People: Monarch Landscape Holdings appoints head of construction

Jeffrey ColtonJeffrey Colton

Private equity-backed Monarch Landscape Holdings has tapped green industry veteran Jeffrey Colton as president of its construction division. Colton, who has 32 years of landscaping experience, will be based in Northern California.

Monarch is a family of landscaping companies with total annual revenue of more than $80 million and over 1,000 employees. Those companies include San Jose, California-based Jensen Landscape; Northwest Landscape Services, which is headquartered in Woodinville, Washington; and Redmond, Washington-based Signature Landscape Services. In addition to California and Washington, the Monarch companies have operations in Oregon and Idaho.

“The growth of Monarch is anchored on people who know the landscape business inside and out, and Jeff’s addition certainly strengthens our organization for continued expansion,” said Brian Helgoe, CEO of Monarch.

Before joining Monarch, Colton served as senior vice president and regional manager of ValleyCrest Companies in Northern California.

“Joining Monarch is an exciting new chapter in my landscape career,” Colton said, “and I embrace the chance to return to my entrepreneurial roots building a company.”

Monarch was formed in May 2015 and is backed by equity partner One Rock Capital Partners LLC.

Colton boasts a deep landscape pedigree: His father, Stanley Colton, worked at ValleyCrest Companies for nearly 50 years. His uncle, Burton S. Sperber, founded ValleyCrest, while his cousin, Richard A. Sperber, served as chairman of the board of ValleyCrest Companies.

Turfgrass Producers International board elected

Turfgrass Producers International (TPI) has announced its 2016-17 officers and board of directors, effective July 1. The officers and new board members were elected during TPI’s annual business meeting, which was held during the association’s 2016 International Education Conference & Field Day in Houston.

Linda BradleyLinda Bradley

Linda Pittillo Bradley, co-owner of Turf Mountain Sod in Hendersonville, North Carolina, was elected president; Jimmy Fox, president of Evergreen Turf in Chandler, Arizona, was elected vice president, and Eric Heuver, president of Eagle Lake Professional Landscape Supply in Strathmore, Alberta, Canada, was elected secretary-treasurer.

Also elected to the TPI board were Tim Wollesen, president/owner of Sales Midwest Inc. in Olathe, Kansas, and Mark Tribbett of JB Instant Lawn Inc. in Silverton, Oregon.

TPI members continuing their service on the board are as follows:

John Coombs Sr., Coombs Sod Farms LLC

Hugh Dampney, ECO Turf

Steve Griffen, Saratoga Sod Farm Inc.

Randy Jasperson, Jasperson Sod Farm

Hank Kerfoot, Modern Turf

Will Nugent (TPI past president), Bethel Farms

TPI is comprised of turfgrass sod and seed producers, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and individuals involved in education and turfgrass-related research. The organization includes members from more than 40 countries.

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