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Your Full-Service Lake Management Team

Meet The Business Development Team

Mychal Manolatos

Vice President of Sales

mychal-manolatos-vice-president-of-salesMychal Manolatos joined SOLitude Lake Management as vice president of sales. As a driven senior sales executive, he is responsible for leading efforts to develop relationships with new clients and introduce the company’s many service offerings and products. Mychal also works to ensure that the needs of existing clients are not only met, but exceeded by the entire SOLitude sales team.

Mychal earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Hospitality and Human Resources Management from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, in 1999. Before joining SOLitude, Mychal worked with Aramark Corporation, where he was vice president of field sales for the central North America region. At Aramark, Mychal led a team of over one hundred sales professionals and developed and implemented a refreshment services sales strategy and executional framework for his sales team. Prior to Aramark, Mychal has held several roles of progressive sales leadership in capital equipment, food service and software industries. 

Mychal resides in Chicago with his daughter and is passionate about family, travel and sports. Though he has lived in Chicago since 2011, he remains an avid Detroit sports fan, where he spent his childhood. 

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Jordan Meissner

Regional Sales Manager  

Jordan_MeissnerJordan Meissner serves as the regional sales manager for SOLitude's south, southwest, and west regions.  He is responsible for leading a team that expands SOLitude’s footprint by driving new business and developing long-lasting relationships with clients.  He Joined SOLitude Lake Management in 2016 and has since been passionately focusing on meeting the needs of our partners.  

Jordan comes to SOLitude with over five years of experience in the successful development of new business territories. Most recently, Jordan worked for Aramark Corporation where he implemented sales strategies in several high volume territories and exceeded business goals for new client development. Originally from Chicago, Jordan graduated from Illinois State University (ISU) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. During his time at ISU, he was a member of the Illinois State University football team, as well as several other mentorship and business clubs.

Jordan spends the majority of his free time staying active by competing in CrossFit, spending time outdoors and playing recreational sports. He is also very passionate about traveling, boating and spending time with family and friends. 

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Mike Dillon

Regional Sales Manager

mike-dillon-webMichael Dillon is the Regional Sales Manager for SOLitude's South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions. He is responsible for driving growth in SOLitude’s footprint with a focus on organic growth and increased market share.  

Mike has more than 15 years of prior experience leading sales teams to both personal and professional growth while working for companies like Hertz Car Rental, MAC Tools and, most recently, Waterlogic USA, where he helped lead the US field sales team to a period of high growth resulting in over double their productivity in the point of use water purification market.

Originally from Philadelphia, Mike graduated from Manor College with a degree in Business Administration. He bleeds green as a lifelong fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and cheers on the other three major Philly franchises. He has lived in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Delaware, and currently resides in New Jersey. 

Mike spends the majority of his free time traveling with his wife, Nicole, and son, Michael, to see U2 and other live music events. He likes to spend his homebound free time on his boat or exploring local trails with his dog, Slider. 

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Bo Burns

Market Development Manager

Bo_BurnsBo Burns is a Market Development Manager at SOLitude Lake Management and Vector Disease Control International (SOLitude’s partner company). Bo is primarily responsible for business development in new markets, and has an extensive background in the lake management industry. He has worked in aquatic plant management and exotic plant management for over 30 years.

Bo received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hiram College in Hiram, OH and his Master of Environmental Management degree in Resource and Wetland Ecology from Duke University in Durham, NC. After earning his master’s degree, he worked for the State of North Carolina for four years as an environmental specialist with the Division of Water Resources. He then spent six years as a vegetation specialist for American Cyanamid, conducting research and sales for vegetation management in aquatics, forestry and utility rights of way management. Bo has also worked for SePRO Corporation as an aquatic specialist, BASF Corporation as aquatic specialist and Crop Production Services as the National Aquatic Sales and Marketing Manager. Before joining SOLitude, he worked as an aquatic territory manager for Valent USA Corporation and a national aquatics manager for Nufarm Americas while developing the market for Clipper Aquatic herbicide.

Bo currently serves as vice president for the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society and as a board member for the Mid-South Aquatic Plant Management Society. He is also a member of the aquatics committee for RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment). Bo is a past president for the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society as well as the North East Aquatic Plant Management Society. He is a past board member of the Mid-West Aquatic Plant Management Society, the National Aquatic Plant Management Society and the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation.

Bo and his wife of 32 years, Sallie, live in Raleigh, NC. They have a 24-year-old son, Bo Thomas, who also lives and works in Raleigh and a 21-year-old daughter, Cami, who is studying to be a teacher. Away from work, Bo enjoys spending time outdoors while camping, fishing and hunting.

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Jennifer Bonzani 

Business Development Consultant

jennifer-bonzaniJennifer Bonzani, Business Development Consultant, joined the SOLitude team in 2017. Jennifer is focused on helping expand the company’s national footprint by building relationships with business partners and new clients in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois.

Jennifer graduated from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining SOLitude, Jennifer worked for Aramark Refreshments for 10 years. At Aramark, she was able to grow and retain the company’s existing client base and transitioned on to new business where she exceeded her goals for new client development. She enjoyed learning the business from all aspects and was a top performer in each of her roles.

Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. She enjoys traveling and new experiences. She looks forward to visiting the Lake of the Ozarks each summer. Jennifer is also a big animal lover and has two dogs of her own at home. 

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Brendon Donnelly

Business Development Consultant  

brendon-donnelly-web.jpgBrendon Donnelly is a Business Development Consultant responsible for educating clients and helping the team build relationships with new partners.

Brendon has nearly a decade of experience in successful market growth. He studied Business Management at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Before joining SOLitude in 2017, Brendon worked for a leading lawn care company, where he executed new sales growth strategies while maintaining a high yield of clients.

Originally from Marietta, GA, Brendon still lives in the Atlanta area. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Becca, and two daughters, Aubree and Morgan, along with friends. Brendon has many hobbies, including competing in professional BBQ events, golfing, boating, and watching sports. 

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Shane Edwards

Business Development Consultant

shane-edwards-web.jpgShane Edwards is a business development specialist serving many of SOLitude’s Mid-Atlantic clients. He is responsible for helping the team build relationships with new partners as well as maintaining already existing relationships with current customers.

Shane graduated from William Paterson University of New Jersey with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. His start in sales began right out of business school, joining an organization in the tire industry in Boulder, CO, where he was awarded sales person of the year in 2013. Prior to joining SOLitude, Shane worked in the corrugated packaging industry and spent over two years as a sales representative. His responsibilities included targeting and generating new business, as well as fostering healthy business relationships within the manufacturing industry around the northern New Jersey and Lehigh Valley territory. Shane was most recently a member of the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and stays involved with alumni programs at his business school.

Shane played golf for his university team where he earned the university’s lowest scoring average for Men’s Golf. He continues to be an avid golfer year round with a passion for golf course architects, particularly the ones around the turn of the century. Along with golf, Shane spends many days outdoors with an intense adoration for fly fishing. Much of his free time is spent exploring the rivers and streams of the Adirondack, Catskill, and Berkshire Mountains as well as local rivers close to Hackettstown. 

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Joe Hogan

Business Development Consultant  

Joe_HoganJoe Hogan is a business development consultant focused on building relationships with clients and educating them about sustainable lake and pond management practices.

Joe came to SOLitude from Canon Solutions America, where he provided tailored business solutions for the small and medium-sized business market. Originally from Chicago, he graduated from Eastern Illinois University (EIU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communication Studies and a minor in Business Administration. During his time at EIU, Joe was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity as well as several other business and young entrepreneur clubs.

Joe spends the majority of his free time staying active and enjoying the outdoors. He is very passionate about music, and enjoys connecting with other through his trade. He also enjoys spending quality time and exploring new adventures with family and friends.  

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Gary Hoover

Business Development Consultant 

gary-hoover-webGary Hoover is a business development consultant serving clients in SOLitude’s California market. With more than three decades of experience in the aquatics industry, Gary is extremely knowledgeable about the sustainable solutions available to his clients, including lake, pond, fountain and water feature design, waterbody construction and maintenance operations, aquatic vegetation management, mechanical harvesting, and dredging.  

Gary primarily focuses on managing relationships with high-profile clients, including many municipal agencies and world headquarter locations for leading energy and computer technology corporations throughout Northern California.

Gary earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing & Finance from Sacramento State University. Prior to taking on his current role, Gary excelled as Division Manager, Major Account Manager, and Business Development Coordinator.

In his spare time, Gary is a family man who takes pride in serving his wife, kids and friends. He enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid daily hiker and swimmer. For fun, he likes to ride dirt bikes, snow ski and hang out by the river.

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Shannon Junior

Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant

describe the imageShannon Junior is an aquatic ecologist who serves as the senior business development consultant responsible for northern Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, western Pennsylvania and beyond.

Shannon has worked in the lake and pond management industry since 2000. She has been a Virginia Certified Pesticide applicator since 2001 and is currently licensed and certified in West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey. She has extensive experience with Integrated Pest Management strategies for nuisance vegetation control and is a certified Stormwater Inspector. Shannon has managed projects involving all facets of lake management, including ecological assessment, fisheries enhancement, aeration, aquatic landscaping, structural inspection/repairs, and dredging. She passed the Virginia Class A Contractor exam and is experienced with feasibility studies, design, regulatory permitting and construction of new ponds.

In addition to her extensive qualifications, Shannon also maintains her AquaMaster, Otterbine and Aqua Control Service Certifications and SePRO Preferred Applicator status. In 2013, Shannon received the SePRO Applicator of the Year Award. This award recognizes an individual who shows leadership in advancing the science of aquatic plant management, has demonstrated environmental and product stewardship throughout their career, continues to express a high level of professionalism in aquatic plant management, and has a drive to expand their knowledge of aquatic plant management.

Shannon received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason University in 1995. She returned to GMU in 1998 for graduate studies in Environmental Science and Public Policy, and performed her thesis research on the ecological effects of an open water dredge material deposition site in the Potomac River under a grant from the US Army Corps of Engineers. She also participated as a research assistant in projects involving pyrite mine reclamation, nutrient enrichment of the Potomac River and its tributaries, coral reef diseases and wood turtle ecology.

Shannon has a deep appreciation for aquatic habitats and has spent much of her life in and around the water. She has spent several summers on a live-aboard sailboat in the Bahamas, scuba diving on a different reef every day. She has lived out west, and enjoyed extended rafting and kayaking trips on dozens of whitewater and desert rivers. Shannon is a wildlife enthusiast, and loves that her job provides frequent opportunities to view many species of birds, reptiles, amphibians and other animals.

Shannon has a great passion for animal rescue and is an avid volunteer at her local animal shelter. She runs a Facebook page for the shelter and takes dogs to PetSmart on weekends for adoption events. She also makes tie-dyed t-shirts and dog bandanas, which she sells on Etsy (DogDayzDyes) and donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the shelter. Shannon lives in a log cabin with her husband and four dogs, and spends her spare time hiking, gardening, cooking and touring wineries. 

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Cole Kabella

Business Development Consultant 


Cole Kabella is a business development consultant with nearly a decade of experience developing relationships with clients across Texas and educating them on the importance of sustainable and proactive lake, pond and fisheries management solutions.

Cole has a special interest in fish stockings, fish transporting and acclimating fish into clients’ lakes and ponds. He also has an extensive background in the control of aquatic vegetation growth and maintaining and enhancing the aesthetics of the habitat.

Prior to joining SOLitude, Cole graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Services. During his time at A&M, he traveled to South Africa where he was able to spend a semester of his studies. On this trip, he met the woman that he would later call his wife. They both returned home and continued learning until they graduated in 2013.

Cole grew up in Liberty Hill, TX, where he participated in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. In his free time, Cole enjoys spending time outdoors. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, camping, swimming and shooting.

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Devin McGuire

Business Development Consultant

devin-mcguire-webDevin McGuire is a business development consultant focused on educating and supporting clients throughout the Richmond, VA, region. Devin has extensive sales and account management experience in a variety of markets, including healthcare, IT and the industrial equipment industry. Most recently, he worked for a pesticide supply company and covered the state of Virginia as well as southern Maryland.

Devin also has experience working in the golf industry and spent many years as an assistant golf professional with Hermitage Country Club, a private club outside of Richmond.

Devin’s interest in aquatic resource management stems from a childhood spent with his grandparents on a lake in Southwest Virginia. Devin is a Richmond native and married his high-school sweetheart. He spends most his time with his two young children, but when he’s not chasing them around, you can find him outdoors enjoying the saltwater. 

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Jeff Moding

Senior Business Development Consultant

Jeff ModingJeff 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.  

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Kim Niesel, CMCA

Senior Business Development Consultant

Kim_NieselKimberly Niesel is responsible for helping to introduce the company's many products and services to new clients as well as working with existing clients. Kim genuinely enjoys being around people, which makes her well-suited for her work.

Kim has extensive marketing and sales experience as well as a strong background in property management. The early part of Kim's career was spent in property management working first with a property developer and then transitioning to the management team of a large-scale community. Eventually, she found her way back to her field of study, marketing, when she began working in the banking industry under a national sales platform which marketed primarily to the HOA industry. This afforded her many opportunities and eventually led her to SOLitude Lake Management.

The combination of marketing and property management experience has allowed Kim to become well known in the industry. She holds her CMCA (certified manager of community associations) designation, as administered by the National Board of Certification for Community Associations Institute (CAI), and is involved in several industry-related organizations including the southeastern Virginia, central Virginia, Chesapeake, Washington Metro, Pennsylvania/Delaware Valley and the North Carolina chapters of CAI. Kim has been recognized many times for her volunteer involvement and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Virginia Leadership Retreat.

Kim is a native of southeastern Virginia and could never think of living anywhere but the coast. The US Navy has been a big part of her family for quite a few years as her husband has been serving his country on active duty. Kim even "joined in" for over two years serving as command ombudsman for the USS Cole during her husband's service on that ship. When taking a moment to pause, Kim enjoys traveling, baseball, socializing with friends and is her daughter's #1 fan on the soccer field. 

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Trent Nelson

Business Development Consultant

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Trent Nelson is a business development consultant serving clients in SOLitude’s Southern market. Trent focuses on helping clients maintain a balance between healthy aquatic ecosystems and has a special interest in the management of algae and aquatic weeds in private ponds, stormwater systems and golf course lakes. He also enjoys interacting with his clients and educating them on sustainable management techniques. Trent worked as an Aquatic Specialist for three years and has developed valuable field knowledge on treating and maintaining a wide array of aquatic ecosystems across North and South Carolina. Trent also has more than a dozen years of experience working with the golf course industry and spent four years as an assistant superintendent managing the day-to-day challenges of two top clubs in the Triad of North Carolina.

Trent is a 2009 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Turfgrass Science with a minor in Biological Sciences. He is a certified North Carolina pesticide applicator for aquatics, turf and ornamentals, "Right of Ways," forest pest control, and public health and is a licensed aquatic pesticide applicator in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. Trent is also a certified stormwater BMP inspector through NC State University and a certified turfgrass professional through the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina.

Trent has a strong passion for the outdoors and spends much of his spare time training his bird dog, fishing and hunting. Trent is an avid duck hunter and has been a volunteer for Ducks Unlimited since 2005.

Trent is married and has one daughter. He spends any available free time with family and friends at the beach.

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Joe Onorato

Business Development Consultant  

Joe_OnoratoJoe Onorato is a business development specialist at SOLitude. He is responsible for building new relationships with potential clients, as well as maintaining already existing relationships with current customers.

Joe earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI. Immediately after graduating, Joe took a chance on his dream and traveled the country as a touring musician. While touring, Joe realized his strong business acumen and would eventually go on to utilize his talents in a sales role. Prior to joining the SOLitude team, he spent six years as a top performing sales representative for PepsiCo/Frito Lay. In addition to bringing in new clients, he also trained and mentored new talent during his time with PepsiCo.

Joe grew up in Massachusetts, where he currently resides with his wife, daughter and step-daughter. Outside of work, Joe enjoys spending quality time with his family and visiting his parents' cottage on Cape Cod.  

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John Phelps

Environmental Scientist & Senior Business Development Consultant  

John_PhelpsJohn Phelps is an environmental scientist with over a decade of experience in water and land management throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

After graduating from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in environmental planning, John went on to serve as the environmental wetland specialist for Mercer County New Jersey's Mosquito Control Division. While there, John managed the division's water-management program undertaking multiple stormwater management enhancement projects, including fish stocking and beaver-control projects with NJDEP Fish and Wildlife and working with various homeowners associations to resolve poor drainage issues.

In 2006, John moved on from his civil servant duties to become an environmental scientist with the Pennsylvania Sewage Enforcement Office in the private sector. John furthered his professional training by completing the Rutgers University Wetland Delineation Program and the Penn State hydric and advanced soil courses. John worked on major land-development projects involving stream realignments, which required United States Army Corps of Engineer joint permits, macro invertebrate studies and wetland mitigation. John has also been a team member for rare, threatened and endangered species surveys, like the bog turtle and spadefoot toad, and has conducted many wetland delineations as well as local, state and federal environmental-impact permit applications.

Just prior to joining SOLitude, John managed stormwater facility compliance programs for JCM Environmental and then for Landmark Engineering, two leading environmental and engineering companies in Delaware. John's ability to facilitate remediation, enhancement and retrofitting needs for stormwater facilities is a valuable asset to clients. Coordinating with local and state agencies, teaming with expert engineers and relationships with experienced contractors reduces project costs, simplifies the process for clients and provides superior results. Spotlight projects include sediment forebay installation to modify an existing basin, sand filter and bio-retention basin remediation and two-acre mitigation installation.

John is a devoted father and enjoys spending any spare time hiking the Appalachian Trail, canoeing the Potomac and fishing his favorite honey hole. John is an active community leader in London Grove Township in Pennsylvania where he lives with his family, chairing the township's environmental advisory council and serving as president of his own homeowners association. John's passion for the outdoors combined with his professional experience improving water quality creates a synergy of invaluable proportions.

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Bethany Thompson

Business Development Consultant 

Bethany ThompsonBethany 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.  

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Dustin Vassar

Business Development Consultant

Dustin_VassarDustin Vassar is a business development consultant serving SOLitude’s clients in the Southwest. Dustin is responsible for helping the team build relationships with clients in the region as SOLitude continues to grow.

Dustin comes to SOLitude with an extensive background in new business development. He worked with Ricoh USA, based out of Dallas, Texas, where he was a top contributor in the marketplace. Prior to coming to SOLitude, Dustin worked as a business performance advisor for Insperity in Irving, TX. At Insperity, he was responsible for determining ways to help small businesses succeed, such as reducing administrative costs, attracting and retaining top talent, and shaping company culture.

Dustin is originally from Arlington, TX, and attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied Business Finance. Dustin is a member of Toastmasters International where he serves his club as VP Membership and enjoys helping new members with their public speaking skills.

Dustin spends his free time drag racing, playing golf, being outdoors with family and friends and staying active at his CrossFit gym.  

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Marti Veatch

Business Development Consultant 

Marti-Veatch-web3Marti 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.  

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Gary Wilhelm

Business Development Consultant 

Gary Wilhelm

Gary Wilhelm is a Senior 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 and has extensive knowledge on all aspects of freshwater management. Gary has valuable experience working with homeowners associations, property management companies and private property owners. He also has an extensive background working with golf course superintendents, general managers, golf course architects and golf pros, and has served as a member of the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association for more than 25 years.

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.  

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