Regional Director, South & Midwest
David Ellison is an aquatic biologist with the SOLitude Lake Management team who serves as the Regional Director for south and midwest. He oversees many of SOLitude's large projects focusing on invasive species control, and has developed programs for Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Fisherman's Island Wildlife Refuge and Ft. Eustis, to name a few.
Dave is a certified pesticide applicator for turf, aquatics and public health in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is also a certified AquaMaster and Aqua Control Technician, a SePRO Preferred Applicator and a certified Stormwater Inspector. His participation in regular continuing education programs keeps his industry knowledge current with the latest technological trends.
Dave is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Prior to joining the SOLitude Lake Management team, Dave was employed as the assistant superintendent for an area golf course. During his years there, he was a licensed pesticide applicator for turfgrass. This experience, coupled with his education, make him a valuable and knowledgeable leader at SOLitude.
Like most of the SOLitude Lake Management team, Dave enjoys being outside and particularly enjoys the ocean. During his time off, you will often find Dave on the beach. He is an avid surfer, enjoys spending time with his family.
Regional Sales Manager
Jordan Meissner serves as Regional Sales Manager for SOLitude's north, mid-atlantic and south 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.
Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist and District Manager
Stephen Wilson is an Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist with the SOLitude team who serves as the District Manager for the Carolinas, Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. Stephen has ten years of experience creating lake, pond and wetland management plans and working with private land owners, local and state agencies and corporations. He has extensive fieldwork experience including fishery surveys and aquatic macrophyte surveys and has three years of practice in bathymetric mapping.
Stephen is a certified pesticide applicator for aquatics in South Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Pennsylvania and certified in Demonstration and Research Pest Control in New York. Stephen leads many of SOLitude's projects focusing on invasive species control and water quality in the Charleston, SC area. He is also a SePRO Preferred Applicator.
Stephen is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries Biology. Prior to relocating to South Carolina with the SOLitude team, Stephen was part owner of Allied Biological of northern New York. Located near scenic Cooperstown, Stephen offered many public educational seminars in Otsego County and served on the board of the Goodyear Lake Association.
Stephen has a passion for the outdoors especially when it comes to conserving water resources. He can still be found on the lake often competing in bass tournaments. Stephen also enjoys whitetail archery, fly fishing, backpacking, camping and vacationing with his wife and their rescue dog.
Environmental Scientist and District Manager
David Riedl is an Environmental Scientist and District Manager who is dedicated to revitalizing the natural environment. David has extensive experience managing aquatic ecosystems, and is based out of Richmond, VA, where he serves as territory leader for northern Virginia and Maryland. He is a SePRO Preferred Applicator, a certified applicator for “Right of Ways” in Virginia, and an AquaMaster trained service technician.
Before joining SOLitude, David worked for Portsmouth mosquito control where he learned basic pesticide application procedure. He then took a job at the King George Landfill as a research technician where he was charged with the task of treating landfill leachate. There, he learned much about water quality, wastewater treatment, as well as pump troubleshooting and maintenance.
David's work with SOLitude has allowed him to return closer to his hometown. A native to the Fredericksburg, VA area, David graduated from James Monroe High School in 2005 after taking a real interest in his AP environmental science class. David continued his education at Christopher Newport University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science in 2009.
David enjoys cooking and eating dinner with his father, a retired engineer, his mother, a resource teacher, and his grandmother on a weekly basis. David enjoys playing soccer and lacrosse in local leagues, and he and his brother, Bill, a software engineer in Sacramento, California, enjoy traveling around the country to find the best places to snowboard. David has also played the drums for more than 15 years, but has yet to find a venue for this talent.
Aquatic Biologist and Field Operations Manager
Chase Brown is an Aquatic Biologist and Field Operations Manager serving clients from SOLitude’s Newport News, VA office. Chase has extensive experience managing private ponds, cultivating trophy bass and analyzing fisheries data.
Chase has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bridgewater College. There, his studies focused on wildlife conservation and fisheries management. After graduating, Chase left Virginia to manage a remote weir camp for Sockeye and Coho Salmon for Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association in Kenia, AK. The data collected during his stay was used to help determine state fishing limits. While in Alaska, he spent his free time fly fishing the streams and taking pictures of native brown and black bears. He was also onsite for the filming of an Animal Planet episode with wildlife conservationist Jeff Corin.
After his Alaska experience, Chase spent some time working for Texas Parks & Wildlife with the coastal fisheries division in Palacios, TX. He collected fish population data via oyster trawls, seine nets, gill nets and otoliths samples on West and East Matagorda Bay. He later worked for a lake management firm in Bryan, TX, where he managed various private lakes, ponds and fisheries throughout the Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. He joined the SOLitude Lake Management team in 2018.
Chase was born and raised in Winchester, VA and spent much of his free time on the beaches and marshes of the Eastern Shore. This began his passion for all things fish and wildlife related. Outside of work, you can find Chase helping people catch their first trophy fish (40+ inches) off the surf, guiding duck hunts, golfing and spending time with his girlfriend and their two German Shepherds, Boomer and Bender.
Environmental Scientist and Field Operations Manager
Hunter Poland is an Environmental Scientist and Field Operations Manager at SOLitude. In addition to developing effective lake and pond management solutions for clients, Hunter works to incorporate ecological sustainability and natural resource preservation in to each of his projects. Hunter has professionally installed numerous fountains and submersed aeration systems of varying styles and sizes and has successfully treated several undesired aquatic, upland, and invasive plant species.
Hunter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Ferrum College in southwestern Virginia. While at Ferrum, he participated in water quality testing and the Vessel Pump-Out program on Smith Mountain Lake and Save Our Streams monitoring in Franklin County, VA. Hunter also held an officer position in the Ferrum College Agriculture Club.
Before joining SOLitude Lake Management, Hunter worked in a nursery as well as in the construction and excavating fields. He also worked on his family’s farm in Fauquier County, Virginia. These experiences along with his life-long interest in aquatic environments on the Rappahannock River led him to join the SOLitude team.
In his spare time you will likely find Hunter fishing, hunting, boating, hiking, or doing one of many other outdoor activities that he enjoys. His favorite activities include smallmouth bass fishing, waterfowl hunting, and bow hunting whitetails.
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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.