Founder and owner Erik Arnett has a heritage that is deeply rooted in San Diego culture. He can trace his roots all the way back to the 1950s, when his grandfather, Joaquin Arnett, pioneered drag racing in San Diego. His club of racers, known as the Bean Bandits, were legendary in San Diego and across the nation. They won hundreds of trophies and awards and helped legalize drag racing at the Paradise Mesa drag strip.
Joaquin Arnett was highly respected and celebrated in the racing community. He won the National Hot Rod Association Championship in 1953. He was inducted into the International Car Racing Hall of Fame in 1992 and received the NHRA Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
Although Erik did not follow in his grandfather’s drag racing tracks, he has also made history, fueled by his passion for his trade. His revolutionary Tankless Water Heater and Filtration Systems have improved the lives of San Diegans by delivering clean, filtered water at lightning speed.
Andrea Arnett has extensive knowledge in the fields of finance and administration. Andrea has an outstanding record in assisting start-up companies with organizational tactics and methods for improving efficiency. With her expertise, she was able to grow a company of four employees to over 60 in just a few years. She earned her company an ISO 9001 certificate of Quality Management in 2015.
As general manager for Arnett’s Water Systems, Andrea has improved the flow of the company and has helped increase profit by 20% as of 2017. Her current objective is to form a highly successful technical team capable of executing and achieving both currently established and future goals for Arnett’s Water Systems.
Phillip Palalay joined the team as a technician apprentice two years ago. Immediately after graduating high school, Phillip began installation training with Noritz and other basic plumbing repair and maintenance providers. Under Erik’s tutelage, Phillip’s future looks promising. When he’s not training with Erik, Phillip enjoys doing Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and currently holds a brown belt in the sport. He recently started doing motocross as well.
Anthony is our newest team member. He works alongside Phillip, doing maintenance jobs and helping with installation. He’s learning valuable skills from his teammates and we are happy to have him on board. In his free time, he also does Jiu-jitsu.
ESL Instructor and Content Editor
Elsa grew up on the East Coast with an American mother and Italian father. From an early age, she took an interest in the visual arts and decided to study Fashion Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. While Midtown Manhattan was the perfect landscape to expand her talents, she soon grew weary of the constant daily grind and set her sights on the west coast for some much needed sunshine and fresh air.
Upon arriving in San Diego, she immediately enrolled in San Diego City College and worked her way to university by doing odd jobs, painting murals, and nannying. In the bilingual city of San Diego, she soon discovered she had another strong passion: language. In 2008, she graduated from SDSU with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics. It was all she needed to begin her next chapter in life: teaching English to non-native speakers.
Once in the classroom, Elsa found that she had a natural gift for guiding students through the vast sea of English, with all its rules and exceptions. She currently teaches English as a Second Language at Connect English in Mission Valley. She also works part-time as a language coach and tutor, and owns and operates the English education website, Talkin’ Town English.
After more than ten years in the education field, Elsa has continued to expand her horizons. Her strong grasp of English has enabled her to work in various genres of freelance writing, from blogging to editing to social media marketing. She recently took on a position with Arnett’s Water Systems, where she is a content creator and blogger.
Elsa’s greatest asset is that she is willing to try anything once, and if she enjoys it, will work tirelessly to improve. Her competitive spirit is strongest when she’s competing against her own prior accomplishments, which are getting harder and harder to beat!
She is happily married to her loving husband Steve, who also works as a teacher at Clairemont High School. Together, they have a daughter Hannah, who at just three years old, has already begun educating her parents––in the things that matter the most in life.