North Florida Leadership Team
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.
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.
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.