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People on the Move: Hirings and promotions from Bobcat, FMC, PBI-Gordon and more

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Chip Gaines will serve as a brand ambassador for Bobcat. (Photo courtesy of Bobcat)
Chip Gaines will serve as a brand ambassador for Bobcat. (Photo courtesy of Bobcat)

Chip Gaines joins Bobcat Co. as new brand ambassador

Chip Gaines, Magnolia co-founder, entrepreneur and home renovation expert, and Bobcat Co. formed a new partnership aimed at inspiring audiences to tackle their DIY dreams.

Host of Fixer Upper and known for his passion for home improvement, Gaines is a long-time Bobcat customer and fan. Through this partnership, Gaines is excited to showcase his love for the Bobcat brand to his audience.

“I’ve been using Bobcat equipment for years on my farm in Waco and I can’t imagine working without it. My Bobcat machines have empowered me to bring some of my biggest ideas to life,” said Gaines. “When I was a kid, I remember seeing people driving Bobcat skid-steers and I always wanted to be in the driver’s seat. This brand goes way back for me and when I think of world-class equipment, Bobcat is it—which makes me so proud and excited about this partnership.”

Gaines has already been sharing the work he is accomplishing with his Bobcat equipment, including a compact tractor, zero-turn mower, compact track loader and utility vehicle, across his social media channels, such as his Instagram page.

“Chip has a history of entrepreneurialism, a commitment to hard work and a spirit of community like none other – and he isn’t afraid to take on the toughest tasks and conquer challenges with determination. These values line up perfectly with the Bobcat brand,” said Laura Ness Owens, Bobcat vice president of brand and marketing. “We’re excited to work together to empower people to accomplish more – and have some fun along the way.”

FMC makes changes to its team

FMC made several changes to its executive leadership team as part of the company’s previously announced transformation and restructuring initiative.

Barry Crawford, vice president of operations, is transitioning to a full-time executive role leading the company’s transformation, effective March 1. Crawford brings broad knowledge of FMC’s business lines and global operations to this new role. As vice president of transformation management, he will continue to report to Mark Douglas, FMC’s president and CEO.

Thaisa Hugenneyer, vice president of procurement, logistics and global facilities, has been elected as FMC executive vice president of operations, supply chain and procurement, effective March 1. In addition to her current duties, Hugenneyer will assume responsibility for manufacturing, supply chain, as well as the environment, health and safety (EHS) organization.

“Under Barry’s leadership, operating discipline in the company’s manufacturing network strengthened dramatically. An executive of Barry’s caliber is critical in leading FMC’s transformation—to adapt our operating model in ways that are more appropriate for our future success and update how we are organized, where we operate and the way we work,” Douglas said. “Thaisa brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience leading procurement, logistics and major business process transformations at FMC and other leading chemical companies. She is ideally suited to assume expanded responsibilities for manufacturing, supply chain and EHS.”

Brian Angeli, vice president of corporate strategy and precision & digital agriculture, has been elected executive vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO), effective May 1. He will oversee portfolio management, new product launch strategies and strategic global partnerships and will retain responsibility for FMC’s Precision Agriculture organization.

Diane Allemang, executive vice president and CMO, has elected to retire from the company on May 1 following nine years with FMC and nearly 40 years in the crop protection industry. She launched the company’s first global strategic marketing function shortly after FMC transitioned to a focused agricultural sciences company in 2017. Allemang also developed and grew FMC’s strategic partnerships with numerous leading crop protection companies.

“I want to thank Diane for her immense contributions to FMC. She is a highly respected leader not only within our company, but across the crop protection industry. She was the first female board of directors chairperson for CropLife America and has mentored countless female leaders throughout her career. We wish her a well-earned, happy and healthy retirement,” Douglas said.

Seva Rostovtsev, Ph.D., vice president and chief technology officer (CTO), has been named executive vice president and CTO of FMC by its board of directors. His new title reflects Rostovtsev’s extensive responsibilities leading FMC’s global R&D organization. Since assuming the CTO role in 2022, he has continued to successfully optimize R&D’s use of data to improve research efficiency and effectiveness.

“We are fortunate to have senior leaders in Brian and Seva on our management team,” Douglas said. “Brian successfully launched FMC Ventures and our Precision Agriculture business and has been instrumental in leading every major M&A transaction at FMC over the last decade. Seva is an exceptional leader of our R&D organization, where he and his team oversee one of the most advanced pipelines of new innovations in the agricultural industry,“ Douglas added.

Golz joins PBI-Gordon

Shawn Golz
Shawn Golz

PBI-Gordon added Shawn Golz as a sales representative for golf course, sports turf, lawn care and landscape maintenance customers in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

Golz brings more than 17 years of experience in agricultural and turf equipment sales – and as a golf course superintendent – to his new role. Before joining PBI-Gordon, he was a wholesale sales rep with Nutrien Ag Solutions, a territory manager for Baker Vehicle Systems and a golf course superintendent at Eagle Rock and Auglaize golf courses in Ohio. In addition, Golz holds an associate of applied science in Turfgrass Science from the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute.

“Shawn not only has outstanding technical expertise in turfgrass management, he’s also great at building trusting and productive relationships with customers,” said Brett Rieck, regional sales manager for PBI-Gordon. “He is destined to be a valuable member of the PBI-Gordon team and we will all benefit greatly from his experience.”

Everthrive Landscape adds Max Moreno

Everthrive Landscape added Max Moreno to its team as the director of technology and ancillary services. Moreno previously served as the vice president of water conservation with Harvest Landscape in Orange, Calif. The company mentioned Moreno’s history in the industry and how he has utilized technology to make advancements in irrigation and water management services.

“(Moreno’s) innovative approach has delivered proven results and his leadership will play a pivotal role in shaping our overall future success,” the company stated in a LinkedIn post.

Rainbow Ecoscience adds Southern California territory manager

Cody Martin
Cody Martin

Cody Martin joined the Rainbow Ecoscience team as the territory manager covering Southern California. In this role, Martin will be responsible for supporting the company’s tree care and landscape clients with the integration of Rainbow’s plant healthcare solutions through sales, training and support.

”After several years of working in the green industry, I am excited to be a resource and partner to contractors in the green industry to help keep the Southern California market beautiful. Additionally, I am excited to bring innovative solutions to those companies to help keep their properties beautiful, employees safe and clients happy,“ said Martin.

Martin graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture. He has over 15 years of experience as a landscape professional with some of the largest landscaping companies. He began as an operations manager for Brickman in his native Houston. From there he moved to southern California to gain experience as an account manager, assistant branch manager, branch manager and in business development with LandCare and Gothic.

“Rainbow Ecoscience is proud to have Cody Martin join to serve clients in the southwest. He brings extensive experience as a landscape professional. We are excited to have him share his knowledge with others to grow their businesses and improve plant health,” said Chris Haugen, Rainbow’s assistant director of sales.

When away from work, he enjoys hiking, fitness, and spending time with friends. Cody also loves to travel, and he most recently spent time in Germany, Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Petalon Landscape Management promotes Valentine to general manager

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

Petalon Landscape Management promoted Ryan Valentine to the position of general manager. In his new role, Valentine will be at the forefront of strategic planning, team leadership and business development.

Petalon Landscape Management offers commercial landscape services throughout the Bay Area. Services include landscape design, installation and maintenance programs for commercial properties, corporate campuses, H.O.A. communities, retail complexes, apartments and municipalities.

“Valentine joined the Petalon team in 2012 and has since played a pivotal role in numerous successful projects and initiatives. His dedication, strategic thinking and collaborative spirit have been instrumental in our growth and success,“ the company commented in a LinkedIn post.

Joey Ciccolini

Joey Ciccolini

Joseph Ciccolini received his Bachelor’s in Journalism from Kent State University, where he created news reports across various forms of media such as video, audio and print. Prior to joining our team, he was an intern for 89.7 WKSU producing and voicing multiple broadcast stories.

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