Ryan Madden serves as General Manager at Supreme Turf Products after having served in a variety of key positions within the golf business for the last 18 years. Ryan is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the company and is the first point of contact for vendors. A native St. Louisan, he grew up caddying at Westwood Country Club before moving on to study at Iowa State University, where he earned a B.S. in Horticulture, after which he began to pursue a career in Turfgrass Management. While at Iowa State, Ryan interned at two St. Louis area clubs, Westwood Country Club and Bellerive Country Club, as well as The Club at Cordillera in Colorado. Prior to his arrival at Supreme, Ryan spent seven years at Sunset Country Club as Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. While at Sunset, Ryan was responsible for all day-to-day golf course operations, including planning and executing all cultural practices as well as all fertilizer and plant health/protectant applications. In addition to his regular duties at Sunset, Ryan also spent time conducting his own research on various fertilizers and plant protectants, both new and old. Ryan’s hands-on knowledge and experience provides him with the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of industry advances.
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Ben has been in the golf industry for over 35 years, including all phases of construction and grow- in. He started at Supreme Turf Products in August of 2002. His experience started at St. Louis Country Club in 1982. He served as Assistant Superintendent at St. Louis until March 1996, when he took a position at Sullivan Country Club as Superintendent. At Sullivan Country Club Ben was part of a project that involved complete renovation of the greens and the construction and expansion of 9 holes to 18 holes. Ben’s main responsibilities at Supreme Turf Products include purchasing and inventory control, along with sales. He currently serves his customers by providing the needed products whether it be for golf, lawn care, or athletic fields. Ben attended Southeast Missouri State. Hobbies include NASCAR, camping, boating, fishing, hunting, golf, and spending time with his wife, son, and grandchildren.
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Lauren Martin brings a unique blend of experience and expertise in her role as Office Manager. Prior to joining Supreme Turf, Lauren’s experience includes roles in Banking, Finance Management, Government Contracting, and International Logistics. She is responsible for all aspects of maintaining a successful business, to include: process improvement, accounts payable and receivable, inventory management, as well as driving service excellence with vendors. Lauren understands the challenges of managing small businesses, and is passionate about fostering a profitable business. Lauren’s focus is the business’s performance, efficiencies, and believes in a unified company culture, resulting in businesses going from good to great. Her breadth of experience creates a team that is passionate about their work and provides Supreme Turf with the competitive edge needed to attain success.
Sales • 314-220-5773 • email
Joel Malke grew up in the green industry by mowing lawns, landscaping, and gardening with his grandfather. He went onto the University of Missouri, Columbia where he earned a B.S. in Horticulture. He has been in the green industry for over 38 years. He has spent the last 13 years at Supreme Turf Products. Joel’s main responsibilities include the Lawn Care, Landscaping, Sports Turf, and Arborcare industries. In his spare time Joel enjoys gardening, spending time with his wife Tracy of 36 years, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Ben Scanio, Sr.
Sales • 314-713-8599 • email
Ben Scanio, Sr has been in the green industry for over 30 years. He attended the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he earned a B.S.B.A. degree in Marketing. Ben spent his first 10 years in the green industry at ChemLawn Services (now TruGreen). He then moved on to Outdoor Equipment Company/US Turf where he was a distributor sales representative for over 10 years covering golf/turf sales. Ben made the move to Supreme Turf Products in 2004 continuing his relationship with area Golf Course Superintendents. He enjoys playing golf and spending time with his grandkids in his free time.
Robert “Bob” Brandt
Sales • 314-574-3077 • email
Robert “Bob” Brandt has served in the Turf Management industry as a Golf Course Superintendent, Asst. Supt and a Golf Distributor Sales Representative for over 40 years. He received a BAS degree in Turf Management from SIU Carbondale. Bob started working at Danville Country Club (Illinois) at the age of 14 eventually becoming the Assistant Superintendent. He went on to serve as the Assistant Superintendent and Golf Course Superintendent at Forest Hills Country Club (St. Louis). In 2004, Bob went into sales and hasn’t looked back ever since. He enjoys spending his free time fishing and camping with his son and his family and is also a commercial brewer.
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OLATHE, KS STAFF
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Eric Pickrell has over 20 years of experience in the Turfgrass Management Industry. His path to Turfgrass Management began at the age of 15, with a summer job at Salina Country Club. As his career developed, Eric has served as Golf Course Superintendent at River Oaks Golf Course and Leavenworth Golf Club; in these roles, he was responsible for the labor, time, materials and financial resources needed to care for the turfgrass and landscaped grounds. Eric is passionate about providing excellent customer service, and is well versed in custom lawn and landscaping, as well as golf club management and operations. He holds a certificate in Golf Course Management from Mundus Institute in Phoenix, AZ. In his spare time, Eric enjoys spending time with his son, Cohen, and is an avid golfer. Eric proudly supports the Kansas State University Wildcats, the Kansas City Royals, and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sales • 913-208-5268 • email
Mike’s turf experience started at the age of 10 when he and his brother started a lawn mowing business. That expanded to helping mow around trees at the local Country Club because all they had was a gang mower. After earning a BS in Horticulture at Southwest Missouri State, now Missouri State University, Mike worked in a nursery for a season. He then moved into the fertilizer and chemical side of the business. He worked for 3 different chemical distributors and learned about servicing both lawn care and golf course customers. Mike was selected for the national task force to engineer and successfully launch the ESN product for UHS, acquiring a depth of knowledge on slowly available nitrogen sources. He started with Supreme Turf in 1995, opening the branch in Olathe. Mike strives to bring the personal service and product knowledge that Supreme Turf is known for to all his customers. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and restoring antique cars.
Sales • 816-210-0071 • email
John got his start in the golf business over 30 years ago as a grounds crew member at Alton (Illinois) Municipal Golf Course. He spent most of his first summer in the business cutting poison ivy out of pine trees. John jokes that his boss was trying to get rid of him. John went on to the University of Illinois where he earned a BA in Political Science. After graduation John took the 2nd Assistant Superintendent’s position at Alton Municipal and then went on to Lockhaven Country Club as the 1st Assistant Superintendent. During John’s tenure at Lockhaven, he completed his AAS in Turfgrass Management which led to his hiring as Superintendent at Westwood Hills Country Club. He moved to Kansas City in 1999 to join Outdoor Equipment Company. John came to Supreme Turf in 2004. He has served on numerous Golf Industry Association’s Board of Directors including: MOTOC (now MoGIC) and the Heart of America Golf Course Superintendents Association (HAGCSA). In John’s free time he enjoys playing golf, spending time with his family, and running.
Benton, IL STAFF
Sales • 618-513-9055 • email
Todd Thomas began his career in the turf business at Rend Lake Golf Course- A 27-hole resort located in Whittington, Illinois. He worked part time while he earned a B.S. degree in Plant & Soil Science with an emphasis in Turfgrass Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. Todd went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in Work Force Education from SIUC as well. After graduating from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, he was hired full time where he spent over 11 years there. During this time Todd earned and held a Class A status with the GCSAA for 7 years. Todd started with Supreme Turf Products in 2005 opening a branch in Southern Illinois. Todd strives to bring the personal service and product knowledge that Supreme Turf is known for. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, playing golf, and chasing his two sons all over the country with traveling sports.