It is hard to believe that it has been over a year since Walker Supply, Inc. (based out of Pittsburgh) acquired three Pennsylvania locations from Turf Trade, a New Jersey based supplier. I felt that it would be appropriate to provide an update on the progress of this historic event for Walker Supply.
Pete joined the Walker Supply Team in the spring of 2011 as Walker Supply began to expand its operations for warehousing and product distribution. Prior to joining Walker Supply, Pete spent 10 years as a Safety and Environmental Affairs Manager in the defense electronics and glass manufacturing industries. A career change led him to the Turfgrass Management Program at Penn State and into the golf industry as an assistant superintendent.
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.