- Work/life balance
- Financial management
- Tools for managing employees
- Leading across cultures and generations
“The Wake Forest and Syngenta teams couldn't have been happier with the level of participation, energy and involvement from superintendents in the first virtual SBI last December,” said Ken Middaugh, faculty director for SBI. “The faculty were impressed that many were eager to stay ‘overtime’ to discuss issues with them and other participants, adding significantly to the experience. A post-event survey showed they wanted even more time and virtual opportunities to learn and a desire to expand the scope of the program. Based on that feedback and the active engagement of the cohort, we decided to expand the length and scope of the 2021 Syngenta Business Institute to allow for more education, more time with professors, and more time with each other.”
Alumni of the SBI class of 2020 also shared praise for the virtual program.
Pursell has reached terms to build a state-of-the-art production facility in Savannah, Georgia, that will greatly expand the reach of its coating technologies across the Southeast and beyond. Strategically located near two rail lines and the country’s No. 1 port for agricultural exports, the Savannah plant will produce controlled-release fertilizers for the turf, ornamental, specialty and broadacre markets.
The new facility, to be located at SeaGate Terminals, will complement Pursell’s existing production plant in Sylacauga, Alabama, with a significant increase in capacity and improved access to raw materials.
“Our primary focus at Pursell is to provide growers with the most robust portfolio of controlled-release products available, empowering them with prescriptive, sustainable, and profitable growing solutions,” Pursell CEO Nick Adamchak said. “Built with innovations like custom release longevities, encapsulated micronutrient mixes and the industry’s largest range of coated substrates, our CRF products create a level of control unlike any other on the market today. We’re looking forward to serving even more fertilizer retailers through the addition of our Savannah plant.”
Pursell fertilizers – including PurKote (for use in turf and ornamental), PurYield (for use in broadacre) and PurForm (for use in specialty) – are coated with a thin, pliable and durable membrane that enables higher nutrient content, more consistent and predictable release rates, and the flexibility to perform in all climates. The technology allows for the inclusion of micronutrients and temperature sensitive additives, such as biologicals, growth enhancers and soil health promoters, to optimize nutrient synchronization and plant uptake.
The Savannah plant is expected to be operational by year end, and further Pursell expansion announcements are anticipated soon.
“As evidenced by the surge in demand that we are witnessing for controlled-release products, customers are hungry for more efficient nutrient delivery that improves crop yields while preserving soil health and water quality,” Adamchak said. “In that respect, we are just getting started.”
Advanced Turf Solutions, George Furrer and Charles Dooley have reached an agreement to form a new distribution company that will acquire the assets of Valley Green, Inc.
Advanced Turf Solutions serves turf managers across 14 states, and the agreement with Furrer and Dooley will be Advanced Turf Solution’s first step into expansion into the New England market. The transaction is scheduled to close at the end of the year, and the new company plans to hire the existing sales team and support staff of Valley Green, as well as operate under the name Valley Green.
"Valley Green customers can expect the same exceptional service but with access to more product offerings in the future," said Dooley, Valley Green’s President and founder.
Furrer will become Valley Green's general manager at the company's headquarters in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
"Chuck will continue to be part of Valley Green going forward," Furrer said. "As founder of the company, an Army veteran and great guy, we're lucky to have him continue the customer-first legacy he's built over 30 years serving the New England turf market."
Dooley added, "A partnership with George Furrer and Advanced Turf Solutions is a natural fit as I plan for the future of Valley Green. Our values and business philosophies are nearly identical, and I can trust that Valley Green customers and employees will be taken care of for years to come.""Our intention is for the new company to grow Valley Green's business while maintaining its high service level, increasing supply, offering support and opportunities for employees, and continuing the business philosophy that has made Valley Green successful for over three decades,” Advanced Turf Solutions co-founder and chairman of the board Alex Cannon said.
Tony Whelan has returned to Rain Bird’s Golf Division as its new international sales manager.
In his new role, Whelan will use his significant sales and distribution experience to work closely with Rain Bird Golf’s international business managers and sales managers to grow golf sales in international markets outside Europe and Canada.
Whelan originally joined Rain Bird International in Canada in 1997 and worked in a variety of positions, eventually becoming regional manager for Rain Bird’s Canadian landscape division. Whelan and his family relocated in 2005 to the company’s Tucson, Arizona offices, where he worked with landscape division teams to grow international sales. In 2008, he joined the golf division as a golf specification manager.
Whelan left Rain Bird in 2012, working in the golf industry in a leadership role with Jacobsen mowers. He also led channel expansion and development initiatives with MTD Products, focusing on outdoor power equipment dealerships and the landscape contractor market.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Tony back to the Rain Bird family,” said Stuart Hackwell, director of Rain Bird’s Golf strategic business unit. “We’re already familiar with his many strengths and his in-depth knowledge of the golf market, and he’s only increased his expertise over the past few years. We expect him to be a great addition to our team.”