Rob joined the Company on a full-time basis in 1990 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Transportation and Distribution Management from Syracuse University. Rob, in addition to his responsibilities as Aquarius’s chief executive officer, dedicates his time to new product research and development; product selection; purchasing; inventory management, and fleet management.
Mark joined Aquarius in 2003 following four years as the Vice President of Finance for the media company The Economist and a nineteen year stint with the JOC Group where he served as Vice President of Finance, among other positions he held at that company. Mark, a certified public accountant, began his career as an auditor with KPMG, and holds a Bachelors of Accounting degree from Saint Francis University, and an MBA from Moravian College. He has responsibility for the day to day management of the Company’s sales, operations, human resources, administrative, and finance functions.
Steve started with Aquarius in 2006. Steve has over 23 years of industry experience. He oversees the daily operations of Aquarius’s eleven branches, including staffing, training, inventory management and control, and facility and vehicle maintenance, among other duties. Prior to joining Aquarius, Mr. Ernst spent approximately 13 years with Horizon Landscape in NJ, a full-service landscaping contracting firm. Steve has successful completed various irrigation courses with IANJ and completed three years of undergraduate studies in biology from Millersville University.
John started with Aquarius in 2005. John began his career in the industry in 1987 as an Irrigation Service Technician. Prior to joining Aquarius he was a manager for two landscaping service firms for sixteen years. John holds several industry professional certificates and often volunteers as a presenter for various green industry functions. In addition to his direct business development activities, John oversees the efforts of Aquarius’s regional sales representatives.
Jim Dowd started with Aquarius in 2014. Jim focuses upon market development of the Company’s growing specialty products lines (e.g., permeable pavement, stormwater and drainage solutions, etc.). As such, he is Aquarius’s principal liaison to the landscape architect, civil and site engineer, and other specifier communities. Prior to Aquarius, Jim acquired extensive sales and management experience both in his own businesses as well as with such firms as Capitol Concrete, Rinox Pavers, and The Home Depot. Jim studied estimating and project management at Spring Garden College.