People on the Move: Reasor joins PBI-Gordon team; Porous Pave names new vp; and more from Charles Machine Works and TreeTown USA

February 20, 2019 -  By
Eric Reasor | Photo provided by PBI-Gordon

Eric Reasor

PBI-Gordon added Eric Reasor, Ph.D., as a research scientist for the southeastern U.S.

Based in Dallas, Dr. Reasor will be responsible for coordinating all research protocols, technical assistance to cooperators and product support for channel partners and end users in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Reasor holds a Ph.D. in turfgrass weed science from the University of Tennessee, where he conducted research programs for off-type grasses in bermudagrass putting greens, participated in extension activities and managed weed science research programs. He earned his Master of Science in plant sciences from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s in crop and soil environmental sciences from Virginia Tech University.

Prior to joining PBI-Gordon, Reasor was assistant professor of turfgrass science at Mississippi State University, where he oversaw undergraduate education and recruitment, turfgrass breeding and cultivar development and plant growth regulator research.

Porous Pave appointed Matt R. Lamb as vice president of sales and marketing. Headquartered in Grant, Mich., Porous Pave is the manufacturer of Porous Pave, an eco-friendly, permeable paving material made in the U.S. with recycled rubber.

“Since we introduced Porous Pave in 2006, demand has continued to grow. Matt has the background and experience to lead and accelerate our growth,” said Dave Ouwinga, founder and president, Porous Pave. “He has a proven record in building high-performing sales teams, managing selling channels and strengthening business relationships.”

Before joining Porous Pave, Lamb was the sales director of The Bernard Group, where he consistently generated double-digit growth. As a marketing and business development leader, he launched a global business, introduced new products, established dedicated sales forces and developed key customer sole-source partnerships.

Charles Machine Works has named Kevin Smith president of Subsite Electronics and HammerHead Trenchless. The company also announced a joint leadership team headed by Smith.

“Kevin has a proven track record of more than 25 years with Charles Machine Works companies,” said Charles Machine Works CEO Rick Johnson. “He has served as HammerHead president since 2015, president of MTI Equipment for 3 years and spent 20 years in various positions in the Ditch Witch organization. Kevin’s expanded leadership role will help leverage synergies between the two companies and position them to better deliver innovative solutions.”

“The Charles Machine Works approach is unique in the industry,” Smith said. “Our family of companies brings greater value to customers by working together. We share assets, expertise and insights that ultimately lead to customer-driven solutions across the full life cycle of the pipe. This offers our customers additional capabilities, letting them tap new avenues of revenue to continually grow their business.”

Smith’s new leadership team will include Randy Rupp, Brian Kenkel and Christi Woods.

Randy Rupp has been named general manager for Subsite. Rupp, who has served as vice president of product strategy at Ditch Witch for the past four and a half years, has held various positions within the organization including business and global accounts manager, regional sales manager, national sales manager, product manager and director of product definition.

Brian Kenkel has accepted the position as general manager for HammerHead. Kenkel joined the company six years ago, most recently serving as director of repair and replacement. He has spent his career in the underground construction industry, including 10 years owning and operating a successful contracting company.

Christi Woods is assuming an expanded role as controller of Subsite and HammerHead. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a CPA and small business entrepreneur.

“We’re excited about these changes in the Charles Machine Works Family of Companies,” Johnson added. “Combining the leadership of Subsite and HammerHead under Kevin is a natural extension of our unique strategy in the industry. It will streamline our synergistic approach and deliver future innovations for the installation, maintenance, rehabilitation and replacement of underground pipe.”

TreeTown USA appointed David Kirby to the position of executive vice president of TreeTown USA/Village Nurseries/Hines Growers.

Kirby will report directly to CEO Jonathan Saperstein in the newly created position, while based at the company’s Western Division headquarters in Orange, Calif.

His career spanned nearly 30 years, most recently at Azusa, Calif.-based Monrovia Nursery Company, where he acquired a wide-ranging knowledge of plants and growing conditions. This experience was instrumental in creating successful retail programs throughout the country.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to join such a great team of experienced industry professionals who have the knowledge, commitment and resources to become the No. 1 nursery in America,” Kirby said. “With the combined experience in the rewholesale, landscape, mass merchant and IGC retail market segments, TreeTown USA is in the best possible position to develop the right plant mix and customer programs to grow with our changing industry.”

Kirby is an active member of the California Association of Nursery and Garden Centers. In 2014, he was honored by Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources as a distinguished alumni.

In conjunction with the Kirby appointment, David House is retiring after 37 years with the company, first as Village Nurseries CEO, then president of the West Coast Division of TreeTown USA.

Kelly Limpert

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