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.
Rick has been very active in the golf and turf community over the years. He served on the Greater Pittsburgh Golf Course Superintendents Association Board from 2010 to 2012, as well as the West Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association Board for 12 years, 2004 to 2016, two of which as President. Today, he proudly serves on The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council Board of Directors. This organization is dedicated to the improvement of the Turfgrass Industry through education and research and serves as the voice for all turfgrass interests in the Commonwealth.
As a Territory Manager with WSI, Rick serves customers throughout West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania. “I truly love my job because it is ever changing. Customer needs change monthly, and no two courses’ needs are the same. It keeps the job interesting and me on my toes!” he said.
“I’m truly blessed to work with a company that shares the same values that are important to me personally - integrity, honesty, teamwork, strong work ethic, and family values,” he explained when asked about what he finds special about working for Walker Supply. “In addition, the recent expansion in Eastern PA really makes me excited for the future. We are growing in an industry during a time that others cannot even begin to dream to do so. That tells me we are doing things the right way!”
Rick is married to his wife Jaime for over 16 years. Jaime is the owner of Fitness 4 You Personal Training in Pittsburgh. They have two daughters, Brianna, 13, and Gabrielle, 11. In his spare time, Rick currently coaches two competitive travel basketball teams. He has always enjoyed coaching sports. In fact, over the years, he has head-coached more than 18 different teams in multiple sports! Now that sounds like a packed schedule!