Eric Santos, CAIS, CGIA, CIC, CID, CIT, CLIA, CLWM, is the vice president of irrigation services for the landscape maintenance division of BrightView Landscape Services (Calabasas, California). Santos has been in the irrigation industry for 26 years. He graduated with a bachelor’s in agricultural engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. While attending Cal Poly, he began his career in the landscape irrigation industry as a laborer on an irrigation installation crew. From there he moved into roles as an irrigation supervisor, irrigation estimator and irrigation manager. In 2002, he was promoted to national division irrigation advisor for ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance. He has been in his current role with BrightView since 2014.
Santos’ involvement with the Irrigation Association includes serving on the Education Committee, being a new product contest judge and chairing the former Contractor Common Interest Group. He was also highly involved with the Irrigation Foundation, serving on its Board of Trustees and as chair. Outside of the IA, he is heavily involved with the California Landscape Contractors Association. Santos holds many IA certifications as well as the National Association of Landscape Professional’s lawn care technician certification, the Florida Water Star certification, QWEL certification and CLCA’s water manager certification.
“Being nominated to the IA Board of Directors is very humbling and it would be an honor to serve our association. With my experience, I feel I can contribute by sharing the perspective of a commercial contractor. Our industry’s biggest current challenge is having enough trained and qualified employees. I would like to work with the IA Board to continue to promote the education of efficient irrigation practices and to develop ways to help our industry grow.”