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Patrick Mefferd

District Manager (TX, TN, KY, CO, AZ, MS, AL)

Patrick Mefferd serves as the District Manager for SOLitude Lake Management’s West, Southwest and Midwest regions. Patrick has nearly two decades of management experience and is responsible for leading the operations of SOLitude’s California, Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Alabama 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. Patrick enjoys being outdoors and can be found traveling to the beach or mountains with his wife. Often, their travels take them back to his home state of California.

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Anthony Macedo

District Manager (CA)

Anthony Macedo – Anthony Macedo serves as the District Manager for SOLitude Lake Management’s West region. Anthony has over a decade of management experience and is responsible for leading the operations of SOLitude’s California office and Nevada operations.

Anthony graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Information Systems. He has extensive experience managing teams in different industries, including customer service, transportation, and consumer services.

Prior to SOLitude, Anthony spent four and a half years running Northern California termite with Orkin where he successfully implemented plans for improvement around operational deficiencies. Before Orkin, Anthony spent 7 years with Avis Budget Group throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Anthony currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children. Outside of work, he can be found spending quality time outdoors with his family by bike riding, fishing, camping, and boating

Ryan Gotchy

Field Operations Manager (AZ)

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.

Salvador Gaytan

Operations Manager (CA)

Salvador Gaytan is an Aquatic Crew Leader responsible for executing maintenance and construction projects throughout SOLitude’s California region. Salvador has more than 20 years of experience in the lake management industry and regularly interfaces with clients to ensure their needs are met and expectations exceeded throughout each project he leads.  

Salvador joined the SOLitude team in 1998. Since then, he has maintained his Qualified Applicators License and contributed to an array of high-profile environmental restoration projects for municipalities, well-known corporations, and private properties, including the California Academy of Science and Bass-Pro Shop. His expertise extends to the construction of lakes, ponds, and waterways, fountain installations, and extensive dredging projects.

Additionally, Salvador is certified in pesticide regulations, confined space training, and CPR, and has completed OSHA training.

In his spare time, Salvador spends as much time as possible with his family and daughters. He enjoys watching sports and is heavily involved with spartan races.

Jose Botello

Operations Manager (CA)

Jose Botello is a Field Operations Manager for California and Nevada. Jose has held numerous roles within the aquatic industry since 2002. Jose has in-depth knowledge and experience in managing lakes and ponds, aquatic weed and algae control, installation of fountains and aerators, and other aquatic-related services.

Jose currently possesses a Qualified Applicators Licence – Aquatic from the Department of Pesticides and Regulations in California and Primary Principle License from the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

Outside of work Jose enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids outdoors whether it is hiking, fishing, or camping.

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Katie Pierce

Business Development Consultant (Northern CA)

Katie Pierce is an Aquatic Specialist and Business Development Consultant based in Northern California. Katie has a background in ecology and habitat restoration with a main focus on water systems, riparian areas, and arboretums. Prior to joining SOLitude Lake Management, Katie did technical sales for a leading renewable energy developer and services provider where she specialized in commercial and utility-scale solar and battery storage systems.

Katie graduated from University of California, Davis with a degree in Environmental Science and Management and an emphasis in Ecology, Biodiversity, and Conservation. Her biggest passion is restoring and maintaining ecosystem health, both on land and in water.

Katie currently lives in Sacramento and enjoys doing anything outdoors – hiking, backpacking, camping, fly fishing, and more. She also enjoys exploring new places and spending time with her family and friends.

Chase Morgan

Business Development Consultant (Southern CA)

Chase Morgan is an Aquatic Specialist and Business Development Consultant who regularly works with property managers to identify valuable solutions for lake and pond problems. He works closely with his stakeholders to ensure their waterbodies remain healthy, beautiful, and functional throughout the year. Chase is knowledgeable about all aspects of aquatic ecosystem management, but has a particular specialty in water quality restoration, shoreline maintenance, fish stocking, and weed and algae management. Chase is an advocate for stakeholders and prides himself on providing valuable solutions to solve any water quality challenges. His favorite thing about the role is developing strong relationships with homeowners and property managers. Chase attended his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University.


Jeff Bateman

Business Development Consultant (CO)

Jeff Bateman is an Aquatic Specialist and Business Development Consultant based in Arvada, Colorado. Jeff works with clients to build custom management plans to help them reach their lake, stormwater pond, or fishery goals.

Prior to joining SOLitude Lake Management, Jeff specialized in customer service and business development in both the airline and pet food industries. His diverse background and dedication to his craft are what drives his passion for delivering success to the customer.

Jeff and his wife, Maggie have lived in Colorado since 1994 and enjoy spending time with family, friends, and their 2 adult children, Katie & Connor when they’re available. Hobbies include travel, outdoor activities, history, classic movies, classic cars, and all sports.


Jacob Hughey

Business Development Consultant (Southern CA)

Jacob Hughey is an Aquatic Specialist and Business Development Consultant who helps property managers identify solutions for all lake and pond needs or issues. Prior to joining SOLitude Lake Management, Jacob was a chain-sales merchandiser for Southern Glazers Wine and Spirits, a wine and spirit distribution company. Jacob managed the Beverly Hills and West Hollywood territories until transferring to Long Beach. Before that, Jacob spent over a year working at a golf course both in the pro shop and on golf carts in Long Beach.
Jacob graduated from Long Beach State University where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Journalism, while also playing baseball for the ‘Dirtbags’.
Jacob currently lives in Long Beach and enjoys golfing, fishing, and watching a good movie with friends and family.

Jon Evans

Business Development Consultant (AZ, NV)

Jon Evans is an Aquatic Specialist and Business Development Consultant based in central Arizona. His academic background is in Conservation Biology with an emphasis on freshwater limnology and studies of Sonoran Desert Wildlife. He grew up in diverse outdoor environments ranging from Arizona cattle ranches to the swampy waterways of Louisiana and southeast Texas. Prior to joining SOLitude Lake Management, he worked as a state-licensed inspector for Wood Destroying Organisms & Pest Control, and provided specialized Wildlife Control sales for two international corporations. Jon is an award-winning Business Development professional having served the Southwest region for 30+ years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. Jon’s passion is saving the health of the lakes, waterways, and ponds which serve a crucial symbiosis for all creatures in the ecosystem of our unique, beautiful Southwestern states while serving the equally-crucial needs of our SOLitude Customers. 

Jon lives in Fountain Hills and enjoys any time spent with family & friends, as well as RV Camping, road trips, fishing, grilling, boating, Mexican cuisine, sci-fi movies, and comedy clubs.

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