Meet the PADI Americas Training and Sales Team

Name: Adam Wucherpfennig

Contact: adamw at padi dot com

Region: New England

Hometown: Eastvale, CA

OW Cert Location: Ontario CA

Favorite Smell: Putrescine NH2(CH2)4NH2

Favorite Food: salt water

(I know what you’re thinking that’s not a food… but for those of you who dive here in Cali you know what I’m talking about)

First Concert: Oingo Boingo

Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 10+

How do you start your day at PADI: lovin’ (our order-entry system) MACOLA

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Orca

Sebastian Acevedo

Contact: sebastian (dot) acevedo at padi dot com

Region: Latin America

Hometown: Chile and St.Croix

OW Cert Location: St.Croix USVI

First Concert: Run DMC

Working in the Dive Industry: 12+ years

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Great White

Bret Lorea

Contact: bret (dot) lorea at padi dot com

Region: Pacific NW, Alaska, Nevada, CA north of Pismo Beach

Hometown: Lake Tahoe, Calif.

OW Cert Location: Bottom of Monterrey Bay

Favorite Smell: Northern California Redwood Forest

Favorite Food: Pollo Porcini from Café Sistina in Honolulu!

First Concert: YES 1979something

Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 21 + years,

How do you start your day at PADI:  a large coffee and a large amount of email.

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Blue Whale

Any interesting facts you’d like to share:I miss Sam Kinison…

 

Penny Janssen

Sales Coordinator

Contact: penny (dot) janssen at padi dot com      

Hometown: Newport Beach, CA

OW Cert Location: Catalina Island

Favorite Smell: Pine Trees

Favorite Food: Mandarin Oranges and Cottage Cheese

First Concert: U2 – 1985

Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium

Working in the Dive Industry: 25+ years

How do you start your day at PADI: Lots of coffee

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day:  Leafy Sea Dragon

 
Doug Bingeman
PADI Canada Sales Rep Doug Bingeman

Contact: doug (dot) bingeman at padi dot com

Region: CANADA

Hometown: Windsor, Ontario

OW Cert Location: Ottawa, Ontario

Favorite Smell: Used Wetsuits

Favorite Food: ribs and beer can chicken

First Concert: White Zombie

Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy

Working in the Dive Industry: 13+ years

How do you start your day at PADI: coffee

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: BearSharktOctopus

Leo Garcia PADI Sales

 

Leo Garcia

Contact: leo (dot) garcia at padi dot com

Region: Latin America

Hometown: San Diego, CA

OW Cert Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Favorite Smell: Sticky Bumps

Favorite Food: Peruvian

First Concert: Bush

First Job: UPS Package Handler

Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium

Working in the Dive Industry: 8+

How do you start your day at PADI:  with a good mix of music

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Angler Fish

 

Kristina Leadbeater PADIKristina Leadbeater

Contact: kristina (dot) leadbeater at padi dot com

Region: Caribbean, S Texas

Hometown: San Diego, CA

OW Cert Location: Littleton, CO

Favorite Smell: Fresh-cut grass

Favorite Food: Indian and Italian

First Concert: Willie Nelson

First Job: Lifeguard

Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy

Working in the Dive Industry:  7+

How do you start your day at PADI:  On the drive in I jam out to music then bring positive energy into everything I am a part of that day

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Killer Whale – I know that’s CRAZY but they are my animal!

 

Bob-Kuhns-PADIBob Kuhns

Contact: bob (dot) kuhns at padi dot com

Region: Midwest

Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA

OW Cert Location: Catalina Island, CA

Favorite Smell: Drag strip burn-outs

Favorite Food: Pizza

First Concert: Cal Jam 2 (1978)

First Job: Machinist

Mild Medium or Spicy: Extra Spicy

Working in the Dive Industry: 29+

How do you start your day at PADI:  laughing

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Blue Fin Tuna


Name: Budd Riker

Budd Riker PADIContact: budd (dot) riker at padi dot com

Region: Southwest and Central US

Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA

OW Cert Location: Frankfurt, Germany

Favorite Smell: The Sea

Favorite Food: Coffee

First Concert: Bo Diddly

Mild Medium or Spicy: Yes

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 40+

How do you start your day at PADI: Coffee

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: One that I have not yet met…

My quote to live by: “’Why not?’ is a slogan for an interesting life.” – Mason Cooley

 

Name: Rodolfo Guillen

Rodolfo Guillen PADIContact: rodolfo (dot) guillen at padi dot com

Region: Latin America

Hometown: Chihuahua

OW Cert Location: Veracruz, Mexico

Favorite Smell: Rain

Favorite Food: Thai

First Concert: Sting

Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 15+

How do you start your day at PADI: With a good cup coffee

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: All kinds of creatures

 

Name: Ross Neill

PADI Training and Sales Consultant Ross NeillContact: ross dot neill at padi dot com

Region: Hawaii, Southern California, Central Pacific

Hometown: no real home town…
Born in Germany, grew up in NYC, Amsterdam, Toronto…school Boston…Montreal is last home

OW Cert Location: St Paul, MN

Favorite Smell: Sea Breeze

Favorite Food: any I share with my wife and son…I love to cook

First Concert: Verdi Requiem

Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 11+

How do you start your day at PADI: standing

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Sun Fish…just swam with a Whale Shark

 

Name: Michael Richardson

Michael Richardson PADIContact: michael dot richardson at padi dot com

Region: Hawaii, Southern California, Central Pacific

Hometown: San Diego, California

OW Cert Location: Kelp Forest

Favorite Smell: Terrestrial Forests

Favorite Food: Mexican or Thai

First Concert: I think it was Buddy Guy?

Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy!

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 8+

How do you start your day at PADI: Full of Coffee and ready to go!

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Marine Iguana or Sperm Whale.

Roger Josselyn

Roger Josselyn PADI regional training consultantContact: roger dot josselyn at padi dot com

Region: Florida East Coast/Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands

Hometown: Corona, CA

OW Cert Location: Riverside, CA

Favorite Smell: Coffee

Favorite Food: Coffee
(Because behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee.)

First Concert: Hmm? I’m certain there was a band on stage..

Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy

Working in the Dive Industry: 30+ years

How do you start your day at PADI: Coffee

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: A Mermaid mathematician wearing her Algae-bra!

 Annie Olszewski (aka “Annie O”)

Annie O PADI SE regional training consultantContact: annieo at padi dot com

Region: Southeast / Mid-Atlantic, Bermuda

Hometown: Seal Beach, CA

OW Cert Location: Laguna Beach, CA

Favorite Smell: Salty sea air

Favorite Food: Mexican

First Concert: Steve Miller Band

Mild Medium or Spicy: SPICY

Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 9+

How do you start your day at PADI: With several big cups of coffee

Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Great White and Sunfish!!

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  4. bret lorea . .. you were my diving inst. when I was in the army in Hawaii . . my name is Jake Laughlin . . you can reach me at jakelaughlin74@yahoo.com or facebook . . I live in iowa far away from the ocean I have dove seen I left . .

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