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DAVE DUENSING

Star of Pool Masters on Animal Planet

David began designing and building water features in the 1970s. Experimenting with stone to create natural settings, he launched  David B. Duensing & Associates in 1989, one of the nation’s first firms to specialize in waterfall and water garden design, consulting, construction and troubleshooting. He founded Aquatic Construction Services in 2006 to provide construction expertise and services to garden designers nationally.


Duensing served as the first President of The National Association of Pond Professionals.  He contributed extensively to the association’s original educational curriculum and certification program, and continues to lead numerous seminars annually for members of the water garden, landscape design, swimming pool and irrigation industry.


He is a frequent guest speaker at many regional, national and international water and landscape related conferences, including the 2008 and 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting.  Winner of a Masters of Design award from Pool and Spa News, his designs have been featured in numerous publications, including Water Shapes, Water Garden News, Pondkeeper Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune.


Based in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida, Duensing is currently filming episodes for Pool Masters for Animal Planet and working on projects worldwide


Kevin Dougherty

Consultant, Speaker, Author

For the last 31 Years Kevin L. Dougherty has been speaking to the construction industry. Kevin represents a changing industry - aggressive, realistic, and open-minded. Kevin's work and education experience enables him to relate to today's problems and provides tangible solutions in an easy-to-listen style. He has taught thousands of people in various seminars. His client base ranges from family-owned businesses to corporate conglomerates.


In addition to speaking and writing articles, Kevin has served as sales manager, project manager, operations manager, and corporate trainer for a multimillion-dollar specialty services contractor. Kevin has also been a frequent speaker for various SMACNA, Rain-Bird, Grow, MCAA, MSCA, NECA, SMWIA, U.A. PHCC, ISA SBA, and other trade associations.


Kevin's humorous and energetic speaking style has made him a convention favorite. He has spoken to such groups as Benjamin Moore & Co., 3M, Johnson Controls, W.R. Grace, Ferguson Enterprises, Morton International, Manville/Schuler, and Hagemeyer Electrical Australia, just to name a few.


Kevin's ability to entertain audiences and hold their interest while getting his message across consistently makes him one of the industries top speaking and training talents.


Frayne McAtee

OASE

Frayne McAtee has over 20 years of experience in the water feature and fountain industry. Frayne recently joined GeoGlobal Partners, where his responsibilities include key account sales for all of our brands as well as increasing the distribution of the OASE brand of products nationally.

Born and raised in Washington State, he currently lives in the Seattle area.


Demi Fortuna

Atlantic Water Gardens

Since his first pond on Long Island in '86, Demi Fortuna has been solidly mired in the Water Gardening world. As Director of Product Information for industry leader Atlantic Water Gardens, Demi promotes equipment, information and techniques that maximize safety, efficiency and profits while minimizing maintenance, callbacks and costs. When he's not lecturing all over the US, Canada and Mexico, Demi still enjoys building water features under the strict supervision of his two sons, Edwin and Ely, and the boss, his wife Susan.


Paul Amos

Amos Sales Associates

Paul Amos is a sales representative for Kasco Marine, Inc. After 14 years as the managing member of Amos Sales Associates, Ltd, a manufacturer’s rep firm, Paul took an employment position with Kasco. Paul’s career in containment and water features goes back to 1992 when he joined Gundle Lining Systems, Inc. Paul has sold, assisted in design and/or installed liners and aeration for residential ponds, golf course lakes, parks and recreation features, water treatment, waste water treatment, and more. Various industry experts have helped form the education concerning water gardens, water features, ponds and lakes including Gary Wittstock of Pond Sweep, Rolf and Anita Nelson of Nelson Water Gardens, Bob Robinson and Ken Rust of Kasco Marine, Mark Krupka of Ecological Labs, and Bill Johnson of Firestone Specialty Products. The education gained from these experts as well as managing a pond maintenance company for 3 years have provided a knowledge base to share with others interested in pursuing successful ventures in water quality improvement for ponds, lakes, basins and lagoons.


Laura Reale

PondTent

Laura is a seasoned marketing professional as well as co-owner of a successful water features company. After leaving the marketing world for water features, Laura was able to combine her interests to develop successful marketing plans for their company. She turned those efforts into a company called Pondtent.


Pondtent (www.mypondtent.com) provides automated marketing communication solutions to those who want to gain the benefits from personalized marketing but don’t have time or staffing to do it on their own. Pondtent offers weekly pond tips, monthly newsletters, Facebook posting and other marketing initiatives at reasonable prices.


Don Schnoor

Evolution Aqua - Innovation in water

Don Schnoor started in the water garden and koi industry by working in his family’s pond business located in Central New Jersey in 1986. While working in the retail store during the first year, he quickly fell in love with koi and building water features. As his family began expanding the business into distribution, including importing products from England and koi and goldfish from Israel, he worked to grow sales, frequently traveling overseas for hardware product and live goods acquisition.

In addition to co-owning and working with his family at Aquatic Gardens & Koi Co., he has worked as the U.S. Sales & Marketing Representative setting up distribution of Israeli Koi & Goldfish and waterlilies, as a Sales Manager for one of the largest manufacturers of water feature products in North America, and now continues his passion in this business as the National Sales Manager for Evolution Aqua USA, Inc.

With over 30 years of industry experience, he has been a speaker offering seminars at retailers and distributors throughout the country. By teaching and promoting every aspect of water features, he has been able to spread his passion enabling others to enjoy their pond and water feature experience. Don plans on continuing to spread his passion and knowledge about koi and water features by implementing the same high level of customer service with Evolution Aqua USA, Inc.”


Rick Weidman

V.P. of Business Development, Airmax Inc.

A manufacturer of Pond and Lake aeration and Natural treatments. After 20 years in retail, he began a second career in the business of Ponds & Lakes in 1993, and has given several talks over the years on aeration and other ways to improve water quality, customer satisfaction, sales and profits.


Scott Berke

Ecological Labs

Scott is the National Accounts Manager and Regional Sales Manager for the USA, Central & South America, and Caribbean, he provides Global Sales and Technical Support. He has 35+ years’ experience with aquariums, ponds, hydroponic and aquaponics sales service and maintenance in the manufacturing, retail, wholesale and service sectors. Scott is well known in the aquarium, pond, and hydroponics industries, and has been a guest speaker in several countries


Jeff Duggins

Vice-President, P-O-N-D-S

Jeff Duggins completed a Bachelors of Science (Computer Science) Degree from The University of Kentucky in 1997. He worked in the corporate environment as a Software Developer and IT Manager until 2010. He built his first pond in 2004. In 2005 he and his wife Rachel started a pond installation & maintenance business (H2O Designs Inc) located in Central Kentucky. Through his pond business Jeff utilized his technical background & developed his skills in website development and Search Engine Optimization to get his business listed on page one of local search engine queries. In 2015 Jeff Duggins joined with President Bj Linger to utilized their website & SEO skills to create P-O-N-D.Services to help other pond contractors and retailers get page one search engine results for their local service areas.


Art Hantla

Fielding Pump

Art Hantla is the National Sales Manager for Fielding Pump which is the master distributor for the ShinMaywa pump line. Fielding is based out of Salt Lake City. He is responsible for all of the sales and marketing of this line in the United States and Canada. Art has been in sales his entire career. He spent 21 years with Wrigley Gum as a Regional Manager, 4 years with Tsurumi Pump and 9 years with Hours of Pumps.


Stan and Kym Festa

Creators of PondContractorFinder.com / Pond Contractor Pro Software

Their vision for bridging the gap between contractor and homeowner and increasing sales comes from over 20 years of business experience and in the field challenges. While running iDigPonds.com they realized that existing platforms and softwares needed tailoring specifically geared towards the water feature industry and its unique and vast business personalities. 2019 begins the launch of their solution.


Max Taylor

Magnolia Ponds

Max is founder and owner of Magnolia Pools, Ponds and Water Gardens in the greater Houston area. He won the 2011 Five Star Contractor Award, presented by the International Professional Pond Companies Association for Excellence in Customer Service and Satisfaction. Max’s wealth of experience and down-home common sense makes him a favorite speaker at industry events.


Doug Chappel

Tsurumi Pump

Doug Chappel has been the southeast regional manager at Tsurumi Pump since 2017, managing distribution channels throughout the region and providing his expertise in finding innovative solutions to challenging applications. Mr. Chappel is a mechanical engineer with over 25 years of experience in the areas of pumping equipment, fluid systems, industrial controls, remote monitoring, cloud based SCADA, IIOT, and high speed rotating machinery.

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