RISE elected new officers and welcomed new Governing Board members at a meeting March 10 in response to company staffing changes. The new 2020 Executive Committee includes:
• Sean Casey, Nufarm Americas, Inc., chair
• Stephanie Jensen, BASF, vice chair
• Karen Larson, Clarke, treasurer
“The specialty pesticides and fertilizer industry is developing innovative technologies to address growing pest and other public health threats,” said Casey, RISE Governing Board Chair and vice president of sales, Turf & Ornamental, at Nufarm Americas, Inc. “I’m pleased to lead the RISE Governing Board as we seek to address challenges to our business environment. We’ll continue to collaborate with our advocacy partners to ensure applicators can access the products they need to protect local communities.”
The Governing Board also welcomed new members:
• Scott Gault, WinField United
• Michael Kropp, Wilbur-Ellis on behalf of Primera, Inc.
• Jose Milan, Bayer Environmental Science
• Brian Rowan, SiteOne Landscape Supply
Others continuing their terms on the Governing Board include:
• Daryl Allen, Corteva Agriscience
• Kathy Bishop, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation
• Bill Culpepper, SePRO Corporation
• Neil Cleveland, PBI-Gordon Corporation
• Michael Maravich, Sipcam Agro USA
• Scott Reasons, Syngenta
• Scott Todd, Central Life Sciences
“We wish the best for and appreciate the work of our Governing Board members who have moved on to new career opportunities,” Casey added. “Having been in the T&O industry as long as I have, I know that it is a close-knit community and people don’t go too far away. There’s a high likelihood we’ll be seeing each other again soon.”
Profile Products celebrated the work of several outstanding distributors at its annual awards at the International Erosion Control Association Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Through their hard work, our distributors make the world a better and more beautiful place,” said Wally Butman, vice president of sales for Profile Products. “They are making a tremendous impact on communities all around the world by working to find solutions for difficult erosion control sites. Every year, we see new and creative thinking that energizes the industry.”
This year’s “Project of the Year” award winner is Construction EcoServices for their work on a Hurricane Harvey restoration project in Houston, Texas. After more than 12 feet of water flooded the Buffalo Bayou near Houston’s premier performing arts center, Construction EcoServices employed Profile’s GreenArmor System to reinforce and revegetate the banks of the Bayou. A few months after application, Tropical Storm Imelda once again flooded the site and tested the solution. When the water receded, the slopes were still intact, and the green solution won.
The “Project of the Year” award winner is selected based on the size and scope of the project, the quantity and variety of Engineered Specified Products used, the effort required to write the specifications and the amount and severity of obstacles to overcome.
Additionally, this year’s “Green Project Award” winners — given to the distributor, engineer and contractor who sustain excellence and growth over a period of years, while promoting all of Profile’s product categories — are the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) District 8, Stover Seed and Pacific Restoration Group for their work on the North Coast Corridor Project in San Diego, California. PRG applied Profile’s ProGanics Biotic Soil Media and Flexterra High Performance-Flexible Growth Medium on a 25-mile stretch of Interstate 5 as part of an infrastructure improvement project that includes road, rail, bicycle and environmental restoration.
Other individuals and companies awarded for outstanding sales performance included:
• Rookie of the Year Award: for the most outstanding effort by a new ESP distributor
- Company: Stephens Supply
- Individual: Jeff Hutchison, Normac/Heritage Landscape Supply Group Inc.
• In the Fast Lane Award: for the most rapid growth over the prior year
- Revenue Growth: Triton Environmental
- Percent Growth: Gro Green
• Ground Assault Award: for the distributor who best utilizes and promotes ProfilePS3.com and soil testing, demonstrates agronomic expertise and is a champion of Profile’s ProPlus® Prescriptive Solutions
- National Category: Pennington Seed
- Regional Category: JMD Company
• All Pro Team: for the distributor sales representatives who exemplify outstanding promotion and sales of Profile ESPs
- Travis Riehl, ACF West
- Ramon Godinez, Total Site Supply
- John Parenza, Quick Supply
- Laura Finch, Triton Environmental
- Marcus Long, GeoSolutions, Inc.
- Rodney Montgomery, Green Resource
• ProGanics Pro Award: for the most rapid growth of sales and outstanding promotion of ProGanics. A company and individual are each awarded.
- Company: Pennington Seed
- Individual: Ray Butgereit, Golf Course Organics
• Top Gun Award: for the distributor who achieved the highest total sales in 2019
- National Category: Pennington Seed
- Regional Category: JMD Company
• President’s Club Award: for the distributor who sustains excellence and growth over a period of years, while promoting all of Profile’s product categories
- National Category: Hanes Geo Components
- Regional Category: GeoSolutions, Inc.
“We are lucky to work with some of the best distributors in the industry,” Butman said. “We cannot thank our entire distributor network enough for being such exceptional partners.”
Arborjet has announced a trio of new hires, including one with extensive experience advocating for the golf course industry.
Jay Goughnour has been hired as a new regional technical manager/technical advisor who will assist applicators in the field and support Arborjet distributors in the Upper Midwest. Goughnour was previously a golf course superintendent for 12 years and a golf course owner for four years. He also held positions at SiteOne Landscape Supply and has been involved in the green industry for over 20 years.
Goughnour says that “he found a passion for turf in the golf industry, which eventually led him to expand his career interests and seek broadened expertise in tree care, irrigation and landscape lighting.” After the severe Midwest floods of 2008, he represented the National Golf Course Owners Association on Capitol Hill to explain to lawmakers “how golf’s exclusion from disaster-related tax relief was unfairly burdensome to golf course operators.
Goughnour was past President of the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association and currently serves on the Iowa Turfgrass Institute board of directors representing the Iowa Professional Lawn Care Association. He attended Central Missouri State University.
Jasmine Hart has been appointed as research associate, whose responsibilities at Arborjet will include cultivation and maintenance of all research plants, on-site greenhouses and outdoor nursery areas. She will also prepare media for pathology and oversee the upkeep of horticulture trials, including diagnosing disease and pest damage and appropriate data collection. She looks forward to “expanding her expertise in the field and assisting the research and development team at Arborjet conduct groundbreaking research to help protect the urban and natural forests against pests and disease.”
Hart previously worked as the Cultivation Lead of Compliance at Cresco Labs in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where she worked on the cultivation of medical cannabis, including pest/disease scouting and facility maintenance and compliance with all state regulations. She also worked at Michigan State University Extension as a research technician focusing on viticulture and entomology, and as a research assistant at Ohio State University, where she received a degree in horticulture.
Arborjet also hired Hayden Davis as horticulture sales representative. Her primary focus will be selling Arborjet and Ecologel products into applications for nursery, greenhouse, retail and other specialty application areas. Her geographic focus will be the Southeast.
She previously worked at Appalachian State University Sustainable Development Farm as well as Dewar Nurseries Inc., and fulfilled a professional plant science internship at Walt Disney World Co. “When I was working on the Sustainable Development farm at Appalachian State, I became even more passionate about this industry, working alongside my peers doing what I love the most, being surrounded by plants and agriculture,” said Davis, who earned a degree at Appalachian State in sustainable development and agriculture.
“We are excited about hiring new talent to assure continued growth in 2020,” Arborjet President and CEO Russ Davis said. “Now in Arborjet’s 20th year, I’ve been reflecting on how we’ve grown and where we’ll be 20 years from now, and how the company can really make the greatest impact. I’m proud to say that Arborjet continues its legacy of providing the highest quality products and services in the industry. We are truly developing technology and products for the benefit of our customers, our partners, and our planet.”
Renee Powell, professional golfer and longtime ambassador for the game around the world, has been chosen as the 2020 recipient of the ASGCA Donald Ross Award. The award, given annually since 1976, is presented to a person who has made a significant contribution to the game of golf and the profession of golf course architecture. It will be presented to Powell in October as part of the 2020 ASGCA Annual Meeting in Cleveland.
Powell was the second African-American woman to compete on the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour, the first African-American woman to earn a Class-A PGA of America membership, and in 2015 was one of the first women to be named Honorary Member of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club in St. Andrews, Scotland.
The ongoing positive impact Powell is making continues from where it all began for her at Clearview Golf Club in Canton, Ohio. Powell’s father, William, remains the only African-American to design, build, own and operate his own golf course. Seventy years later, Renee and her brother, Larry, continue to operate the club and add to their father’s legacy. The course was added to the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of Interior in 2001.
“Renee and her family have improved the lives of countless people in their hometown and around the world through the game of golf,” ASGCA President Jan Bel Jan said. “She, Larry, and the Clearview Legacy Foundation are carrying on what Bill Powell first set out to do in the 1940s: be a beacon of social justice and economic empowerment.”
Larry Powell is in his fifth decade as Clearview’s superintendent, bringing innovation and sustainability to turfgrass development and care. He keeps grass growing in summer months without an automated irrigation system and keeps it healthier and greener longer by balancing traditional and advanced fertility techniques. In 2016, 20 years after his father, Larry Powell was inducted to the National Black Golf Hall of Fame.
After attending college at Ohio University and Ohio State University – where she was captain of the women’s golf team at both schools – Renee played professionally for 13 years in the U.S. and United Kingdom. A USO tour to Vietnam in 1970 started what would become a lifelong role as golf’s global ambassador. Powell has traveled in that capacity to Australia, Japan, Morocco, Spain and made more than two dozen visits to various countries in Africa. In 2018, a residence hall at the University of St. Andrews was named in her honor.
Today, Renee Powell is Clearview’s head professional. She also leads the Clearview Legacy Foundation for Education, Preservation and Turfgrass Research, whose education mission is to, “use golf as a tool to reach youngsters, minorities, seniors, troubled individuals, women military veterans, and those with mental and physical challenges.”
The Donald Ross Award is presented by the ASGCA Awards Committee, co-chaired by ASGCA Past Presidents Steve Smyers, ASGCA, and Rees Jones, ASGCA Fellow (the 2013 Donald Ross Award recipient).
Past Donald Ross Award Recipients
2019: Joe Passov, golf writer
2018: President George Herbert Walker Bush, U.S. President
2017: Alice Dye, ASGCA Fellow, golf course architect
2016: Michael Bamberger, golf writer
2015: Bradley S. Klein, golf writer
2014: Maj. Dan Rooney, founder, Folds of Honor Foundation
2013: Rees Jones, ASGCA, golf course architect
2012: Bill Kubly, golf course builder
2011: James Dodson, golf writer/editor
2010: Tim Finchem, PGA Tour Commissioner
2009: Ron Dodson, sustainable golf advocate
2008: George Peper, golf writer
2007: Dr. Michael Hurdzan, ASGCA, golf course architect
2006: Jim Awtrey, chief executive officer, PGA of America
2005: John Singleton, irrigation pioneer
2004: Thomas Cousins, philanthropist, urban golf developer
2003: Bill Campbell, president, USGA, captain, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
2002: Byron Nelson, professional golfer
2001: Jack Nicklaus, ASGCA, professional golfer, golf course architect
2000: Jaime Ortiz-Patino, owner and president, Valderrama Golf Club
1999: Arnold Palmer, professional golfer
1998: Judy Bell, president, USGA
1997: Gene Sarazen, professional golfer
1996: Ron Whitten, golf writer
1995: Pete Dye, ASGCA, golf course architect
1994: James R. Watson, agronomist
1993: Brent Wadsworth, golf course builder
1992: Paul Fullmer, ASGCA executive secretary
1991: Michael Bonallack, secretary, Royal & Ancient Golf Club
1990: John Zoller, executive director, Northern California Golf Association
1989: Dick Taylor, editor, “Golf World” magazine
1988: Frank Hannigan, executive director, USGA
1987: Charles Price, writer, “Golf World” magazine
1986: Deane Beman, commissioner, PGA Tour
1985: Peter Dobereiner, “London Observer” columnist, author
1984: Dinah Shore, sponsor of women’s golf tournaments
1983: Al Radko, director, USGA Green Section
1982: Geoffrey Cornish, ASGCA, golf course architect, historian
1981: James Rhodes, governor of Ohio
1980: Gerald Micklem, captain, Royal & Ancient
1979: Joe Dey, executive director, USGA
1978: Herb and Joe Graffis, founders, National Golf Foundation
1977: Herbert Warren Wind, “The New Yorker” columnist, author
1976: Robert Trent Jones, ASGCA, ASGCA founding member
Agrisel USA announced two new staffing appointments: Bob Forreider and Bobby Hopkins as sales representatives for the Southeast.
Forreider joins the company with more than 20 years of experience in various industry segments. In his new sales position, Forreider will be responsible for promoting and selling Agrisel USA products within the turf and ornamental, pest control, agricultural and specialty markets throughout Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and north Georgia. Prior to joining Agrisel USA, Forreider spent 15 years in technical sales for Terminix, York Distributors and Ensystex in Arizona, California, Utah and Nevada.
Hopkins joins the company as the new sales representative serving Florida, southern Georgia, southern Alabama and Texas. Hopkins will be responsible for driving territory sales and expanding market penetration of the company’s portfolio in the turf and ornamental, greenhouse, horticultural, agricultural, and specialty crop markets. For the last 25 years Hopkins has worked in the crop protection segment, holding various sales and marketing roles for Oil-Dri Corporation, Sipcam Agro USA, Sipcam Italia and Sipcam Australia. He also owned and operated the North Florida-based company Fleet Pro for 10 years.
“Both of these gentlemen will be great additions to our sales team,” said Art Assad, Agrisel USA president and founder. “Together they bring extensive experience to the organization and are already driving new energy and enthusiasm that will enhance customer service, increased marketplace satisfaction and help us build a stronger business.”