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Alex Canon
Alex Cannon
Co-Chairman of the Board
317.842.1088
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Experience

"I was a golf course superintendent for two years and have been in the turf distribution business since 1977."

Professional Affiliations

GCSA
RISE
United Turf Alliance

Education

BS Business Administration, Franklin College

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"By spraying at low rates preventatively, you won't spend any more money than spraying curatively, and you will not incur the damage you were trying to avoid."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Showing customers how to develop agronomic programs that are comprehensive, but simple to implement."

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

"A comprehensive, high level of service in both technical support and logistics."

What's your best turf tip?

"Helping my customers be successful in the turf industry."

Beth Berry
Beth Berry
Vice President of T&O Sales
317.861.8888
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Experience

"I've spent my entire career in the green industry; 16 years at Scotts Miracle Gro and 8 years at Real Green Software with roles in human resources, information technology, sales, call center management, public relations, and marketing."

Professional Affiliations

"I am the chair of the membership committee for National Association of Landscape Professionals, a board member of Project Evergreen, and a member of National Speakers Association."

Education

I attended Indiana University Bloomington and the University of Indianapolis (secondary education).

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"My peers in the green industry want to help each other, they want to solve interesting problems and they want to make the world a more beautiful place. I strive to be like my peers."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Anyone can sell green industry products. ATS offers the best problem-solving professionals in the business. ATS associates are passionate about helping our customers grow their business and take as much pride in the results of our products as our customers do."

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

"In 2020 at the height of Covid, I worked with my industry affiliates to ensure that lawn care was essential in all 50 states. This included leading an initiative to sue the governor of Michigan. We were successful."

What's your best turf tip?

"As good as our products are, nothing replaces mother nature's H2O. Take every opportunity to assess irrigation and plant health as it relates to this important horticultural practice and continually communicate feedback to our customers."

Brad Nevitt
Vice President of Sales
502.689.8720
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Experience

"I have 6 years of golf course experience, with 3 as assistant superintendent. I also have 8 years of sales experience."

Professional Affiliations

Board Member (2009-2011) - KIGCSA
BGCSA
Board Member (2008-2011) - KTC
KYSTMA

Education

BS Golf Course Management, Western Kentucky University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"The relationships I have built with my customers really makes me enjoy what I do, along with being able to help them solve everyday issues."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS offers superior service, knowledge, and dependability."

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

"One problem I am proud of solving was diagnosing the difference between bill bug damage vs. grub damage."

What's your best turf tip?

"Green side up."

Brian Winka
Director of Sports Turf Sales
636.459.6389
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Experience

"I have over 20 years of experience in the green industry. I started my career working in golf and was an Assistant Superintendent before spending 13 years managing the largest athletic facility in the greater St. Louis area."

Professional Affiliations

STMA- I am currently the committee chair for the Certification committee and have given multiple presentations at the national STMA conference.
Gateway Chapter of STMA - I served as President of our local chapter for 9 years and was the Secretary for 1 year prior to that.
Missouri Green Industry Conference - Past President and Board member

Education

Bachelors of Science, Agronomy from Missouri State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I have always loved sports and, like most people, my dreams of being a pro athlete faded out long ago. Being able to work with athletic field managers keeps me connected and in the game. I enjoy passing along the tricks of the trade that I learned along the way."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"It all starts with having the right people in place to be able to give the customer the best level of service. I know that ATS has the right people to help solve any issue a customer may be dealing with."

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

"Helping a baseball association improve their skinned infield. The field had multiple issues and was frequently rained out. Doing a soil test to determine the proper infield mix for them was crucial to help with the rainouts and playability of the field. The other part of the problem was just a lack of understanding of some of the methods used to help maintain a baseball infield. By recommending the right products based on testing for their site and spending the extra time training staff on those products, I know I was able to give that facility a long-term solution and correct their issue the first time."

What's your best turf tip?

"Walk your fields daily. You would be surprised at how much more you notice by walking than you do riding in a cart."

Chris Cannon
Director of Supply Chain
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Christina Wright
Christina Wright
Director of Purchasing
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Dawn Rigby
Vice President of Marketing and Sales Support
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Emily
Emily Maharg
Director of Human Resources
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Jamie Mehringer
Vice President of Sports Turf
317.359.1195
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Experience

“I worked for 10 years at Victory Field, which is the AAA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and spend 5 years of my time there as the Head Groundskeeper. For the past 9 years, I have been the President of J&D Turf, a sports turf company supplying services to athletic fields at all levels.”

Professional Affiliations

Sports Turf Managers Association
Indiana Sports Turf Managers Association
Ohio Sports Turf Managers Association

Education

Bachelor of Science, Sports Management, Marian University
Associate Degree, Turfgrass Science, Purdue University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

“Striving to create safe and playable playing surfaces for athletes of all ages and abilities.”

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

“The Midwest’s only consultation, construction, renovation and distribution business.”

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

“Eliminating infield mix erosion through softening the grade and installation of additional sod.”

What's your best turf tip?

“Work hard, play hard, and be nice to people!”

Kyle Ziliak
Kyle Ziliak
Chief Financial Officer
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Morgan Timberlake
Vice President of Golf Sales
330.353.0816
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Experience

"I've been in the golf business since 1986."

Professional Affiliations

Board Member (2000-2002), Industry Representative - Northern Ohio GCSA

Education

AAS Applied Science, The Ohio State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I enjoy helping others find effective methods to solve or prevent problems."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"I believe that ATS gives me the flexibility to truly partner with my clients. This partnership enables me to help manage their turf health as effectively as possible, while taking their club to the next level."

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

"I take great pride in assisting my customers with all of their turf issues. Unfortunately, they also all realize that I am the person to call when their sprayer needs repaired."

What's your best turf tip?

"Probe first, water last."

Scott Brame
Scott Brame
Chief Executive Officer
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Experience

"I began my career on the golf course with over 20 years of actual golf course experience. I have held just about every possible position. My last job before entering the sales world was superintendent at Crooked Stick Golf Course."

Professional Affiliations

IGCSAA
GCSAA

Education

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Indiana University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I love being on a golf course."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"100% employee owned, the reps literally have a vested interest in our customer's success."

What's your best turf tip?

"Green side up!"

Stuart Cagle
Vice President of Operations
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Experience

"I was the Old Oakland Golf Club Superintendent from 1987-2006. I am also a Certified Golf Course Superintendent as well as a Master Greenskeeper."

Professional Affiliations

Indiana Golf Course Superintendent Association
Golf Course Superintendent Association of America
British and International Golf Greenskeeper Association

Education

BS Agriculture (Turf Science), Purdue University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I enjoy agronomic programs and supporting golf course superintendents."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS offers excellent service, an exclusive product line, and an outstanding support staff."

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

"Providing a customer with sound agronomic fundamentals to help improve the turf conditions. Another problem I am proud of is helping superintendents manage their budget dollars and receiving best value for dollars spent."

What's your best turf tip?

"1) Manage your moisture levels - check dew patterns. 2) Set chemical and fertilizer programs based on sound agronomic principles. 3) Late fall fertility should be the starting point for your fertilizer program."

Tracie Pruden
Chief Information Officer
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Victor Garcia
Co-Chairman of the Board
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Experience

"I have over thirty years in the turf industry."

Professional Affiliations

GCSAA

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"My passion started as a teenager and has taken me from the west coast to the Midwest and east coast."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Our employees are the best in the industry."

Describe [a] customer problem(s) you are proud of solving:

"Helping customer develop agronomic programs that fit his or her expectations."

What's your best turf tip?

Use ArmorTech and Foliar-Pak Products."

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