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Meet The West Leadership Team
West Leadership Team
Regional Director: Southwest & West
Patrick Mefferd joined the SOLitude Lake Management as the Regional Manager in Texas and was promoted in January 2020 to Regional Director of our West and Southwest regions. Patrick has nearly two decades of management experience and is responsible for leading the operations of SOLitude’s West offices.
Patrick graduated from Union Institute & University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Services Management. He has extensive experience supervising and managing teams in different industries, including customer service, hospitality, travel, transportation and maintenance.
Previously, Patrick spent two and a half years with DBi Services, where he managed highway and interstate projects, ensuring that they were completed on time and within budget. In this role, Patrick focused on project development, resource allocation, and client management, and gained experience leading vegetation management projects throughout the state of Texas. Before DBi Services, Patrick worked for more than 11 years with Avis Budget Group in locations throughout Texas, California and Nevada.
Patrick’s first experience with the environmental industry began at the age of 16 with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the State of California, where he served as a Senior Park Aid. The role taught him valuable lessons and spurred his love for the outdoors. Now, Patrick resides in Waco, TX. Outside of work, he can be found traveling to the beach or mountains with his wife, Carol. Often, their travels take them back to his home state of California where his kids currently attend school and work
Regional Sales Manager
Dustin Vassar is a Regional Sales Manager serving SOLitude’s clients in the West, Midwest and 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.
Aquatic Biologist and District Manager
Erin Stewart is an Aquatic Biologist and District Manager based in Colorado. She has managed lakes and ponds in the region since 2008. Erin has in-depth knowledge of water quality and its impacts to fisheries and the overall health of local aquatic environments. Erin has interests in aeration design, fisheries management and wetlands restoration. She has also worked on several projects involving the management of cyanobacteria in drinking water reservoirs and recreational lakes in Colorado. Erin is a licensed qualified Supervisor for aquatic pesticide applications with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
Erin graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Oceanography from the College of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences. Prior to working in the lake and pond management industry, she studied cardiac hypertrophy and juvenile diabetes in a clinical research setting and also managed a molecular biology core facility.
In 2001, Erin moved from her home in the Midwest to colorful Colorado, and loves the mountains and amazing weather. In her free time, you will find her enjoying the view from her home in the foothills of Denver, rafting, fishing or hiking with her husband and two boys.
Field Opeartions Manager
Ryan Gotchy is the Field Operations Manager in Arizona. He helps oversee the maintenance and installation of floating fountains and submersed diffused aeration systems to help improve water quality and circulate client waterbodies.
As an Arizona native, Ryan is experienced managing aquatic ecosystems in the local environment. He is a licensed chemical applicator through the Pest Management Division of the Department of Agriculture and maintains membership with Tradesmen International.
Field Operations Manager
John Peters is an Field Operations Manager supporting SOLitude’s California team. He focuses on handling day to day operational needs to ensure efficient and successful completion of projects in the field. With more than 25 years of industry experience, John is adept at collaborating with various departments, consultants and team members to guarantee environmental compliance reporting and monitoring requirements are fulfilled for each and every job.
John has held critical roles on a variety of special projects throughout his career, including the construction of new waterbodies and the design and installation of water features. Additionally, John serves as the first point of contact for many clients. He takes pride in his personalized approach to customer relations and goes the extra mile to ensure client needs are addressed quickly and thoroughly.
Prior to his current role, John excelled as an Operations Manager in the landscaping field, where he oversaw the entire operation of the business with over 20 million in yearly sales and managed more than 200 employees. There, he gained extensive experience providing turnkey services to HOAs, municipalities, and private property owners.
In his spare time, John enjoys traveling with his wife and spending time on the water. In addition to being a self-proclaimed sports nut and motorcyclist, he is passionate about spending time with his family and four grandchildren.
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