Edward Guertin grew up close to Newark, New Jersey and graduated from Newark College of Engineering with a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1973, Ed is a registered Professional Engineer.
While in college, he played 4 years on his Newark College’s Ice Hockey team as the starting goalkeeper. He later played semi pro ice hockey in New jersey and Massachusetts.
Upon graduation he worked for Buffalo tank Division of Bethlehem Steel Corp in Dunnellon, New Jersey. Buffalo Tank made pressure vessels, storage tanks, field erected and large weldments. He was the Main shop foreman. In 1975 Ed was transferred to Worcester, Massachusetts as the plant General Foreman and then in 1978 transferred to Buffalo, New York as the Superintendent of the fabricating facility.
In 1982 he transferred to Jacksonville, Florida to the position of Sales Engineer. He has lived in Jacksonville for the last 37 years. In 1986, Ed began working for United McGill Corp as a sales Engineer, a company that manufactures spiral duct and fittings. In 1988 he became the President of Buffalo Tank Corp.
In 1991 Ed created his own company, the Impulse Air Corporation in Jacksonville, which also manufactures Spiral duct and fittings. He sold the company this year (2019).
In 2008 he established Seacoast Sales which sells Gelato, a soft serve Ice cream equipment display cases. Ed, at his own expense, brings gelato to many of our referee events and his gelato has become one of our favorite desserts.
Ed Guertin has been married to my wife Jeanne for 46 years. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren: Son Timothy lives in Rochester New York, who has four children: Amanda, Rebecka, Reghan, and Lucas Daughter Tara, who is married to Chris Kenney lives in Middleburg, Florida, and they have three children: Aiden, Sawyer, and Christian. Son Patrick lives in Middleburg. Florida who has one child: Grayson, and Ed’s son Brian lives in Idaho.
Edward Guertin became a referee in August 1984 and the first game he was assigned was a U-8 line. Through the years Ed become a grade 5 referee and refereed many high level games in Jacksonville, Savannah, Charleston, Tallahassee, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Cocoa, and Fort Lauderdale. In the year 2000, he became a State Emeritus referee. With the new US Soccer referee classifications he is currently a Grassroots Referee.
Along the way Ed became a referee instructor currently called Grassroots Instructor, and as Ed previously achieved a Grade 5 State Referee status in his referee career, he is now classified as a Regional Referee Assessor.
In 1994 Ed was appointed the Area District Assessor Administrator-B under Klaus Staefe, assigning assessors in to games in districts B-3 and B-4. In 1998 State Referee Administrator Robert Vomacka appointed Ed to the position of Area Assessor Administrator for Area B.
In 2004 was appointed the ARA-B by then State Referee Administrator Jozsef Michna, a position he has continued to serve. Ed has been an unselfish referee administrator to the soccer referees in the State of Florida for the past 15 years and has been a positive influence in soccer referee development since he became a referee 35 years ago.