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Brock Phipps
Brock Phipps
Sales Representative
417.861.2181
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Experience

"I had 25 Years as Head Groundskeeper in Minor Baseball. I spent the last 18 years at Hammons Field with the Springfield Cardinals and the Missouri State Bears as Director of Field Operations."

Professional Affiliations

STMA
Ozarks SportsTurf Managers Association - President

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Always liked that WOW factor in well managed fields and the pride that goes into making a great playing surface."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Hoping to make those 1 on 1 relations with the customers who might get overlooked and to retain those customers with our wide range of products that can be used in the Sports Turf industry."

What's your best turf tip?

"KEEP THE BLADE SHARP."

Chad Miller
Sales Representative
260.602.1104
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Experience

"I have 25 years of golf course management experience, including 11 as superintendent. I have also participated in multiple renovations and tournament preparations."

Professional Affiliations

Member GCSAA
Member Hoosier GCSAA Former Vice President

Education

I have a Bachelor's of Turf Science degree."

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I enjoy solving problems, accomplishing goals and working with others to do the same."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS has incredible people providing unparalleled service to go along with a great product line."

What's your best turf tip?

"Keep it simple, take great care of the soil and be consistent."

Chris Fondren
Chris Fondren
Sales Representative
615.920.2181
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Experience

Grounds Crew @ Mississippi State University '04-'07
Internship: Miami Marlins/St Louis Cardinals Spring Training Facilities in Jupiter Fl Also the home of the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals Summer of 2005
Internship: Valhalla Golf Club Summer 2006
Assistant Grounds Keeper Georgia Tech Athletic Facilities 2007-2009
Warners Athletic Construction 2009-2010
Dickens Turf and Landscape Supply 2012-2019

Professional Affiliations

Sports Turf Managers Association
Tennessee Turfgrass Association

Education

"I have an associate's degree of science from Columbia State Community College and a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Mississippis State University."

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"As a former Turf Manager and a high school and college athlete, I appreciate the time and effort it takes to create safe, aesthetically pleasing playing surfaces."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"We have a wide array of products and knowledge, coupled with outstanding customer service."

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

"The thing I am most proud of is assisting people in transforming an area from an unmanaged turf location into an excellent playing surface."

What's your best turf tip?

"Proper fertility programs and cultural practices are extremely important, but one of the most overlooked practices that is also just as important is mowing. Consistent and proper mowing can make a huge difference in turf."

Craig Brooks
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!"

Craig Shepherd
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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Damian Snyder
Sales Representative
937.728.5571
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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!"

Dan Mauch
Sales Representative
330.793.3775
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Experience

All facets of lawn care and landscaping. Fertilizations, mowing, softscapes, hardscapes, vegetation control.

Professional Affiliations

OLA, OLCA, MVLNA

Education

Youngstown State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

The trusted friendships that are built through experience.

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

Knowledge and service. The internal network of experience and education is unmatched. If I don’t know specific answer, give me five minutes and a phone call and I’ll get you years of insight.

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

That’s a tough one. From changing a customer’s inputs for better results to just having a conversation and a free flow of ideas to work through a problem to running out and fixing a machine on site, they’re all equally important.

What's your best turf tip?

Let the products you choose be your marketing team.

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!"

Dave Pentelow
Dave Pentelow
Sales Representative
574-532-2647
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Experience

I worked for the same course for 27 years. For the last 21 years, I was an assistant superintendent doing all of the spraying and fertilizer apps.

Professional Affiliations

Michiana Golf Course Superintendent Association 2005-current
GCSAA 2010-current

What makes you passionate about what you do?

I love the golf industry as a whole from being a worker then working my way up to being an assistant.

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

Customer service is second to none and the vast knowledge that the company as a whole has to offer its customers.

Dave Winter
Sales Manager
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."

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."

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."

Don Lawrence
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."

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."

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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