EXCEPTIONAL AND EXPERIENCED TEAM DEDICATED TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS
AQUASEND LEADERSHIP TEAM
KRISTIN ELLIOTT, FOUNDER AND CEO
As Aquasend’s founder, Kristin, is committed to innovation, technology and improved software for managers. Kristin has over 10 years experience working in the industry, and grew up in the environmental monitoring community as her father founded the successful business PME (Aquasend’s parent company). She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and sociology from UC San Diego, as well as an MBA from Cal State University, San Marcos. Highlights and recent awards include:
- Grew PME revenue by 65%, gross profits by and profits by 475% in two years.
- Member of Entrepreneur’s Organization.
- Past client of Chairmen’s Roundtable in San Diego.
- Award recipient of the San Diego Metropolitan Top 40 under 40.
- San Diego Business Journal’s Women who Mean Business.
- Nominated in two categories for Athena Pinnacle Awards.
- Bachelor of Art in Communication from UC San Diego. MBA from Cal State San Marcos.
DR. MICHAEL HEAD, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER AND ENGINEER
Dr. Head has over 30 years experience designing and engineering water quality sensors and technology. Head is the founder of Precision Measurement Engineering (PME), and developed the companies first water quality sensors. PME began from a micro-scale conductivity and temperature sensor that Head developed while completing his Ph.D. at SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography.
Dr. Head developed and oversaw the design of the aquaDOT alarm buoy for Aquasend.
RYAN RESCHAN, HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPER
Ryan Reschan brings over 10 years experience working with water quality sensor technologies and software. He provides both PME and Aquasend with software and hardware development support, oversees beta testing units, and interfaces on a technical level with clients. He ensures that customers are satisfied with the operation of the units, and dedicates his time towards improving Aquasend’s technologies.
Ryan Reschan has his degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a Depth in Photonics from University of California, San Diego
LYNN FULKS, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER AND FOUNDER OF UPSTART GROUP
Lynn Fulks, with Upstart Group, is PME’s and Aquasend’s CMO. She previously provided marketing support for Microsoft, and is currently consulting for technology clients. Her drive for results is matched only by the strength of the personal connection she forges with her clients, making her a valued member of their management team. As President and Co-Founder at Upstart Group, Lynn works with clients to build strong marketing foundations that include product management and marketing communications strategies to drive growth. Lynn brings significant experience in delivering domestic and international marketing programs for Microsoft and other high-growth companies.
AQUASEND PARENT COMPANY, FOUNDED IN 1982
PARENT COMPANY, PRECISION MEASUREMENT ENGINEERING, INC (PME)
Precision Measurement Engineering, Inc. (was founded by Dr. Michael Head in 1982 from a small water conductivity sensor that he developed while attending school at SCRIPPS Institutions of Oceanography, UCSD. PME has been developing and manufacturing water quality sensors for oceanographic and freshwater researchers for the past 30 years. With years of experience, the PME technology is known for being long-lasting, with stable sensors, accurate data and user friendly equipment. PME Customers range from Universities around the world to the US Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and National Park Service (NPS).
PME sets the bar high:
- Excels at crafting high performing water sensors and technology.
- Recognized brand and products around the world.
- 30% Growth from 2015 to 2016.
- 40% Growth from 2016 to 2017.
- Privately held and managed.
ENGINEERS AND THOUGHT LEADERS LEADING THE WAY
ADVISORS AND MENTORS
JIM HAMERLY, DEAN, COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, SAN MARCOS.
Jim Hamerly is the dean of the College of Business Administration. He has over ten years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level, and specializes in undergraduate and graduate-level courses in Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship. Jim also serves on numerous Boards of community service organizations, new ventures, and business incubators. Jim has over thirty years of business experience, fifteen as an entrepreneur, fifteen doing corporate research and venturing in larger corporations including senior executive positions at major corporations such as Xerox, Netscape, and AOL Time-Warner.
DAVE DERBY, MENTOR AND FRIEND, CHAIRMEN’S ROUNDTABLE, SAN DIEGO.
Dave Derby brought years of entrepreneur and mentorship experience to Aquasend. Derby was one of the acting mentors during the company’s mentorship with the Chairmen’s Roundtable.
Bob practices in the area of corporate law with an emphasis on corporate finance, securities, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. He also is ready and able to assist business owners seeking a liquidity solution in locating financing and acquisition sources. He has served as an expert witness in several litigations involving complex business, partnership and tax disputes. Bob also holds a certificate from the National Conflict Resolution Center in advanced mediation and is available to mediate complex pre-litigation and litigated matters.
Allan Koljonen is a member of the San Diego Tech Coast Angel group and contributes years experience with investing in a variety of organizations. Tech Coast Angels are one of the largest and most active angel investment organizations in the U.S.
KEY RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE INDUSTRY
Gene Kim, Director of Aquaculture at the USDA, Washington D.C.
Les Torrans, USDA, Mississippi. Considered the “godfather” of oxygen monitoring.
Maxwell Mayeaux, Aquaculture Program Specialist, USDA, Washington D.C.
Juan Pablo, Past President of the World Aquaculture Society, Mexico.