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The TSP Difference

TSP is set apart by our knowledge and commitment to exceptional customer service. Both of these are only possible through our qualified staff. Each TSP employee is well equipped with the knowledge and resources to exceed customer’s expectations—and they do so from our many service centers throughout the Carolinas and from our campus in Liberty, SC.

 

Meet our team below, and consider being part of our team.

Al-Wilson

Al Wilson

President/Owner

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Al incorporated Tri-State Pump & Control in 1994. His role as President involves guiding company growth by finding employees with high character and a willingness for daily engagement and fostering an atmosphere where those people can mature and learn how to provide excellent customer experiences. Al has a BA and MA from Furman University. He spent 9 years as a high school teacher, administrator and coach, before leaving the educational field to pursue a career in entrepreneurship. It was his interest in golf and irrigation that led him down the path to TSP. In his free time, he enjoys fishing or spending time with family and friends on the lakes of Upstate South Carolina. Al and his wife, Janet, have two children and five grandchildren.

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Janet Wilson

Chief Financial Officer

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As Co-Owner and with a strong accounting background, Janet is responsible for supporting all the accounting and administrative functions at TSP. She believes that excellent customer service is delivering beyond what is expected—way beyond. In her free time, you can find Janet at her book club, playing bridge or jigsaw puzzles, shopping at junk stores, and spending time with her grandkids—of which she and her husband, Al, have five.

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Tripp Cobb

Sales Manager

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Ron-Wilson

Ron Wilson

Operations Manager

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Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Clemson University. His background is in outside sales, but Ron believes his true strength is in improving internal processes, especially when it comes to technology. He joined TSP in 2006 and is now responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations. In his free time, Ron enjoys cooking and entertaining, sports (especially Clemson football) and craft beer. He and his wife, Kristen, have three boys.

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Brett Satterfield

Project Manager

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Brett earned a degree in Architectural Construction Engineering from Greenville Technical College. He is also a Certified Irrigation Designer and specializes in irrigation and pump station design. At TSP Brett does project management, manages used equipment, and provides irrigation technical support and customer service. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, biking and yard work. He and his wife, Jessica, have two sons .

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Jason Gravely

Service Manager

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Jason oversees day-to-day service operations for all three of TSP’s divisions: turf, pump, and irrigation. Before joining the team at TSP, he was an automotive technician with Honda and a few independent shops. He still enjoys working on his own cars and tinkering with anything that has an engine. When he’s not working, you can also find him at the lake. Jason is married with two children.

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Brent Anders

Account Manager

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Brent began his career full time with TSP in the spring of 1997 with a degree in Electrical and HVAC. In the beginning, his position was a service technician for pump stations and industrial control systems. As the company grew, Brent’s job transitioned for service to sales as Western Golf Irrigation Sales Manager.

During the early years of his position in sales, Brent was successful cultivating relationships and business, which led to him being selected as Rain Bird’s “National Salesman of the Year” in 2007.

Brent has a wife and two wonderful children. His family shares several hobbies together, which include restoring classic vehicles and enjoying outdoor events such as hunting and fishing.

“TSP has been an important part of my life. I enjoy going to work and interacting with my fellow colleagues as we successfully build quality partnerships with our customers.”

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Les Bailey

NC Sales Manager

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Les joined the TSP family in early 2009 as the turf equipment account manager for Eastern North Carolina. He has spent his career in the turf industry. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from NC State University, he spent fifteen years as a Certified Golf Course Superintendent in the southeast. In 2002, Les made a career change to the sales-side of the industry. This background gives him a unique ability to relate to his customers.
When Les isn’t working, you can find him coaching baseball or spending time on the water with his family. Les and his wife Tischa are the very proud and busy parents of Matthew and Katie. Les also serves on the Advisory Board for Moore County Parks and Recreation as well as an active member of their church.
“I developed a relationship with Al and his team when they were installing an irrigation system on my golf course. TSP’s loyalty and commitment to their customers and employees has always stuck with me, so naturally I jumped at the chance to work for Al. I feel very lucky to be a part of the TSP family.”

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Tom Benners

Account Manager

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Tom has a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy with a concentration in Golf and Sport Turfgrass Management from Mississippi State University. He is TSP’s Account Manager for Charlotte and the Midlands, covering the areas surrounding Columbia, Spartanburg, Greenwood, and Aiken. Tom started working on golf courses at the age of 16; he loves the unity and support superintendents give to each other in the golf industry. In his free time he enjoys camping, fishing, snowboarding, surfing, and spending time on the water.

Mark-Benton

Mark Benton

Account Manager

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Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management from Methodist University and an Associate in Applied Science in Turfgrass Management from Brunswick Community College. He worked at Sea Trail Golf Resort for 11 years and was the Head Golf Course Superintendent from 2010 until joining TSP in June 2014. He now serves TSP customers in eastern North Carolina. Mark enjoys golf, basketball, fishing and boating. He and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter named Brynn.

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Lee Carmichael

Account Manager

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Lee has an Associate Degree in Golf Course Technology from Horry Georgetown Technical College. He spent 11 years as a golf course superintendent; he also worked in irrigation design and installation and was co-owner and operator of a landscape company. In his current role, he works to meet the equipment needs of TSP clients in a professional and timely manner. Lee enjoys golf, hunting, the beach, and spending time outdoors. He and is wife, Margret, have two children: Dylan and Gressette.

Matt-Carver

Matt Carver

Account Manager

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Matt is TSP’s representative in the northern North Carolina region, covering the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, and Triangle. He has a certificate from Rutgers University and spent seven years as a Combat Medic in the US Army. His background also includes three years as assistant superintendent and five years as superintendent. Matt believes excellent service is being reachable and attentive to meeting customers’ needs. In his free time, he enjoys golf, fishing, playing music, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children.

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Steven Terrell

Account Manager

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Steven has been with TSP since June of 2009 and has been working hard introducing TSP to customers along the coast.

Prior to joining TSP, Steven was a project manager with Bayer Chemical after managing his family’s Bishopville, SC farm. He holds a degree in Marketing from Clemson University.

In his free time, you will find Steven spending time with his son, Paul, fishing, hunting, or just enjoying the outdoors.

“I am excited about be part of the TSP family and representing the company in new markets.”

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William Ledford

Sr. Equipment Service Technician

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William has 30 years of experience in the turf equipment industry. He earned a Degree in Auto and Diesel from Gaston College and has certificates from the Equipment & Engine Training Council in hydraulics and electrical. In his role at TSP, William is passionate about handling customer issues in a timely and professional matter. In his free time he enjoys golf, participating in the Shrine Go Kart Club, and spending time with his wife, daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons.

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Christian Lloyd

Warehouse Manager

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In his role at TSP, Christian oversees warehouse operations, including shipping, receiving and equipment and parts inventory. He has an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Business Management from Greenville Technical College. Christian’s background includes time with the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence, National Security Agency, and various positions performing warehouse and customer service operations for Fortune 500 companies. He enjoys basketball, golf, shooting, fishing and spending time with his wife, Sarah, and two children.

Mike-McCarty

Mike McCarty

Sr. Manufacturing Lead

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In his role at TSP, Michael wears many hats, filling in wherever he is needed. He is committed to providing what our customers need and want and getting the job done to the customers’ satisfaction. Michael is retired from the US Army and enjoys fishing and watching movies. He and his wife have enjoyed 40 years of marriage.

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Brad Modjewski

Equipment Service Technician

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Terry-Smith

Terry Smith

Pump & Irrigation Control

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Terry has an Associate Degree in Electrical Engineering and is a certified RAIN BIRD Factory Trained Golf Central Control Operator and RAIN BIRD Factory Trained Integrated Control System Technician.

He spent 20 years in the US Marine Corps as an Avionics Technician. At TSP, Terry develops, builds and programs control panels for pump stations; he also services and repairs pump and irrigation systems and control components. Terry is committed to providing the best possible level of support to meet and exceed customers’ expectations.

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Aaron White

Equipment Service Technician

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In his role at TSP, Aaron works on reconditioning mowers and setting up new mowers. His background includes two years as head mechanic of a local golf course before joining TSP as Equipment Technician in 2009. He is committed to doing everything he can to make our customers happy. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He and his wife have two children: a boy and a girl.

Cindy-Tinsley

Cindy Tinsley

Accounts Receivable Manager

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In her role with TSP, Cindy is responsible for calling customers to collect past due invoices and billing package accounts for equipment and parts. She attended Tri-County Technical College Pendleton for Secretarial Science and Accounting. She worked for Maxfli Golf for 11 years and for Pickens County Board of Disability for three years before joining TSP in 2008. Cindy enjoys boating, camping, gardening, and spending time with her husband, Russ, and their two Labrador Retrievers.

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Cale Bigbee

Parts Manager

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Cale joined the TSP family in 2008 and has enjoyed every minute of it. From serving walk-in customers, to shipping products across the Carolinas and scheduling deliveries there is never a dull moment around TSP. Prior to TSP, Cale owned and operated a family Landscape/Irrigation company in the Upstate of South Carolina.

When not at work, you can find Cale goofing off with his wife and two kids, or manning the sound system at his church.

“As an irrigation contractor, TSP was my preferred business to buy supplies from. Now as an employee of TSP, I can see that it was and is the people on the inside that make it tops in the industry.”

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Adam Wiant

Warranty Administator

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As Warranty Administrator, Adam ensures that TSP’s customers get quality service and the best possible manufacturer’s warranty for their equipment. He believes that excellent sales are driven from excellent service. Adam is a United States Marine Corp. veteran and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and being outdoors. He and his wife, Kaylyn, have two daughters: Isla Mae and Adalyn Eve.

Careers with TSP

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Our commitment to exceptional customer service means that each and every TSP employee is empowered with the knowledge and resources to provide just that. When you join the TSP team, you will benefit from an exceptional education about the ins and outs of the turf equipment industry.

 

Additionally, TSP is a proud employer of many of our nation’s veterans.

 

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Internship Program

Through a partnership between TSP and Pickens County Career and Technical Center, a high school student is selected to begin working at TSP’s campus full-time during the summer prior to their senior year. Throughout the summer, he or she stays busy shadowing techs working in the TSP shop and learning to properly operate turf equipment. When school resumes in August, the intern’s hours are reduced, but learning opportunities continue through their senior year. Upon graduation, if TSP is fully staffed and unable to hire the intern as a full-time employee, TSP assists them in finding placement elsewhere in the turf industry.

 

Contact us to learn more about our internship program.