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Mike Eberts
Mike Eberts
Sales Representative
614.824.7937
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Experience

"I've worked in the green industry for 27 years. My experience includes working as a lab technician in The OSU Department of Plant Pathology and The OSU Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic. Before entering sales, I was employed with Mobay Chemical as a field technician at their Indiana research station. Since 1989, I've worked as a sales rep serving the golf course market providing control products, maintenance supplies, course accessories, grass seeds, and fertilizers."

Professional Affiliations

Ohio Turfgrass Foundation
Central Ohio Golf Course Superintendents Association

Education

BS Agriculture (Turfgrass Management), The Ohio State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I really enjoy helping customers find solutions to their challenges. There is great satisfaction when a customer has a positive experience with a product or service I've provided."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"We have the best product line, the best service, and a team from top to bottom that cares about every customer. Overall, ATS offers the best buying experience."

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

"Identifying diseases on greens and fairways has always been something that made me proud, along with choosing the correct product for control."

What's your best turf tip?

"Proper tank mixes - choose products that work together and compliment each other without burn potential. Also, separate "soil" applied products from 'foliar' applied products."

Mike Sams
Sales Representative
317.501.7828
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Experience

"Forty years in lawn care and landscape industry as well as equipment sales."

Professional Affiliations

IPLLA
Nursery Association

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Interaction with my valued customers."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"A personal, upfront relationship."

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

"Making a customer's business more profitable."

What's your best turf tip?

"Cultural practices!"

Mike Schemel
Sales Representative
573.450.3552
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Experience

"I have 11 years of industry experience: 5 years as a Golf Course Superintendent and 6 years as Assistant Superintendent with PGA Tour."

Professional Affiliations

Member of Heart of America GCSAA

Education

Bachelors in AgBusiness and Horticulture, Southeast Missouri State University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I love to grow turfgrass. I also love the challenge of growing turfgrass in an environment and conditions where the grass wasn't necessarily intended to grow and make that turfgrass thrive. That's the excitement of this job and this industry. Helping our customers excel with their turfgrass management."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS offers an experienced sales staff of previous turfgrass managers, who offer true solutions and agronomic recommendations based on our experiences and knowledge of this industry. ATS also offers new, innovative technologies through our Foliar-Pak and ArmorTech lines, whereas our competitors continue to push older technologies."

What's your best turf tip?

"Use Advanced Turf Solutions!"

Mike Stowers
Sales Representative
(757) 869-4389
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Experience

Assistant Superintendent - 4 years
Sales - Jacobsen Turf Equipment - 2 years

Education

Bachelors in Business Management
Minor in Turfgrass Management

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I am family, goal-oriented, and the golf industry as a whole keeps me passionate"

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

Steel Green

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

Turf disease ID

What's your best turf tip?

"It Never hurts to ask"

Michael Susshine
Mike Susshine
Sales Representative
615.330.5644
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Experience

"I have 25 years of experience on golf courses, of which 16 years were as a Golf Course Superintendent and 12 years were in sales."

Professional Affiliations

GCSAA 28 year member Tennessee Turfgrass Association

Education

"I graduated from Penn State with a degree in turfgrass management."

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Being a resource to assist my customers with their needs makes me passionate about what I do."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS offers exceptional service, products, and knowledge."

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

"I assisted a golf course customer in improving plant health care and thus reducing his chemical inputs by 10%."

What's your best turf tip?

"Balance the soil and give the plant what it needs."

Mike Werth
Sales Manager
608.214.7011
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Experience

"20 years as an Assistant Superintendent and Head Golf Course Superintendent and 12 years as a Turf Sales Representative."

Professional Affiliations

Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendents Association
Northwest Illinois Golf Course Superintendents.

Education

Soil Science and Turf Specialty BS Degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Taking tours and helping my customers with their properties."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Service, delivery, product selection and an awesome staff to work with every day."

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

"Helping customers with their nutrition and fungicide programs on greens."

What's your best turf tip?

"Use Foliar-Pak wall to wall!"

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."

Nelson Martinez
Facility Manager- Wheeling, Illinois
(847) 258-5904
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Nikki Hendrickson
Sales Representative
765.810.4768
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Experience

“For 9 years, I was the IPM Manager for Mark Holeman, Inc, which meant I was in charge of the spray programs, safety programs and OSHA compliance. I also spent 9 years as an area sales manager for Bayer Crop Science, covering golf, tree & shrub, and the LCO markets.”

Professional Affiliations

Current BOD and Past President (2002) IPLLA
Current BOD MRTF
Past President Indiana Green Industry Alliance
Current BOD Purdue Ag Alumni Association

Education

Bachelor of Science, Entomology and Horticulture Production, Purdue University
Master of Science, Entomology, University of Kentucky

What makes you passionate about what you do?

“I love the green industry. It has done a lot for me and I want to give back. At ATS, I get to help my customers in many ways, including the opportunity to ID issues and make recommendations for products. By giving customers the best solutions, I can help improve the industry overall.”

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

“I believe Advanced Turf Solutions offers some truly innovative products. Our customer service team is top notch, too.”

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

“Ornamentals are a true passion of mine. I've written a lot of ornamental programs for people who want to start or improve upon their spray program.”

What's your best turf tip?

“Everyone needs a hand lens!”

Pat Kelley
Parts & Accessories Manager
317.850.3003
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Experience

"Three years as a lawn care applicator, 2 years as a lawn care location manager, 25 plus total years sales experience, 4 years experience in the fertilizer industry, and 11 years experience in the seed industry."

Professional Affiliations

Past President - Indianapolis Lawn Care Association

Education

BS Agronomy, Purdue University

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"Getting the customer the right product to solve his or her particular problem."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"A greater diversity of products and services offered."

What's your best turf tip?

"Mow it high."

Penny
Penny Biddle
Accounts Payable & Receivable
317.842.1088
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Pete Schmidt
Facility Manager- Louisville, Kentucky
(502) 261-1442
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Phil Nye
Sales Representative
314.346.7139
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Experience

"I have 18 years of experience in sales at a distribution company and 6 years of experience working at a lawn care company."

Professional Affiliations

Member of Saint Louis Arborist Association
Member of the Missouri Valley Golf Course Superintendents Association

Education

"I have a BS and MS from the University of Illinois in Forestry/Agronomy/Plant Sciences."

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"I love being a technical sales rep and solving agronomic problems for my customers while building solid, long-term relationships. I love turf, trees, and the LCO/Tree Care business in general."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS offers an amazing support/sales network. Their core principal foundation starts with a very knowledgeable core of highly dynamic people (across the board in both sales and service). The entire mission of ATS is to go above and beyond and service the customer 110%. This unique, customer-first driven philosophy, when combined with the vast array of high-quality product choices, makes ATS a most desirable and highly-effective supplier in my opinion."

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

"We have turned around some very chlorotic pin oaks this past year with a custom soil drench mix that was highly effective. Also, spiking traditional three-way mixes with pyridine chemistries has greatly increased the overall efficacy of herbicide results in general."

What's your best turf tip?

"Adding more organic matter in the soil profile is usually a great thing."

Rich Bryce
Sales Representative
412.926.5450
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Experience

"Eighteen years as a turf business owner and 27 years as a turf distributor territory manager."

Professional Affiliations

MUGCSA
GPGCSA
PLCA
Pennsylvania Turf Council

Education

40 years OIT Turf Industry

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"The people, the surroundings, and the problem solving makes me very passionate about working in the turf industry."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"ATS offers understanding, patience, and the ability to deliver when promised."

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

"Helping to turn around golf courses, clubs, and lawn care industry companies that are failing."

What's your best turf tip?

"Don't try to mow grass to a height that it was not bred to be mowed at."

Rick Grant
Rick Grant
Turf & Ornamental Sales Manager
317.752.7653
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Experience

"I have 30 years of experience in the green industry."

Education

"I have a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University."

What makes you passionate about what you do?

"The people and the industry make me passionate about what I do."

What does ATS offer that your competitors don't?

"Knowledge, innovative solutions and outstanding service are three things ATS offers that competitors do not."

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

"I redesigned several pre-emergent programs to address worker availability in the spring as well as reduce weed breakthrough. This resulted in improved spring workflow improvement, business growth, along with significant reductions in callbacks."

What's your best turf tip?

"Most turf quality problems can be avoided by implementing good agronomic practices."

Rob Bennett
Regional Operations Manager - KY, TN
859.283.1172
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