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    Your Full-Service Lake Management Team

    Meet The Southern Team: 

    Carolinas | Virginia | Northern VA
    Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi | Arkansas, Louisiana

    David Ellison

    Director of Lake Management 
    South, Southwest & Midwest


    David Ellison is an aquatic biologist with the SOLitude Lake Management team who serves as the lake management director for the south. 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.

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    Jordan Meissner

    Regional Sales Manager  

    Jordan-Meissner-solitudeJordan Meissner serves as 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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    Trent Nelson

    Business Development Consultant


    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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    Stephen Wilson

     Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist and Regional Manager

    steve-wilson-web-newStephen Wilson is an aquatic and fisheries biologist with the SOLitude team who serves as the territory manager for South Carolina and Georgia. 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

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    Michael Norton

    Professional Engineer and Client Development Manager

    Michael_norton_webMichael Norton joined SOLitude Lake Management in 2016. He assists in establishing and implementing business development strategies, and serves as an operational liaison between the client, field staff and regional management. He is a licensed applicator and professional engineer and has utilized these skills for more than two decades while serving numerous roles in the lake and pond management industry.

    Michael has a varied background in the engineering, aquatics and business management professions. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, and his Master of Business Administration degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. His professional work in engineering began in the early 1990’s. By the mid-1990’s Michael was also involved in the management of water resource activities and aquatic vegetation control.

    Michael is also a Principal for McGill Associates, one of SOLitude’s Industry Partners, serving as Office Director in their Shallotte, North Carolina location. His involvement in the design, permitting, certification, inspection and maintenance of stormwater control measures allows him to better understand and manage these systems. He offers expertise in land planning, site design, water and wastewater infrastructure permitting, stormwater management and erosion control. His opportunities to work with multiple public and private sector clients also afforded an ability to engage in cooperative efforts with regulatory personnel to improve related guidance documents and ordinances at local and state levels.

    Michael and his family enjoy life in their hometown along the coast in Brunswick County North Carolina. Most of his time is spent near home, though his love of water and the outdoors makes any related activity or destination exciting. He values time spent serving in local church ministries as well community and educational boards and committees.

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    Nicholas Butler

    Aquatic Specialist
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    Nicholas Butler is an aquatic specialist at SOLitude. Nic enjoys educating the public about sustainability and providing his clients with ecologically responsible lake and pond management solutions. In addition to being a Licensed Pesticide Applicator in the Carolinas, Nic is a member of the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society. 

    Nic graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) before joining SOLitude in 2016. 

    Nic grew up in southeastern North Carolina in the small town of Shallotte. His love of the outdoors and strong attention to detail led him to pursue a career in the lake and pond management industry. When not out in the field you can find Nic with his wife, Mary, either on a boat or at the beach. They both enjoy fishing, surfing and paddle boarding.  

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    Michael Meritet 

    Fisheries Scientist

    Michael Meritet

    Michael Meritet is a fisheries scientist focused on helping clients achieve their lake and pond goals through best management practices and ecologically sustainable strategies. Michael has extensive experience working with mechanical, biological and chemical solutions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture from SUNY Cobleskill, where he also served as president of the Cobleskill chapter of the American Fisheries Society and coordinated many community outreach events. Following graduation, Michael worked on a large-scale organic aquaponics farm, where he reared coho salmon and tilapia from the fry stages to market size in a recirculating aquaponics system. Later, he gained experience designing, building and maintaining residential and commercial ponds, fountains, waterfalls and salt water aquariums. Before joining SOLitude, Michael served as a bayman and spent time working with Quahog clams on Long Island, where he learned to balance commercial and public interests with wildlife and marine regulations.

    Michael was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Surrounded by marine fisheries, he was introduced to freshwater fisheries early in life, and spent his childhood catching bluegill with a fisher price rod. Michael later grew to enjoy annual fishing trips to Canada targeting large and smallmouth bass, as well as northern pike. He believes those experiences entrenched his love for the outdoors and the preservation of our fresh water resources.

    In his free time, Michael spending time with his girlfriend, Jennifer, and their black lab Bodhi, who loves to take rides on Jennifer’s paddle board when they’re out on the water. The three love to kayak, fish camp and hike, and Michael hopes to join Jennifer next year as she completes the Colorado trail. Michael’s favorite season is fall, which ushers in cooler temperatures, good fishing and, of course, football.   

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    Kim Niesel, CMCA

    Senior Business Development Consultant

    kim-niesel-web-newKimberly 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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    Devin McGuire

    Business Development Consultant

    devin-mcguire-web-newDevin 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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    Chase Brown

    Aquatic Biologist and Regional Manager

    chase-brownChase Brown is an aquatic biologist and regional 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.      

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    Zachary Cartwright

    Fisheries Scientist

    zachary-cartwright-headshot-webZachary is a fisheries scientist based out of Chesapeake, VA. He assists clients with the environmentally-sustainable management of their lakes, stormwater ponds and wetland ecosystems throughout the region. He specializes in the installation and maintenance of floating fountains and aeration systems, managing aquatic vegetation and restoring water quality. In particular, Zac seeks to promote the biological health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed through sound aquatic management while providing the community with a beautiful and natural aesthetic.

    While earning his degree in Fisheries Conservation from Virginia Tech, Zac cultivated a professional interest in environmental policy, natural resource management, and conservation. Prior to joining SOLitude in March of 2019, Zac worked as a Hatchery Technician in the Prince William Sound of Alaska and was a NOAA Marine Fisheries Observer out of New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions.

    Raised in an Army family, Zac grew up moving throughout the country. However, with family ties to the Commonwealth, he has always called Virginia home. In his leisure time, he enjoys running, hiking, reading, playing guitar and fishing.

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    Ethan McAlhaney

    Environmental Scientist

    ethan-mcalhaney-webEthan McAlhaney is an Environmental Scientist based out of SOLitude’s Virginia Beach office. He specializes in the sustainable management of lakes and ponds and is experienced in water and algae sampling, bathymetric mapping, mosquito surveys, natural resource reporting and more. He also has a valuable expertise in fisheries and aquaculture. Previously, he worked for the South Carolina State Department of Natural Resources Fish Hatcheries, where he raised saltwater fish such as cobia, red drum and others.

    Ethan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from Clemson University. Ethan has completed a laboratory internship program to be a certified sampling technician and holds a valid state pesticide and aquatic applicator’s license.

    Ethan is originally from South Carolina and spent several years managing waterbodies in Florida. He moved to Virginia in 2019.

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    Grant DeMello

    Environmental Scientist

    Grant DeMelloGrant DeMello is an Environmental Scientist who joined the SOLitude team in August 2019. He specializes in the use of sustainable and proactive solutions to manage freshwater resources, including lakes, stormwater ponds and wetland ecosystems. He enjoys building lasting relationships with his clients based on trust and results.

    Grant earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia and currently serves clients throughout the state. Previously, Grant worked for a premier emergency services company that specialized in marine and waste services, emergency response and environmental remediation work for the Eastern United States.

    In his spare time, Grant enjoys watching sports—particularly hockey and football—playing video games, and trying out new foods and breweries.

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    Northern Virginia 

    David Riedl 

    Environmental Scientist and Regional Manager

    david-riedl-solitudeDavid Riedl is an environmental scientist and regional 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. 

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    Shannon Junior

    Aquatic Ecologist and Senior Business Development Consultant

    shannon-junior-web-newShannon 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 bandannas, 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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    Hunter Poland 

    Assistant Regional Manager, Environmental Scientist

    hunter-polandHunter Poland is an environmental scientist 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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    Jackson Minnich

    Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist


    Jackson Minnich is a wildlife and fisheries biologist with an extensive background managing aquatic ecosystems for public and private entities. Since 2016, he has worked directly with SOLitude’s clients to help restore ecological balance to their waterbodies and ensure all applicable state, local and federal regulations are met.

    Jackson graduated from University of Tennesee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries and a minor in Foresty. Before joining SOLitude, Jackson worked for the Parks and Recreation Department in Knoxville, TN. During this time, he managed city-owned aquatic facilities, worked with youth programs and guided canoe trips on several East Tennessee rivers. Jackson also performed contract work for the Fort Loudoun Lake Association, where he worked to map a 16-mile section of Turkey Creek in Knoxville. His work included mapping the section of the creek, collecting water samples for E. coli testing, collecting Fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) samples, and recording the locations of fish barriers and other stream blockages. Jackson's work with the Fort Loudoun Lake Association gave him first-hand experience in coordinating with private and public entities to help manage aquatic ecosystems. Jackson is also a certified first responder and also holds certifications in Wildland Fire Management.

    Jackson was born and raised in Knoxville and spent much of his early life in the Great Smoky Mountains and on the many lakes surrounding Knoxville. This led to a love of nature and a desire to be outside whenever possible. This desire turned into a passion for bass fishing and he eventually joined the University of Tennessee Bass Fishing Team, and was elected president of the team during his senior year. Jackson still loves to bass fish, and is looking forward to expanding his knowledge in the area of saltwater fishing.

    When not working, Jackson enjoys fishing, hiking, hunting, watching various sports, and spending time with his loving wife. Jackson actively volunteers with many fishing related events, and enjoys volunteering with organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project.     

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    Daniel Hood 

    Wildlife and Fisheries Scientist


    Daniel Hood is a wildlife and fisheries scientist who provides SOLitude’s clients with sustainable solutions for the management of their lakes and ponds. Daniel is passionate about the outdoors and has a special interest in utilizing the most current environmental technologies to help clients enjoy the full potential of their properties.

    Daniel graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2010, earning his bachelor’s degree in Marine Science with a concentration in Biological Oceanography. Before joining the SOLitude team, He worked for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR). During his time with SCDNR, Daniel worked with the State Lakes Management Program, the Freshwater Fisheries Research Program, and the Aquatic Nuisance Species Program. His duties with SCDNR included water quality sampling and analysis, hatchery harvest and stocking, American eel sampling, electrofishing sampling, freshwater fish age and diet analysis, and coordination of aquatic plant management operations for public waters in South Carolina.

    Daniel has a love for the outdoors that can be traced back to his early years spent with his Dad and Grandpa in the Santee Cooper swamps of South Carolina. These days, you can find him on the golf course with friends, at the lake with family, or in the woods chasing after various game species. Daniel utilizes his passion for the outdoors as a motivational tool to encourage customers to capture and enjoy the potential that their property has to offer.  

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    Nick Hanna 

    Environmental Scientist 


    Nick Hanna is an Environmental Scientist based out of Manassas, VA. He specializes in helping clients achieve their long-term aquatic management goals while ensuring the health and ecological balance of the ecosystem is maintained.

    Nick graduated from George Mason University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and a concentration in Human and Ecosystem Response to Climate Change.

    Nick has many hobbies and in his spare time can be found reading novels, caring for his bonsai and green house plants, catching up on the news, and spending time outdoors. He does not have social media, so much of Nick’s time is spent hiking, kayaking, and taking his pets for adventures. He is also a loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan and has confidence that his team is on the ‘Stairway to Seven’.

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    Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi 

    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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    Stephen Wilson

     Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist and Regional Manager

    steve-wilson-web-newStephen Wilson is an aquatic and fisheries biologist with the SOLitude team who serves as the territory manager for South Carolina and Georgia. 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

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    Peyton Woods 

    Aquatic Scientist


    Peyton Woods is an aquatic scientist at SOLitude. Peyton provides clients with sustainable lake and pond management solutions, and creates customized plans specific to their objectives and desires for their property and water resources. He is also a certified pesticide applicator in Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Alabama.

    Peyton earned his Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Aquatic Sciences from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia (UGA) in 2015. During his time at UGA, Peyton researched potential bioaccumulation of a toxic strain of Cyanobacteria which was growing on Hydrilla in Lake Thurmond Reservoir in Georgia. The research led to the discovery of a disease called Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy (AVM), which affects the myelin sheath of the brain in birds that consume the Cyanobacteria infested Hydrilla.

    Before joining the SOLitude team, Peyton volunteered with several EPA research projects which focused on evaluating the effectiveness of mitigation areas on increasing fish biodiversity in the Georgia Piedmont region.

    Peyton was raised in the northeast Georgia mountains where his family cattle farm backed up to the Chattahoochee National Forest. Growing up, he spent the majority of his free time in the outdoors fishing and hunting. From an early age, Peyton had an interest in the many fish that inhabited the streams and rivers around his home, and the ways the fish interacted with their surroundings. This early fascination drove him to pursue his interests in the aquatic realm at the University of Georgia. Today, Peyton loves to spend his free time hunting and fishing with friends and family.

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    James Powell 

    Aquatic Specialist

    James Powell

    James Powell is an Aquatic Specialist who helps monitor and manage client properties for nuisance aquatic weeds and algae. He has experience implementing an array of sustainable solutions used to restore the balance and aesthetic beauty to aquatic ecosystems. He regularly works with clients in the Alpharetta, GA region to ensure their goals are achieved. James joined the SOLitude team in 2003.

    Outside of work, James spends most of his time with his wife and their three kids. His hobbies are hunting, fishing, and camping. He also loves football – Go Dawgs!

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    Arkansas, Louisiana

    Dustin Vassar

    Regional Sales Manager 

    Dustin_VassarDustin Vassar is a regional sales manager 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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