Dr. Robert & Pamela Blackburn


Dr. Robert Blackburn, CEO and founder of Future Horizons, Inc., has over 50 years experience in the aquatic industry. He is one of the original “aquatic weed warriors”. His knowledge is instrumental in researching and developing products used in this industry. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, the great outdoors, spending time with his wife, Pamela, and his children and grandchildren. Bob is also a member of The Golden Eagle Association at Auburn University and a diehard Auburn Tiger fan. Pamela Blackburn joined the company in 1989 and served in the administrative division of the company. Pam also enjoys reading, outside activities, family time and is also an Auburn Tiger fan.


Dave Blackburn


Dave has been with Future Horizons, Inc. since 1998 and has worked with the business all of his life. Dave’s background is Land Development and Residential Home Construction with extensive knowledge in Drainage, Environmental Impacts, and Water Quality. He is a State Certified Contractor and has a Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina Commercial Applicator’s License in Aquatics and Right of Way. Married with 5 Children


Rick Blackburn

Vice President

Rick Blackburn has been with Future Horizons since 1995. He is Vice President of Sales and Service and is in charge of the day to day operations in the Hastings office. He is licensed in Aquatics, Right of Ways and Natural Areas in Florida and Aquatics in South Carolina and Georgia. Is factory trained in the repair of Otterbine and Kasco Fountains and Aerators. Rick is married and has one daughter. He is a certified scuba diver, enjoys the outdoors and is retired from the US Air Force.


Chris Railing

Vice President of Operations and Sales

Chris Railing has been employed with Future Horizons, Inc. since 2000. He is the Vice President of Operations and Sales for the Hastings Office. He does mechanical vegetation removal,  aquatic vegetation control, upland invasive control, fish stocking, and aerator sales and service. When he’s not working, he is spending time with his wife or out hunting or fishing.


Emma Dean

Office Manager

Emma Dean has been with Future Horizons, Inc. since 2004. She is the Office Manager and she oversees the day to day office operations. On her off time, she loves to spend time with her handsome little boy and husband, going to church, and doing various arts and crafts projects.


Philip Overley

Aeration Specialist

Philip has been with Future Horizons, Inc. since 2008. His background is in Electrical Contracting, and he has extensive knowledge of Otterbine Barebo and Kasco Marine Aerators and Fountains. He has Warranty and Service Certification from Otterbine Barebo and Kasco Marine and supervises the South Florida Service Center. Married with 2 Children


Zach Hilliard

Harvester Operator, Aquatic Applicator

Zach has been with Future Horizons, Inc. since 2015. He is one of the main Harvester operators and enjoys running the mechanical harvester. He is also a licensed aquatic applicator. In his spare time, he enjoys the great outdoors.


Steven Kenney

Aerator Technician

Steven Kenney has worked with Future Horizons since 2006. He mainly performs aerator work, but is also licenced in aquatic application. His hobby is wood working.


Jason McKinsey

Aquatic Applicator

Jason has been with Future Horizons, Inc since 2016. He is one of our licensed aquatic applicators. He is married with two kids. When he isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, and going hunting and fishing.

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Mike Marsland

Aerator Service

Michael Marsland was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For the last ten years, Mike has been working in roofing, construction, and remodeling. In November 2016, Mike moved to Florida and joined Future Horizons, Inc as an Aerator Technician in May of 2017. Mike enjoys fishing, golfing, going to the beach, and most of all spending time with his family.

Andy Pierce

Mechanical Operator, Aquatic Assistant

Andy joined Future Horizons in 2019, after moving from South Florida.  He is one of our main excavator operators and assists aquatic applicators when not doing mechanical work.  Andy is an avid Turkey and Deer hunter on his off time.


Melissa DeLoach

Administrative Assistant

Melissa has been with Futures since December 2022, bringing over 20 years of secretarial experience.  She is married with three children and two sweet dogs.  On her off time, she likes to be on the boat, riding side by sides, decorating or shopping.

John Mason

Aquatic Applicator

John has been in the aquatic industry for over 27 years.  He previously worked 14 years with the US Army Corp of Engineers. He’s worked with Futures off and on since 2015, staying with us permanently in 2020. When he’s not on a boat or buggy, you will find him in the woods..

Tommy Johnson

Aerator Service

Tommy has been with Futures since August of 2021. He mainly works in the aerator division, but is a licensed aquatic applicator as well. On his time off, he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and being in the great outdoors.