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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

2017-2018 Executive Committee
President - Andrew Jorgensen
Vice President - Brad Holler
Secretary/Treasurer - Dr. Ian Rodriguez
Immediate Past President - Bill Kistler

Board of Directors - Tim Allen; Barry Balavender; Paul Bispham, Jr.; Laurie Bland; Brian Bowles;  Dr. Eric A. Brown; Robby Clemenzi; Dave Dymond; Jason Frank; Jason Horn; Andy Neiswender; Lance Tibbetts; Dr. Travis Teuton; Cindy Unger; Erin Wilder


Executive Committee Biographies

Andrew Jorgensen - President
Andy Jorgensen was born in Kansas City, Kansas but spent the majority of his youth growing up in a golf course development outside of Atlanta, Georgia. After working throughout high school at the golf course with positions in both the golf shop and golf course maintenance sides, Jorgensen attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, earning degrees in Golf Turf Management and Commercial Turf Management. Upon graduation, Andrew was employed as the Assistant Golf Course Superintendent at Newnan Country Club and Fort McPherson Golf Club, both outside of Atlanta, before accepting the Head Golf Course Superintendent position with Interfive Florida Corporation in Homosassa, Florida. In 2005, Jorgensen accepted his current position, Head Golf Course Superintendent with On Top of the World Communities, Inc., overseeing all golf course maintenance operations for 54-holes located in Ocala, Florida and a 27-hole property located in Clearwater, Florida. He also assists with the maintenance and management of over 450 acres of residential and commercial landscape. Jorgensen is active in the industry. He just completed his second term as President for the Seven Rivers Golf Course Superintendent Association. He is a member of the Florida Golf Course Superintendent Government Relations and Education committees, board member of the Jeff Hayden Memorial Envirotron Golf Classic for Turfgrass Research and has been a speaker at the 2011 Golf Industry Show and numerous other industry events. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys saltwater fishing, golf and outdoor activities. He is married with two children, and currently resides in Ocala, Florida.

Brad Holler - Vice President
Brad is owner/operator of Agro-Smart Turf & Ornamental Care of Southwest Florida. Prior to launching Agro-Smart in February 2016, Holler worked in a variety of position with TruGreen for twenty years. He Hewas born and raised in Muncie, Indiana where his natural connection to agriculture resulted from the family’s dairy, pork and grain farm. Upon relocating to southwest Florida in 1989, he began his career in the turfgrass industry on the maintenance staff at Gateway Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers completing day to day course preparation and spray technician responsibilities. While at Gateway, he was able to experience the course set-up for back to back years of the PGA Ben Hogan Tour (currently the Buy.Com Tour), Mark Lye and Glenn Frey’s Southwest Florida’s Golf and Music Festival, as well as multiple years for the Champions Tour stop in Naples, FL. Along with being a Certified Pest Control Operator he is also a certified instructor for the Green Industries Best Management Practices. Brad has been married to his wife Jennifer since 2000 and has two daughters, Sophia and Ella Grace and resides in North Fort Myers, Florida. In his spare time he enjoys golf, fishing, and traveling.

Ian Rodriguez, PhDSecretary/Treasurer
Ian
is was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and is currently BrightView’s Director of Technical Services for Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida he began working in the landscape industry on the Gulf Coast. A few years later he returned to UF to pursue a Masters studying turfgrass science and was among the first student residents of the Turfgrass Envirotron. After completing a Ph.D. at Clemson University he returned to Florida where he became an instructor in the Golf and Landscaping programs at Florida Gateway College in Lake City for eight years. In 2012, Ian moved to South Florida to begin working for ValleyCrest, now BrightView, where he provides technical support in agronomy, horticulture, and pest control.

William Kistler - Immediate Past President
Bill is employed by ABM Golf Services at Rogers Park, working as the golf course Superintendent at that Tampa-based golf course. Prior to joining ABM Golf Services, Kistler was the Region Director of Agronomy over 12 properties in Florida for ClubCorp. Kistler started his career in golf course maintenance back in 1993 at Dunedin Country Club as a crew member. He has held several positions from spray tech., foreman, and Asst. superintendent at Dunedin. Formerly, he was an asst. superintendent at two other clubs for six years. Kistler has a Turf certificate from University of Georgia, and a two year degree in Banking from the American Institute of Banking. He is originally from Ohio and has been married to Sharon for 12 1/2 years. They have two sons, Dustin and Shawn Barnett.


Directors Biographies

J. Tim Allen is employed as a regional sales representative with PBI/Gordon since 2001.  Allen brings to the position a strong knowledge on how herbicides are made and how to properly mix and apply them.  Additionally, we had training on how pH and hard water affects the control of herbicides and insecticides.  Allen is a current member of the Florida Turfgrass Association and past member of the Alabama Turf Grass Association and Mississippi Turf Grass Association. He has attended these state meetings for more than a dozen years learning about new herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides from the leading University Researchers in this field.  He attends the Golf Course Superintendent Associations meeting annually. And he coordinates the twelve FTGA Regional Turf Seminars. Allen has worked with over fifteen different distributor companies in the Turf, AG and IVM markets training over 100 salesmen.   In 2012, Allen received the Iron Man Award from PBI/Gordon for consistent sales.  Allen graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in Education.

Barry Balavender is Superintendent of the North and South Courses at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, FL. Barry began his career in the golf course industry at Suntree Country Club in Melbourne, FL in 1999. Upon graduation from Gateway College’s Golf Course Operations Program, Barry was hired as a 2nd Assistant at John’s Island’s West Course. Barry is currently on his second service on the Treasure Coast Golf Course Superintendents Board. Throughout the years, he has continued his education completing his B.S. Degree from the University of Central Florida and earned an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. In his free time, Barry enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife Carrie and daughter Reagan.

Laurie Bland
 studied at Lake City Community College now known as Florida Gateway College and in May of 2006 where she received a Certification in Turfgrass Equipment Management. Bland graduated in May of 2008 with an Associate in Science degree in Golf Course Operations and Grounds Management. During my 10 years of experience in turf, and has worked in various locations throughout Florida including the University of Florida Golf Course, The Loxahatchee Club and Trump National Doral.  Bland’s current position is with the City of Miami Springs as Director of Golf Course Maintenance reviving the 183 acres of the historic Miami Springs Golf & Country Club.  During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her 7 year old son Terry, going kayaking, spending time with family, and visiting various natural springs & historic places throughout Florida and the Southeast.

Brian Bowles was born in the small town of Caro, Michigan - I started my love of the game by mowing lawns after school to earn weekend green fees. I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Turf Grass Management and moved south to start my career with Shoal Creek Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama as an assistant superintendent – that was when they hosted the 1984 PGA Championship.  I moved to Florida to work with P.B. and Pete Dye in designing and developing golf course properties both domestically and internationally - many of those built throughout Florida and the South East. A great opportunity came along that allowed me to stay home with my family and to take on both the design and maintenance of the Delaire Country Club in Delray, FL.  Having seen the design, construction and management sides of the golf world it was only a natural next step to found ShowTurf LLC in Boynton Beach - one of the largest John Deere Golf Equipment Distributorships in the country.  It's an amazing thing to be able to combine my career and love of the game to strengthen the golf community in Florida. It’s my continued goal to raise both the level of enjoyment and expectations of the game itself.

Eric A. Brown, PhD is the Director of Agronomy for Massey Services Inc., based in Orlando. He earned his doctorate from the University of Florida’s Soil and Water Science Department, specializing in soil and plant relationships and environmental stewardship. He spends time as a technical trainer and formulates Massey’s agronomic program through research and testing, to ensure healthy vigorous landscapes that help protect our environment. Dr. Brown is an ISA Certified Arborist and has published articles on managing urban landscapes, black layer in soils, soil pH testing, and fertigation. In addition, he has taught horticulture-related classes as an adjunct professor at various higher education institutions, including Rollins College, Valencia College, Seminole State College and Santa Fe College.  He is married to Lynette Brown and have a son, Emmett.

Robby Clemenzi has been a Turf and Ornamental Sales rep for Bayer Environmental Science for the past six years in Florida, Alabama, south Georgia and with distributor account responsibility in Puerto Rico. He has been in the chemical industry since 2001 following graduation from the University of Florida with a Masters in AgriBusiness. Robby currently has responsibility for the Ocala FTGA road show seminar and will be co-chairing all 9 events starting in 2011. He, and his wife Ashley, have three children, Trace, Breeden and Eliza.

Dave Dymond was born in Homestead, FL. Dymond has his Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Florida in Ornamental Horticulture specializing in turfgrass management. His first job was an assistant golf course superintendent, then began a 40 year career in sod production. Currently, he is the General Manager of H & H Sod Company in Osceola County.  Dymond is married and has four sons, and now have four granddaughters and three grandsons, with number 8 due in May. Enjoy traveling and golf as my favorite hobbies.

Jason Frank was born and grew up in Deland, Florida where he started his turf career in high school running his own lawn service with a friend. His passion for turf grew and he eventually attended the University of Florida where he received his Bachelors of Science in Turfgrass Science with a minor in Business Administration in 2005.  He then went on to graduate school at University of Florida under the direction of Dr. J. Bryan Unruh to receive his M.S. in Horticulture Sciences with a minor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering.  During his master’s study, he researched and wrote a thesis titled “Detection of Turfgrass Stress using Ground Based Remote Sensing.”  After receiving his masters from University of Florida he accepted a position as an Assistant Superintendent at Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples.  While an Assistant at Royal Poinciana he studied for his Masters of Business Administration from Florida Gulf Coast University where he graduated in 2011.  He then transitioned to a career as an area sales manager in Southwest Florida with Bayer Crop Science and in 2013 was promoted to Key Account Manager where he managed several distributor accounts for Bayer, of which was Harrell’s LLC. During this time received a third M.S. degree in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida. Through the relationship with Harrell’s LLC Jason was given the opportunity to take on the role of Regional Director in Florida in Turf and Landscape for them where he currently resides. Jason is a member of Florida Turfgrass Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, and Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association.  Jason has also achieved his Certified Professional Agronomist and Certified Crop Advisor through American Society of Agronomy, as well as Certified Horticultural Professional through Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association.  He lives in Parrish, FL with his wife Brielle and son Boden and in his spare time he enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing.

Jason Horn was born and raised in a farming community in Ida, Michigan.  He attended Owens Community College in Perrysburg, Ohio where he earned an Associate’s Degree in Landscape and Turfgrass Management.  After several years of working at golf courses and landscape companies in Michigan, he moved to South Florida to continue his career in the industry, finding a passion for Sports Turf Management.  Jason has worked for The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation and is currently the Account Manager in the City of Weston.  With more than 20 years in the industry, he currently oversees 16 natural grass sport fields in two of the cities beautiful parks.  Jason and his family reside in Coconut Creek and he spends most of his free time coaching Little League Baseball.

Andy Neiswender has worked at golf courses in various positions including cart barn, driving range attendant, pro shop attendant all the way to superintendent starting back in junior high school.  His first golf course superintendent position was at a small course in Pasco County at 19 years old.  After which he trained under Tony Disano at Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club for four years through the construction of 27 holes.  He also worked as an assistant superintendent for the legendary Buddy Carmouche at Palma Ceia Golf & Country Club before and back to Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club as the golf course superintendent of 36-holes.  He has been at Belleair Country Club in charge of the 36-hole operation now for almost 10 years.  Andy went to school at Saint Petersburg Junior College, Pasco-Hernando Community College and ultimately a B.S. in Business Administration from University of South Florida.  He played golf on the SPJC team for one year and completed most of the PGA Apprentice Program in the early 90’s while working as a Superintendent.  Andy serves on the Florida Golf Course Superintendents Association Government Relations Board and as Chairman of the Education Committee.  He and his wife are both native Floridians with three beautiful daughters. 

Lance Tibbetts is a New England native that currently holds a position with GCA Services as the Regional Grounds Manager for the State of Florida.  He has a vast knowledge of Northern and Southern landscaping and turfgrass.  With a degree in Horticulture and Soil Sciences, and a 12 year veteran Certified Sports Turf Manager, Lance sees the value in understanding turfgrass management from Division 1 nationally ranked schools, to municipal parks and athletic fields.  While living the dream in South Florida, Lance likes to make himself available to new horticultural enthusiast and 30 year veterans like himself. Lance resides in Coral Springs Fl, where he lives with his wife, kids and two dogs.  His free time is spent mostly doing home renovation projects and exploring the State of Florida with his wife.

Cindy Unger has been part of the Florida turfgrass industry since 1986. She is currently the owner of C. Unger Turfgrass Consulting. Her career has encompassed sports fields, golf courses and landscape and lawn maintenance. Cindy assisted with the initial grow-in and opening of Disney’s Wide World of Sports. She has held positions as Head Groundskeeper at Roger Dean Stadium, Baseball Field Coordinator for the 2004 Athens Olympics, Superintendent at Palm Beach Gardens Municipal golf course, and Parks Operations Manager for the city of West Palm Beach. She most recently assisted with baseball field renovation and constructions projects in Havana, Cuba; Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; and Obregon, Mexico. In her spare time Cindy is an avid runner and enjoys traveling.

Erin Wilder is from a seven-generation farming family in North Florida.  After graduating from Florida State University, she returned to her family business to begin her turf career as Sales Representative and later the Sod Production Manager.  She is currently the Director of Marketing and Industry Relations for Sod Solutions, Inc. - a turfgrass research, development and marketing company with over 250 licensed producers worldwide.  Erin has worked in the turfgrass industry for over thirteen years traveling to sod farms, university and research facilities, and various natural and synthetic turf sites.  Additionally she speaks to organizations & associations providing educational seminars and working directly with turf professionals to educate others on the benefits and proper maintenance of turfgrass.  Wilder is a Past President of the Florida Turfgrass Association, serves on the Turfgrass Producers International Membership Working Group and is actively involved in many organizations and charity projects.  Previously she was on the board of the Turf Producers of Florida (f.k.a. Florida Sod Growers Co-Op), Tallahassee Builders Association, and an alternate for the Florida Home Builders Association. She also served on the FDACS License & Bond Committee and the Florida Sod Best Management Practices Steering Committee.  Erin is a Class VII graduate of the Wedgworth Leadership Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources. She and her husband, Bedford, live in Tallahassee, FL.