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Here is our ownership team – All with many years of turf experience

 

Jim Johnson

(616) 292-0260
Jjohnson@greatlakesturf.com
 

Turf Experience:

I grew up on a golf course which my father built in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1959. I have been connected to golf in one way or another ever since.
 

Education:

B.S. Turfgrass Management. Michigan State University
 

Personal:

Married to my wife Barb for 36 years. We have a daughter, two sons, and one beautiful granddaughter.
 

Interests:

Golf, running, travel, skiing, war history, turfgrass science, personal development.
 

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many:

I batted behind the biggest, strongest kid on my little league baseball team. They walked him all season long to pitch to me, and I usually struck out. In the July 4 All Star game they walked him to load the bases and I hit a grand slam home run. I still have the article from the local paper.
 

Unique Turf Fact Not Known By Many:

My grandfather built the first riding triplex greens mower. I still have one at our warehouse.
 

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

Helping customers meet the challenges of managing their golf courses, getting to know my customers on a personal level. I treasure the fact that some of my best friends have been customers for over 30 years.
 

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

I strive to help them provide the best playing surfaces possible for their customers and members.

 
 

Mike Plague

(586) 915-9281
mjplague@gmail.com
 

Turf Experience

I have been on the sales side of the Turf industry for 24 years.
 

Education

Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Business Administration from Oakland University.
 

Personal

Married to Carolyn, whom I met in college. We have 4 children, including identical twin boys.
 

Interests

Exercising (my goal is 300+ days per year), reading (when I get the time), following college and pro sports teams nationally and in our state (even the Lions), word games and other brain teasers (exercise for the mind). I’m hoping golf will be more appealing when I’m not around it so much!
 

Unique Personal Fact Not Known By Many

My first job out of college was as an editor of a weekly newspaper.
 

Unique Turf Fact Not Known By Many

I am one of the owners of a company that provides software to the turf industry and am in the process of setting up a new company that will provide a revolutionary new aeration service and equipment to several states in the Midwest.
 

What Do You Like Best About Your Job?

It’s hard to pick just one thing. First, I really enjoy the people. I think people in the turfgrass industry are some of the most likeable, down-to-earth people you could ever meet. Also, the satisfaction that comes when you feel like you’ve truly helped someone out … when they get the results that they want from a recommendation or product that you supplied … is a great part of my job.
 

What Do You Hope To Provide To Your Customers?

I hope to be a trusted and valued resource to my customers.