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Meet the PADI Sales Team

Name: Adam Wucherpfennig
Contact: adamw at padi dot com
Region: Southeast, Gulf Coast of Florida, Bermuda
Hometown: Eastvale, CA
OW Cert Location: Ontario CA
Favorite Smell: Putrescine NH2(CH2)4NH2
Favorite Food: salt water
(I know what you’re thinking that’s not a food… but for those of you who dive here in Cali you know what I’m talking about)
First Concert: Oingo Boingo
Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 9
How do you start your day at PADI: lovin' (our order-entry system) MACOLA
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Orca

Name: Sebastian Acevedo
Contact: Sebastian.Acevedo at padi dot com
Region: Latin America
Hometown: Chile and St.Croix
OW Cert Location: St.Croix USVI
First Concert: Run DMC
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 11
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Great White

Name: Bret Lorea
Contact: Bret.Lorea at padi dot com
Region: Southwest, Pacific NW, CA north of Pismo Beach
Hometown: Lake Tahoe, Calif.
OW Cert Location: Bottom of Monterey Bay
Favorite Smell: Northern California Redwood Forest
Favorite Food: Pollo Porcini from Café Sistina in Honolulu!
First Concert: YES 1979something
Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 21 + years,
How do you start your day at PADI:  a large coffee and a large amount of email.
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Blue Whale
Any interesting facts you’d like to share: I miss Sam Kinison…


Name: Fabio Taglieri
Contact: Fabio.Taglieri at padi dot com
Region: Caribbean, SE Texas, Louisiana
Hometown: Born in Bologna Italy but consider Orange County home
OW Cert Location: San Marcos CA
Favorite Smell: Pasta cooking in the kitchen
Favorite Food: fetuccini a la carbonara or seared, blackened salmon on a salad
First Concert: Too old to remember. I did go to the opera AIDA when I was 11
Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: about 15yrs in dive business
Served 26 yrs, 6 months and 6 days in USMC
How do you start your day at PADI: With at least two cups of coffee under my belt
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: My wife in a mermaid outfit
Any interesting facts you’d like to share: I’m grateful that my twin brother does not look like me


Name: Nick Buskirk
Contact: Nick.Buskirk at padi dot com
Region: New England, USVI and BVI
Hometown: Dana Point, CA
OW Cert Location: Channel Islands, California Coast
First Concert: U2 in 1992
Dive Industry Experience: 9 years
Sea Creatures You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Whatever is feeding on the Sardine Run off the South African coast
A Great Moment Under Water: Watching another Divemaster get his mask smacked off his face by the tail of a 25 foot Whale Shark….don’t get too close.



Name: Erica Wedepohl
Contact: Erica.Wedepohl at padi dot com
Region: Latin America
Hometown: Prescott, AZ
OW Cert Location: San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Favorite Smell: suntan lotion
Favorite Food: artichokes
First Concert: Aerosmith
Mild Medium or Spicy: SPICY Baby!
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 15
How do you start your day at PADI: drinking tea and checking email
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: whale shark or a merman!

Name: Penny Saddington
Contact: Penny dot Saddington at padi dot com      
Region: East Florida, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Grenada
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
OW Cert Location: Catalina Island
Favorite Smell: Pine Trees
Favorite Food: Mandarin Oranges and Cottage Cheese
First Concert: U2 - 1985
Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 25
How do you start your day at PADI: Lots of coffee
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day:  Leafy Sea Dragon

Name: Kristin Hargett
Contact: kristin.hargett at padi dotcom   
Region: Midwest with Gary Joyce
Hometown: Costa Mesa, CA
OW Cert Location: San Carlos, Mexico
Favorite Smell: Fresh Lemons
Favorite Food:  artichoke hearts
First Concert: I can't admit it out loud or in writing!
Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 7
Favorite Dive Moment: Having 2 bottlenose dolphins approach me, completely circle me within touching distance, leave, come back and circle me again before leaving for good.
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Whale Shark and Great White Shark
Any interesting facts you’d like to share: On our honeymoon in 2002 I told my husband I would NEVER scuba dive. I was terrified to try it. Now I'm a Master Instructor. Who knew!


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Name: Megan Denny
Contact: Megan.Denny at padi dot com
Region: California south of Pismo Beach, Hawaii, Central Pacific
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
OW Cert Location: Akumal, Mexico
Favorite Smell: Clean laundry from the dryer
Favorite Food: Macaroni and Cheese
First Concert: Neil Young and Pearl Jam
Mild Medium or Spicy:
Spicy
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 7
How do you start your day at PADI: lots of coffee and two breakfasts
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: a friendly orca
Any interesting facts you’d like to share: my car is almost old enough to be a divemaster