AQUIS specializes in the comprehensive refurbishment and optimization of mechanical air handling units and their components.
Experience and Intuition Can’t Be Outsourced.
We understand the consequences of time lost. There’s simply no substitute for getting a job done right. From factories that can’t produce, institutions unable to serve, to hospitals placed on hold to heal.
Getting it right begins with choosing the right people — our people. Experts you can rely on. For more than a decade, our team has served at the forefront of the air handling restoration and refurbishment industry.
We believe partnerships are made valuable by knowledge shared. Our clients trust us to leverage our experience by engineering compliant solutions that help protect their health, investment and bottom line.
Chairman of the Board
Ralph Margulis is an owner of AQUIS and Chairman of its Board of Directors, in addition to being a partner in the Southfield, MI, office of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss in the firm’s Aviation and Financial Institutions Practice Groups. Ralph is also the former Marketing Director for the firm and has served on the Executive Committee.
As the owner of several businesses in industries as diverse as banking, insurance, technology, communication and manufacturing, Ralph merges practical business advice with sound legal strategy.
He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Morehead Scholar and a graduate of the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Ralph has been acknowledged by his peers and by several publications as one of Michigan’s Top Lawyers.
Dale Watchowski is an owner of AQUIS and serves on its Board of Directors. Dale is also President, CEO, COO, and member of the Board for REDICO, a trusted leader in the real estate industry with a portfolio exceeding $3 billion dollars and more than 18 million square feet of space nationally.
In addition to his roles with AQUIS and REDICO, Dale serves as President and CEO of American House Senior Living Communities, and serves as President & CEO of Continuum Services, a facilities maintenance and management company. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award (2006 for REDICO and 2016 for American House), Crain’s Detroit Business’ Newsmaker of the Year in 2015, and has appeared on a number of industry-related lists, such as Crain’s Detroit Business’ 50 Names to Know in Real Estate in 2016.
Thomas (Tom) Clinton co-founded AQUIS and was co-inventor of the patented AQUIS system. As the company’s first CEO, Tom led AQUIS through its launch and development phases, building world class Technical, Operations, Sales, Marketing and Leadership teams, and is still an active owner, as well as a Board Member, of the company today.
Prior to AQUIS, Tom held various leadership positions at General Electric (GE Plastics) in Commercial Technology, Marketing and Sales. He also served as Senior Vice President, Global Product Development and R&D, at CHEP International, a multi-billion dollar supply chain service company. Here he led the development of new innovative products on a global basis, while establishing and managing three Innovation Centers on three continents. He is currently CTO of Red Meters, and provides independent consulting services to the US Government, military contractors, private manufacturing companies and various service companies.
Tom earned his Master’s in Plastics Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and has earned degrees in Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Engineering, specializing in Product Design, from Ireland’s University of Limerick.
President & CEO
Mike Bodón is President & CEO of AQUIS and has been with the company since 2005, serving as its CEO since 2008.
Mike began his career with GE Plastics and later served as Director of Engineering for CHEP, a leading international supply chain management company. In early 2004, Mike and a colleague from GE Plastics were approached and asked to develop a fire code-compliant solution for the refurbishment of mechanical air handling units. Successful pioneering soon led to the formation of AQUIS, which has grown exponentially over the past 12 years largely through Mike’s leadership and vision.
Mike is a graduate of Rutgers University College of Engineering where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He lives in Orlando with his wife and three children (two daughters and a son) and enjoys traveling, camping, kick boxing and supporting the Boy Scouts of America.
COO & Vice President of Operations
James Beerensson is COO and Vice President of Operations for AQUIS and has been with the company since 2007. James has over 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering and operations management where he began his career as a Mechanical Design Engineer for Boeing. He later worked in the telecommunications and logistics industries overseeing product engineering, innovation, and global operations.
James earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Washington. He lives in Orlando with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys traveling, boating and playing guitar.
William (Bill) Gilbert serves as CFO for AQUIS and is also Vice President & Corporate Controller for REDICO, a national commercial real estate manager & developer. For 20 years he has had direct responsibility for all accounting, finance & tax aspects of a large, diverse portfolio.
A Licensed Certified Public Accountant, Bill received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Western Michigan University. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Accountants Guild, and Serves on the Executive Board and Chairs the Governmental Affairs Committee for BOMA. He is married with two children – two grown boys – and loves fishing, shooting and boating.
Senior Vice President, Sales
Del Tillman is Senior Vice President of Sales for AQUIS and has been with the company since 2014. Del has over 30 years’ experience in both sales and sales management, initially starting his AQUIS career as a Sales Director for the MidAtlantic region. His sales background includes sales of test, measurement, control, and calibration equipment, telemedicine robotic equipment for healthcare, and FTIR/GC mass spectrometers. He also has several years’ experience managing domestic and international sales/marketing distribution/representative networks.
Del grew up in South Georgia and studied math and physics at Georgia State University. He is married and lives just outside of Asheville, NC, where he enjoys all activities that the Appalachian Mountains have to offer.
Vice President, Business Development
Michael Estes is Vice President of Business Development for AQUIS and has been with the company since 2017. Michael has over 18 years’ experience in both sales and sales territory development, initially starting his AQUIS career as a Sales Director for the Mid-Atlantic region. His sales background includes the sale of building materials, industrial MRO supplies, and mechanical fabrication equipment. He also has several years’ experience managing and negotiating service contracts, master service agreements, and GPOs.
Michael grew up in the Washington DC Metro area and studied Business Finance at Towson University. He is married and lives in Maryland with his wife, daughter, and three boys.
Vice President of Strategy & Human Resources
Christine Parrington is Vice President of Strategy & Human Resources for AQUIS and has been with the company since 2014. She brings 25+ years of diverse experience overseeing new business development, growth strategy, sales and marketing, people management, and corporate compliance. Christine has spent the last decade of her career in the commercial HVAC and energy controls industry leading complex growth strategies.
A lifetime New Englander and graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Christine lives in Southern New Hampshire with her daughter and two dogs. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and weekends away at Lake Winnipesaukee. She also volunteers and advocates for philanthropic causes that protect children and support U.S. Veteran’s.
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