Our staff has over 60 years experience in the rainwater harvesting industry
David Crawford, CEO & Founder
In 2000, David Crawford put his 22 years of experience in healthcare consulting, marketing, sales, and residential/commercial construction into a new company he named Rain Water System, Inc. His vision was to form a company that would address rainwater conservation and management as well as sustainable water applications and practices. Today that company—now known as Rainwater Management Solutions—provides design, consulting, and engineering solutions for rainwater and stormwater management to commercial and residential developers, engineering and architectural firms, and professionals in the agricultural field. To date, the Salem, Virginia-based company has designed and/or installed thousands of rainwater systems across North America.
A strong advocate of water conservation and management, in 2001 David and his brother Ed lobbied the Virginia House and Senate for passage of the first rainwater harvesting legislation in the United States. The following year he worked with the Virginia State Health Department to rewrite graywater laws. David was involved in writing Virginia’s first Rainwater Harvesting Manual used as an educational tool for many.
David is the current President of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association (ARCSA; C-6 Trade association) and Chairmen of the Board of the ARCSA Foundation (C-3) and is an ARCSA Accredited Professional. He was also involved in writing the ARCSA Rainwater Harvesting Manual.
David received his BS in Economics and Accounting from Mars Hill College in 1976. He has published numerous articles on water conservation and water sustainability issues and practices in local and national publications as Laundry Today, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Mother Earth News, Virginia Business Journal, The Roanoke Times, Farm Bureau Monthly, and Southern Farmer.
Considered an expert in the field, he is a frequent speaker at national seminars and conferences such as Green Build International Conference and Expo, ASPE Emerging Water Technology Symposium, ARCSA’s Annual Conference, and VMI Environmental Conference.
David has been part of several publications including:
Sojka, S., T. Younos, D. Crawford. 2016. Modern Urban Rainwater Harvesting Systems: Design, Case Studies, and Impacts. In: The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry Vol. 47. 351pp. Springer Publishers (ISBN 978-3-319-29335-6). pp. 209-234.
Benjamin Sojka, Vice President Design
Benjamin Sojka is a partner in Rainwater Management Solutions and holds the position of Vice President of Design/Engineering. A graduate of The University of Virginia’s school of Architecture under the tenure of Dean William McDonough, Benjamin has assisted in the design and overseen construction of multiple McDonough projects. Still an active partner in the family cattle farm, Cliffdale, Benjamin’s agriculture and strong environmental background reinforces the common sense approach evident in all RMS designs and projects. Benjamin’s extensive site work and utility background as both a General Superintendent and Project Manager, spanned 12 years and ensures that RMS is able to take any project from conception to reality.
Benjamin has worked on a broad spectrum of projects, including residential, commercial, industrial, agricultural, and educational. He has also worked on multiple Living Building Challenge Projects and LEED Certified schools. Benjamin’s site work background, eye for design, and understanding the needs and requirements of the end user as well as the installing contractor have aided in designing hundreds of rainater harvesting systems across the United States.
Dave Stark, International Sales & Design Specialist
Dave holds a M.S. in Water Resource Science from the University of Minnesota a B.A. in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado and has worked in the water resources field since graduation. He has managed river remediation, stormwater and environmental permitting projects in the U.S.A. and South America.
He has been instrumental in bringing rainwater harvesting projects from concept to completion beginning with his own home with rainwater, greywater and composting systems in 2004. Dave has been an independent representative for RMS since 2012 and installed WISY filtration products in cold climate applications. He has led the rainwater harvesting design of notable projects attempting to meet net zero water standards through the International Living Building Institute (ILBI) and providing the first commercial systems to utilize captured and treated rainwater inside of structures in Duluth and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dave’s passion is working on integrated water management solutions with engineers, architects, and general contractors on source separated systems at various scales. He is an accredited professional (AP) and regional representative for the American Rainwater Catchment System Association (ARCSA) and served on the national technical committee for rainwater harvesting ARCSA/ASPE standard 63. He advocates code adoption and design standards that allow indoor and outdoor use of harvested rainwater to maximize cost effectiveness and minimize stormwater impacts. When not working, he enjoys traveling to Central and South America with his wife and son Tyler to keep his Spanish and whitewater kayaking skills sharp.
Shawn Crawford, National Sales Manager
Shawn grew up in Salem, Virginia and is a 2011 graduate from Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Wood Science and Forest Products with emphasis on Marketing and Manufacturing. After receiving his B.S., he pursued a Masters of Forestry with an emphasis on Implementing Lean Manufacturing Concepts to Reduce Energy Consumption. He received his M.F. from Virginia Tech in the winter of 2012. He then took the position as a Lean Project Leader with American Woodmark Corporation. As a Lean Project Leader, he traveled from plant to plant for six months leading multiple project teams to improve manufacturing efficiencies and metrics.
During high school and college, Shawn spent considerable time working with RMS on installations. He officially joined RMS in the fall of 2014 as National Sales Manager. Shawn has an immense amount of knowledge and experience with residential and institutional applications. He has been involved with the rainwater harvesting industry for 14 years and has a great understanding of its evolution into what it has become today.
Shawn is an ARCSA Accredited Professional and is a member of the educational committee for the organization.
TJ Smith, Director of Technical Support & Sales
TJ Smith joined the RMS team in 2011 in our shipping department. In the fall of 2011, TJ transitioned to our sales and customer service department and provides sales, design, and technical support to engineers, architects, and contractors on a daily basis.
TJ graduated from Glenvar High School in 2007 and, after graduating, spent time repairing pumps in the mines of southwestern Virginia and eastern Tennessee. He was a department manager of a large hardware franchise and worked for several other companies providing technical support and customer service.
TJ has been certified by ITT Goulds, Grundfos, and Franklin Electric as an installation and troubleshooting technician and attended the Goulds Water Systems School in New York. In his time at RMS, he has grown into the Director of Technical Support and Sales, as well as Lead Technician, through countless hours of research and development, hands-on and on-site experience.
TJ’s experience with pumps, drives, and controls, along with his ability to effectively communicate ideas, allows him to review rainwater harvesting designs and provide consulting and engineering solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential rainwater projects.
Chris Quillen, Business Development Manager
Chris joined Rainwater Management Solutions in 2017 after spending 15 years in the Central Appalachian coalfields with Alpha Natural Resources. During his time at Alpha, he was responsible for the company’s brokerage coal efforts as well as selling high-quality metallurgical coal to a variety of customers both domestically and internationally. Chris also worked in logistics, forecasting, and human resources while at Alpha.
Chris’s experience in business development and relationship management will help RMS continue to grow and maintain its position as the premier rainwater harvesting solutions company in the country. He also provides a broad business background to help RMS grow internally to meet the increasing demand for its services.
Chris is a 1998 graduate of Virginia Tech with a BS in Business – Marketing Management.
George Francisco, Controller
George Francisco earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Roanoke College in 1988. He also holds an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting degree from Virginia Western Community College, earned in 1984. Since 2008, George has been Office Manager and responsible for accounting duties at Rainwater Management Solutions. Prior to joining the RMS team, George and his father Randolph owned a stone masonry business, R.L. Francisco & Son. Before that he was partnered with his father Randolph Francisco in stone masonry construction business R.L. Francisco & Son. George has been active in the community and joined the Cabell Brand Center as Treasurer in December 2013.
Jim Hall, Design Support Specialist
Jim is a native of Montgomery County, Virginia, and studied Fine Art at Ferrum College. Jim’s art was featured on the cover of Tideland Times Magazine. After serving as an NCO in the Coast Guard, he worked in construction. Jim also worked in commercial art, for which he won both Gold and Silver Addy Awards. He has developed experience and passion in architectural drafting, design, and structural design.
Jim was the Assistant Director of Engineering at North American Housing Corporation and implemented the transition from manual to computerized drafting. Most recently, Jim has been a consultant on several structural and architectural projects for clients in the Roanoke Valley area. Jim brings over 30 years’ experience in construction and design to RMS.
Jonathan Simmons, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Simmons initiated work with Rainwater Management Solutions during 2015 as a fractional CFO and is focused on producing and implementing development, financial, and growth strategies. In this position he is overseeing corporate finance, contractual matters, and capital formation activities, among other items.
Through Impact, he works as a fractional (part-time & freelance) Chief Financial Officer and / or consultant for clients across different industries and types of projects; while providing a solution for a company’s executive financial needs. In this role, he assists clients with a variety of management and financial activities, including areas such as capital formation (debt, equity, other), financial and M&A transactions, financial modeling, corporate finance, corporate development, contract development & negotiation, and accounting oversight and reporting. He has significant experience working on both smaller sized transactions and also multi-party and multi-million dollar transactions with a variety of parties (private and institutional) and transaction structures.
Mr. Simmons is a seasoned financial executive with extensive experience in building and growing companies. He brings an entrepreneurial mindset and background as well as experience working in more mature organizations. He has a diverse background in finance, accounting, contracts, and real estate projects, among other business areas. Mr. Simmons has over 24 years of business and entrepreneurial experience. Prior to joining Pegasus, he advised middle-market and early-stage companies, both at his own firm and with a consulting organization. Mr. Simmons earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Virginia Tech and received an MBA degree from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.
Megan Repass, Sales Support Specialist
Growing up in the heart of Salem, Virginia, Megan graduated from Salem High School and attended Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science.
Prior to Rainwater Management Solutions, she worked for an environmental services firm specializing in the remediation of soil as an Environmental Technician. She has acquired a HAZWOPER and EMS-385 Health and Safety Certification.
Currently, Megan serves as the Sales Support Specialist. Her role consists of assisting with the creation of proposals and projects, project cost estimating, compiling submittal packages for projects, and following up and tracking projects.
Jeff Young, Lead Fabricator
Jeff has joined the Rainwater Management Solutions team as Lead Fabricator. He was raised in Roanoke and relocated to Tennessee after high school to attend Lincoln Tech, graduating with a degree in Auto Service Technology.
Jeff brings seventeen years of diverse technical experience, working on a variety of systems, in the shop and in the field, as lead technician. He brings his knowledge and experience with schematics and fluid power, as well as manufacturing, upfitting, and field work to Rainwater Management Solutions.
Nate Nickerson, PE
Nate partnered with RMS in 2016 after co-founding Critical Flow LLC, a reclaimed water solutions company, in 2014. He brings over 15 years of diverse experience in project management, engineering, construction, R&D, product development, industrial/mechanical operations and maintenance. Nate has long been an advocate for water conservation and reuse and brings a hands-on understanding of how practical solutions are actually implemented for facilities. His knowledge base comes from his involvement in a wide variety of water related projects over his career. These include: wastewater and stormwater conveyance, treatment and reuse, potable water distribution, land development as well as technology and equipment design, research, testing and fabrication.
Nate received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia in Civil Engineering and an Associate’s degree in Automotive Technology from NH Technical College. He holds professional engineering licenses in both Virginia and California.
Eric Lohan, Process Microbiologist
Eric Lohan received an M.S. in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University. He has been involved in the design, deployment, and operations support of decentralized graywater and wastewater reuse projects since 2000. He has focused on the development of simple and energy efficient water reuse technologies and is coauthor of six patents. His water reuse projects have won awards from the Water Reuse Association (twice), AIA COTE, US Water Alliance, and the Water Environment Federation.