West Coast Region
WHAT SETS AQUATIC SYSTEMS APART FROM THE COMPETITION
WHAT SETS AQUATIC SYSTEMS APART FROM THE COMPETITION
West Coast Region - B.S. in Environmental Studies, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. 33 years experience.
Doug oversees the operations of the production, sales, and administrative departments of Sarasota, Sun City, St. Petersburg, and Wesley Chapel offices.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Marine Science from Stockton University. He’s been with the company for more than 33 years. He worked his way up to the position he currently holds from working in the field to sales and then management.
One of his favorite parts of his job is developing his employees so they can reach their potential and make a difference. He believes the company makes a positive impact on the environment by rehabilitating, enhancing, and sustaining aquatic ecosystems.
Doug is from Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. Since he was a kid, he has been fascinated in marine biology, which he later turned into a career in environmental science.
Sarasota and Sun City - A.A. Liberal Arts, University of Florida. 10 years experience.
Josh manages the Sarasota and Sun City offices, and is responsible for the operations of production and sales in his region. He earned a Master Naturalist Certification from the University of Florida, and holds a Florida Green Best Management Practices certificate. He has worked here nearly 10 years.
Josh started out as a Tech, and was promoted to Assistant Service Manager, Service Manager, Account Manager, and Sales Manager. He currently holds the position of District Manager.
Josh enjoys helping and educating customers, developing his staff, and speaking at conferences. He said our employees are stewards of the environment. We restore wetlands and waterways to a natural and healthy state.
Josh was born-and-raised in Aurora, New York in the Finger Lakes region.
B.S. in Biology & Marine Science, University of Tampa. Three years experience.
Matt has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Marine Science from the University of Tampa. When learning about the job, he was fascinated in its involvement with water quality and invasive species management. He has been working with the company for three years. He started as a technician.
As the Regional Project Manager, he is responsible for scheduling and coordination of field staff and sub-contractors to provide the necessary resources needed for absolutely successful, timely, and profitable completion of all special projects. Matt will be developing and maintaining excellent relationships with current customers, prospects, and the Aquatic Systems staff in the area. He will be working in in the region to oversee native plantings, removals, lake & pond Assessments, midge fly ID and control technology, coring, & Mobitrac work.
He looks for the healthiest possible option for each lake and educates his customers about what a healthy lake and pond should look like. Mark grew up in Niceville, Florida.
St Pete - B.S. in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Coastal Management, Eckerd College. Two years experience.
Chris received a degree in Environmental Studies, Biology, and Coastal Management from Eckerd College . In addition, he holds a Restricted Use Pesticide license, after completing the Core and Aquatics tests through the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), and has taken courses specific to the field of biology of Florida, including those relating to the different ecosystems and the state’s diverse wildlife.
As an Account Rep, Chris establishes and maintains excellent customer relationships, assisting customers with waterway maintenance, and conducting lake assessments and inspections. He is also the Regional Biologist for the St. Petersburg field office.
He’s been with the company for a little over two years. During that time. Chris worked as an Aquatic Technician/Biologist and then was promoted to Waterway Crew Foreman.
Chris is quite knowledgeable about the state’s flora and fauna and is a valuable resource for staff and customers.
St Pete - B.S. Biology, University of Central Florida. Seven years experience.
James received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Central Florida.
As a Service Manager he coordinates the field service staff and activities. He’s been with the company for five years, and has been a Service Manager for two years. He is passionate about communicating with the company’s customers and assisting them in any way possible. He is proud of the work he does with our company.
James was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, and relocated to Orlando for college.
In his free time, James enjoys fishing. He is the Vice President of Suncoast Tarpon Roundup, an educational and research-based nonprofit organization that hosts tarpon fishing tournaments.
Sun City - B.S. in Marine Biology, University of South Florida. Two years experience.
Amanda has a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of South Florida. She graduated from the university with honors. Additionally, she has received training and certification in the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program, Green Industries – Best Management Practices, and Plant ID courses. She has worked with the company for one year.
She is responsible for conducting internal and external field reports and inspections, educating homeowners and property managers about what we do, and educating them about the importance of storm water retention ponds.
Amanda was born-and-raised in Brandon, Florida. She enjoys discussing storm water retention ponds with the customers.
Sun City - B.S. Environmental Studies, University of South Florida. Two years experience.
Peter received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of South Florida. In addition, he’s received his Green Industries Best Management Practices certificate. He has been here for more than two years, starting as a field technician.
Peter is tasked with performing inspection of customers’ lakes, ensuing great customer satisfaction through communication, site visits and attending community or homeowner board meetings when requested.
He has been employed as an Assistant Curator at the school’s Herbarium, where he honed his skills in plant ID, and furthered his education Florida’s native and invasive species. Additionally, he worked with AmeriCorps clearing trails and zones of invasive species, and educating visitors.
Peter enjoys the interaction he shares with customers, working outdoors, and like most Floridians, getting back into an air conditioned office to get paperwork done.
Sun City - A.A.S. Fishery Science, Hillsborough Community College. Seven years experience.
Jason earned an Associate’s degree in Fishery Science from Hillsborough Community College. Also, Jason holds the Florida Green Best Management Practices, and Florida Master Naturalist certificates. He’s been with Aquatic Systems for seven years, starting out as a Technician and worked his way up to Service Manager.
He is charged with maintaining quality customer relationships, providing quality control inspections, and applying treatments.
Jason was born and raised in Hawaii. Before working with us, he was employed with Ekkwill Waterlife Resources. Interested in the company’s dedication to the environment, he applied for a job with our company,
Sarasota - B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, University of South Florida. Three years experience.
Liz graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. In addition, she has interned at our in-house labs learning more about algae, algae ID, aquatic plants and treatments. She also received her Green Industries-Best Management Practices certificate for the enhancement of Water Quality on Florida Golf Courses, and is on the Board of the Suncoast CISMA (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area).
Her position as Sales Manager puts her in charge of new business development and the retention of existing customers. She’s been here for three years, and is well-qualified to handle any customer task that hits her desk. She enjoys every aspect of her work and especially enjoys working with and educating customers about maintaining a healthy environment through storm water systems.
Sarasota - B.S. in Biology, University of South Florida. Three years experience.
Sarah graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She also holds the Green Industries-Best Management Practices certificate.
Her position as an Account Rep means she is the customer’s first point of contact before working with sales. She prepares formal customer reports for the sales managers, conducts internal quality control inspections, water testing, and assists with other administrative tasks. Her position involves educating customers about balancing the water ecosystem for a healthier lake or pond. She has worked here since June 2014.
Sarah was born in Fairfield, California. She moved to Florida as a child and grew up here. Prior to her job with us, Sarah worked for Cambryn Biologics, a biopharmaceutical company in Sarasota, Florida. After her schooling and laboratory experience, she desired field experience, which led her to this company.
Sarah’s favorite part of her job is customer satisfaction, making sure that customers receive the services they request. In addition, she also serves on the CAI Community Magazine Committee.
Sarasota - B.S. in Marine Science, Coastal Carolina University. Two years experience.
Natalie earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University. Before working here, she interned for a water quality monitoring facility, studying macroinvertebrates. She has completed an in-house lab internship, attended professional seminars about Triploid carp and cyanobacteria blooms, and attended the company conference at the Florida lake Management Society. She also Green Industries Best Management Practices (GI-BMP) certified.
Natalie assists the account representatives in the Sarasota office with inspections and administrative tasks. She also educates customers about storm water retention pond management, and ensuring customer satisfaction by answering questions and attending meetings. She’s been with the company for one year.
Natalie was born-and-raised in Maryland.
Sarasota - M.S. Soil and Water Science, University of Florida. Four years experience.
Stefan received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of South Florida. He started working here as an Aquatic Technician/Biologist.
Hi job as Service Manager involves supporting and guiding the aquatic technicians, and also provides quality customer service by addressing customers’ issues.
Stefan was born-and-raised in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has been passionate about nature his entire life. It made sense to him to pursue environmental science in college.
Stefan enjoys being able to implement positive change in a challenging work environment. Solving complex issues and always learning about the environment is enjoyable to him.
Wesley Chapel - B.S. in International Business and Marketing, Florida International University. 10 years experience.
Jimmy has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from Florida International University. He’s also received his Restricted Pesticide Applicator License. He’s been with us for five years.
In his position, he manages the developing business strategies, and works with the sales team for the Wesley Chapel office. He has risen through a chain of promotions starting as an Aquatic Technician, to Waterway Crew Foreman, to Account Representative, and then to his current position as Sales Manager.
Jimmy loves to help customers with their issues and find sustainable solutions. He works with staff on developing eco-friendly management programs for customers.
Jimmy is a born-and-raised Floridian who grew up in Miami. He has extensive knowledge of Florida’s wildlife and loves helping customers identify them.
Wesley Chapel - B.S. Environmental Science, Saint Leo University. Five years experience.
Joe earned a B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Saint Leo University. He has almost five years of experience in the environmental field with a background in Environmental Laboratory Testing. Additionally, he received his certification as a Qualified Storm Water and Erosion Control Inspector from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. He is also licensed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a Restricted Pesticide Applicator. He’s been with us for two years.
Joe is the main point of contact for our Wesley Chapel, Florida customers. He manages many aspects of customer relations from negotiating contracts, handling paperwork, follow-up calls and emails, responding to customer queries, and working with customers and staff to find solutions.
Joe enjoys the new opportunities that his job presents, takes pride in problem solving, and favors the collaboration that strategic planning offers.
Wesley Chapel - B.A. Biology with a minor in Chemistry, Florida State University. One year experience.
Morgan received a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Florida State University. She has several years of experience, and most notably in field Botany with FSU, where she spent time identifying and sampling plants in nearby state parks, and later working on a project mounting and annotating specimens for a digitalization project.
She is a Tampa-area resident and has been since her family moved there in 2001.
Morgan likes this job because it gives her the opportunity to work in conservation service and utilize her education and skills, while working outdoors.
Wesley Chapel - B.S. Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida. Four years experience.
Kevin has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Food and Resource Economics. He’s been with us since January 2013. He started out as an Aquatic Biologist/Technician.
In his position, he manages several different aspects which include leading his crew in production responsibilities, performing internal quality control inspections, communicating with other managers, meeting customers, ensuring employee safety, and a good range of other activities.
Kevin was born-and-raised in Valrico, Florida. Before working with the company, Kevin worked in production agriculture. He was interested in a career where he could solve problems. Through networking, he came across our company.
Kevin’s favorite part of his job is creating management plans to help customers with their particular needs. He works as part of a team to come up with environmentally sound plans that take a Bottom-Up approach.