Meet Our Staff

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Meet Our Team

Steve Nagel

Steve Nagel

President / Lead Technician
Joined ALD in 2001

In 2001 Steve received extensive training at the American Leak Detection corporate office in California. A natural puzzle solver, he enjoys the art of under slab leak detection and determining the source of mystery water damage. His genuinely kind temperament puts customers at ease while going through what is often times an unpleasant leak issue. With over a decade of experience finding even the toughest plumbing leaks, he really is one of the best in our business! When not detecting leaks, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing, cooking, watching movies, and cheering on his favorite sports teams.

Jennie Nagel

Jennie Nagel

Vice President / Office Manager
Joined ALD in 2009

Jennie, Steve's wife, joined the team in the summer of 2009 with a background in Interior Design and restaurant management. After the birth of their daughter, Gloria Grace, in 2007, the desire to assist the family business set in. Her job involves marketing and sales, coordinating the staff, managing day to day operations, problem solving, and executing all levels of necessary tasks in order to run a smooth business. She is quick to make a friend on the phone and has built lasting working relationships with many who need our services on a regular basis. Some of her passions outside overseeing American Leak Detection are spending time with her family and friends, traveling, experimenting with recipes, reading, and exercising.

Mike Kurish

Mike Kurish

Senior Pool Leak Specialist & Repair Technician
Joined ALD in 1994

Mike has been performing swimming pool leak detection and repairing pool leaks with American Leak Detection for twenty years! Since 1994 he has been a very valuable member of our team, as there is not much that he has not seen when it comes to finding and fixing leaks in pools and spas. He is a dedicated worker and always goes the extra mile in order to provide our customers with the best outcome when they are in need of our services. Customers are quick to complement his expert abilities and polite manner. He lives in Tampa with his lovely wife, Diane and beloved dog, Casey. In his free time he stays very active. Some favorite things to do are kayaking, fishing, and bike riding.

Todd Dickson

Todd Dickson

Slab Leak Specialist
Joined ALD in 1994

Todd owned an American Leak Detection franchise from 1994 until 2007, at which time he and his family sold their Hillsborough and Polk counties to our office. After taking some time away from the leak detection business in order to pursue other interests, he returned to Florida in 2010 and came to work for us that April. With his rich history with American Leak Detection, after a quick refresher, he was back in the saddle successfully detecting leaks again. Todd is the comedian of our team. He can be counted on for quick witted, funny comments or texts throughout the day, and we appreciate the laughs these bring! Some of his pastimes are spending time with his wife and kids, playing poker, and flying. Todd has his pilot's license and is also a certified flight instructor!

MJ Howard

MJ Howard

Senior Pool Leak Specialist
Joined ALD in 2003

MJ came to American Leak Detection in December 2003, with S.C.U.B.A. diving experience and an appetite to learn all aspects of pool leak detection. It is amazing that he made it through the winter water temperatures for training! Persistent as always, he is determined to find even the toughest leaks. Unfortunately for him he often ends up with the most difficult leak detections. Regardless of how many trips are required and tests need to be performed, he does not give up until the leak is found! On the bright side, these situations do not arise on a regular basis. He always takes time to explain everything in as much detail as his customers need. His warm smile and friendly personality have won over many lifetime customers. Some of his interests outside of work include hunting, fishing, S.C.U.B.A. diving, and boating.

Tami Reuter

Tami Reuter

Slab Leak Specialist
Joined ALD in 2015

Tami came to us in April of 2015. She was born in Aruba, but grew up in Pasco county. Not long after high school she joined the Marines, spending time in Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton, as well as a tour of duty in Iraq. During her time in service, she worked hands on repairing diesel generators and air conditioning units, as well as over seeing other aspects such as ordering parts, hazardous waste handling and maintaining unit readiness. After leaving the Marines with an Honorable discharge, she attended PHSC and USF to obtain a Bachelor of Science in biology. Her true passion has always been botany though, especially plants native to Florida's unique climate. She has owned every animal possible, from ostrich, pythons, skunks, rabbits, horses, alpaca, and according to her, the most dangerous of them all... the human child. She currently lives in Trinity with her husband and three children and spends her free time gardening, painting or writing.

Jessica Palmer

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Operations Coordinator
Joined ALD in 2012

Jessie joined our busy office in December of 2012. Her background is also in childcare. She has a list for everything and is fantastic at keeping the office in check. Some of her duties include assisting with the organization and management of the technicians and their schedules, assisting customers with their leak detection needs, and completing pool leak detection reports. In the time she has been with us there has never been a moment where she was anything but sweet. Jessie truly cares about each and every one of our customers, and her fellow American Leak Detection team. (She never misses a birthday!) She loves animals and her family includes two dogs, a rabbit, and a snake. She is also an avid sports fan, with a special love of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Dan Lavenia

Dan Lavenia

Pool Leak Specialist
Joined ALD in 2013

Dan was hired in 2013 after a very busy winter and spring in the world of pool leak detection. He is a childhood friend of our employee MJ, and came to us highly recommended by him. He is an avid S.C.U.B.A. diver; in fact, one of his past occupations is even spear fishing! He has proven to be a great addition to the team having mastered every skill he needs in order to successfully locate swimming pool leaks! Dan is always smiling. We have received more compliments from his customers than you can imagine. He has a very friendly personality and gets along well with everyone and every dog. Even after a long day finding leaks he always makes time to play with our office mascot, Jessie's teacup Yorkie, Pebbles. Some of his hobbies are fishing, golfing, working out, and playing softball.

Troy Roberts

Troy Roberts

Pool Leak Specialist
Joined ALD in 2016

Troy joined our team at the beginning of 2016. After months of intense, extensive training he has impressed us all with how successful he has been detecting even the toughest pool leaks! Along with having a natural affinity for this unique type of work, his pleasant personality and excellent communication skills have quickly earned him fans as the office continually receives glowing compliments from his customers. Troy was born in Kentucky having grown up in little town called Eminence. After high school, he attended and played basketball for Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia Kentucky. He moved to Florida in 2006. Prior to working at American Leak Detection, he worked in the Environmental Laboratory industry for over 20 years. He currently lives in Trinity with his wife and three children. A lover of all sports, he currently plays in men's softball league and plays golf as well, whenever the opportunity arises.

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David Cooksey

Slab Leak Specialist
Rejoined ALD in 2020

After having taken some time away from our company exploring other opportunities, Dave returned to ALD in 2020. With over twenty years experience in leak detection we are happy and excited to have him back! His vast experience in the field, coupled with his natural abilities as an analytical thinker and problem solver, Dave manages to locate leaks with ease that others have deemed undetectable. His loving wife describes him as a "Florida grown Caribbean cowboy" He is a consummate family man and the father of 4 teenagers. Dave is well versed in many things other than leak detection as well. Some of his hobbies are surfing, camping, and shooting at the clay range. A self proclaimed animal lover, history buff, and amateur horticulturalist he always has something interesting to talk about!

Kevin HassellCat Bermudez

Pool Leak Specialist & Repair Technician
Joined ALD in 2020

As a native Floridian, Kevin has always been drawn to the water. After working on an offshore fishing charter boat for a few years, his career path in pool leak detection and repair began in 2012 in South Florida. Not long after having moved with his girlfriend and their dog to Citrus County in October of 2019, ALD was fortunate to welcome Kevin to our team! He has quickly become one of our "go-to" guys, always willing to tackle even the toughest repairs, and providing exceptional service to our clients while exhibiting the skills to impress. Professing a deep love of his home state, he most enjoys spending down time with his girlfriend and their dog, fishing, boating, and working on home improvement projects to make their house a home. Whether sharing in the joy of a person's first catch or easing another's worry over a costly pool leak, he enjoys going home at night hoping he's left a positive impact on everyone he meets.

Becky GrimmCat Bermudez

Operations Manager
Joined ALD Tampa & MW, FL in 2020

Becky first joined ALD as a Regional Manager for our corporate offices in 2012 and over the years, honed her knowledge of all things leak detection, insurance channels, franchisee relations and much more! Always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need she proved herself invaluable to our entire system. Living locally and working closely with Jennie at tradeshows over the years, a dynamic partnership developed. Becky and ALD Corporate amicably parted ways shortly after the onset of the pandemic. Not long after, an opportunity arose in our local branch and we enthusiastically appealed to her to come on board. Thankfully she accepted and continues to wow both customers and fellow employees with her winning attitude and can do style! When not working for the greater good here at ALD, Becky most enjoys hosting large gatherings of family and friends (both human and dog!) in the sun and near the water, serving up some of the best home cooked burgers around!

Jane VerlanderCat Bermudez

Customer Service Specialist
Joined ALD in 2021

Jane is the newest member of our ALD family and boy, are we happy to welcome her! She's a quick learner and already quite capable of assisting our clients and technicians. Always upbeat, ready and willing to help in all ways possible, she has swiftly become a valued member of our office team! Jane brings with her over thirty years of administration, management, and scheduling experience. As evidenced by her lovely accent, Jane grew up in Caerphilly, South Wales in the United Kingdom and moved to Florida in 2017 to be closer to her parents. She has two grown children. Her daughter lives in the UK with her fiancé, and her son moved here 18 months ago. Jane also has two great danes, Dennis and Kevin and in her free time breeds Pugs and French bulldogs as a hobby, keeping her pretty busy!

Laurie FacchiniCat Bermudez

Chief Financial Officer
Joined ALD in 2018

Laurie is vital to all systems and operations running smoothly in our office! She has an uncanny ability to spot even the most minute data entry errors and does so daily, keeping us all straight! Although she works mainly behind the scenes, out of necessity Laurie has had to step up to the "customer service and field management" plate so to speak, and every time has done so impressively. Laurie and her husband are originally from Pittsburgh (GO STEELERS!) but have raised their two children here in Florida. Her son recently graduated from USF and her daughter is a math and engineering whiz, currently attending high school. Her honest, caring and genuine personality has earned her many friends...or maybe it's actually because of her amazing skills in the kitchen! She can whip up a gourmet meal and does so often, but her true super power is revealed in her deserts. We love it when Laurie brings her home baked treats to share!

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