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July 6, 2022
Conserva Irrigation Franchisees Featured on Kim Daly TV

Conserva Irrigation's Vanesa Ellis of Northeast Florida and Jeff Labrecque of Richmond and Frederickburg have been featured on Kim Daly TV to share their experience about being Conserva Irrigation franchisees. Watch here.

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March 29, 2022
Spotting Trouble During Irrigation Startups - The Edge Newsletter

How to Spot Signs of Trouble During Irrigation Startups in The Edge There is More to Summerization On March 29th, 2022 - The Edge Newsletter  published Spotting Signs of Trouble During Irrigation Startups . The article  highlights start up mistakes when an individual start and irrigations system up incorrectly, noting that there are a number of problems that […]

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December 5, 2019
Conserva Irrigation Launches Academy for Up-And-Coming Technicians

CareerTech Academy is Conserva® Irrigation’s latest community outreach and industry investment program. This year’s inaugural training, a four-week boot camp of online courses, classroom lessons, and fieldwork, took place in Sarasota, Florida in September. Jay Gray was selected as the program leader due to his IA certification and 30-year accreditation. At each camp, he prepares 12-16 […]

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Recent Blogs

August 6, 2019
Conserva Irrigation Wins Vanguard Award for Water Conservation Project with Target Corp.

Conserva Irrigation is proud to be the nation’s most trusted name in irrigation franchise companies. Since we were founded, we have always stayed true to our roots and goal to conserve as much water as possible through intelligently designed irrigation systems sold and maintained to our customers. Perhaps our greatest professional achievement so far has […]

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August 2, 2019
Water Conservation Methods You Might Not Have Thought About

Last month was Smart Irrigation Month, which asks individuals, business owners, and irrigation companies to challenge themselves to find new ways to conserve water. Total Landscape Care, a popular publication about everything landscape and lawncare-related, featured a piece about clever water conservation methods you might not have ever thought would work. For example, using water pressure […]

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July 31, 2019
AK Irrigation Rebrands, Renames & Grows by Joining Conserva Irrigation Family

Conserva Irrigation is always looking towards the future and identifying the best growth opportunities for our irrigation franchise company. On the other hand, AK Irrigation in Columbus, Ohio was growing so quickly, it was putting a serious strain on the small yet popular irrigation company. What was the solution? We are happy to announce that […]

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July 23, 2019
Conserva Irrigation Celebrates 8 New Territories Added in 2019 Q1/Q2

Conserva Irrigation has experienced encouraging growth and development in the first two quarters of 2019. Our outdoor irrigation franchise company was able to add eight new territories in a short six months, expanding available territories and franchise opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and industry experts who want to join a nationally recognized brand. With the inclusion of these […]

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May 28, 2019
Conserva Irrigation Wins Franchise Innovation Award

Conserva Irrigation won the Most Innovative Service Introduction award at the inaugural Franchise Innovation Awards, which was hosted by Franchise Update Media. This award ceremony honors the best franchising innovations in 2018. The purpose of these annual awards is to select and celebrate the franchise brands that create and implement the most original and successful innovation tactics and strategies. […]

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May 14, 2019
At Conserva Irrigation, We See Potential in Your Leaky Pipes!

According to Outdoor Living Brands CEO Chris Grandpre, there is massive potential in servicing irrigation systems thanks to growing water restrictions and costs. Grandpre also has a unique take on the irrigation that is largely served for independent contractors that don’t specialize in the category. Speaking about how, in the past, the irrigation business didn’t […]

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April 25, 2019
Conserva Irrigation Partners with Aaron & Lee Knepp to Serve Columbus

We are excited to announce that Aaron and Lee Knepp have joined the Conserva family with the launch of Conserva Irrigation of Columbus, Ohio. This new location will conveniently serve Columbus and the surrounding suburbs. Before they joined Conserva Irrigation, Aaron and Lee started their own company, AK Irrigation, after pooling all of their resources together. […]

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April 17, 2019
Conserva Irrigation Ranked Among Entrepreneur's 2019 Top New Franchises

We are excited to announce that Conserva Irrigation has been named to the list of Entrepreneur's 2019 Top New Franchises. Conserva Irrigation is ranked #30 among the nation’s newest stars in the franchising world. Each year, Entrepreneur compiles a list of the top 100 companies that are submitted for its Franchise 500®ranking. The entrepreneurstarted to rank franchises across the country in […]

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April 11, 2019
Good Ways to Maintain Your Irrigation System in the Spring

To keep irrigation systems up-and-running and fully-efficient, a little bit of springtime maintenance can go a long way. Spring means environmental and climate changes that make an impact on properties, lawns, and landscapes of all sizes. You need to be in front of those springtime changes to give your irrigation customers the best service possible. On the […]

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April 8, 2019
Conserva Irrigation Featured in Delta Sky for April 2019

At Conserva Irrigation®, we aim to change the way that people water their lawns, by providing the most innovative and eco-friendly irrigation services and systems around. That’s just one reason why our franchise opportunity has drawn the attention of a new generation of franchisees: Millennials. Because our environmentally-friendly services and advanced technology appeal to the […]

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Holden Andrews

Marketing Specialist

Started working at Empower Brands in July 2022, and core priorities include:

  • Provide franchisees with day-to-day support in both the online and offline space.
  • Facilitate creative team tasks for custom design work.
  • Assist franchisees in setting up social media and pay-per-lead platforms.
  • Manage national social media platforms, as well as schedule regular local social media postings.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I really enjoy the people I work with and the opportunity to help franchisees succeed.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

I enjoy taking my dog on walks and pick-up soccer.


Steve Nguyen

Creative Director

Started working at Empower Brands in February 2009. Core priorities:

  • Oversee the creative development to ensure that the conceptual and visual work is of the highest possible quality.
  • Build, lead, and produce innovative concepts that transform into compelling print and digital visuals while maintaining brand standard and vision
  • Brainstorm with the creative team, maintaining strategic and creative thinking to develop new and creative initiatives.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love being able to work with a great team over multiple brands to brainstorm and identify new projects and opportunities.

When I’m not working…

I have a multitude of hobbies that keep me outside. I’m a huge car enthusiast, an avid triathlete, and I love learning new things to keep my mind and body active.


Annena Ellis

Digital Marketing Manager

Started working at Empower Brands in April 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Provide franchisees with day-to-day proactive guidance and support in the digital space.
  • Manage consumer corporate social media efforts.
  • Assist franchisees in setting up and developing a well-rounded and active online presence.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

The digital space is constantly growing and evolving, so I love being able to help our franchisees understand the digital landscape and evolve their businesses’ along with it.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

go stand-up paddleboarding at the Chesapeake Bay with my dog, Umphrey.


Jane Campbell

Director of Marketing

Started working at Empower Brands in January 2009, and core priorities include:

  • Spearheads and implements the company’s overall marketing strategies.
  • Analyzes and assesses new online marketing opportunities and partners.
  • Drives new website builds and initiatives for all brands, franchise development, and Empower Brands.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love evaluating opportunities and making recommendations that can positively impact our franchisees’ local businesses.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

to go for long walks and/or hikes with my husband, sons, and dog.


Austin Auandee

Art Director

Started working at Empower Brands September 2019, and core priorities include:

  • Working creatively across multiple brands to concept, develop and produce strategic, innovative and compelling on-brand print and digital assets.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I enjoy the company culture and love working with everyone here. The core values and practices facilitate an environment that encourages and supports creative solutions, growth and development from the ground up. The opportunity to explore and contribute my creative experience and skills over multiple brands is a challenge that I cherish.

When I’m not working my favorite thing to do outdoors is...

to go biking, camping and hiking.


Lara Omick

Brand Marketing Manager

Started working at Empower Brands in 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Creates local marketing plans and advises franchisees on how to execute their plan.
  • Manages system-wide brand initiatives related to the National Ad Fund.
  • Collaborates with the in-house creative team to drive brand development and tactics.
  • Analyzes local marketing metrics and refines budgets, channels, and messaging.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love the people that I work with and get to interact with every day.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

take my chocolate lab for a swim in the river.


Daniel Cockerill

Technology Training and Support Consultant

Started working at Empower Brands in May 2021, and core priorities include:

  • Bringing my knowledge of our CRM to all locations
  • Using my experience as an office manager to train new locations
  • Making everyone’s life easier by getting their systems set up and optimized

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

Working with a great group of people who all have the same goals in mind

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

Play golf


Erich Johnston

Franchise Technology Solutions Manager

Started working at Empower Brands in July of 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Leads and manages all technology-related functions and projects for the organization.
  • Maintains and enhances the technology platforms utilized by all four brands.
  • Manages the IT Helpdesk and new and ongoing training initiatives.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love working with franchisees and brand support teams to develop and implement new programs and functionality that increase efficiency and productivity.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

take the kayaks somewhere peaceful and catch some fish.


Micki Nguyen

IT Support Analyst , National Accounts Administrator

Started working at Empower Brands in March 2018, and core priorities include:

  • Help desk support for Empower Brands employees as well as local franchisees.

  • Onboard and train new franchisees on technology platforms

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

  • Helping the franchisees work though issues they may have. Being able to see their successes big or small.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is

  • Taking photographs of landscapes and families.

  • Going to the beach or the mountains to get away from the city.


Cristin Smith

Division Controller

Started working at Empower Brands in June 2011, and core priorities include:

  • Lead the accounting support team.
  • Manage the corporate accounting functions and operations.
  • Produce and analyze the corporate financial statements and budget presentations.
  • Develop strategic plans along with the franchise support teams.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

My favorite part of my job at Empower Brands is being able to help small business owners understand the financial status of their business by supporting their accounting processes and financial statement analysis.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

go canoeing and smallmouth bass fishing on the river with my husband and children.


Sarah Jaramillo

Accounting Associate

Started working at Empower Brands in August 2022, and core priorities include:

  • Support franchisees on accounting matters.
  • Record and track monthly sales for the franchise brands.
  • Process daily transactions and complete account reconciliations for Empower Brands.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

I love the connectivity – being able to establish relationships with both the people I’m working with and the people I’m working to support!

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

walking my dog, Bella, through our neighborhood trails.


Clair Baker

Financial Analyst , Accounting Associate


Matt Jones

Franchise Support & Systems Analyst


Craig Undeck

Franchise Support Consultant


Erich Kolb

Franchise Support Consultant


Jay Gray

Franchise Support Consultant


Jake Mathre

Director of Franchise Operations


Russ Jundt

Vice President, Conserva Irrigation

Russ is the founder and Vice President of Conserva Irrigation, the only irrigation company founded on the principles of water conservation.

As brand leader, Russ drives the overall priorities and focus of the company including the service offerings, sales processes, strategic partnerships, and more.

Russ graduated with B.A. in Business Management from Saint John’s University.

What do you like most about working at Empower Brands?

  • I am grateful to work with like-minded, enthusiastic leaders who are inspired to be the absolute best they can be in their role at Empower Brands. This infectious attitude is prevalent across our network of successful franchise owners, which spills over to our hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.

When I’m not working, my favorite thing to do outdoors is…

  • anything to do with water: Boating, rowing, water sports, time at the beach with friends and family, vacationing to beach destinations, and more.