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Chris Young headshot
Chris Young
Sales Representative
314.993.6700
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Craig Brooks
Sales Representative
317.842.1847
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Experience

"I have 20+ years in turf and ornamental spraying and landscape maintenance sales."

Education

B.S. Michigan State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I enjoy learning about new products and how they work, so I can better inform our customers of their product options."

What's your best turf tip?

"Water and fertilizer work every time!"

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Craig Shepherd
Sales Representative
563.213.1632
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Experience

"19 years of working with turf."

Professional Affiliations

MAGCS
ILSTMA

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Turf Science from the University of Illinois

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Each year weather dictates our new challenges."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"A diverse, different, and superb product line."

What's your best turf tip?

"Stay positive."

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Dan Garling
Sales Manager
614.203.9758
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Experience

"Assistant Superintendent at North Shore CC in Glenview, IL (2000-2003). Turf and ornamental sales (2004 to present)."

Professional Affiliations

Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
Ohio Lawn Care Association

Education

Bachelor of Science, Agronomy, The Ohio State University
Master of Science, Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Working with a team around you that shares the same level of interest and dedication in the industry. From the top down, everyone at ATS has a background in the industry, and a pulse on current trends. That focus and interest creates a support structure that makes you enjoy coming to work everyday."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"I think our ability to service our customers in all facets sets us apart from our competitors. Our delivery capabilities, warehouse locations, and ability to service customers where they need us to be are certainly defining characteristics."

What's your best turf tip?

"Keep the big picture in perspective and don't over complicate the issue. At the end of the day, it's not a matter of life and death. And of course, stop watering in the evening!"

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Dan Shemon
Sales Representative
248.640.4439
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Experience

15 yrs Golf Course Superintendent
29 yrs Turf and Ornamental Sales Rep

Professional Affiliations

Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association
Michigan Turfgrass Foundation
Michigan Cemetery Association

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I love sitting down with a customer and designing programs and solving turf problems."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"A support staff like no other."

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

"Walking on to a golf course green or fairway with an obvious problem and being able to figure out the problem and make recommendations."

What's your best turf tip?

"Just because it's brown and doesn't look right, it's not always a disease problem!"

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Dave Winter
Vice President of Sales
614.876.7029
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Experience

"Golf course superintendent. Manager of the major lawn care company, The Scotts Co. Technical Representative for Simplot Partners. Sales representative and warehouse manager at Advanced Turf Solutions."

Professional Affiliations

Board Member - Ohio Lawn Care Association

Education

Bachelor of Science, Agriculture (Turf Specialty), The Ohio State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I always wanted to be a part of a company that has an overall higher integrity than anyone else in our industry and I believe ATS does."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS has the best people in all facets of our business."

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

"Developing a 'turf' program that makes a customer shine."

What's your best turf tip?

"Be a good listener and be open to change."

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David Bash
Sales Representative
317.842.1847
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Experience

"Owned and operated a lawn care and landscape business for 10 years and still currently hold a 3B license."

Professional Affiliations

Indiana Professional Lawn and Landscape Association
Midwest Regional Turf Foundation

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I really enjoy the fact that every lawn is different and that there are always different problems to solve. The challenge of diagnosing an issue with a lawn really sparks my interest."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Our delivery fleet of trucks really sets us apart because we can get the product where it needs to be and do it in a timely fashion. Also, our ability to go out and help our customers on site really sets us apart."

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

"A home owner had been watering his lawn at night and as a result, grew a fungus. I found them the right product to fix the issue, and I got them on a more balanced and appropriate watering schedule."

What's your best turf tip?

"Do not water your lawn at night, its only detrimental to your lawn. Water early in the morning before the day gets hot. Make sure your mower blades are very sharp and be sure to aerate every fall."

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David Zink
Counter Sales Representative
317.842.1088
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Dennis Merkle
Sales Representative
513-707-2915
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Experience

"I have over 20 years of industry experience in full-service maintenance, design/build, and turfgrass management."

Professional Affiliations

Greater Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Apartment Association: Associate Council Member

Education

Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, University of Cincinnati

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I have always been passionate about helping others provide the best result for their landscape. I have always taken great pride in a job well done."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS strives to develop new technologies to give our customers a competitive advantage. One of the ways we do this is by looking at what is going on in the soil profile, not just foliar development. Our Armament Technology is best in class and provides excellent results for our customers."

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

"I believe in being a true partner to my customers. I have helped diagnose insect and disease issues in turf and ornamental for several customers. I am proud to be a resource for my customers, so they can be confident in me and ATS. We will do our best to provide solutions to any issue they experience, be it nutrition, disease, insect, or equipment."

What's your best turf tip?

"Turf that is adequately fed and watered, mowed at the correct height, and free from compaction will yield the best result."

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Denny Barron
Director of Sports Turf Sales
314.574.3454
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Derek Mayden
Sales Representative
816.876.9501
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Experience

"I have worked in the field for a total of 12 years, including turf management and sports field management. I have spent time mainly working in city governments, supervising maintenance in the parks departments."

Professional Affiliations

STMA Member
MoKan STMA Missouri Representative
CPRP (Certified Parks and Recreation Professional)

Education

"I have an Associate Degree in Turf Management."

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Our industry provides new challenges every day and when a job is complete, it provides instant gratification when a job is well done."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Unique products and services that others just don't offer."

What's your best turf tip?

"A good groundskeeper walks with his head down, then does a little more."

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Don Lawrence
Sales Representative
419.408.0083
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Experience

"I spent 3 years as an Assistance Superintendent, 10 years as Superintendent and 7 years as a General Manager. I also have 8 years experience in sales."

Professional Affiliations

NWOGCSA - Exec. Dir. - lost track of years served
OTF - 13 years board member, Past Treasurer., V.P., President
OSTMA - Member

Education

"I have an BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University and a 2-year Turfgrass Certificate from Michigan State University."

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Helping people solve problems and provide solutions!"

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Great customer service and communication throughout the entire company."

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

"Helping customers through some lean years by providing affordable maintenance programs that didn't sacrifice quality."

What's your best turf tip?

"Spray for weeds in the fall for best results."

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Doug Dawson
Sales Representative
614.783.8606
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Experience

"Sixteen years in lawn service and 12 years in turf and ornamental product sales and distribution."

Professional Affiliations

Ohio Lawn Care Association
Ohio Nursery & Landscape Association

Education

Bachelor of Science, Agriculture, The Ohio State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Discovering the challenges our customers face and developing the best way to address these issues."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"The ability to service every size of customer with personal attention and logistical tools that exceeds any of our competitors."

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

"Anytime I have been able to suggest a product that fits a customer's program, solves a problem, and saves or creates revenue for them has always made me feel proud."

What's your best turf tip?

"1) Mow frequently enough to not remove more than 1/3 of the total height of the grass blade. 2) Buy all of your turf care products from ATS."

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Doug Harskamp
Sales Representative
636.487.7811
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Experience

" I have10 years experience as a Golf Course Superintendent and 21 years as an Agronomic Sales Representative."

Professional Affiliations

Mississippi Valley GCSA - Former Board of Directors

Education

A.S. Golf Course Management

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I totally love the golf business and all the people associated with the turf industry."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS offers a complete line of products and expertise for all areas of turf and ballfield maintenance."

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

"Constantly working with superintendents, resolving both personal and professional challenges."

What's your best turf tip?

"Keep it simple."

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Ed Clevenger
Sales Representative
317.694.0443
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Experience

"I have worked in the turf industry, in a variety of capacities."

Professional Affiliations

Former Board Member - IPLLA
Former Board Member - MRTF

Education

BS Finance, Ball State University, 1984

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Helping customers find different ways to grow their business."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"We provide exceptional customer service from knowledgeable employees."

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

"I’ve always enjoyed helping customers find different ways to grow their business."

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Eric Denoyer
Sales Representative
231.645.2933
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Experience

"26+ years in sales to the golf market."

Professional Affiliations

Michigan Turf Foundation, distributor member.
Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, past board member

Education

Numerous classes through Michigan State University pertaining to professional turf.

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Getting out to see my customers and helping them solve a problem they are having. Also, the relationships I have developed over the years."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Unsurpassed customer service before and after the sale."

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

"Green speed. At a nine-hole private club, the super was having issues keeping and maintaining his green speed through the day. He had never considered a plant growth regulator, so I introduced him to ArmorTech PGR 113. He now applies it every two to three weeks and is extremely happy and maintains his green speed into mid-afternoon."

What's your best turf tip?

"Don't over water."

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