Our Team

Erik Bernal

CEO/Founder

Erik Bernal is married to Heidi Bernal and father of five beautiful girls. He is an honors graduate of the University of Tennessee receiving a B.S. in Logistics with a minor in Marketing in 2003. Erik started his career with Accenture in Atlanta as an information technology consultant working with SunTrust Bank and the State of North Carolina. He moved on from Accenture in the fall in 2004 working as a sales representative for Schindler Elevator in New Orleans.

When Hurricane Katrina struck Southern Louisiana in August of 2005, Bernal became extremely concerned with the environmental impact. Thus began his journey with water quality. He began working in various roles in the Central U.S., understanding the challenges of inadequate water quality. In August of 2007, he was provided an exclusive contract with GE Water and Pentair Water Filtration for San Antonio, Texas. He has since expanded his territory to include Central and South Texas and is now the largest GE and Pentair Residential Water dealer in the U.S.

Most recently he has been hired as the Regional Vice-President for Healthway Air Purification in charge of supply chain and distribution for Texas with plans to expand to Upstate New York, Arizona, Florida in 2019, offering the first-ever Pure Residential Home in the U.S.

Kathy Cabello

Vice President of Operations

Kathy Cabello joined Elite Water Systems in October 2010 and was named Vice President of Operations in January 2017. She has served in several roles within Elite Water including Account Manager and Operations Manager, where she placed a strong focus on customer satisfaction and process improvement. In her current role, Kathy is responsible for leading business operations and innovation, client acquisition and relations, and facilitating growth.

Prior to joining Elite Water, Kathy spent a number of years in the real estate industry, both as an agent and manager.

Kathy, a San Antonio native, considers it a great privilege to be a part of its growth in the new home and wellness industries. She is a mother to two college students and enjoys family, church, sports, travel, and volunteering in her free time.

Ed Cox

Territory Manager

Ed joined Elite Water in September of 2018 as an Account Manager.  He comes to us with over 20 years of sales, service, and marketing experience, with the last 12 as a sales consultant for new home builders.  Ed was promoted to Territory Manager this year, which allows him to be a greater benefit to our partners.  He’s keenly aware of how important relationships are and takes great care in the education of our builder partners and homeowners on the importance of pure air and water.  

Ed is originally from Illinois, but has spent the last 25 years here in San Antonio where he met his wife Leslie, of 18 years.  When he’s not working, you might find him cycling or kayaking with his family, or watching his son Aiden play the drums, looking for his first gig!

Nick Kuhns

Territory Manager

Nick Kuhns joined Elite Water as an Account Manager in 2016.  He brings over 10 years of sales experience working with Fortune 500 companies to this position as well as an entrepreneurial drive from his years as a past business owner.  Nick works with various home builders throughout San Antonio and the surrounding area building relationships with their sales teams and educating new and existing home buyers on the benefits of clean water and air in their homes. 

Nick, originally from Michigan, is a graduate of Central Michigan University but is a diehard University of Michigan fan.  (Go Blue!) When he’s not watching Michigan sports, he’s watching his daughter, Madison, play soccer and enjoys spending time with his wife, Cherri.

Chris Erhard

Account Manager

Chris is an Account Manager at Elite Water Systems, where he assists clients with customizing a whole home treatment plan based on their individual needs; including whole home water treatment, drinking water systems, and air purification options.

With a demonstrated history of working in the automotive, sports, fitness, health wellness, real estate, and engineering industry; Chris has developed a great passion and knack for creating a positive customer experience. Chris helps to create and maintain positive relationships with our builder partners and end customers with his honest and straight forward approach.

Chris is a husband and father of 2 from Ohio. In addition to spending time with his family he enjoys sports, style, automobiles, and horology.

Julie Gutierrez

Quality Assurance Manager

Julie Gutierrez has served the customers of Elite Water Systems since January 2014 and most recently, as the Quality Assurance Manager since December 2017. She serves as a liaison between the customer and company, ensuring a positive experience with Elite Water. Julie is an expert in communicating, customer service, and follow-up. 

In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activates, spending time with my family, and gourmet cooking.

Mike Marquez

Service Manager

Mike Marquez is the Service and Safety Manager at Elite Water Systems. He has been with Elite Water since August, 2009 and climbed the ranks to his current position January, 2014. Mike oversees the service team and his responsibilities include ensuring employee safety and service department procurement and productivity. He believes in the importance of bringing quality water to every San Antonio homeowner.

Mike is a TCEQ Class III licensed installer and experienced with many different types of water treatment. He is also OSHA certified.

Mike is from San Antonio, Texas and loves to go to the shooting range and spend time with his family