Meet the PADI Americas Training and Sales Team

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 PADI

Kristina 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!

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Bob 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

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

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

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

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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