Our Team

Erik Bernal

CEO/Founder

Originally from Winters, Texas now residing in San Antonio, 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 of 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 Pentair Residential Water dealer in the U.S.

In 2018 he was hired as the Regional Vice-President for Healthway Home Products in charge of national residential builder development for the #1 healthy home concept, Certified Pure Wellness.

In October 2020, Bernal became one of three managing partners of PURE365, a mobile phone app,  along with Vinny Lobdell of Healthway and Michael Ham of Refresh Smart Home to leverage the national markets and provide an entire vertical suite of healthy living and well-building solutions specifically related to intuitive diagnostic tools integrated with best-in-class air and water quality solutions.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Glenda Lynch

Account Manager

Glenda recently joined the Elite Water Team.  She has over 5 years of sales experience with homeowners in San Antonio and surrounding areas.  Glenda enjoys working with builder partners to help provide the most positive experience for all homeowners.  

Glenda has been married to her husband Allan for almost 20 years, they enjoy watching their daughter Maddie play volleyball and listening to her play her violin at her orchestra concerts.  

Amy LeFort

Account Manager

I’ve enjoyed a 14+ years career in the insurance industry having spent the majority of that time with Texas’ largest Workers Compensation carrier, at the corporate office. I transitioned into Sales/Marketing in 2015 eventually managing a $2M territory in North Texas. My passion for sales and marketing grew in that role.


I hold a Texas General Lines Insurance Agent license. I am certified in Franklin Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I am a certified Goal Setting: Life Coach. Relationships are vital to my success! I serve on the Board of Directors, as the Philanthropy Director, for the Texas Women in Business. I am a Founding member of the Polka Dot Powerhouse South Austin/Kyle chapter.


I have lived in Austin since 1998. I have 2 boys. I am married, and we have a cat. We are Aggies, I attend Texas A&M Commerce where I am continuing to pursue a degree in Organizational Leadership. Gig’Em! And, my husband is a graduate of Texas A&M, class of 1997. (He also was a 12th man, and the 1997 12th man captain). Spencer and I are originally from Bridge City, Texas, part of the Beaumont-Port Arthur Metro that has a history of devastating flooding, and community rebuilding. Having spent my early years in that
environment I developed an understanding about and a passion for the challenges of inadequate water and air quality. Later, in 2016, the quality of Bridge City water came to the attention of Erin Brockovich. As a result, the city council discussed water quality issues publicly with residents during a city council meeting in which Robert Bowcock, a water specialist who works with Ms. Brockovich, attended and answered questions. I am excited to help consumers take ownership of the drinking water in their homes and provide them with solutions for themselves and their family!

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

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.