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ROSWELL, Ga. – Turf Masters Lawn Care, which provides lawn care services in the southeast, has hired customer success leader Sara Stephenson as its new operating systems director, a newly created role.
Stephenson brings almost 20 years of experience building and maintaining relationships, both externally and internally. In her role, Stephenson will direct the development, installation and modification of the company’s computer operating systems and explore future needs as Turf Masters continues to grow. Stephenson will be responsible for developing policies and procedures related to the deployment and maintenance of the operating systems and provide input to strategic decisions regarding future technology.
Stephenson spent the last two years as a customer success leader helping field service companies successfully implement new field service software for a large retailer. Prior to that, she was a customer success manager at Service Pro. Over her career, Stephenson has also held executive level positions at Arrow Exterminators as vice president of customer care and later, vice president of sales and marketing analytics.
“Sara has vast experience collaborating with multiple departments and internal teams within an organization to improve training, processes and analytics,” said Brian Butler, president of Turf Masters Lawn Care.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – ASV Holdings a manufacturer of all-purpose and all-season compact track loaders and skid steers, announced Barda Equipment as the 2019 Dealer of the Year and Barry Equipment as the 2019 Rookie of the Year. ASV presented the awards at its annual dealer meeting.
ASV named Alberta-based Barda Equipment Dealer of the Year due to the dealer’s focus on quality products and service. Barda Equipment has served the agriculture, oilfield, building construction, forestry and landscape industries for more than 20 years, and has worked with ASV for much of the manufacturer’s two decades in business.
Massachusetts-based Barry Equipment earned the Rookie of the Year award for going beyond expectations in its market. The dealer has a solid understanding of the entire ASV product line and has been growing quickly thanks to a disciplined sales staff.
“ASV understands the important role dealers play in the industry and in ASV’s success,” said Justin Rupar, ASV vice president of sales and marketing. “Each year we show our appreciation through these awards, recognizing dealers for their loyalty and partnership with the ASV brand.”
In addition to awarding the Dealer of the Year and Rookie of the Year, ASV also honored other loyal and long-standing dealers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Greenworks Commercial debuted the newest member of its professional duty line with the new 48TH12 48V 12” Brushless Top Handle Saw. Being 30% lighter than its gas competition, the 48TH12 is easier to maneuver in arbor applications. Plus, this saw will be the first product in the Greenworks Commercial line to include the 21700 lithium-ion battery cells. The 21700 battery cells provide more power and lighter weight to its users, along with longer life and improved run-time.
Features & Benefits Include:
- Instant Start Technology: no prime, no choke, no pulling necessary
- 48V 21700 Lithium-Ion Battery offers extreme power with longer run-time
- Brushless motor delivering more power, quieter operation and longer life
- Steel Bucking Spikes for more controlled sawing
- Automatic oiler to keep maintenance to a minimum
- Lightweight 12” Bar and Chain design for improved precision in tight spaces
The 48TH12 makes job sites safer with easier maneuverability, all while producing 50% less noise and 5x less vibration than gas powered top saws. This means the long-term benefits for professionals include less fatigue, less hearing damage, with top-of-the-line productivity. More time will be spent working thanks to an automatic oiler and elimination of pull cords the 48TH1.
“Arborists that demoed this tool raved about how the new 21700 battery cells extended the run-time and increased the power, providing performance that exceeded all of their expectations,” said Tony Marchese, commercial business unit leader for Greenworks North America. “While the tool comes standard with a 12” bar and chain, we will offer both 10” and 14” options that can be modified at point-of-sale in the dealer channel, providing pros with a new degree of customization in our top handle offering.”
The 48TH12 will be available beginning January 2020 through the Carswell, Carswell OEI, Conniff, Edney, PACE, Celtic, GC Duke, EFS, LL Johnson, and Steven Willand independent dealer networks. The 48TH12 kit (including tool, battery and charger) is priced at $499 and comes with a two-year warranty on the battery and tool.
More information: Greenworkscommercial.com.
Lawn & Landscape will host three free webinars over the next few months reviewing the journeys of the three Turnaround Tour companies. Editor Brian Horn will host as Bill Arman and Ed Laflamme of the Harvest Group present on the steps each company took to try and hit their goals in 2019 and beyond. Was each company successful?
First up we have Pratt's Lawn Care & Landscapes. Owners Jennifer Davies and Bob Naylor operate in a resort town with high-end commercial clients. When we first met the duo, their plans to build a greenhouse on the property had the Harvester's unsure about the viability of that business segment, and finding good labor in a unique town was considerably difficult.
Tune in on Monday, Nov. 4 from noon - 1 p.m. EST to find out if they've met their goals and turned things around.
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Stay tuned for more webinars with the rest of our Turnaround Tour winners.