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.

Hunter Poland

Environmental Scientist and Operations Manager (VA)

Hunter Poland is an Environmental Scientist and 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.

Stephen Wilson

Project Manager (Carolinas, GA, AL, MS), Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist

Stephen Wilson is an Aquatic and Fisheries Biologist with the SOLitude team who serves as the Project 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.