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Keith Phillips Bio

Keith Phillips

Regional Director

Keith leads the operations in the North and West territories for SOLitude. He has 25 years experience successfully leading teams of people in various service industries including uniform/facilities, building products, inspections/certifications, and animal health. Keith has a MBA with a specialization in marketing and strategic decision making from Loyola University – Chicago, a Master’s degree from Xavier University, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati where he played baseball for the Bearcats.

After graduating from Loyola, he excelled for 12 years with the Cintas Corporation, first as a service manager, branch manager (acting as the sales manager at the same time), in a “turnaround situation” as a general manager, and finally as a regional business manager.
After leaving Cintas, he worked for Masco (one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home improvement and building products, with brands like Behr paint, Delta faucets, and KraftMaid cabinets) where he rebuilt a division and developed a new team in Ohio. From there, he went on to SGS (the world’s leading testing, inspection and
verification company) where he was the Director of Operations leading a team of 700 inspectors across the United States and a call center team who provided excellent customer service to their clients’ customers.

Most recently, Keith comes to us from NVA (National Veterinary Associates) where he held the position of Director of Operations. While there, he managed a region consisting of 43 veterinary hospitals across Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, and a budget around $100M. He led all aspects of the B2C business including P&L management, real estate, projected sales & profit quotas, business and strategic plans, pricing, human resources, and operational improvements. Born and raised in Ohio, Keith lives in Cincinnati with his wife, 3 children (2 boys and a girl) and their dog Jax. When he is not fishing with his boys or at his kids’ baseball and soccer games, he enjoys endurance cycling, golfing, or he is cheering on his wife during her endurance events.

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 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.

Jason Regester

Field Operation Manager, East Texas, Aquatic Specialist

Jason Regester is a Field Operation Manager and Aquatic Specialist who has serviced clients in SOLitude’s Southwestern market since 2007. Jason is experienced in all aspects of water quality testing and restoration, algae and aquatic weed control, fish habitat management and a multitude of other aquatic management services, and takes a special interest in enhancing fisheries through electrofishing surveys and data comparison. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, and is dedicated to continuously expanding and sharing his industry knowledge with SOLitude’s clients.

Salvador Gaytan

Operations Manager (CA)

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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