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People on the Move: Promotions from The Andersons, Takeuchi-US and more

March 3, 2020 -  By
Anthony Goldsby, Ph.D., Research agronomist, The Andersons

Anthony Goldsby, Ph.D., Research agronomist, (Photo: The Andersons)

The Andersons appointed Anthony (Tony) Goldsby as director of its professional turf business.

Goldsby, who will replace Bob Eichenberg upon his retirement in March, will be directly responsible for the division’s business strategy, sales execution, marketing programs and customer service.

“We are excited to have Tony in this expanded role,” said Eric Dearth, vice president of engineered granules for The Andersons professional turf business. “His diverse experience and knowledge will make him a valuable leader for our team and resource for our customers.”

Goldsby joined The Andersons in May 2018 as an agronomist for the professional turf business. In that time, he has provided the business and its customers with valuable technical and agronomic support. Prior to The Andersons, Goldsby served as national turf products manager for Ewing Irrigation.

Goldsby received his Ph.D., Master of Science and Bachelor of Science with an emphasis on turfgrass management from Kansas State University, where he also served as a research technician for a 13-acre turfgrass research facility.


Takeuchi-US added Robert Vistad and Dillon Headden as regional business managers, effective immediately. Vistad will be based in the West region, while Headden will be located in the Mid-Atlantic region.

As regional business managers, Vistad and Headden’s main responsibilities include all sales development and activity within a multi-state territory. This includes, but is not limited to dealer development, dealer recruitment, inventory control, collections (parts and machines), forecasting, program promotion and communication.

Vistad has both dealer and manufacturing experience. His last two positions included being a sales manager at an equipment dealership in San Diego, Calif., and a senior account manager for a construction equipment distributor.

Headden was previously with a national rental company in South Carolina where he was a territory account manager.

Takeuchi also added Jim Spicer as a new regional product manager for the Midwest.

Spicer will be responsible for dealer sales training, supporting national accounts and national account training, and growing the dealer retail business and market share within the Midwest region.

Spicer comes to Takeuchi with nine years of experience working on the dealer side most recently in Bloomington, Ill., as a sales account and operations manager. Prior to that, he was a product support specialist working with a dealership in Farmer City, Ill.


The Davey Tree Expert Co. promoted Andrew Shaffran to district manager of the North Detroit Residential/Commercial (R/C) services office.

Shaffran started his career with Davey in 1993 as a plant health care technician in Davey’s St. Louis R/C office. In 1995, he transferred to the South Detroit R/C office as a sales and service technician. In 2016, he was promoted to sales arborist and in 2019, was promoted to district manager of the new Davey Lawncare R/C office.

Shaffran is a graduate of the Davey Institute of Horticultural Sciences and the Davey Institute of Lawncare Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Michigan State University.

Davey also promoted Alan Freeman to district manager, Northwest Chicago Residential/Commercial (R/C) services office.

Freeman started his career with Davey in 2009 as a plant health care technician in the Northwest Chicago office. He was then promoted to sales arborist in 2017. He is a 2017 graduate of the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, Davey’s flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques. He is also a 2011 graduate of the Davey Institute of Horticultural Sciences, an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and holds an Illinois pesticide applicator’s license.

Finally, Davey promoted Jonathan Almond to district manager, Arborguard Tree Specialists, a Davey company, Charlotte Residential/Commercial (R/C) office.

Almond started with Arborguard in the Charlotte office in 2006 as a climber trainee. He progressed to crew leader before transitioning to plant health care technician. In 2014, Almond was promoted to operations manager, Arborguard Charlotte, N.C., before being promoted to assistant district manager in 2017.

Almond is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, ISA Certified Tree Worker Climbing Specialist, a Tree Care Industry Association Certified Treecare Safety Professional and is ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in biology with a concentration in ecology and environmental biology. Almond worked at the UNCC Botanical Garden, caring for the trees on campus.


BioSafe Systems promoted Patrick Clark to technical marketing manager.

He will be based in Newark, Del., while supporting the agriculture and horticulture segments of the U.S. and Canada. Patrick started at BioSafe Systems in March of 2017 as a technical sales representative for the agriculture segment in the Northeastern region of the U.S.

In his new position, Clark’s primary role will be the key liaison amongst the research and development, sales and marketing departments. He will provide technical oversight for the marketing and design team, assist in management of products through their life cycles, provide technical product and agronomic support to the sales force, assist in the coordination and management of product research trials, conduct technical product and industry-related trainings, contribute to developing market and brand strategies and product programs, assist the regulatory department in technical support of product labels, represent the company and its value within the industry and more.

Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's former managing editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Prior to her role at LM, Sarah was an intern for Cleveland Magazine and a writing tutor.

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