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 is also a Board Member withCANARM, the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management. Whalen is very excited about rainwater’s future relationship with irrigation design.
Whalen is also a husband to an amazing wife and has two 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.
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.
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.
Peter is in charge of North Surrey and Langley.
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.
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).
Mano covers West Vancouver, with the exception of new home construction, which is covered by Jeff Kalman.
Commercial and Residential Design and Sales
David is the newest member to the University Sprinklers team and brings with him a wealth of irrigation experience and knowledge. While designing and installing systems for the last 13 years, he has come to love every facet of irrigation, from bidding and design all the way to the final hand over to the customer. His experience as a Lead Designer, Estimator, and Project Manager has given him the ability to handle any type of job. His experiences lie with agriculture, residential, commercial, golf, park and ball fields. He holds Certified Irrigation Technician 1 & 2 along with Certified Irrigation Designer, Residential and Commercial.
David has come on board to facilitate all aspects of design for University Sprinklers. He’s able to produce outstanding professional certified drawings in a very short time. David will also be handling commercial and residential clients.
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.
Jan handles our many commercial clients, plus the Sea to Sky Corridor.
Residential Sales and Service Manager, Human Resources 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, a Low Voltage Certified Technician, and is also a certified cross connection control tester.
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.
North Shore Service Technician, North Shore Sales Representative
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. Jeff focuses and takes pride in providing clients with a commitment to top quality service and attention to detail.
Jeff is also in charge of the Holiday and Christmas Light Sales Department. His projects have taken him throughout the Lower Mainland, Whistler and the Sunshine Coast.