Douglas Russell, President and CEO of Aqua Logic, has been in the Aquatic industry for more than 28 years. He earned degrees in aquaculture and fisheries biology, and first got his hands wet working on fish farms in Arkansas, and for Florida DNR, before ending up at Aquatic Eco System as a Sales Technician. Doug joined Aqua Logic in 1994, and with hard work, knowledge, and dedication, he transformed a small company into one that is known throughout the industries we serve today. Aside from running a business and taking the time to have his eyes and hands on everything that comes in and out of our facility, Doug is passionate about making sure his customers are taken care of. His rapport with our longstanding customers speaks volumes about his character, and if you haven't met Doug yet, you can find him at the next aquatic conference and say hello....he'll be in his director’s chair at the Aqua Logic booth chilling drinks in a bucket using what else, but an Aqua Logic Cyclone water chiller! Away from Aqua Logic, Doug most enjoys spending time with his girls, Maralin and Joy, whom he cooks breakfast for every morning. He enjoys hunting and being outdoors, even if that means just enjoying his own slice of paradise, his backyard.
Our Vice President Maralin Russell came to us with a very impressive background, having worked with several Fortune 500 Companies domestically and overseas. After 20 plus years in the corporate world, Maralin officially joined forces with her husband Doug and came to Aqua Logic to oversee Operations. She is the “Go to person”, and the driving force behind business transformation initiatives that have streamlined our internal processes and increased manufacturing efficiency. We can thank Maralin for transforming our shop into the state of the art manufacturing facility that it is today. She is much appreciated by the team for all her personal efforts that make Aqua Logic a comfortable place to work. Maralin holds a BS Degree in both Finance and Computer Information Science. In her spare time Maralin loves spending time with Doug and their daughter Joy, particularly when they vacation in her native Borneo, and she enjoys gardening and jamming on her piano and guitar on the weekends.
Production Manager Mat may have only officially joined our team in 2014 but his history with Aqua Logic began way back in the late 80's. Doug was looking for a local welding company to handle some of our titanium coils and picked the very first name in the phone book. Mat was working for his Father-in-law's small welding company when they got Doug's call. Months later Mat needed a chiller for his 90 gallon saltwater reef tank and bartered welding for a Delta Star chiller and his relationship with Aqua Logic was cemented. Nowadays Mat plays a critical role in our day to day operation where he oversees production, tracks our custom orders, monitors assembly, and keeps us on schedule. Apparently he doesn't get his fill of welding at work anymore though because he spends many a night and weekend welding in his garage like he did in the good ol' days. But with one kid off to college and the other nearly there, Mat and his wife Lesa have a bit more time for fun. Mat likes to tear it up on his snowboard and the family now takes regular trips up to the city by the bay to visit his daughter at San Francisco State.
Louis is our Jack of all trades; A Marine Biologist and our Special Projects Coordinator, Louis works directly with our customers on custom designs and builds for everything from seafood holding tanks and portable touch tanks to commercial LSS systems and advanced multi tank research systems with independently controlled variables like temperature, pH, and CO2 injection. Louis was a graduate research assistant at Hubbs Seaworld Research Institute, and then spent many years working in commercial fish hatcheries, and the aquatic life support design, construction, and installation industry, where he picked up numerous invaluable skills that make him one of the cornerstones of our production team. When he’s not playing with water in our facility, he’s playing in water on his outrigger canoe, surfboard, or SUP, or just kicking back watching his kids play sports.
With more than 30 years in our industry, our design engineer Curt specializes in refrigeration, electrical,and control systems, and applies his expertise to the design, and manufacturing processes, of our water filtration, heating, and chilling equipment. Curt oversees all of our technical engineering, from R&D to finished products, and takes the time to understand the unique design challenges and specific requirements presented to us by our customers. Curt likes to keep busy outside our facility too; he enjoys running, lifting weights, playing racquetball, gaming, and camping in the great outdoors.
Drafter Arnaldo, who wanted to become a chef, took a hard left when he wound up in an elective Intro to CAD Design class in college. Now proficient in both CAD and Solidworks, Arnaldo is a critical part of the Aqua Logic team, and has an impressive knowledge and understanding of the equipment and systems our project managers and engineers ask him to draft. Arnaldo is excited and passionate about learning and developing new skills, a trait that has served him well here at Aqua Logic, and in his personal life where he DJ’s on the weekends, races dirt bikes, and sketches by hand. Of course Arnaldo still loves to cook, especially pasta dishes, and Chilaquiles Rojos from his native Mexico. He is also a huge fútbol fan and proud supporter of Barcelona and las Chivas.
After 10 years as our Inside Sales Representative, Jake Lockwood has heard it all, but with 45 years in the aquatic industry under his belt, he has the know-how and hands on experience to recommend the right equipment and provide innovative solutions for our customers. Jake is always eager to help and pays close attention to the unique details of your application…just be sure you take a moment to tell him about your local weather. In his spare time Jake and his wife love traveling together and spending time with their kids and menagerie of pets.
Mike works in sales and engineering, bringing 20 years of aquaculture industry experience to Aqua Logic and its customers. Like so many other aquaculture professionals, he got his start with Bob Heideman at Aquatic Ecosystems in Apopka FL. Prior to that, while studying aquaculture engineering at the University of Hawaii, he developed an award-winning solar-aquaculture program at Hilo High School. He went on to earn an MS from Cal Poly, Pomona, focusing on solar heated aquaculture building design and heat transfer modeling. For 12 years Mike ran Aquaculture Solutions, a one-man, client-driven design/build company based in southern Oregon. In all his work he has delved deeply into the engineering aspects of system design, including original research on a novel oxygen transfer device – the California Tube (aka Farrell Tube) – and the development of temperature blending racks, solid waste settlers, degassing columns, and many other products. Mike has logged thousands of hours successfully designing and installing all kinds of aquaculture systems and is ready to bring that experience to your projects. What Mike loves most about his job is working closely with customers in transforming their ideas into optimal systems. In his off hours he enjoys spending time with family and taking in all that the San Diego area has to offer. Mike’s hobbies include ocean sports, roller blading, guitar, and camping.