Mike recently joined the Walker Supply Inc. team and brings many years of experience working in the golf industry. He grew up in Northeast PA, minutes from Blue Ridge Trail GC. At a young age, golf became Mike’s passion, and, eventually, his career.
David Amorose, WSI’s resident numbers guy, joined the team in June 2015 as our Corporate Controller. He oversees all of our accounting and HR functions ensuring all is in order behind the scenes so we are able to best serve both the internal and external members of our WSI family. A graduate of Robert Morris University, David now has more than 25 years of experience in the field working for various companies from small, family-run businesses to large global corporations.
The start of winter is usually a welcome sight for most Turf Managers. After a season filled with long hours and demanding work, winter gives turfers a chance to slow down, regroup, and rest. However, after a few weeks of down time, these men and women who are so used to working hard start to get stir-crazy and are chomping at the bit to get back outside. Here are my top 3 tips to stay productive and keep that sense of accomplishment while slowing down over the winter.
As the calendar turns to 2018, many Turf Managers begin to prepare for the upcoming season. Preparations take on many forms. During my time as a Golf Course Superintendent, I took great pride in evaluating the previous season and establishing goals for the next season. So I thought I’d share with you the 5 criteria I used to evaluate our programs each year in hopes they may help you in this time of preparation.
Paula Koziol began working for Walker Supply, Inc. in October 2010 after moving from Cleveland, Ohio to the Pittsburgh area. She works as a part-time member of the Business Operations staff where she assists sales reps, processes orders, and greets and assists inbound callers to our main line. Having since moved to Philadelphia, she was thrilled when WSI expanded the company to include the eastern half of the state!
Prior to joining WSI, Paula earned her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs. She later put her pursuit of a career aside to raise her children and joined the WSI family once her kids were older.
Paula appreciates the personal touch that WSI provides its customers, even as the company grows. “Being on the WSI team really is like being a part of a family. I make it my mission to extend that kindness and welcome to our customers as best I can,” she explained.
Paula and her husband, Alex, have been married for twenty-one years; they have two sons, Alexander (19) and Miles (17), as well as a daughter, Lanie (13). Paula enjoys hiking with the family’s German Short-Haired Pointer, working on home renovations, and traveling. She dreams of someday owning a lake house in the family’s favorite vacation spot, Maine.
Dan Olson is a Territory Manager located in Northwestern Pennsylvania near Lake Erie. When Dan was in college, he spent his first two years as an engineering student at Penn State University. During the summers he worked for a landscape company and realized that he preferred working outdoors rather than behind a desk. He decided to make a course adjustment and change his major to Agronomy with an emphasis on Turfgrass Science.
Randy Ratcliff joined the WSI team in March of this year as part of the acquisition from Turf Trade. Randy’s journey in the turf business started when he was in college at IUP, and he worked the summer months at Sunset Golf Club in Middletown, PA. In 1983 he graduated with a Business Degree, and went on to establish a career in the sales and service side of the turf industry.
Randy started out with Chemlawn for 7 years as a Sales and Service Senior Specialist. He later transitioned to Lesco and John Deer Landscapes where he held positiosn as Branch Manager for Lawn Care and then Outside Sales Rep for the Golf Division for a total of 17 years. He continued down this path in outside sales over the coming years, spending time with both Genesis Turfgrass and Synatek, before putting his roots down with Turf Trade in 2016. “After 25 years in the turf business, I enjoy most establishing relationships with customers and watching them grow their business year after year,” Randy reflected.
“I have really enjoyed my time so far with Walker Supply. The leadership, sales, and support team members are such a great bunch of people,” said Randy. “Now being part of the team myself since the Spring, I can honestly say it feels like being part of a family. Over the years that is something that has become very important to me, and I’m thankful for such an environment.”
Randy is an avid golfer himself and self-described golf equipment junkie. He usually spends his weekends at the golf course trying out something new! You’ll also find him recharging around the house, spending time with his girlfriend and their two Havenese dogs.
Territory Manager Rick Catalogna has proudly been in the golf business for 21 years... and counting! What makes his journey special is the fact that he spent nearly 15 of those years in golf course operations before transitioning to the dark side about 7 years ago. Prior to joining the Walker Supply, Inc. team in 2011, Rick spent 8 years at Pikewood National Golf Course in Morgantown, WV as the grow-in Superintendent. In 2007, Rick earned his Golf Course Superintendent certification through GCSAA and has maintained this status to this day.