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Business roundup: Mirimichi Green awarded 2017 NCMEP Leadership Award in Sustainable Manufacturing
Beth Hyatt | October 4, 2017
NCMEP members accepting award

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The North Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NCMEP) recently awarded Mirimichi Green the 2017 NCMEP Leadership Award in Sustainable Manufacturing. This award is given annually and recognizes leadership in the areas of workforce development, sustainability, continuous improvement and other areas through a number of awards that are given during an annual manufacturing conference.

“When one thinks of ‘sustainability,’ golf courses are not the first thing that comes to mind,” said NCMEP in their press release. “But when Memphis’ Mirimichi golf course was redesigned in 2009, its new owner was determined to make it both public and green; the course was redesigned to feature native landscapes and offer wildlife habitat connectivity and environmental education. It was also the first golf course to receive Audubon Classic Sanctuary Certification. After Mirimichi’s success, Mirimichi Green was formed in 2011 near Wilmington, North Carolina, to manufacture, sell and distribute an entire product line of sustainable soil and turf enhancers and weed and plant control products. Mirimichi Green’s products are designed to offer a bridge to more responsible landscaping methods, and to help consumers set reasonable goals for their own sustainable practices.”

Russ Britton, CEO and owner, and Web Cowden, COO of Mirimichi Green, accepted the NCMEP Leadership Award on behalf of the company.

With this award in hand, Mirimichi says they are honored to be recognized by their home state, and they hope to encourage and educate other manufacturing facilities about sustainable practices.

Bayer appoints Schneid as head of Environmental Science North America

Bayer’s Environmental Science division recently announced that Mark Schneid, former chief marketing officer of the Environmental Science business unit, has been appointed head of Environmental bayer logoScience North America.

Schneid will be responsible for leading the business unit in the United States and Canada with a vision focused on the needs of customers in the markets it serves, including: Turf & Ornamentals, Vegetation Management, Professional Pest Management and Vector Control.

“Mark displays tremendous leadership within our organization, incredible passion for advancing our purpose of Science for a Better Life, and a tireless commitment to serve our people, our customers and the industries in which we operate,” said Gilles Galliou, head of Region Americas for Environmental Science. “We could not be more excited for Mark to be taking the helm of our Environmental Science business unit in North America, working to shape the future of our business and the markets we serve.”

Bayer says that in the 15 years Schneid has been at the company, he has excelled in several leadership roles, most recently serving as chief marketing officer for the Environmental Science business unit as well as Global Market Manager for the Turf & Ornamentals segment.

Bayer says that with 28 years of professional experience, Schneid has held various marketing, business development and sales roles in consumer and professional businesses.

Prior to working with Bayer, Schneid held positions with Monsanto, Chevron and Kimberly-Clark, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from Siena College and a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University in the fields of marketing and finance.

“Our customers are doing incredible things to protect and care for the environments and the spaces where we live our lives, and we are deeply proud to partner with them every step of the way, bringing the kinds of ideas and innovations that contribute to a better life,” said Schneid, head of Environmental Science North America. “I am truly honored to take on this new role, and I look forward to leading our business to continue delivering best-in-class, customer-driven innovation and the trusted expertise our customers have come to expect from us.”

Deane joins 40 Under Forty Class of 2017 

The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM) announced that associate Ryan Deane, ASLA, PLA, has joined the ranks of the 40 Under Forty Class of 2017.

Ryan Deane

Ryan Deane

Deane, 34, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, joined SLAM’s Landscape Architecture Studio in 2004 and acquired his professional licensure as a landscape architect in 2006 at the age of 23. In 2008, SLAM appointed him site studio technology lead.

“The innumerable ‘firsts’ that Ryan has achieved over his 13 years at SLAM are both staggering and inspiring to his teammates and studio leaders,” says William Karanian, AIA, principal and chief operating officer, SLAM. “We are proud of the recognition he has received as a 40 Under Forty, and look forward to the continued achievements he will make both at SLAM and within the community.”

Deane earned an associate degree in environmental studies from Greenfield Community College, and he holds a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture and regional planning from the University of Massachusetts.

While at SLAM, Deane served on more than 100 projects within the higher education, corporate studios and healthcare fields. He has served on projects at the University of Notre Dame, Campus Crossroads Stadium Expansion; Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering at Rutgers University; and Homer Stryker School of Medicine at Western Michigan University.

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