Our SOLitude Family

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Ed Bass

Regional Director

Ed Bass leads Operations in the North and West territories for SOLitude. Ed has more than 30 years of experience in mid and senior level leadership roles in the transportation, warehousing and specialized logistics industry, leading large operational, sales and account management teams with great success.

As a business owner throughout the 1990s Ed successfully operated a 48 state truckload business that grew to over 450 tractor trailers, employing over 500 Colleagues including administration staff, Drivers, Sales, Account Management and dock operations teams.

Before coming to Solitude Ed spent the previous 15 years with Iron Mountain Records and Information Management where he held several leadership roles including District General Manager overseeing the Texas and Oklahoma operations.  Director of Transportation for Iron Mountains North American operations consisting of 95 Districts operating over 3,000 routes per day in a service industry. Most recently for the previous 7 years, Ed held a Regional Director role in the companies Secure Destruction business unit with direct responsibility for 42 transportation depots and 8 shred plants operating in 22 states.  In this role Ed and his team of over 600 Colleagues achieved a number of recognition awards including Region of the Year for exceptional financial, customer satisfaction,  operational excellence and safety performance in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Raised in New Mexico Ed spent all of his free time outdoors hunting, fishing and camping where at a young age he gained a deep appreciation for the outdoors. Today he and his wife and high school sweetheart, Tonya live on a large lake southeast of Dallas Texas where they spend much of their spare time outdoors and on the boat with family and friends.

Patrick Mefferd

District Manager (TX, TN, CO, AZ)

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 and Tennessee 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

Dustin Vassar

Regional Sales Manager

Dustin Vassar is a regional sales manager serving SOLitude’s clients in the southwest and west. Dustin is responsible for helping the team build relationships with clients in the region as SOLitude continues to grow.

Dustin comes to SOLitude with an extensive background in new business development. He worked with Ricoh USA, based out of Dallas, Texas, where he was a top contributor in the marketplace. Prior to coming to SOLitude, Dustin worked as a business performance advisor for Insperity in Irving, TX. At Insperity, he was responsible for determining ways to help small businesses succeed, such as reducing administrative costs, attracting and retaining top talent, and shaping company culture.

Dustin is originally from Arlington, TX, and attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he studied Business Finance. Dustin is a member of Toastmasters International where he serves his club as VP Membership and enjoys helping new members with their public speaking skills.

Dustin spends his free time drag racing, playing golf, being outdoors with family and friends and staying active at his CrossFit gym.

Erin Stewart

Project Manager (CO), Aquatic Biologist

Erin Stewart is an Aquatic Biologist and Project Manager based in Colorado. She has managed lakes and ponds in the region since 2008. Erin has in-depth knowledge of water quality and its impacts to fisheries and the overall health of local aquatic environments. Erin has interests in aeration design, fisheries management and wetlands restoration. She has also worked on several projects involving the management of cyanobacteria in drinking water reservoirs and recreational lakes in Colorado. Erin is a licensed qualified Supervisor for aquatic pesticide applications with the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

Erin graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Oceanography from the College of Ocean and Fisheries Sciences. Prior to working in the lake and pond management industry, she studied cardiac hypertrophy and juvenile diabetes in a clinical research setting and also managed a molecular biology core facility.

In 2001, Erin moved from her home in the Midwest to colorful Colorado, and loves the mountains and amazing weather. In her free time, you will find her enjoying the view from her home in the foothills of Denver, rafting, fishing or hiking with her husband and two boys.

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)

Ben Chen

Project Manager, Fisheries Biologist, Video Ambassador

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.

Bob Revolinski

Aquatic Biologist

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