost-effective operations and managing the company’s daily business to ensure that service agreements are executed properly. He also reviews financial, sales and operations reports with senior management to make appropriate recommendations for capital equipment expenditures. Additionally, Brandon negotiates the acquisition of trucks, boats and equipment and helps to maintain a safe working environment by scheduling all equipment and vehicle maintenance.
Brandon holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Environmental Compliance and Sustainability from the University of Southern New Hampshire.
He began his lake management career in 2005 as a seasonal field technician. Since his start in lake management, he has functioned in a variety of roles such as field technician, mechanic, equipment operator, mechanical project manager and business development manager. He has worked on restoration and lake management projects throughout New England, New York and New Jersey.
Brandon is a native of Massachusetts. When he’s not working, Brandon enjoys offshore fishing, strength training, competitive powerlifting, snowboarding, traveling and hiking with his dog Roman.
Amy Draudt is a procurement manager based out of SOLitude's Virginia Beach office. Amy is a highly organized business professional with a versatile administrative support skill set. She is responsible for providing office support in the day-to-day operations of the business, including purchasing and procurement activities.
Amy attended Kingsborough Community College in New York City, and worked in Manhattan and New Jersey before relocating to Virginia Beach in 1999. She brings many years of experience working as an office manager, with hands-on experience in all areas of accounting and payroll. In her previous role, Amy was recognized for identifying cost saving initiatives, enhancing and streamlining procedures, and motivating complacent vendors.
When she is not working, Amy loves spending time with her daughter, Melissa, as well as other family members and friends. She enjoys going to movies, listening to music, watching football (especially when the New York Giants or Virginia Tech Hokies are playing), and spoiling her cat, Ebby.
Service Contract Manager
Bret Ervin is a service and contracts administrator focused on supporting SOLitude’s field and operations teams through contract and service order review and processing. Bret has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management with a concentration in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from James Madison University.
Prior to joining SOLitude in November 2017, Bret was a leader in the gourmet seafood business in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. There, he focused on all aspects of restaurant management, including operations, sales and customer service, and was awarded for Hospitality and Guest Service Excellence by Currituck County. He was also involved in large-party wedding catering at some of the premiere destinations in the region.
Bret grew at the oceanfront of Virginia Beach and in his free time enjoys all forms of recreation. In addition to partaking in year-round surfing, Bret is often found weight-lifting, riding beach cruisers, watching movies, and spending time with his wife and family. In the winter, he also likes to hit the slopes. During college, Bret was a member of JMU’s ski and snowboard club, Borderline, and has experience snowboarding in Steamboat, CO, Snowshoe, WV, and Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada.
Business Operations Manager
Pam Murray is a service and contracts administrator focused on processing service agreements and supporting SOLitude’s Operations and Administrative teams. Pam has more than a decade of project management, business and leadership experience in the financial industry.
Prior to joining SOLitude, Pam was a leader with Bank of America for 17 years. Most recently, she managed project work and process changes mandated by State and Federal agencies as it related to foreclosure and bankruptcy.
Pam and her husband live in Virginia Beach with their three dogs, Gizmo, Roscoe and Stephen. She loves spending time outdoors kayaking, gardening or just walking the dogs and meeting neighbors. Pam has been a strong supporter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life event for the past 19 years.
Whitney Kochheiser is an executive assistant supporting SOLitude’s President and Vice President, from the company’s Virginia Beach office. Whitney works closely with company leadership to coordinate and execute corporate projects.
Whitney has an extensive background in executive office management and credits her diverse experience to working with multiple corporations in Washington, DC. She’s also experienced in advertising sales and used her expertise to start a local neighborhood magazine.
Whitney is native of Virginia Beach and graduated from Virginia Tech. Her young daughter keeps her busy and active, and they spend most of their free time with extended family, going to football games, visiting the beach and traveling.
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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.