Sales Representatives

Regional Sales Areas

L.J. Ruffin & Associates

Fabier Fernandez – Region 1 Rep.
(407) 489-8217

Fabier Fernandez joined L.J. Ruffin & Associates in 2017 as a Sales Representative.  Fabier graduated from the University of Central Florida as an Engineer and has over 11 years of experience in civil engineering infrastructure, business development, international sales, and distribution channel expansion.  Fabier and his wife, Lorena, live in Orlando and are expecting their first child.

County territory: Brevard, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Sumter

John Thornes – Region 2 Rep.
(941) 685-1518

John Thornes joined L.J. Ruffin & Associates in 2017 as a Sales Representative.  John graduated from the University of Alabama and has over 25 years of experience in sales, business development, and client relationship building in various industries.  John and his wife, Susan, have been married for over 24 years and have one son, Allen.

County territory: Charlotte, Collier, Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota

Region 3 Reps:
Fabier Fernandez – (407) 489-8217
John Thornes – (904) 685-1518

County territory: Broward, Indian River, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie

Tom Gwynn – Region 4 and Region 5 Rep.
(352) 362-7737

Thomas Gwynn joined L.J. Ruffin & Associates in 2017 as a Sales Representative.  Tom’s water industry experience includes flow measurement and distribution system repairs on multiple continents.  He holds an engineering degree and credentials in business management.  Tom and his wife live in Ocala, allowing Tom to serve Ruffin customers in northern Florida.

Region 4 County territory: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hernando, Levy, Marion, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Union, Volusia

Region 5 County territory: Bay, Calhoun, Dixie, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Wakulla, Walton, Washington

Gradie Winstead – Sales Manager
(407) 701-5196

Gradie Winstead joined L.J. Ruffin & Associates as Sales Manager in August 2017.  Gradie graduated from Indiana State University with degrees in Accounting and Business Administration.


Formerly President of the Water and Sewer Group at Hughes, Gradie led the division to be one of the largest distributors nationwide.  Gradie and his wife Tara have been married 40 blessed years and enjoy their four children and nine grandchildren.