Meet Our Team

The Expert Water Removal Team takes pride in the services that we provide and the client relationships that we build. Both management and our IICRC certified technicians average a company tenure of 4 years, and each bring with them a decade of industry experience. Professionalism is our guarantee. All staff are background approved, and pass the drug screening process. Technicians speak English and bilingual project management staff is also available upon request.

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Barry
Owner, President

President and founder of Expert Water Removal, Barry is an alumni of Auburn University, and hand-selected Sarasota to be the company’s headquarters for its recreational offerings including golf and fishing. Outside of the office, Barry spends time with his wife and children, 1 boy and 2 girls. Learn more about Barry and the history of Expert Water Removal.

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Santos
Vice President, Southern Division

A New York native, Santos has 19 years industry experience. As a state licensed general contractor, and four-year professional with the EWR team, he is in charge of Expert Water Removal’s Repair Division. In addition to managing each reconstruction crew, Santos works directly with insurance adjusters and property owners to identify the extent of damage and to prepare estimates. Santos is married and enjoys his two children.

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John
Project Manager

One of our project managers. If you have an emergency water situation, mold or fire, John is going to manage your job. He will come to educate you on the extent of your issue, how to mitigate it, how much it could cost and the best way deal with your insurance and adjuster. he is kind and level headed and you will feel reassured that all will be taken care of. He will email you updates and return phone calls promptly. Outside of work, John is an individual who enjoys cooking, wine and gourmet cuisine. He also supports New England’s fine sports teams, and is originally from Boston.

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Ed
Project Manager

He is the latest addition to our project managers team. He comes to us with years of experience running his own construction business. He is knowledgeable, calm, level headed and nice. He knows how to give you all of the information you need to understand what needs to be done and why. you may not always like the news, but he will get it done right! We feel fortunate he joined our team. If you are in need of a reconstruction expert, he is just the right guy!

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Jim
Project Manager, Emergency Services & Mold Damage

Jim started with Expert Water Removal in 2015. He brought to us an impressive history of disaster recovery experience, including serving as a Manager and President of a company for five years. He moved to the Sarasota/Bradenton area from Philadelphia in 1993.

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Keith
Emergency Service/Mold Production Manager

Keith is always ready to jump into action when you have an emergency. He will meet with your adjuster when the claim is moving along and explain the whole process to you to help you understand what will be happening in your home or business as we mitigate your damage. He is friendly and reliable and we are happy to have him as a part of our team. When you need an expert, Keith has the experience to take care of you!

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Sherry
Project Manager, Emergency Services

Sherry is the Project Manager who provides estimates for services related to water, mold and fire damage. Although she has been with Expert Water Removal for only a short time, she brings with her 25 years of experience, including 18 years at a similar company in Indiana. She had worked as a manager for a dry cleaning business when the owners asked if she would like to move into restoration. This was in 1989 and she hasn’t looked back. When not at work, Sherry and her husband enjoy taking their pontoon boat on the Gulf during calm seas.

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 Jill

Customer Care Coordinator

When you call us, you will most likely speak with Jill. She is an EXPERT at streamlining your claim, an information Guru, a schedule Wizard and a comforting voice in a crisis. She is essentially our Air Traffic Controller getting the people in need connected to the Experts that can help. When it is urgent, call an EXPERT!

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Julie
Customer Care Coordinator

Julie is very new to Expert Water Removal but has quickly fit in to double the customer care coordination team as we grow. She has many years of customer service experience and training service technicians. Julie is married with two grown children and enjoys fishing and boating.

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David
Business Development

David is the new Business Development Manager who brings over 30 years’ experience in one-to-one sales to Expert Water Removal. Originally from New Jersey, he has lived in Venice for 25 years. If you ask David what he enjoys doing in his free time, he will tell you, “Golf, fishing, golf, golf, and golf.”

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Tim
Sales

Meet Tim Olds, one of our newest Sales team members. Tim comes to us with many years of sales experience and an amazing, enthusiastic attitude. He has done time with all of the departments in Expert Water Removal, so he knows the business from all angles. He is not afraid to pull on his boots and jump in wherever he is needed. He has a fantastic sense of humor and is quick on his feet. His attitude is contagious! You will see him at trade shows, meetings and hitting the streets each day to help people know that the EXPERTS are ready to service your needs.

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Nelson
Lead Technician

Married with two sons, from Zambia, Nelson has served with Expert Water Removal for 5 years and fulfills both team leader and production manager roles. In charge of operations with 7+ year’s industry experience, he also schedules and oversees crew training. His hobbies include automotive repair and working on mechanic troubleshooting as a distinct pleasure.

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Alex
Lead Technician

Alex brings with him 3 years’ experience in water restoration and emergency construction services. He is one of the first persons our customers meet so he is very experienced at being patient and reassuring while assessing damage to give them the right information. A dedicated father of a 4 year old daughter, he enjoys reading, Dungeons and Dragons, and cinema, including old-time movies.

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Gail
Senior Marketing Manager

Gail is a Senior Marketing Manager who came to us through an odd route. Her condo flooded and the owners were in France so it fell to Gail to manage the problem. She contacted Expert Water Removal and offered several suggestions as to how they could manage the problem. At one point she said, “I should work for you guys,” and a year later she started with us. She is Water Certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to address the loss due to water damage. Gail and her husband moved to Sarasota from Indiana 14 years ago and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her 6 children and 6 grandchildren.

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Wanda
Office & Compliance Manager

Our office & compliance manager. Wanda has been with the company for over 7 years. She has been the “jack of all trades” in her time with expert water removal. “hats” have included: phones, bookkeeping, dispatch, human resources shipping and receiving, insurance specialist, software implementation, chief cook and bottle washer. If it has happened, she knows it, and if it needs to happen, she can make it. She is a proud new grandmother and a jewel in our crown. If you need to talk to our office expert, Wanda is the one! In the words of fried green tomatoes, “to Wanda!”

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Susan
Accounting

Head of our accounting department. If you are paying us, or we are paying you… she’s your gal. She promptly sends invoices and only dispatches “Guido” when necessary. She will lovingly remind you that you might have forgotten to drop the check in the mail. Or she will take your emergency call and get someone dispatched to you immediately. She is also good at digging out what has or has not been sent in by your insurance. Super Sleuth and super dependable. We welcome Susan to our team of Experts!