Arborjet & Ecologel form new turf products sales division
Rebecca Knapp, Eric Steffensen and Carin Prechtl

Arborjet & Ecologel form new turf products sales division

Rebecca Knapp, Eric Steffensen and Carin Prechtl added to sales team.

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May 9, 2019

Arborjet & Ecologel announced the formation of a new turf products sales division with the addition of threw new hires: Rebecca Knapp, Eric Steffensen and Carin Prechtl. 
 
“This expansion will broaden the expert resources both companies already have and allow Arborjet & Ecologel to significantly enhance their position in the marketplace, making a direct impact on turf science, sales and distribution across the country,” Arborjet’s director of commercial sales Mark Andrews said. 
 
Knapp joins Arborjet & Ecologel with 15 years of industry experience, including prior work with both Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer teams: Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and most recently, the Arizona Diamondbacks. She was also the assistant turf and grounds manager for Houston Dynamo and prior to her time in professional sports turf, worked with LCOs as an account manager and contract administrator. 
 
Knapp is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in turfgrass science. “I developed a passion for the industry through my love of athletics and an appreciation of a pristine, well-manicured field,” Knapp said. She will support both Arborjet and Ecologel products in the golf, sports turf and nursery markets; developing new business and providing technical knowledge and support across the western region covering Arizona, Southern California and Nevada. 
 
Steffensen will cover the Southeast region of the country working to expand sales and distribution of the company’s turf product line. Also a graduate of Penn State with a degree in turfgrass science, Steffensen has worked in the green industry his entire career. He has 20 years of experience and worked at his first golf course at the age of 16. Steffensen owned and operated his own residential turf business before relocating from Charlotte, N.C., to Nashville, Tenn. He then went on to work for Sigma Organics, where he brought on the Arborjet product line. 
 
Steffensen said he found his passion “through the satisfaction and the immediacy of the results he sees; striping a fairway, for example or a landscape install that I’ve designed gives me the continued desire to delve deeper and to ultimately improve upon the results on each and every job.” In his role as eastern regional sales manager, Steffensen will support both Arborjet and Ecologel products in the golf, turf and nursery markets; developing new business and providing technical knowledge to all sectors of the green industry.
 
As the regional sales manager for the Hawaiian Islands, Prechtl is responsible for supporting sales staff and end users of Arborjet & Ecologel products, with a primary focus on sports turf, golf, commercial turf and nursery applications. Prechtl began working at Arborjet in the spring of 2019, with field experience in landscape installation and maintenance practices. Her previous roles include nursery manager and landscape designer. Prechtl has a degree in landscape architecture from the University of Delaware, where she was one of the first graduates of the landscape architecture program, and was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Representative to University of Delaware’s landscape architecture program.