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2021 Operations Award Winners

December 1, 2021 | Categories:
Award winners holding their awards in hotel lobby

Advanced Turf Solutions recently held its annual operations meeting. The two days of training and team-building concluded with an awards banquet to recognize exceptional contributions from our operations employees in 2021.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s award winners!

Spotlight Awards

The Spotlight Award is reserved for operations team members who exemplify excellent service, not only to our customers but to Advanced Turf Solutions as well. Team members are nominated by their facility managers, then candidates are submitted to regional managers for final selection.

The following individuals were honored with the esteemed Spotlight Awards for exceptional job performance.

Alex Butchko, Assistant Facility Manager in Youngstown, Ohio
Michael Thomas, Driver in Monroeville, Pennsylvania
Matt Hale, Driver in Louisville, Kentucky (two-time Spotlight Award winner)
Mike Denny, Driver and Warehouse Associate in St. Peters, Missouri
Mario Cortez, Driver in Wheeling, Illinois

Regional Facility Manager of the Year Awards

A facility manager in each of our three regions is recognized for their exceptional leadership and service to their teams. The following managers were honored with the Regional Facility Manager of the Year award.

North/East region: Bridget Bergey, Facility Manager in Columbus, Ohio
North/West region: Kevin Fregien, Facility Manager in Madison, Wisconsin
South region: Jason Murphy, Facility Manager in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Facility Manager of the Year

Our overall Facility Manager of the Year is selected from the three Regional Facility Manager of the Year award winners. Congratulations to Kevin Fregien for being honored with this award.

North/West region: Kevin Fregien, Facility Manager in Madison, Wisconsin

Operations Employee of the Year

The Operations Employee of the Year is selected by the executive team to recognize an operations employee, regardless of their role. Congratulations to Rob Bennett for receiving this honor.

Rob Bennett, Regional Operations Manager in South Region

Tenure Awards

We also honored the operations employees who are celebrating milestone work anniversaries this year. We’re grateful for their loyal service to Advanced Turf Solutions.

5 Years 

  • Jim Stewart, Facility Manager in Monroeville, Pennsylvania
  • Dylan Staley, Driver in Fishers, Indiana
  • Greg Reed, Driver in Fishers, Indiana
  • Keith Blondell, Driver in Wheeling, Illinois
  • Jeffrey Plank, Driver in St. Peters, Missouri
  • Dale Rathert, Driver in St. Peters, Missouri
  • Nelson Martinez, Facility Manager in Wheeling, Illinois

10 Years

  • Dawn Hess, Operations Administrative Assistant
  • Mike Mandak, Regional Operations Manager in North/East Region
  • Ryan Baker, Driver in Columbus, Ohio
  • Scott Brazina, Driver in Brecksville, Ohio
  • Jim Stoller, Facility Manager in Elkhart, Indiana


Thank you to all of our hard-working employees! We truly could not do this without you.

Stuart Cagle
Vice President of Operations