WMAS Presidency 2011

WMAS Presidency 2010
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Will Spencer
957-0792 - home

913-5634 - cell
Will Spencer
Vice President
Shawn Winterbottom 561-7448 - home

554-7123 - cell
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Council Members and Committees
Julie Blundell   Irish Send Email
Bob Carlson 766-4873 - Home

831-6224 - Cell
BobC63 Send Email
Steve Ekins 435-830-8855 CapnMorgan Send Email
Matt James   Turbostud653 Send Email
Arthur Klinkenburg   ArthurIV Send Email
Dion Richins   Dion Richins Send Email
Jeremy Wootton 801-318-8791 disneymania Send Email
Justin Wootton   jwoo Send Email
Past President's Council Adam Blundell 809-ADAM Adam Blundell Send Email
Shane Heil

435-723-6613 - home

435-720-2599 - cell

Shane H Send Email
Jake Pehrson 747-9632 Jake Pehrson Send Email


Will Spencer
Will Spencer

Responsibilities: Treasurer

Having started in the aquarium hobby at 10 years old I naturally had wanted a salt water tank for many years.  Upon getting a 150 gallon tank at my office and thinking about all the possibilities for it I decided it was time to try a Salt Water adventure. Having no experience with the salty side of the hobby that first tank started with 300 lbs of lace rock that had come with the tank.  Upon finally getting the tank up and running I finally thought to seek out others in the hobby for advice and found the WMAS.  I attended my first meeting and found out everything anyone ever wanted to know about what was in Salt Water, (most of which I didn’t understand at all.)

Shortly after that meeting I went on my first Reef Tour.  I saw many beautiful tanks that day and knew I just had to have one of those for myself.  Over time I learned where I had gone wrong with my office tank and went about the laborious task of overhauling it, including a trip with Mark out to the desert to get some Utah Rock.

I learned so much from the club in my first couple of years that I decided that I just had to give back to the club and ran for office.  The first year I ran for a presidency position I didn’t make it.  Very few people know who I was.  The next year I made sure I had gotten acquainted with more club members and ran again.  Since becoming a presidency member I have had many opportunities to serve my fellow hobbyists and have learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing so.  I look forward to serving the club as President and hope to help make the club even better.

I'm not only about Fish though.  By trade I am a tax accountant and have recently started my own business out of my home preparing personal and business taxes and doing accounting work for small businesses.  I enjoy the outdoor sports of fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding

Vice President
Shawn Winterbottom

Responsibilities:Asst Web Master, Memberships

I have lived in Sandy area since I was eight years old and graduated from Jordan High School.  In 1993, after received my Associates Degree, in Computer Information Systems, I started working for Qqest Software Systems as a Computer Programmer.  I have always loved the aquarium hobby started with a 55 gallon FW aquarium in my office.  I also had a 35 gallon FW tank at home.  I especially enjoyed cichlids and eels.  Another of my favorites were my Oscar and Clown Knife.  My boss, not be out done, decided to start a 150 gallon SW fish-only tank also in the office.  In 2002, our family relocated to a larger home.  I inherited the 150 gallon tank from my boss and traded my FW tank in on a 75 gallon SW reef aquarium and never looked back.  I first joined the WMAS in early 2003.  It has been great!!.  With five sons, I am also very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, and am currently serving as Scout Master.  Some of my other hobbies are (when and if I have time) rocketry, RC trucks, hunting, camping and fishing.   Other pets include, dogs, frogs, lizards, birds, and rats.   Yes my house is a zoo.

Presidency Council - Council members are the support staff for the president and the vice-president. 
Adam Blundell
Adam Blundell
Responsibilities: Past Presidency Council

I'm Adam and I'm a science guy. I love this club and I love our club members. I first started coming to WMAS meetings before I could drive and have spent years making some wonderful memories with new friends. To me, that's what this club is about. Friendly people enjoying a hobby.

My experience with this hobby has been going on for 25 years. Like most people I started with a small 10 gallon freshwater aquarium, and then two, and then a 55 gallon, and then some saltwater tanks, and eventually a basement filled with fish stuff. Learning about reefs, ocean ecosystems, and all the life they support is just fascinating to me.

My job is to help educate, support, and encourage hobbyists. I spend a lot of time working hard to promote this club and to reach out to our local hobbyists. I look forward to the great time ahead with all my fish friends, and many more people we've yet to meet.
Julie Blundell
Adam Blundell


I have always looked up to my brother and been amazed by everything he did. One thing he always had a passion for was marine life both on a personal level and a global level. Wanting to be just like him I took up an interest in marine life too. I remember having my first aquarium when I was in elementary school, I hand fed freshwater frogs and tried breeding neon tetras. Not my most successful endeavor but I learned a lot. Thanks to my brother I learned more about salt water aquariums and have my first nano tank.

I’m excited to be in the presidency this year, I have been attending meeting and have been a member of this club for many years. I look forward to helping members and bringing more social events to the club. I think this club is wonderful and I plan to do my part. I would like to see service projects that benefit our club and community.

On a personal note I love spending time with my friends and family. I investigate child abuse, work with children in foster care, and provide in home services for the State of Utah as a career. I have a Master’s degree in Social Work and enjoy working with people. I love to read, cook, travel, and listen to music in my free time. Anything else you want to know, just ask.

Bob Carlson
Adam Blundell

Responsibilities: Reef Tour

I got my start in this hobby at the age of 7, when I won a goldfish at a local carnival. He didn't last too long, but I was hooked...I set up my first saltwater aquarium at the age of 13; it featured such "cutting edge" technology as the UGF (undergravel filter), dead coral skeletons, and dolomite gravel. At 15, I got my first job ever working for a LFS that happened to carry SW fish and supplies - a rarity in 1978.

Over the years, I've kept almost every type of fish there is too keep; from African Cichlids to Killifish, from Piranhas to Discus; from Lionfish to Seahorses - you name it, I've probably had it. But my favorite has always been the Marine / Reef aquarium. Currently I have 2 systems running - a 225 gallon show tank, and a 37 gallon "almost-a-nano" setup.

My wife Peggy and I have been married almost 23 years, and we have 3 teenage children. I work for a large pharmaceutical company in SLC. When I'm not messing with my tanks I enjoy bicycling, weightlifting, working on the house and watching football. (Oh, and making giant skimmers Wink)

I've been a WMAS Member since 2007. This is my first time serving in the Presidency Council. I look forward to a great year ahead, working to make your WMAS experience the best that it can be.

Steve Ekins


We got our first aquarium when I was about 7 years old. I've been hooked ever since. My first tank was a 55 gallon freshwater tank with a variety of tetras and other beginner fish. After several moves we decided it was time for the tank to come down. After a couple more years the bug hit me again, and I started another 55 gallon freshwater tank and a 10 gallon brackish water tank. From there the tanks kept getting bigger, more complex, and contained a large variety of fish and inverts, until despite many people telling me to stay away from saltwater due to expense, high mortality rates and complex chemistry I took the plunge. Over the years I've kept many aquariums ranging from 10 gallons to my current 180 Gallon reef, although I have plans to go much much bigger in the very near future. I really enjoy researching marine ecosystems, and learning everything I can about marine life. Like many others I plan our vacations and other activities around this crazy hobby, and I'll sneak in a visit to the LFS, Aquarium, etc. any chance I get when we go somewhere new. I currently work as an EMT-I for the Ambulance, and as a Cardiac Technician in the local Hospital's ICU, but I am also studying to work as a respiratory therapist and then plan to  go to medical school. Besides my aquariums I enjoy a few other hobbies. I currently play for a sponsored paintball team based in the greater SLC area. It's a blast and I get to travel and compete in national tournaments against some of the best teams out there. I also love to longboard, it's a great way to relax and unwind. I love the outdoors and will try just about anything once. I'm looking forward to serving in the WMAS presidency, and giving back to this great club!

Shane Heil
Shane Heil

Responsibilities: Past Presidency Council

I've been involved in the salt water aquarium hobby for nearly 15 years! Like many of my good friends, what began as a hobby has ultimately become a lifestyle.  I plan many of my activities - even vacations, to include or work around my reef keeping hobby. My first salt water aquarium was 55 gallons and I've kept many tanks of varying sizes since then. My showcase accomplishment (to date) was my 120 mixed reef. You can view pictures of it in the glory days here: http://www.utahreefs.com/tankofthemonth/ShaneHeil/tank_of_the_month.htm I have also kept many smaller tanks dedicated to certain species of fish, coral or invertebrates.

My wife Heidi and I have a large family – two boys and four girls. We’re all very active in the community and competitive sports. If it involves a ball of some type, you will likely find one of our family members participating. When we find the time, we enjoy skiing together in the winter and boating together in the summer. The family is very supportive of my hobby and they enjoy seeing my tanks develop. It is always thrilling to me to see them gather around to see what new and exotic “thing” dad has brought home this time. They can each recognize most common fish and they will even reluctantly help with water changes if they don’t have practice.

I have learned so much on my journey through the reef keeping hobby. I've learned more biology and chemistry through my aquariums than I ever gleaned in a classroom. I've learned to appreciate the reefs of the world and how dependent we are on their continued success. I've learned that a community of hobbyists can have far more success (and fun) than any single person on their own. I've learned patience and tolerance for the opinions of others. These lessons will be with me long after my tanks are dry.

Matt James

Responsibilities: Fun Games, Prizes, Merchandise

Matt is a fish geek, and a real fish geek.  He will always be remembered as the guy who proposed to his girlfriend during a club meeting in front of the whole club.  Matt wants to get new people involved in the club and loves to promote the WMAS.


Jake Pehrson  
Jake Pehrson

Responsibilities:  Web Master,Past Presidency Council

I started my first salt water aquarium when I was 12.  I was 10 gallons and I keep dwarf seahorses and pipefish (believe it or not these were some of the easy fish back then).  I had good luck raising and breeding them due to my diligence in raising BBS (baby brine shrimp).  I have keep many fresh and saltwater aquariums since then.  My favorite freshwater fish is the arowana and my favorite saltwater fish is the frogfish (at least for the moment).  I currently have a 55 gallon reef, a 120 gallon eel tank, 12 gallon nano, and a 30 gallon "other tank".  I also am in the never-ending process (I am very patientWink) of setting up a 240 gallon reef (which is getting closerConfused).

I have been a member of the club for quite awhile and have served as Vice President, Presidency Member, and Web Master.  I'm the guy cooking bugers at the Member's BBQ (I have even been known to cook up some veggie burgers).  

When I was ~17 I started a company called Your Design Computers with a friend of mine.  Your Design Computers morphed into a company called Design Technologies.  I worked for myself until about 10 years ago I left the company and started working for a company called Omnicare as their "IT Director" or "Computer Guy".  About that same time I stated a side company called Coral Planet with the intent to sell live rock.  Coral Planet has "morphed" over the years from an Internet only company selling live rock->selling fish and corals->aquarium maintenance->Internet hard-goods->retail store->wholesale selling fish and corals->wholesale selling aqua-cultured corals, which is where it stands today.  Coral Planet sells to a limited number of Pet Stores.  We specialize in aquacultured corals.  I have started and ran a few other businesses over the years (flowers, web design, restaurant review, sporting goods, financial, etc.), so I am an entrepreneur at heart. I also have a website called aquaticdatabase.com, check it out. 

I have been married 10 years to my wife Pepper.  We have 4 children.  Natalie, Nicole Coral, Jake, and Eli.  I am lucky to have them as they all put up with me and my hobby.   Some of my other hobbies are fishing, camping, boating (wake surfing), paintball, board/card games, retro computer games, scuba diving, hiking, backpacking, and others....

Dion Richins
Dion Richins


Thanks for the opportunity to serve on the presidency council for another year. It is my joy to serve on such an awesome and active council as this club has elected.

I have found the pursuit of marine aquaria to be an absolute addiction. The pursuit to achieve environments that can support and sustain these precious life's is what drives me in the hobby. At this time we have a little over 600g of salt water, 80g of fresh water and a 300g pond. We breed and sell Bangaii Cardinals for the pure joy of it.

We enjoy pursuing the knowledge necessary to achieve these things and in sharing all that we have learned and in helping any one interested.

Besides this addiction, I have the most wonderful wife in the world. Alice and my 6 children (3 mine, 3 hers) and grandson are my life and the driving force in my existence. We have a small carpentry company that specializes in custom cabinets and remodeling. 

Welcome to our home away from home. Hope you enjoy your stay.

Arthur Klinkenburg

Arthur is one of our newer club members and he is excited to join the presidency. 

Arthur has met many wonderful people in the club
and enjoys sharing this great hobby with new people. 

When Arthur isn't busy getting his hands wet, he works as an engineer doing top secret stuff (that's all he'll tell us).

Jeremy Wootton


I got my first start like most people at a young age with a 10 gallon freshwater tank. I then moved to a 55 gallon till I moved out of home. I grew up watching my father with his tanks has he moved up from a hexigon tank with a lionfish to a 220 gallon tank built into the wall today.

Because of him I was always interested in the Salty Side, and 6 years ago I dived into the salt water world with a 29 gallon eclipse tank that was mushrooms, a 6 line wrasse named Bob and a Nemo. From there I have just gotten bigger and bigger as well as getting more tanks. I know have a 210 gallon tank, a 24 gallon nano, and a 30 gallon tank at my work.

I joined the club in April of 2010 and have loved being a part of this great club.  I am excited to help out this year and look forward to seeing everyones tank grow and see everyone continue to help and support the saltwater community in UTAH! Thanks for this opportunity!

Justin Wootton


Growing up I always had a salt water tank in the house, my father is a huge influence on my love for salt water fish tanks and always had one as far back as I can remember. He nurtured my love of the ocean and for salt water reef tanks.

I had my first fresh water aquarium at a young age. After I left home I spent some time away from aquariums but couldn't stay from the hobby long. Two years ago I decided to setup my own reef tank, and have been heavily addicted to the reef keeping hobby ever since much to my wallets chagrin. We currently have my 45 reef tank as well as my wife's 29 gallon bio cube and a small 12 gallon JBJ nano in my home office.

I have been married for nine years to my wife who is very supportive of me in this hobby. We have one daughter, Madeline, with another daughter due in April. I'm also a huge cycling enthusiast and a giant nerd.

I discovered WMAS shortly before setting up my first reef tank, this club has been a huge influence on always keeping me in the right direction. I look forward to being able to give back to this community that has helped me so much in the past few years.

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