What are we thankful for this year?

2017 has been a big year for Walker Supply! The company completed a major undertaking acquiring locations in Lancaster, Philadelphia, and Scranton. Included in this acquisition were 9 employees, inventory, and several other assets such as trucks, warehouse, and office equipment. It is difficult to get to know people when there are hours between locations. We are very thankful that all employees met in the Pittsburgh facility on August 1st for a team building event. It was a great day for all of us to get to know each other a little better, share some experiences, and grow together. We all share the task at hand “creating lifelong customers”.

As Thanksgiving is on our door step, Keith, Mike, and Bob want to take this opportunity to give thanks to all that have made Walker Supply successful. This includes our team members, supply partners, industry friends, and equally important, our customers. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Meet the Team: Nick Gialloreto

Meet the Team: Nick Gialloreto

Nick joined the Walker Supply, Inc. team on October 2012 after serving as an Assistant Field Manager with the Pittsburgh Pirates for two seasons. He graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a B.S. in Turfgrass Science. After experiences with working with the Philadelphia Eagles and then the Pittsburgh Pirates, Nick joined Walker Supply, Inc. as the team's first Athletic Field Specialist.

Meet the Team: Doug Gagnon

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Doug Gagnon, Warehouse Sales Associate in Pittston, PA, comes from an extensive sales background. His career started as an independent sales rep for a wholesale jewelry company where he traveled eastern PA, NJ, DE, and MD, and participated in trade shows throughout the year. Then Doug made the transition to Sears in Lebanon, PA where he was the Auto Center Manager. His role later expanded, managing the Lancaster and Allentown Auto Centers. As Doug grew professionally, so did his responsibilities with Sears. In 1999, he moved to Scranton, PA to be Operations Manager and Brand Central (Appliances) Manager. In 2003, Doug had the opportunity to manage a store in Preque Isle, ME, where he proudly led the team to be a Top 100 store throughout the country for two consecutive years. He later returned to manage the Scranton store in 2006. Then in 2011, Doug encountered another pivotal transition in his career, and he joined Lowes and became the Delivery Manager. 

Early this summer, Doug joined WSI, becoming an integral part of the Pittston team. Doug tells us, “The opportunity I have had with WSI has been fantastic. I have already learned so much about the turf business from Barry Craig! It has really been an interesting turn in my career.” Doug has always gotten much joy from helping customers, and in his new role its no different. “My background in sales has been invaluable in my new position, helping me get to know and better support all of our customers. They’ve all been a joy to be around so far. It’s been so great to be able to help them find the solutions they need for their businesses!” he continued.

Doug isn’t your “all work, no play” kind of guy. He enjoys playing golf, hunting, and fishing. But most of all, his favorite pass time is riding his motorcycle! In fact, you’ll find him out riding most weekends during the summer. We’re pretty sure he already has a countdown running waiting for those great summer weekends to return once again! 

Dormant Feeding Best Practices

Dormant Feeding Best Practices

It is tough to maintain grass at any time. This year we experienced our August in September! This has stressed the turf going into a time when the grass is supposed to rejuvenate itself. There has been extensive research that indicates that dormant feeding can be very beneficial. So, what are the best practices for dormant feeding? 

Meet the Team: Jeff Carl

Meet the Team: Jeff Carl

Jeff Carl joined the WSI Team in March of this year as part of the acquisition from Turf Trade.  Jeff began his career in the family seed business, servicing farmers, landscapers, and golf courses throughout Pennsylvania and New York. The business was later sold, and Jeff found a position with LESCO in Lancaster as an Assistant Manager. His career continued as Branch Manager in Lancaster, Outside Sales Representative, and then Regional Manager. Jeff joined Turf Trade as a Salesman and Purchasing Manager and now continues this role with Walker Supply, Inc. 

Meet the Team: Barry Craig

Meet the Team: Barry Craig

Barry started his career in the green industry as a Lawn Tech and eventually became the manager for a Spring Green Lawn Care franchise in Scranton, PA. Barry went on to open his own lawn care company, The Green Pros, which he operated in Scranton for 5 years. At a crossroads, Barry decided to try a different field. He sold his business and went through the Police Academy. Though he proudly graduated, his turf roots ran deep. Instead, he accepted a position as a Branch Manager with Lesco, Inc., which later became John Deere Landscapes, serving lawn care operators and landscape professionals for 18 years. Wanting to work for a smaller company, where he would have a bigger input in day-to-day activities, Barry made the transition to become a Territory Manager for Turf Trade's Pittston office, one of the locations acquired by Walker Supply, Inc. in 2017.

Meet the Team: Michael Palermo

Meet the Team: Michael Palermo

Michael Palermo became a part of the Walker Supply team in March of 2017 with the acquisition of Turf Trade. Michael has been in the green industry since 1989, starting out working for a local landscaping company in the Norristown area. In 1998, he became a certified spray technician for J Bill Landscaping and Irrigation, focusing on making residential and commercial lawns look their very best. After 7 years of pulling a hose and snow plowing, he decided that it was just time to use his brains, not his brawn. 

Meet the Team: Mike Quigney

Meet the Team: Mike Quigney

Mike is one of the newest members of the WSI team and joined us on February 1, 2017. Prior, Mike served as the golf course superintendent and general manager at Moon Golf Club for 11 years. He has worked in the golf business since 1994 and has achieved degrees from Ohio State ATI in Turfgrass Management and Point Park University in Business Management.