Sam Stimmel

National Sales Manager

I started in the Turf Industry 43 years ago, but took a 9-year departure to care for my mother and re-entered the industry January 2018.  I began my career with the typical superintendent route, but early on I moved from superintendent to sales.  I was fortunate to start my sales career in the ProTurf division of The Scotts Company.  They gave me the training and foundation of not just selling product; but listening to a customer’s need and providing a solution.  Over the years I have been blessed to be involved with world-class companies – Kurtz Bros., IMC Vigoro, Profile Products and now AQUA-AID.  At each of these companies I was involved in the establishment or expansion of either a new business unit, geographic expansion, or technology.  I have a fondness for the physical properties of soil and would like to think I have been able to add value to my customers by helping them have a greater understanding of the what’s and why’s of their soils.    I was attracted to the industry when I started working at Nemacolin Country Club when I was 13 and worked there through High School.  I went to college with no intentions of going into the turf industry, but after spending my first year inside, I knew I didn’t want to be on the inside looking out.  Fortunately, I was already attending Penn State and was able to transfer into the Turfgrass program. I was lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.  On Saturday mornings before I get started with Mrs. Stimmel’s list, I attend the 6:00 AM Washington Chapter of the Romeo Club (R.O.M.E.O – Retired Old Men Eating Out) for breakfast and conversation.  It is a great group of local business men (retired and active) that share their perspective and wisdom.  I tease them and named it the Romeo Club since I am the only one not collecting Social Security. All kidding aside, the time is enjoyable and informative.  One thing that people may not know about me is that I am the youngest person ever elected President of The Ohio Turf Foundation at the age of 30.  The legacy I want to leave is one of making a difference or adding value to the people I have been fortunate enough to meet throughout my years in the turf industry. While this is important, the impact and influence I make on my daughter, Emily, and son, Tom, is what really matters the most.

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