Lakeland, Florida, April 20, 2012 - Harrell’s, manufacturer and supplier of performance-based turf and ornamental products, is pleased to announce the expansion of the Turf & Landscape Division to the southeastern U.S. With resources in the Florida and Indiana markets, Harrell’s is rapidly expanding throughout the southeast with territory managers added in Alabama and parts of the Gulf Coast, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Arkansas. In addition, Harrell’s has appointed a dedicated technical advisor to the division to provide customers with a resource for troubleshooting complex and unique challenges they may face.
“Turf & Landscape is a natural fit between our existing Horticulture and Golf divisions”, says Matt Shook, vice president of sales and marketing for the turf and landscape division. “For the past year we have been developing business in Florida and Indiana with landscape professionals, parks and recreation facilities, cemeteries, amusement parks and athletic fields. We have found customers in these markets are looking for a reliable, knowledgeable partner for their turf and ornamental challenges. Our Turf & Landscape representatives fit that niche and fill that need.”
Harrell’s is pleased to welcome the following six territory managers to the southeastern region:
Chris Weigand – North Georgia
Chris was previously with John Deere Landscapes in the Atlanta market, before joining Harrell’s late last fall. Chris has been working in the turfgrass industry for over 18 years in sales as well as working on golf courses. Chris is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Chris and his wife Abi have 2 daughters and reside in Gainesville, GA.
Matt Marlow – Northern North Carolina
Matt joined Harrell’s late last fall. Prior to that, he was with John Deere Golf as well as Smith Turf and Irrigation. Matt has worked in the turfgrass industry for over 9 years in both the golf and landscape markets. Matt is a graduate of North Carolina State University. Matt resides in Knightdale, NC.
Rodney Moulin – Southern North Carolina and South Carolina
Rod was previously with Super Sod in the Charlotte market. Rod has been involved in the turfgrass industry for many years working as a golf course superintendent for over 20 years as well as working in equipment sales. Rod is a graduate of Ohio State University. Rod and his wife Laurie have 4 children and reside in Indian Land, SC.
James Bartley – Alabama, NW Florida and parts of the Gulf Coast
James is the current president of the Alabama Turfgrass Association and trustee with the Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation. James was previously employed with Southern Lawns for 34 years. James is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.S. in agronomy. James has been married to his wife Donna for over 30 years and resides in Auburn, AL.
Mickey Lovett – Tennessee and Arkansas
Mickey has been working in the turfgrass industry of over 25 years. Mickey has worked with Syngenta, Ciba-Geigy and Zeneca. Mickey is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Agriculture. He and his wife, Dixie, have been married for 30 years and have 3 daughters and 2 grandchildren. Mickey will be opening new markets for Harrell’s in the newly formed Turf & Landscape division. Mickey resides in Paris, TN.
Waldo Terrell – Southeastern Sports Turf Specialist
Waldo was previously with Southern Athletic Fields in the south eastern US. Waldo has worked in the turfgrass industry for over 13 years in both sales and field maintenance. Waldo will be opening up new markets for Harrell’s in the newly formed Turf & Landscape division as an athletic field specialist. Waldo attended the University of Georgia in Athens and managed the athletic fields. Waldo and his wife Jenny have 2 children and reside in Athens, GA.
Harrell’s is pleased to announce the appointment of Travis Shaddox, PhD. as the designated technical advisor for the Turf & Landscape Division.
The Harrell’s team consists of several technical experts for the Horticulture and Golf Divisions and the devoted Turf & Landscape technical expert, Travis Shaddox, PhD., will be the point person working to troubleshoot and solve customer agronomic challenges in the T&L market. Travis received his Master’s and Ph.D. in soil fertility and turfgrass nutrition from the University of Florida. He has experience as an account manager for Valleycrest Companies where he maintained athletic turf and for the past five years he has held a sales manager role for Harrell’s. Travis will also assist with customer education and product development.
“As a company we work to be a true partner to our customers. Our territory managers and technical experts work together to help our customers identify the best solution for their particular needs,” says Shook. “We have been fortunate to have a solid technical expert with a strong turf & landscape background who has been working for us for five years and we’re pleased to have Travis join us on the Turf & Landscape team.”
In addition to being one of the nation’s largest distributors of branded fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, Harrell’s produces top-quality, custom blended fertilizers, specialty liquids, and wetting agents for the golf course, sports turf, landscape management, and horticulture industries. Harrell’s guarantees stringent quality control procedures, tight manufacturing specifications and careful selection of raw materials for each product that carries the Harrell’s name. They are also the exclusive eastern formulator and a leading world distributor of POLYON®, the industry’s superior controlled-release fertilizer technology.