CHICAGO – T. Kirk Hunter, Turfgrass Producers International’s executive director, submitted his resignation to the TPI board of trustees on July 26, immediately following the 2013 TPI Summer Convention in Chicago.
FAIRFIELD, Ohio – FINN Corp., a manufacturer of landscape and erosion control equipment, has added Bobcat of Nashville to its dealer network. They will offer the full line of FINN equipment and products, including HydroSeeders, Straw Blowers, Bark Blowers, MTS, hydroseeding consumables and TRU-Mulch hydromulches, and will cover western Tennessee. In addition to sales of equipment, they will also offer equipment rentals and will be a FINN authorized parts and service facility.
Bobcat of Nashville is part of the larger organization, Bobcat of St. Louis, a provider of compact equipment for global construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, grounds maintenance, government, utility, industrial and mining markets. Since opening its first store in 1990, Bobcat of St. Louis has successfully grown to five locations in three states, and it became a FINN dealer earlier this year. In addition to the FINN erosion control and landscape equipment and Bobcat compact equipment product lines, Bobcat of Nashville also carries Doosan Infracore construction equipment and Takeuchi Mfg. compact excavators and track loaders.
“This was a natural expansion for both of us,” said FINN director of dealer development, Tim Gerbus. “Bobcat of St. Louis has done very well since coming on board a few months ago, so we were eager to reach an agreement to expand their territory with us. Much of the area Bobcat of Nashville will cover hasn’t recently had a FINN dealer under contract, but there is great opportunity, and we look forward to helping them develop a strong customer base.”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Andrew Heilman, a member of the Kawasaki Engines and Power Products Division staff since 2002, has been promoted to the position of business projects specialist. He will have a broad opportunity to aid the company’s growth with responsibilities focused in the areas of relationship management, strategic planning and communications as they apply to the formulation of new business opportunities and projects.
Joining Kawasaki as a Dealer Technical Trainer, Heilman became OEM applications engineer in 2006. His primary role included interaction with the company’s sales managers and engineering and sales staffs at partner OEM companies. Together, they performed and revised engine testing specifications and monitored installation configurations to assure top level performance and warranty compliance.
In his new position, Heilman will link Kawasaki’s business goals into multi-year projects, while maintaining priority oversight and assuring continuity of project elements so that they meet completion goals in a timely manner.
According to Rodger Howe, executive director of the division, “Drew’s involvement in various aspects of our recent growth easily qualifies him to assume this very important post. We anticipate that his contributions to our future will be significant, and we’re all looking forward to working with him in this new capacity.”
Heilman is a graduate of Michigan State University’s MBA Program, with an emphasis in supply chain management and leadership and change management. He also has a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University in automotive engineering technology and business management.
Project EverGreen’s revitalization efforts will be put to use on Liberty Island. Just yards from the Statue of Liberty rests a site to honor the victims of 9/11. Over the past few years, the trees and grass around the memorial have fallen into a state of disrepair.
Project EverGreen along with its partners, including the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association, are putting together plans to rejuvenate and rededicate the 9/11 reflection site. The organization welcomes your ideas and your help, and will need support in the form of labor, materials and even promotional help.
If you are interested in being a part of this rare opportunity, please contact us at (877) 758-4835 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PHOENIX – Ewing has restructured its operations to provide the organization "with added flexibility and focus in achieving the company’s sales goals and growth objectives," the company said in a statement.
“I am excited about our future, and our ability to move the business forward faster, and with better execution of our goals and objectives,” said Doug York, Ewing’s CEO. “I am confident that our efforts will help streamline communication and bring us to a new level of efficiency for our business.”
Ewing has made changes to the structure of its company and leadership, announcing the appointment of three new vice presidents to oversee Ewing’s Western, Central and Eastern Divisions.
• J.R. Richards, vice president, Western Division, oversees and supports the Pacific Northwest, California and Southwestern regions. Richards previously served as regional manager for Ewing’s Southwest territory.
• Jay Riviere, vice president, Central Division oversees and supports the Rocky Mountain, Midwest, and Texas regions. Previously, Riviere served as Ewing’s South Texas regional manager.
• Ray Murphy, vice president, Eastern Division, oversees and supports the Southeast, East Coast, and Florida regions. Murphy previously served as regional manager of Ewing’s Southeast territory.
Additionally, Jim Hudson has accepted the new position of vice president of sales for Ewing. Hudson’s responsibilities include market analysis and development and oversight of Ewing’s sales programs and processes, as well as providing support for product sales managers, divisional vice presidents and regional managers.
Along with the vice presidential appointments, Ewing hired several new members to the company’s regional management team, including Casey McWilliams, Pacific Northwest; Jake Ray, Arizona; Dave Northrup, New Mexico and El Paso, Tex.; Sean Wimble, Central Texas; Leon Garza, South Texas; Aaron Budimlija, Midwest; and Marshall Caudill, Southeast.
The appointments for the resulting branch manager position openings were fulfilled internally. The new managers include: Chris Bednarek in Tigard, Ore.; Hunter Williams in Chandler, Ariz.; Jake Sommer in Peoria, Ariz.; Herman Romero in Albuquerque, N.M.; Ray Salazar in Austin, Texas; and Greg Stafford in Houston, Texas. Relocations included Ray Espinoza from Peoria to Deer Valley, Ariz.; Mike Falloon from Austin to Cedar Park, Texas, and Mike Alvarado from Houston to Friendswood, Texas.
All 17 new appointments were internal promotions earned by qualified Ewing employees that excelled in the company’s employee development program. The program provides learning opportunities for professional and personal growth, including customized career path planning, development and leadership conferences, hundreds of online and hands-on seminars and workshops, certification programs and more.
“We are serious about providing career growth opportunities to our committed Ewing family of employees,” York said.
All Ewing employees participate in a Service Professional training program covering all aspects of operations, management, business development, leadership and business acumen.
“Any employee that completes the initial levels of training can elect to proceed to a management track and become eligible for future sales, branch manager and other leadership positions,” said Ronn Alexander, manager of Ewing’s employee development program.