Dan Carrothers - President - Emery Oleochemicals

DanCarrothersFormer Business Unit Manager for the Pest Control Solutions (PCS) group for BASF, Dan Carrothers has responsibility for managing the overall pest control business including termite and general insect. Prior to this, Dan was the chief operating officer (COO) for DATACORE Marketing LLC, with responsibility for managing all day-to-day operations as well as all operations employees; supporting quality control, client services, and business development; and overseeing the processes for hiring, training, and retaining employees as a member of the senior management team. Prior to Dan’s role at BASF and DATACORE, Dan led the Green business for Bayer Environmental Science in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Dan has also worked in various roles with both Monsanto Canada Inc. in Winnipeg as well as Esso Petroleum Canada in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Edmonton. Dan is married to wife Kim and they have two children; Lindsay and Ryan.

Mike Dauer - Secretary/Treasurer - Real Green Systems

Mike’s career in direct marketing and data management spans 25 years. Focusing primarily on Lawn Care, but including other service industries as well, Mike has helped companies of all sizes market their businesses and gain new customers to create healthy green space. His active involvement in national associations such as PLANET, PLCAA, NPMA and OLCA lends fresh perspective to his marketing techniques, while keeping him abreast of the latest industry technology and trends. Since joining Real Green Systems eight years ago, Mike has toured the U.S. helping thousands of customers market and grow their businesses through the use of direct marketing and data management strategies. Mike and his wife, Tami, have been married for over 31 years and have two adult children. When not working, he enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his family, boating and golfing.

Bill Vogel - Immediate Past President - Spring Valley

BillVogelBill has been involved in the “green industry” his whole life. He grew up on a dairy farm just outside Milwaukee Wisconsin and later worked with his Dad in the family farm supply business. After graduating college with a degree in agronomy, Bill started the Spring Valley division of the family business to work with the lawn care, landscape and golf course markets. Spring Valley now ships throughout the US and the world supplying fertilizer and ice melter products. Supporting the industry, Bill has been on the boards of The Wisconsin Landscape Contractors, Wisconsin Green Industry Federation, Mid-Am Horticultural Trade Show, Project Evergreen and more. Married with three grown children, Bill enjoys his four grandchildren, snowboarding, biking and flying his plane.

Board of Directors

Scott Bills - Sports Field Solutions

With over 30 years’ experience, Scott Bills, CSFM expertly designs, builds, renovates and maintains natural and synthetic athletic fields.

Since April 2008 when he founded Sports Field Solutions, LLC, Scott has been evaluating and making recommendations for improvements in safety, playability and appearance to hundreds of sports field managers throughout New Jersey and across the country.


Sean Casey - Nufarm

SeanCasey Sean Casey is vice president of sales with Nufarm Turf and Ornamental. A graduate of Purdue University, Sean is actively involved with RISE and PLANET. He resides in Greenwood, Ind. with his wife, Ellen and two daughters, Lauren and Rachel.

George Furrer - United Turf Alliance

George is the Chief Executive Officer at United Turf Alliance (UTA), a consortium of U.S. turf and ornamental distributors dedicated to selling a portfolio of post-patent and leading-edge chemical technologies to today’s discriminating turf professional under the ArmorTech® and Optimizer® brand names.

George earned degrees in Turfgrass Management from The Ohio State University and Marketing from Franklin University.

He and his family reside in Powell, Ohio.

Fred Haskett - The Harvest Group

Fred Haskett, Is a Green Industry veteran who has more than 40 years of professional management experience leading and developing regional multi-state and multi-unit companies. Fred, has had a diverse career spanning both the lawn care and landscape maintenance industry segments. He is an experienced senior leader with significant experience in operations, finances, sales, marketing and franchising. He has previously served three terms on the Board of Directors of NALP with two terms as Chairman of the Lawn Care Specialty Group, and he was the Professional Lawn Care Association’s representative to the Landscape Maintenance Specialty Group as part of the ALCA / PLCAA Merger in 2005. In 2006 Fred was honored by his peers by being named a TRAILBLAZER For Lifetime Green Industry Achievement by Professional Land Care Network. Fred’s certifications include: Landscape Industry Certified Manager through NALP, Certified Turf Grass Professional through PLCAA and is a Certified Arborist through ISA.

Doug Obermann - PBI-Gordon Corporation

DougObermannDoug Obermann currently the Vice President of Sales for Gordon’s Professional Turf & Ornamental Products at PBI-Gordon Corporation. He has been with PBI/Gordon for 29 years and has worked as a product manager; in research and development; as a field sales representative; and key account management. He was raised on a farm in SE Missouri and knows how things grow. Obermann taught Introduction to Agronomy classes as a teaching assistant at Iowa State University, where he earned his Masters degree in Agronomy. Also, Doug earned Bachelor of Science degree with a double major from University of Missouri. He resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Murray Wingate -Solu-Cal USA

MurrayWingate Murray Wingate is the senior territory manager for Solu-CAL USA’s line of enhanced calcium and humic acid soil amendments. A veteran turfgrass sales, marketing, and production professional, Wingate worked as the marketing and sales manager at Lebanon Turf products for 25 years. Wingate grew up on a dairy farm in the Finger Lakes region of New York and has worked in agriculture or horticulture his whole life. He holds a degree in Agronomy for SUNY Cobleskill and is a Certified Turfgrass Professional from the PLCAA/University of Georgia program.

Kathy Madzey - Koch Industries

Brad Seipel - MARC Research

Takisha Truss - BASF

Alan White - Turf Systems

Advisory Council

Dave Szy - GIE Media - Lawn & Landscape magazine

Pierre Pereira - Billy Goat

Mark DelSantro - UPI Specialty Prodicts

Jason DeSarle - Turf magazine

Harold Enger - Spring-Green Lawn Care

Phil Fogarty - Weed Man

Den Gardner - Gardner & Gardner

Norman Goldenberg - Namrom Consulting

James Gray - Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data

Dave Hansen - Swanson Russell

Scott Hollister - GCSAA

Lisa Howard - The Toro Co.

George Kinkaid - Turfco

Mark Klossner - BOSS Snowplow

Joe Kucik - Real Green Systems

Karan Banzal - DowAgroSciences

Howard Mains - Tactix Government Consulting

Paul McDonough - KOCH Agronomic Services

Dave Ravel - Syngenta

Marisa Palmieri - Landscape Management magazine

Lacy Ravencraft - Ewing Irrigation

Tom Shaner - PGMS

Joe Shooner - Focal Point Communications

Mike Sisti - Weed Man

Maureen Thompson - FMC

Steve Trusty - Trusty & Associates

Lynda Wightman - Hunter Industries

John S. Winkleman - Columbia University


Cindy Code - Executive Director

dancarrothers Cindy Code was named Executive Director in January 2011 after serving on the board of directors since 2003. For nearly 30 years, she has been a proactive communicator and journalist within the green industry community. Code’s reputation was established through her two-decade tenure at Lawn & Landscape magazine. In her roles as editor, account manager, publisher and Internet content manager, she was a respected communicator and active participant within the industry. She is an advocate of communicating the many benefits of yards, parks and green spaces, and has demonstrated this through community revitalization projects across the country. Code joined GIE Media after graduating from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism. She is an award-winning journalist honored by the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association, the American Society of Business Press Editors and the Cleveland Press Club for her numerous contributions to the field.

Ki Matsko - Program Manager, GreenCare and SnowCare for Troops

As program manager for these programs, Matsko works daily to match volunteers nationwide with military families in need. She manages the logistics and schedules of volunteers, while at the same time protecting the privacy and struggles military families and disabled veterans are faced with. Matsko is a graduate of Lake Erie College and has worked in retail management throughout her career. Her oldest son is currently a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. She resides in the Cleveland area with her husband and two other children

Nici Trem - Program Manager, GreenCare and SnowCare for Troops

As program manager for GCFT/SCFT, Trem works to match military families with volunteers across the nation. Building relationships with both military families and volunteers are important to her. She feels it is crucial for both families and volunteers to have an actual person they can contact whether it is during the registration process itself, or helping set up services once a match has been made.

Trem is a graduate from Kent State University.


Jeff Fenner - Communications Consultant

Jeff Fenner brings more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning journalist and marketing professional to Project EverGreen. He is responsible for overseeing Project EverGreen’s branding efforts, website content, social media platforms and public relations outreach. Fenner is a partner in B Communications and has previously worked at GIE Media and Meister Media.