An educational podcast created to help students in the Brentsville Turfgrass Management Program learn from industry professionals by discussing their careers and experiences in the industry. We aim to learn first hand through this podcast in our virtual classroom.
Episode 12: Casey Underwood, Assistant Athletic Director of Grounds Virginia Tech
This is our Thanksgiving special with a guest, Casey Underwood, Assistant Athletic Director of Grounds at Virginia Tech Athletics. Casey is my former boss at Virginia Tech and with the Thanksgiving approaching, I am so thankful for everything Casey has done for me and joining us to educate our students on what it takes to work in college athletics. We discuss all of the different aspects of his job beyond just turfgrass maintenance, where his true passion lies. This is an incredible episode that is a must listen! Thank you Casey for taking the time! Enjoy.
Episode 11: Chris Ecton, Head SportsTurf Manager Pittsburgh Steelers
For this week's episode we host the Head SportsTurf Manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers Chris Ecton. This was such a great episode where we discuss the different aspects of his job and the demand that comes with maintaining a natural playing surface that a professional and collegiate football team that call it home. It is such a great opportunity for our students to learn from of the industries best. This is a must listen we hope you enjoy!
Episode 10: Will Brierley, Wimbledon Senior Groundsman
We are going international for our tenth episode here on Tiger Turf Talk. We hosted Mr. Will Brierley Senior Groundsman at Wimbledon Championship courts. We have a discussion about the different aspects of his job and how their cultural practices differ on their 100% Ryegrass natural grass playing surface. We get to compare and contrast the different aspects of their management practices to our own. We also get to learn about the importance of passion and dedication to the job! Enjoy.
Episode 9: Fawn Renae, Those Plant Ladies & Fawn Renae Designs
In this episode we host owner and operator of Those Plant Ladies and Fawn Renae Designs, Mrs. Fawn Renae Wilson. We are excited to share such a great episode with amazing content about her journey through her career from a small farm in North Carolina to running her own landscape installation company with such potential for growth. Those Plant Ladies are a family owned company that has grown over the past year to empower women to become a part of this amazing industry and learn what it takes to be a strong industry professional. We also dive into her second company of Fawn Renae Designs where she currently is working on a national level creating designs of landscape in different geographical locations which expand the need for an education and better understanding of plant selection and site analysis. Please enjoy this episode! If you are interested in being a part of Those Plant Ladies community look at the link below!
Episode 8: Boyd Montgomery, The Toro Company
In this episode we host the Regional Business Manager, North America of The Toro Company, Boyd Montgomery. We had the opportunity to learn about the different business aspects of a corporation like Toro. We learn the importance of the different divisions like commercial sales, engineering, marketing, etc. Boyd does a fantastic job of teaching our student how important it is to be passionate about what you do in this life and to give your best each and every day. Enjoy!
Episode 7: Luke Yoder, Senior VP Duraedge Products
For this weeks episode we host Luke Yoder former MLB groundskeeper, current Senior VP Duraedge products. In this epidoe we dive into the different aspects of field maintenance from construction to care. In his time, Mr. Yoder constructed to brand new state of the art Major League Baseball Stadium with different type of turfgrass. We also talk about the different game changing engineered soils that Duraedge has created for groundkeeper all over the country. We hope you enjoy this episode with amazing content for turfgrass managers.