Our Teams

Leaders in Aquatic Design and Waterpark Development

Innovative. Experienced. Smart. Committed. Inspired.  A team of over 100 dedicated professionals plan, design, manufacture and construct the innovative recreational products and design concepts that are found in over 4,000 facilities worldwide.



ADG’s executive team combines over 75 years of experience in the design, build and development of aquatic and recreational products and comprises some of the most experienced and innovative experts in the industry. Forming the cornerstone of what we do and who we are, they have pioneered our InDepthTM philosophy which governs our approach, guiding each of our employee’s interactions to consistently strive to deliver what is best for each individual client and project needs.

Herb Ellis, Founder & Chairman >>

Ken Ellis, President & CEO >>

Jim Dunn, Executive Vice President >>

Dave Keim, VP of Business Development >>



The key to successful business development is truly understanding what our client’s ultimate goals are.  If a client comes to us and says they want a new wave pool or Flowider, our first questions are why and what are you hoping to accomplish by adding this feature?  Then we focus on how we can enhance it to make sure it works for your property in terms of marketability, branding, revenue generation, park/room rates, guest flow and on-property interactions.  Working one-on-one with our clients, we are proud of the many long-term relationships and repeat business we have generated over the years.

Dave Keim, VP of Business Development >>

Lew Wemple, Business Development Manager, Western US, Canada, Mexico >>

Ray Lauenstein, Business Development Manager Eastern US >>

Steve Biernacki, Business Development Manager, Traditional Project Market >>



The success of any project begins with careful planning and an experienced team. And the expert designers, architects and engineers at ADG are the driving force behind every successful project. Through a cohesive development process ADG’s unique InDepthTM approach ensures that each aspect of project development is addressed at the forefront, saving additional cost expenditures and delays down the road.

David Savage, Manager of Architecture & Engineering >>



This dedicated team ensures construction budgets and timelines stay on track without sacrificing the quality of the finished product. In-office coordination combined with on-site project managers and field staff, ensure communication between client, staff, designers and engineers is seamless and consistent, allowing for construction and production matters to be dealt with on-time and on-schedule. Our construction staff is fully employed by ADG, not outsourced, ensuring our clients receive the highest level of expertise and craftsmanship, and safety and quality control measures are being met.

Bill Leonard, Director of Construction & Project Management >>



The skillful and experienced technicians at ADG have been creating fabricated components for the aquatic industry for over half a century. All of our products are manufactured onsite at our upstate NY facility and our long history of designing and fabricating steel, stainless steel and polymer components for the commercial pool equipment industry, along with our mastery of wave generation systems and breakthrough technological advances in mountainside products, provides our clients with the in-house expertise and knowledge unavailable anywhere else in the industry. Our many long term employees consist of certified welders, machinists and general fabricators that have the skills and ability to manufacture the highest quality mechanical systems and components for all the products that ADG has to offer, from filters and wave fans to Flowriders® and Mountain CoastersTM.

 Ed Kapper, Manager of Manufacturing & Operations >>



U.S based and easily accessible, the expert technicians at ADG bring more than 50 years of combined experience to provide exceptional service and support to our clients, ensuring satisfaction from initial installation of our products throughout the lifetime of their use. Whether ordering replacement parts, scheduling onsite service, or long distance troubleshooting, our experience in commercial pool equipment, wave generation, recreational water and mountainside products is unsurpassed in the industry.

Mike Walsh, Manager of Customer Service >>


“You’re only as good as the folks you have working with you. I am incredibly proud of the employees of this company and what we have accomplished as a team.”    – Ken Ellis, President & CEO

Aquatic Development Group