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GSK Team

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Owner & President

Thomas Smith entered the world of fish and water features simply by selling fish out of his garage. By 1991 his unforeseen success led him to establish Garden State Koi & Aquatic Center and consequently rented some space in a small nursery in Greenville, N.J. After a few years, the need to expand was clear, so he moved to a large facility in Warwick, N.Y.

Tom regularly says he should have changed the name then, when he left the Garden State and came to New York, but he opted to keep the brand he had developed with his customers. Over the last 22 years, Tom’s incredible leadership and dedication to customer service has led to exponential growth and an amazing family-like atmosphere at Garden State Koi.

In addition to a wildly successful business, Tom and his wife Nancy have been married for 32 years and have three amazing daughters. The Smiths are a deep-rooted sports family and they are very active in college basketball and field hockey. Tom and Nancy love to travel and are regularly adventuring out for skiing, hiking, sightseeing, and sunrise strolls.

Tim Dille

Timothy Dille

Installation Manager

Joined GSK In: 2004

Fun Fact: Tim's dog, Ziggy, has almost 1,000 followers on Instagram! ZiggyD the Pomapoo!

Tom Sandstrom

Tom Sandstrom

Maintenance Manager

Joined GSK In: 2001

Fun Fact: Tommy has attended thousands of jam band concerts and is a genuine Dead Head!

Luke Sattler

Luke Sattler

Wholesale Manager

Joined GSK In: 2010

Fun Fact: Luke went skydiving in New Zealand!

Fred Mayer

Fred Mayer

Wholesale Assistant Manager

Joined GSK In: 2016

Fun Fact: Fred is the brother-in-law of GSK Owner & President Tom Smith. Although he only became an official employee 5 years ago, he was actually the first GSK employee!

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Jesse Blitz

Executive Assistant To The President

Joined GSK In: 2018

Fun Fact: Jesse got married to fellow GSK team member Daerik Pirl on 06/26/2021 at Tom Smith's home. They are an avid horseback rider and compete in barrel racing.

Valerie McCutchen

Valerie McCutchen

Bookkeeper/Office Manager

Joined GSK In: 2016

Fun Fact: Valerie is an avid Mets fan and can nap on demand!

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Enrique Gomez

Installation Foreman

Joined GSK In: 2013

Fun Fact: Enrique's hair used to reach below the middle of his back until he cut it and donated it in 2021!

Abel Morales

Abel Morales

Installation Crew/Greenhouse Manager

Joined GSK In: 2016

Fun Fact: Abel makes award-winning cheesecake!! Yummm!

DAERIK BLITZ

Daerik Blitz

Maintenance Crew Leader

Joined GSK In: 2017

Fun Fact: Daerik got married to fellow GSK team member Jesse Blitz on 06/26/2021 at Tom Smith's home. He has gone cliff-jumping in Jamaica, and has a serious sweet tooth for mint ice cream!

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Aaron Cruz

Maintenance Crew Leader

Joined GSK In: 2018

Fun Fact: The Cruz brothers are originally from Mexico. Aaron & Roberto have seven siblings in total!

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Roberto Cruz

Maintenance Crew Leader

Joined GSK In: 2018

Fun Fact: The Cruz brothers are originally from Mexico. Aaron & Roberto have seven siblings in total!

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Ethan Kimball

Wholesale Supervisor

Joined GSK In: 2020

Fun Fact: Ethan is a classically-trained, professional vocalist who gigs regularly and has toured Europe! He also is a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus, bearing the title “Sir”!

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