Author biographies and links to the articles they have written for the POND Trade industry magazine.
Leo Babauta is married with six kids, he lives on Guam, he is a writer and a runner and a vegetarian, and the owner of Zen Habits. He also is the author of a new best-selling book, “The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essentials … in Work and in Life.“ If you want Zen Habits’ philosophy in a handy little volume, please buy the book.
Zen Habits is one of the Top 100…[Full Author Bio]
Amy Barnhar is the President & CEO of StrongMarriageNow. She began her career as an engineer and evolved into a successful business executive. She has developed consumer products that millions of people love, including TurboTax® and QuickenLoans®. Amy spearheads the technology and business side of StrongMarriageNow. She also leads the customer research that ensures the StrongMarriageNow System is…[Full Author Bio]
Rick Bartel; a twenty year experienced veteran water feature contractor; is the current administrator and primary instructor for the Savio Water Feature Institute whose industry wide popularity of advanced educational seminars has literally redefined the water feature installation industry.
With 25 years of professional experience in the fields of taxes and finance enable Mr. Battersby to write on unique and topical subjects. Although no reputable professional should ever render specific advice at arm’s length, he does craft unbiased, interesting, informative, and accurate articles.
Mr. Battersby currently writes for publications in a variety of fields. His topical columns are syndicated…[Full Author Bio]
The very popular subject of adding water features to a garden is one that Jamie Beyer brings a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm to. Jamie is a Lifetime Master Gardener from the Ames/Boone area and is founder and President of the Central Iowa Water Garden Association. Water gardening has been a passion of Jamie’s for over 45 years and, currently, he has three 10,000 gallon ponds and one 27,000 pond which…[Full Author Bio]
Paula Biles was diagnosed at an early age with CPO (chronic plant obsession) and after graduate school the condition became severe. The constant compulsion to have growing leaves and muddy hands led to an obvious treatment – water gardening.
Her therapy involved a steady dose of teaching and writing about water gardens and aquatics. Rehabilitation was slow at first, but before long she was lecturing,…[Full Author Bio]
Kelly Billings and Paula Biles worked together on the About the Lotus article. They have also contributed their own articles in other issues.
Kelly Billing has over 20 years experience in the water gardening industry wholesale trade working for Maryland Aquatic Nurseries, Inc. She compiled and maintains the Aquatic Plant Invasive Species List for the nursery trade in the United States.
Kelly is a Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist. She writes regularly for various trade magazines, the International Waterlily & Water Gardening…[Full Author Bio]
Mark Bodycott – years ago on a whim I built a water garden in my backyard. I became more and more interested in ponds and water gardens, I was hooked! I went to a new store (at the time) Quality Koi to check it out. After spending some time at the store they offered me a part-time job. Cool right?
So there I was 28 years old thinking about a major career change while I netted Koi and backwashed…[Full Author Bio]
Brady Brandwood began Lotus Land Koi Farm in 1997, a 10-acre facility in Marshville, NC. He breeds Gosanke primarily, Kohaku, Showa, Sanke, but also produces Yamabuki Ogon, Chagoi, Kujaku, and Hariwake.
Brady has become one of the most respected Koi breeders outside of Japan, with an incredible list of Koi Show wins including Mature Champion, Adult Champion, Young Grand Champions, Baby Grand Champions,…[Full Author Bio]
Burns Water Gardens
RR # 2
2419 Van Luven Road, Baltimore
Ontario K0K 1C0 Canada
905-372-2737 Fax 905-372-8625
Mr. Clawson brings 18 years of experience in Global Engineering, Project Management and Design and Planning of Aquatic Systems and Facilities to the Cloward H2O team. Mr. Clawson’s expertise is in the design and engineering of water quality technologies and their successful implementation in aquariums, zoos, resort hotels, theme parks, water parks, aquaculture facilities, govern- ment research,…[Full Author Bio]
Business and Leadership Coach, Strategist and CEO, The Empowered Business™ – assists emerging companies to reach the top of their business game and develop world-class leadership teams, organizations and cultures.
Matt Corino is the owner of Sugar Loaf Koi – NYKOI.com. He has been in business for over 18 years. Matt started in koi when he was only 14 years old, studying koi at one of Englands largest Koi centers. At 18 he took his first trip to Japan, where he studied under Sakai Isawa, then Shintaro.
Sugar Loaf Koi is a family owned business located near New York City in Campbell Hall, NY.
John Mark Courtney is an award-winning designer, avid bogman and lover of all things wild and natural. For the last 15 years John has been the greenhouse manager for Aquascapes Unlimited Inc. in Pipersville, Pa. He has grown and nurtured from seed over 100 different genera of native herbaceous wetland perennials for habitat restoration. John has lectured on many topics involving ponds and bogs and…[Full Author Bio]
Spike Cover is a mechanical engineer by education and training but, by his own admission, he is a life long “fish geek” who is self-taught in koi health. He was the Director of both the AKCA’s Koi Health Advisor program and Project KHV.
Paul Curtis is the principle of AquaSolver and AquaFinn, the parent company of the MinnFinn line of products. Paul has worked in the aquaculture field for almost 20 years and has been involved in many facets of the industry including fish health, reproduction and early rearing as well as education at Saddleback College, Mission Viejo CA. His education was at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada…[Full Author Bio]
David owns pondplants.com in San Diego County and has been in the aquatic plant business for 30 years.
He is also the current President of the Southern California Water Garden Society.
Sue Ann DuBois is one half of the Chips Landscaping Team located in upstate New York She and her husband Chip are Certified Aquascape® Contractors (CAC), Certified RainXChange Professionals (CRP); and Water Garden Excellence Partners (WGE) Chip is an ICPI Certified Paver Installer and Sue a Master Gardener. Chips Landscaping specializes in sustainable landscapes and water gardens. For more information…[Full Author Bio]
Edward Dulzer is a Forecast Manager and has been with Process Technology for almost 20 years. Process Technology is a manufacturer of electric immersion heaters, inline heaters, heat exchangers, and temperature controls. Process Technology was established in 1978 and services a multitude of industries including aquaculture, metal finishing, semiconductor, printed circuit board, cleaning technologies,…[Full Author Bio]
Before joining Mashable as a staff writer, Amy-Mae Elliott covered all things gadget, tech and online news for Pocket-lint.com. Previous to that she worked in magazine publishing for lad’s gadget mag “Boys Toys” and the more sedate secretarial title “The PA”. Amy-Mae studied photography at The Arts University College at Bournemouth, where she gained her love of the seaside, now residing near the beach in Devon.
Sarah Ellis is an education outreach specialist for Ewing Irrigation Products, a distributor of water features, low-voltage lighting, hardscaping, water management solutions, commercial and residential irrigation supplies, landscape and agronomic products and industrial plastics.
Dr. Dana Fillmore, a co-founded of StrongMarriageNow.com in 2009 as an innovative alternative to counseling. Dr. Fillmore is a Clinical Psychologist with over 15 years of experience working with couples and families, with a very high success rate. She has been happily married for 16 years and has two children. StrongMarriageNow.com is an alternative to traditional marriage counseling that dramatically…[Full Author Bio]
Springdale Water Gardens
340 Old Quarry Lane
Greenville, VA 24440
Demi Fortuna is Director of Product Information for industry leader Atlantic Water Gardens, traveling and working with contractors and distributors alike in developing targeted Atlantic sales support materials. Fortuna has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of water garden design and construction, the last ten years in product research, development, sales and product training. When he isn’t…[Full Author Bio]
Mike Gannon is owner of Full Service Aquatics since 1995. FSA specializes in ponds, water gardens, and water features; and services the New Jersey area.
Mike Garcia founder of Enviroscape began his career in the horticultural field more than 25 years ago. After earning his college degree in Ornamental Horticulture, he earned his C-27 Landscape Contractors License, as well as his D-49 arborist Tree Service Contractors License. Under his leadership, Enviroscape has won numerous landscape and water feature awards at the local, state, national and international levels
Robert Gloer is the President and Director of IOU Central (www.ioucentral. com), a leading online lender specializing in helping small businesses with healthy cash flow. Prior to IOU Central, he worked as the director of the East Coast for First Franklin Financial Corporation, a subsidiary of Merrill Lynch.
Tom built his first pond in the early 70s. After graduating college with a degree in Psychology, he spent a summer with a friend building ponds as a small business. With little experience and no guidance, he quickly decided one summer of that was enough. (There were no companies making pond specific products at that time.) He went into sales in the home audio business, then the Audio Visual industry,…[Full Author Bio]
Cindy married into the koi hobby - little did she know. Tom and she bought their first house in 1982 and Tom immediately begin building their first koi pond (during the winter). They joined the Koi Club of San Diego in 1985. Cindy has actively participated in the club, including serving as the club’s President for two years. She also belongs to the Southern California Water Garden Society, the Inland…[Full Author Bio]
Malcolm Green has been in the koi hobby for over 20 years and has spent 28 years involved with construction materials testing and water quality monitoring businesses in the UK and USA.
He started Koi Water Garden Ltd in 1996 and has been visiting Japan from the early 90s to select koi initially for his private collection and then to meet the needs of the business.
Pam Greiner founded The Green Pen five years ago as the result of a passion for gardening and the environment. Focused on providing online, and off, marketing solutions, our active client list includes several contractors, retailers, and distributors across the country. Our advice is regularly sought by many other contractors and businesses in the Green Industry, as well as other industries. Our services…[Full Author Bio]
Ben Helm is a qualified marine biologist, and since he was a teenager was fascinated by the aquatic world. His passion led him to work at the local aquatic store on an unpaid voluntary basis, eventually becoming the assistant manager.
Later, he farmed koi for a living on an innovative koi farm in the UK. Ben was then appointed head of a brand new fish farming and aquatics department at Brooksby…[Full Author Bio]
Joe Holz works in an outside sales capacity at Kasco Marine, Inc. and also handles international sales for the company. Kasco Marine, Inc. is the world leader in marine De-Icing equipment, along with aeration, fountain, and water circulation products.
Dave Jones has been a pond contractor for over 40 years and is ranked in the top 100 installers in the nation with multiple manufacturers. Dave is currently the only Certified Professional Pond Contractor (CPPC) and Internationally Certified Master Pond Contractor (CMPC) in the State of Georgia. He is also one of the founders and is a member of the International Professional Pond Contractors Association…[Full Author Bio]
When you consider aquariums, ponds and aquatic environments, Gary Jones can truthfully say, “been there, done that.” As a student he majored in Biology and Business/Marketing. As a college professor, he taught Aquaculture, Fish Health Management and Biology courses. As a businessman, his company manufactured and installed aquatic environments for over 15 years. His work has taken him outside the…[Full Author Bio]
Shaun Kelly is a 20+ year veteran of the Aquatic Industry having performed roles in both the US and UK Pond markets for many years including residing in the US for nearly two years.
Currently Founder and President of both United Aquatics, LLC In the United States and United Aquatics, Ltd in the United Kingdom. Hence the United theme.
His companies Import & Export different Pond products between…[Full Author Bio]
Vice President of Product Development, Aquascape, Inc.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Illinois State University, with an emphasis in constructed wetlands and natural methods for wastewater treatment.
Tamara Kilbane is the horticulturist in charge of aquatic plants at Denver Botanic Gardens in Denver, Colorado. A graduate of Oregon State University, Tamara worked for 3 years at Hughes Water Gardens in Tualatin, Oregon before moving to North Carolina in 2005 to oversee the aquatic plant displays at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. In her current role at Denver Botanic Gardens, she maintains the…[Full Author Bio]
Dale Klamfoth is Vice President and Managing Director of Communispond, Inc, which provides businesses with training and coaching in selling, presentations and communications.
Ellen and her husband, Myron, began their aquaculture business in 1981, and their farm consists of 80-acres of mud-ponds. Together with their son, Nick, they raise and supply healthy & hardy koi to wholesale customers throughout the USA and Canada. Ellen loves all things koi. She enjoys Koi Shows & Watergarden Tradeshows where she has built lasting friendships. Many hobbyists and celebrities…[Full Author Bio]
Mamoru Kodama is an expert in the Koi industry, an author, and the owner of Miyoshiike Co., Ltd. He has been invited to speak as a guest lecturer several times by international Koi clubs within the United States, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, etc. He was a guest speaker at the AKCA seminar 2002, Concord, California and AKCA Seminar 2009, San Diego, California.
His approach to the beauty of koi…[Full Author Bio]
Taro Kodama is President of Kodama Koi Farm. They are the largest importer and distributor of quality Japanese Koi in the US. With locations in Japan, Hawaii and New Jersey, Kodama Koi Farm carries 35,000+ Japanese Koi from the top breeders in Japan. Taro Kodama, along with his father, Mamoru Kodama, provide not only winning show Koi, they also conduct many Koi seminars.
Randy LeFever is President of Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, one of the largest Koi and goldfish farms in the US. He has been involved in the production and distribution of high quality koi and Butterfly Koi on a national basis for over 30 years. He’s credited for naming and introducing Butterfly Koi to the market in the 1980’s.
Backyard Aquaponics was started by Joel Malcolm in Australia after he stumbled across the idea over ten years ago. Being such a simple concept, he wondered why more people weren’t doing it. Joel wrote the first book about Aquaponics and started the Backyard Aquaponics forum http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum/ where con-tributors from around the globe began sharing their knowledge and inspiring…[Full Author Bio]
Sarah Martinez is managing editor of Garden Center Magazine, a trade publication for independent garden retailers.
Mat McCann has kept koi from the age of seven. When Mat was 16, he was asked to spend a weekend babysitting a koi dealership that was managed by a friend of the family.
Mat loved working in the store, and he started working for them every weekend while he was in high school. Because of his love for koi, Mat went into the Aquaculture program when he was accepted at Liverpool University.
Long…[Full Author Bio]
Hollye G. Merton, President/CEO, founded Aquility Systems in October 2009 after many years developing the Level Waters Pond Filling System. She holds a BS in Information Systems Management and a Masters of Science in Technology Management with the University of Maryland University College and is working on her MBA. Hollye served for 18 years in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician and has worked…[Full Author Bio]
Syd Mitchell is a member of the Institute of Swimming Pool Engineers and has been designing and installing filtration systems and water quality control systems for swimming pools since 1984. Since becoming a koi keeper, he has been keen to pass on his accumulated knowledge to others by explaining the complex subject of water chemistry in simple everyday language.
The anoxic filtration system was…[Full Author Bio]
For over 35 years, Chris has been interested in the flora and fauna of ponds. All experience for the first 15 years was learned at the ponds edge – like, OK, that’s not going to work. Selling water lilies to the public out of a little pond was quite interesting, as I had no idea which of the cultivars they were. When it came to koi, I was enthralled with koi from the pet stores. I consider myself…[Full Author Bio]
Anita Nolan Nelson, Horticulturist, has always loved plants, as child she was fascinated by all the colors, shapes and forms of plants and still is to this day. Although she has done all the accomplishments listed below, Anita is proudest of the fact she has a garden and is still learning and still making mistakes.
Co-founder of Nelson Water Gardens & Nursery, Inc., with her husband Rolf Nelson,…[Full Author Bio]
Curt Nuenighoff, TetraPond, serves as the pond products manager and is responsible for product development, business strategy, merchandising and marketing in North America. Nuenighoff earned an MBA from the University of New Haven and a BS from the University of Connecticut in Marketing.
TetraPond is an international leader in water gardening products, with its US headquarters in Blacksburg, VA….[Full Author Bio]
John Olson is the CEO of Graystone Industries and an avid alligator wrestler. Graystone is a distributor for over a dozen brands of quality pond supplies with warehouse and retail locations in GA and NC as well as an internet store at www.graystonecreations.com.
John resides at Rosemont Estate in north Georgia with his wife and two children. When not riding go carts, gold mining, or trout fishing…[Full Author Bio]
Joe Pawlak is the founder of Blackwater Creek Koi Farms Inc., a group of three farms located throughout Florida. He has experience raising over 30 varieties of koi on an annual basis. Butterfly koi production is a passion for Joe. “If it’s a challenge, I really want to do it. Family, Business, and Koi are a combination I truly love.”
Carl Petite, Columbia Water Gardens is family owned and operated by the Petite family - Carl, Michelle, Zack and Ian. Our retail store is located in San Jacinto, CA, and we have over 14 warehouses that we distribute from nationwide. Carl brings over 20 years of professional management experience in retail sales, and is a hands on hobbyist with his koi pond of over 12,000 gallons with a strong knowledge…[Full Author Bio]
Peter Prestipino is the Editor-in-Chief of Website Magazine, a print publication offering practical advice on how to achieve Web success through SEO, SEM, web design and development.
Jim Purcell began growing and retailing pond plants in the spring of 1980, and soon began wholesaling to other retailers. In 1987 he opened Jim’s Water Gardening as a wholesale aquatic nursery, supplying pond plants and supplies throughout the US. Verena Liechti became managing partner in the business a few years ago, and they changed its name to Oregon Aquatics, Inc.
The nursery now covers 7…[Full Author Bio]
Mr. Roberts is a senior member of a staff of talented engineers and designers. He has been involved with a wide variety of projects, from life support system design for aquariums to hydraulic flow conditions for golf course streams and lagoon systems to filtration systems for water parks and resort swimming pools.
Jerry Romano founded Liquid Designz LLC in 2005. Though his calling came later in life, he is so grateful that it did, as there is no doubt in his mind that this is what he was put on this Earth to do. Coming off of major back surgery in 2006 which was the direct result from punting footballs for over 20 years, Jerry reflects that moving boulders for a living may not have been the smartest choice at…[Full Author Bio]
Sean Roocroft, located in Manchester, England, works as an enquiry analyst for a leading UK - based mailing company and is a part-time water gardening enthusiast and fish geek. Over the past six years he has developed a website that has become a leading source of information to help pondkeepers and water gardeners all over the world, particularly in the USA and UK.
He has a regular newsletter, which…[Full Author Bio]
I’m Gretchen Rubin. I started out as a lawyer. At Yale Law School, I was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal and won a writing prize. I went on to clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court.
I had a great experience in law, but I realized that what I really wanted to do was to write. Since making the switch, I’ve published four books. I’m currently working on The…[Full Author Bio]
Jeff Rugg, MLA, ASLA is a horticulture educator for the University of Illinois Extension Service. With degrees in science, zoology, horticulture and landscape architecture, Jeff uses his many interests to help and train others. He has managed garden centers in Texas and Illinois. He owned a water garden and wild bird nature store that sold pond equipment, koi, goldfish and water garden plants.
He…[Full Author Bio]
John Russell is the CEO & Founder of Russell Watergardens & Koi, and Russell Technologies of Redmond, WA.
Pamela Stephens Schlett is General Manager of her families business, Stephens Aquatic Services, Inc. located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. This one-stop pond center has been in business creating ponds for more than 35 years. They specialize in all forms of ponds, both re-circulating and flow thru. Services include: design, installation, repair and year-round maintenance to fountains, and ponds of all…[Full Author Bio]
Richard (Dick) Schuck graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1961 with a BES in Engineering and from George Washington University in 1966 with a Masters in Engineering Administration.
He has been involved in the field of aquatic plants for most of his 70 years both as a hobbyist and businessman. Before starting his business, Dick worked in the defense industry and government as an industrial…[Full Author Bio]
Rick Smith serves as Director of Sales with EasyPro Pond Products and has 30 years of organizational leadership and sales and marketing experience in the Lawn & Garden Nursery and Water Features Industries. Prior to coming to EasyPro, Rick served as Sales and Marketing Manager of the retail division for J. Mollema & Son (a large mid-west lawn & garden distributor supplying independent garden…[Full Author Bio]
Jayne Southard lives in the UK with her husband and two sons and has been working in the aquatic magazine/publishing industry since 2002. Writing for UK publications on pond and aquarium topics regularly, she is a freelance writer with a general knowledge of the industry.
Steve Stroupe has been actively involved in the US water garden industry since 1987 when he started Davis Creek Nursery, a wholesale aquatic plant nursery and distribution company…which managed to endure for an amazing 12 year run. Additionally, Steve designed and/or co-designed a number of aquatic plant containers shortly after transitioning the industry from “Tucker Tubs” to professional, no-hole…[Full Author Bio]
Mike has been growing water lilies and aquatic plants for over 20 years. He worked for several years at Strawn Water Gardens while obtaining a degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M University. He is now the head grower and part owner of Nelson Water Gardens in Katy, Texas. Mike also is a board member of the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society.
Erik Tate operates The Water Garden, LLC. The company was started in 1987 by his parents, Randall & Karen. Having grown up in the pond industry, a passion for water gardening became ingrained in who Erik is. Based in Chattanooga, TN, The Water Garden is a distributor of quality pond supplies.
Cyndie Thomas is a Denver, Colorado native with 20 years’ experience water gardening at a mile high, with cold winters and a short growing season. She shares her intense passion for water gardening through educational programs at local nurseries, garden centers and garden clubs along Colorado’s Front Range. As Colorado Water Garden Society President for 7 years, and continuing to this day, she has…[Full Author Bio]
Benjamin Timmermans is the President/Lead Designer for Liquid Landscapes, Inc. located in Asheville, N.C. and has 22 years in the landscape and water feature industry. Benjamin focuses on a dedication to customer satisfaction through an emphasis on quality, workmanship, professionalism and meticulous attention to detail. He has great passion for the water feature industry and is consistently looking…[Full Author Bio]
Eric Triplett owns and operates The Pond Digger, Waterscape Design and Construction Company, based in Redlands, California. The Pond Digger specializes in ‘Touching Peoples Lives With Water’ with ecologically friendly, low-maintenance, waterscapes for fish and aquatic plants, but more importantly, for people!
31710 Dunlap Blvd.
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Pieter van Westervelt is the General Manager of Premium Aquascapes and has 25+ years in the landscape and aquascape industry. Pieter was recently named the 2011 Pond Builder of the Year. Premium Aquascapes has won numerous awards for their work with waterfeatures and rain water harvesting systems. They can be reached at 800-914-9890 or by visiting their websites as www.premiumaquascapes.com or www.facebook.com/premiumaquascapes.
Vicki Vaughan is owner of Flat Rock Koi, LLC is located in Watkinsville, GA. The farm produces domestic koi and brings in several shipments every year of high quality Japanese fish. We raise water plants as well as Japanese maples. In addition, there is a bonsai nursery with everything from finished bonsai, pre bonsai, pots and custom soil blends.
The Airmax Ecosystem has revolutionized pond management with a simple 4-step process. This easy to follow 4-step process will create the perfect ecosystem.
Carolyn is the author of the new book ABC’s of PONDs and she handles consumer relations for Ecological Laboratories, Inc as liaison to koi and water garden clubs across the USA and Canada. She has attended numerous Koi Health Seminars at UGA, and spent time at the Holland Koi Show. She is an active member of the NRA, the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife (CCFW) and National Association of Pond Professionals…[Full Author Bio]
Heather Woolf is the owner and operator of Aquatic Escapes in Chattanooga, TN. Aquatic Escapes specializes in water feature construction, repair, design, and maintenance.
Dave Ziemer is owner of Ziemer Design in Santa Barbara, California. He designs and builds extreme water features, with over 31 years of experience.
Jennifer Zuri is marketing communications manager at Aquascape, Inc. Read "Container Water Gardening for Hobbyists" for more information on container water gardens. Available by calling Aquascape, Inc. at 866.877.6637 (US) or 866.766.3426 (CAN).
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