Meet The University Sprinklers Team
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, 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 has been involved in irrigation system installation and service for over 22 years. He is a past president of the IIABC, Current IIABC Certification Board Member, and holds every certification they offer, save one. He has been an active instructor for their courses, including a co-developer of one of the IIABC’s most recent certifications – the Certified Irrigation Scheduler course. He holds a number of other certifications and designations from other associations including the IA, BCWWA & BC Electrical Safety Authority. David also holds distinction as an EPA Watersense Partner, for his dedication to water conservation techniques.
David is also a BComm graduate from UBC. He is a father of three daughters, kept busy between business and the hockey rinks & dance studios of the Lower Mainland.
Residential Sales & Service Manager
Whalen Bishop has been with the company since 2008 when he started as a Foreman Assistant. Whalen is an honors graduate from Thompson Rivers University and is a certified Irrigation Designer (Residential). He also is a certified low voltage technician, Cross-connection control specialist and Certified 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 CANARM, the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management. Whalen is very excited about rainwater’s future relationship with irrigation design. He is also President-elect for the Irrigation Association of BC (IIABC).
Whalen is also a husband to an amazing wife and has three incredible children. Recently, Whalen became a Board Member of the Sardis Children Centre, a non-profit organization that provides a superior pre-school program, along with before and after school daycare for his children. The best part of his day is the projects his daughter brings home to share.
Residential Sales & Service Manager
Sheldon began his career in irrigation in 1989 as a designer for a Rainbird distributor in Europe. He was the principal of a successful golf irrigation company in Europe for 10 years until moving back to Canada in 1999, where he wanted to raise his children. In these ten years, he partook in extensive studies and training in irrigation design and installation with U.C.L.A., Aqua Engineering, and Rainbird.
Sheldon’s has vast experience in designing and installing complex irrigation systems and in providing technical irrigation support. His deep knowledge of turf grass combined with his electrical aptitude have made Sheldon a valuable asset to University Sprinklers. You can rest assured that with Sheldon a true professional is looking after your landscape irrigation and lighting needs.
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 spearheads the department that handles fleet management, sales support, marketing, health and safety and most importantly new installations quality assurance.
Employee Training & Fleet Management
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.
Peter is in charge of Employee Training & Fleet Management.
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. 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. He is also a certified cross connection control tester.
Andrew takes care of the Tri-City Area: Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.
Sales Representative & Service Technician
Martin has a long history as a horticultural professional, having been in the business since 1989. He began installing and servicing irrigation systems in 1994. He loves hiking, camping, gardening and all things outdoors, and loves that he gets to work outside all day long. Martin also has two wonderful kids, and has a passion for business and public relations.
He is a Certified Low Voltage Electrician, an IIABC Certified Irrigation Designer and an IIABC Certified Irrigation Scheduler. He also holds a Cross Connection Control Certificate.
Irrigation Sales & Service Specialist
Jan has been with University Sprinklers since 1988 and has installed thousands of systems. He has successfully completed a wide variety of projects — small residential additions, custom homes, townhome and apartment sites, sports fields and city parks, as well as agricultural greenhouses. Many of the recent projects have focused on water conservation utilizing LEED and Built Green technologies such as drip irrigation and the latest weather-based control systems. Jan enjoys working with designers and architects to provide customers with the best irrigation and landscape lighting systems to suit their requirements and budgets.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from UBC, and various industry-specific accreditations and certifications including Certified Cross Connection Control Administrator, Certified Irrigation Contractor, Certified Low-voltage Electrician and Certified Irrigation Designer (Residential & Commercial). Jan has also participated in numerous irrigation business and design courses.
Jan recently relocated to Vancouver Island, and is looking forward to assisting customers with their irrigation and landscape lighting needs in the CVRD and RDN — from Mill Bay up to Qualicum Beach, Duncan, Parksville, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, and all points in between.
Residential Sales and Service Manager, Human Resources Manager
Chad Smith handles all field staff and is a key part of our field staff training program. He 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. He holds his Irrigation Technician Level 2 certification and is also a Low Voltage Certified Technician. Chad works with homeowners in White Rock and South Surrey.
Residential Sales Manager
Preston has been with University Sprinklers since 1997, and has installed over 1200 systems in Greater Vancouver. 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.
Residential Sales & Service Manager – North Shore
Jeff has over ten years of irrigation experience in residential, commercial and municipal properties. In addition to obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario, Jeff is also an IIABC Certified Irrigation Designer (Residential), Certified Irrigation Scheduler and Certified Irrigation Technician II.
Jeff works with clients, builders and landscapers on the North Shore to design and install IIABC Certified Irrigation systems in North and West Vancouver and the Sea To Sky Corridor. Jeff focuses and takes pride in providing clients with a commitment to top quality service and attention to detail.