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Michael Lawrence has joined Vista Professional Outdoor Lighting as the new technical specialist for San Diego and Orange counties. Lawrence will work in the field training landscape lighting contractors and distributor personnel on proper landscape lighting design, installation and troubleshooting. He will also present Vista's popular training seminars, "Light Your Way to More Profits," at location throughout southern California.

Michael Lawrence

The New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA) presented the Citation of Merit award to Horst Pogge, Chairman of the Board of Grassland Equipment & Irrigation Corporation, Inc. The award was presented at the Empire State Green Industry Show in Rochester, N.Y. Pogge was chosen to receive the award for demonstrating all of the necessary criteria: dedication to Turfgrass research and education; involvement in and support of association activities; interest in promoting careers in the Turfgrass industry; community involvement; and admiration and respect of peers and colleagues.

Horst Pogge

In other NYSTA news, Michael Maffei was elected president of NYSTA for 2006. Maffei served as vice president in 2005 and as secretary/treasurer in 2004.

Kevin Trotta was recently presented with the Excellence in IPM Award from the New York State Integrated pest Management Program, part of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Trotta is the head groundskeeper at North Rockland Central School District in Rockland County, N.Y. North Rockland has won awards in the past for having one of the best football fields in the state.

Kevin Trotta

Annette Wilkus, ASLA, has formed SiteWorks, LLC. SiteWorks is a full service construction management company specializing in site issues. Wilkus has more than 24 years of experience in landscape architecture and construction management.

Rhyc Sandberg has joined Shindaiwa Handheld as development engineer. Sandberg will assist with new product design in Oregon and in Hiroshima, Japan. Shindaiwa produces commercial-grade outdoor power equipment and environmentally friendly small engine technologies.

Rhyc Sandberg

Platinum Equity announced recently that William J. Milowitz has been appointed as CEO and Richard C. Nihei has been appointed CFO of Turf Care Supply Corp., the firm's new manufacturer and distributor of professional turfcare products and supplies. Turf Care Supply was established by Platinum Equity in October 2005 and produces fertilizer, seed and combination products for the professional turfcare industry.


Lucie Chambers was recently promoted aquatics segment manager for BioSafe Systems, LLC. Chambers will oversee aquatic sales and distribution promoting growth in both the national commercial industry as well as the retail home and garden industry. Chambers is a graduate of Northeastern University and has been with Biosafe since 2003.

Lucie Chambers

Colby DeHoff has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Whitacre-Greer. Also at Whitacre-Greer, Mic McAfee has been hired as regional sales manager of their Midwest region. Whitacre-Greer manufactures dry-pressed clay paving brick and firebrick for residential fireplaces. They have also supplied material for projects including the Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta and Tribute Park in lower Manhattan.

Colby DeHoff

North American Green, manufacturer of rolled erosion control products, recently announced the promotion of two senior executives. Tim Lancaster was appointed president of North American Green and Steve Elliott has been named vice president of administration and finance.

Steve Elliott

Members of the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) recently elected the board of directors for 2006. The 2006 ECTC board of directors includes: Chairman Tim Lancaster; Vice Chairman Deron Austin; Treasurer Mark Myrowich; Mark Theisen; and Tony Johnson.

Tim Lancaster

Annette Wilkus, ASLA, has announced the formation of SiteWorks, LLC. SiteWorks is a full service construction management company specializing in site issues from demolition through post construction evaluations. Wilkus has more than 24 years of experience in construction management and landscape architecture.

David Garcia has been hired as vice president of sales for Catalina Lighting, Inc. Garcia's lighting background includes positions at Illuminating Experiences, Vivia, and Stiffel. Garcia was also vice president of sales for both the Ambience and George Kovac divisions of Minka. Catalina Lighting is a manufacturer and distributor of lighting products for residential and commercial use.

Permaloc Corporation has announced he appointment of Jill Kalaher as their national sales manager and will be based at Permaloc's headquarters in Holland, Mich. Kalaher previously served as a regional sales manager with Akro-Mills of Akron, Ohio.

Jill Kalaher

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