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Ron Wizinsky, President
Ron began his business career at age 11 delivering papers for the Nanaimo Daily Free Press. At age 13 he began working at the family business, Nanaimo News. Nanaimo News was a retail store selling books, magazines, nautical marine charts and topographical maps. Three years later he began working for Eaton's as a sales clerk in small appliances. After high school, Ron completed a degree in Geological Engineering at UBC. In the summer of 1983 he installed an irrigation system for his parents' yard. His older brother David thought that since they needed summer jobs, it would be a good idea to see if any of our neighbors would like a system. A passion for irrigation was awakened, and University Sprinklers was born.
Ron's early business days taught him that great customer service is the key to success. Since then University Sprinklers has grown to a staff of 60 people, installing over 800 systems a year, serving Hope to Whistler. Exceeding his customer's expectations was the principal factor that led to University Sprinklers' growth. Ron understood that University Sprinklers’ reputation is only as good as its past customers believe it to be.
David Pfortmueller, Vice President
In addition to working as Vice President for University Sprinklers, David is also past President of the IIABC (Irrigation Industry Association of BC) for 2007-2008. David has been with University Sprinklers since 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC, and has many industry-specific accreditations and certifications, including Certified Turf-Residential & Commercial Designer, Certified Irrigation Auditor, Certified Cross Connection Control Specialist, Certified Irrigation Contractor, and Certified Low-voltage Electrician. As Vice President his responsibilities encompass the installation side of University Sprinklers. David has traveled to many industry-specific conferences across North America looking for better ways to service our customers. He enjoys working with University Sprinklers' talented sales team, as well as with residential and commercial customers all over British Columbia.
Marisa Carvalho-Achtymichuk, Marketing Manager
Marisa has been with University Sprinklers since 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and has participated in numerous irrigation business and marketing seminars. Marisa's primary goal is to promote University Sprinklers and strengthen the bond with the several professionals in the building industry. As Leads Developer, Marisa also acts as a liaison with Homeowners, Architects, Landscape Architects, Landscapers, Builders, and Developers. She strives to enhance a great working relationship with the sales team as well as with commercial and residential clients.
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Jan Lambeck, Commercial Sales Manager
Jan has been with University Sprinklers since 1988, and has installed over 1000 systems. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC, and some of his industry-specific accreditations and certifications include Certified Cross Connection Control Administrator, Certified Irrigation Contractor, and Certified Low-voltage Electrician, Certified Irrigation Designer (Residential & Commercial). Jan has also participated in numerous irrigation business and design courses.
As Commercial Sales Manager, his work focuses largely on providing quality irrigation systems to his many commercial customers. Whether the project is a high-rise tower, town home complex, or a business park, Jan sees that the requirements of his customer are met. He is a sincere and hardworking multi-tasker who responds well to the last minute needs of builders and landscapers.
Jan looks after projects in the Lower Mainland and in the sea to sky corridor. His irrigation projects have also taken him to Vancouver Island, Kamloops and Calgary.
Preston Zaharia, Residential Sales Manager
Preston has been with University Sprinklers since 1997, and has installed over 1200 systems in Greater Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast. He holds many industry accredited designations and certifications, including Certified Irrigation Designer, and Certified Low Voltage Electrician. As Residential Sales Manager, he enjoys meeting new customers daily, and developing not only positive business relationships, but many lasting friendships as well. His absolute commitment to 100% customer satisfaction continues to bring him greater success each year.
Peter Francis, Residential Sales Manager
Peter has been with University Sprinklers since 1992. He is a Certified Cross Control Specialist and has participated in numerous irrigation business and design courses. He started his career with University Sprinklers in an installation position and worked his way up to a Residential Sales Manager.
From working in a variety of positions, including installation, service, project manager and sales, Peter has a vast knowledge of the irrigation business. In addition to residential sales, Peter acts as project manager, meeting with homeowners and contractors. He oversees the installation of projects and instructs customers how to operate their sprinkler and landscape lighting systems.
Manocher Jooyaie, Residential Sales Manager
Manocher holds a BSc. in Irrigation and Land Reclamation from The Agriculture University of Iran (1977). He has over 20 years' experience in consulting, designing, and supervising in agriculture, park development, and storm water management projects. Additionally, Manocher has worked with University Sprinklers since 2000 in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of turf and landscape irrigation systems in Vancouver.
His certifications include Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor and Certified Irrigation Designer (Residential and Commercial) by both the US Irrigation Association and the Irrigation Industry Association of BC (IIABC).
Chad Smith, Residential Sales and Service Manager
Chad Smith has been with University Sprinklers since 2002, when he started as a Foreman Assistant. He was drawn to University Sprinklers because they provide opportunity for growth, and they like to reward and promote hard workers like himself. He also loves to work outside, and gladly trades the discomfort of four months of working outside in the winter for the other eight months of working outside in our mild BC climate. While Chad enjoys both commercial and residential work, he gets huge satisfaction in working with the hands-on residential customer who enjoys spending a whole lot of time in their garden.
Chad holds his Irrigation Technician Level 2 certification, and is also a certified cross connection control tester.
Andrew Graham, Residential Sales and Service Manager
Andrew has an extensive background in irrigation, having worked for his family's irrigation company from age 16. In 2003, Andrew started with University Sprinklers as a service technician, and has worked his way up within the ranks at USS. He particularly enjoys working with customers, designing new systems, implementing upgrades, and generally doing what he can to exceed customer expectations. Andrew holds his Irrigation Service Technician Level I ticket, and has taken several courses in fundamental and advanced irrigation design.
Whalen Bishop, Residential Sales and Service Manager
Whalen Bishop has been with the company since 2008 when he started as a foreman assistant. Whalen is an honours graduate from Thompson Rivers University and is a certified Level Two Technician and Irrigation Scheduler. Whalen’s love for irrigation design has been fostered by the company’s commitment to water conservation. Recently, Whalen became a Professional Accredited Rainwater Harvester through the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA) and is excited about rainwater’s future relationship with irrigation design.
Cliff Lieuwen, Sales and Service Manager
Cliff has recently joined USSI after running his own company for 20 years. He has been in irrigation since the dawn of time, when he began working with his father in the landscape industry. Now he is using his vast knowledge of agricultural, commercial and residential irrigation at USSI.
Cliff`s certifications include Commercial and Residential Design, Landscape Irrigation Auditor, Cross Connection Control Tester, and LO Energy Electrical, to list a few. Additionally, he is on the Irrigation Industry Association of BC's Board of Directors.
Always ready to figure out a solution to the most simple or complex scenarios, Cliff is very customer-oriented, working to find what works best for those that will end up using the irrigation system.
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