Brett Emmerton

Regional Director

Brett Emmerton is SOLitude’s Regional Director and leads Operations in the South region. He comes to SOLitude with almost 15 years of experience in various leadership roles to include the military, commercial pest control, and food safety industries in various geographies across the country. He is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of his teams while executing the strategic goals of the business. People development is a primary passion for him.
Brett served in the United States Marine Corps in both Reserve and Active Duty capacities until he was discharged as a Sergeant (E-5) in 2008. His assignments include having served as a unit training non-commissioned officer in charge, armorer, and crew-served weapons instructor.
Brett was born and raised in South Africa before immigrating to the United States in 1994. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and double majored in International Business and Peace, War, and Defense. Brett was an active member of sports teams growing up, to include rugby, swimming and springboard diving. He actively enjoys destination trips for skiing and open water diving.
Brett resides in South Carolina with his wife Karen and three children (son Nathan, and identical twin daughters Caroline and Claire). The family enjoys time together outdoors hiking and traveling, or any excuse for water sports and activities.

David Cottrell

District Manager, Botanist

David Cottrell is a District Manager and Botanist who ensures SOLitude’s clients receive the best quality lake management services and solutions available to them. He is a knowledgeable and experienced resource who specializes in creating custom management plans that prioritize the health of aquatic environments across the region.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in Botany from the University of Florida. He is also Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) certified. He joined the SOLitude team in 1997.

David was born-and-raised in Fernandina Beach, FL. Previously, David worked at Amelia Island Plantation, a resort in his hometown where he took care of plants and prepared them aesthetically for corporate events and weddings.

Derek Byrnes

Operations Manager, Aquatic Biologist

Derek Byrnes is an Operations Manager and Aquatic Biologist based out of Northeast Florida. He enjoys helping customers identify solutions to their water quality problems and assisting his colleagues with their technical challenges. He is dedicated to preserving the ecological balance of the environment through ecologically sound tools and practices.

As an Aquatic Biologist, Derek is responsible for water quality and algae sampling, bathymetric lake mapping, nutrient management, midge fly/mosquito surveys, scientific reporting and more.

Derek was born in San Antonio, TX. He has also lived in the Midwest, where he attended the University of Northern Iowa. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Josh McGarry

Regional Sales Manager

Josh McGarry is a Regional Sales Manager who helps oversee business development efforts across SOLitude’s Sarasota and Sun City territories. He enjoys helping and educating clients, developing his team, and speaking at industry conferences. He is passionate about supporting his colleagues and being a good steward to the environment by restoring wetlands and waterways to a natural and healthy state.

Josh earned a Master Naturalist Certification from the University of Florida, and holds a Florida Green Best Management Practices certificate. He has more than 10 years of experience working with SOLitude.

Josh was born-and-raised in Aurora, NY, in the Finger Lakes region.