Green Industry Roll Call: Syngenta, Empower Brands and More

The latest news and updates from the people and companies around the green industry, featuring Syngenta, Empower Brands, Weller Brothers and Doosan Bobcat.

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Syngenta Names New Team Members 

Syngenta announces several appointments across its golf, lawn care and aquatics businesses. 

“With years of experience in this industry, our new team members are well-suited to provide exceptional support to professionals across the country,” said Dave Ravel, head of sales for Syngenta Professional Solutions. “We’re excited to have their many years of experience and see their commitment to our industry and our customers. They step into their new positions as we say thank you and congratulations to retirees Michael Agnew, Larry Feller, Gregg Schaner and Lee Kozsey who, combined, have dedicated approximately 150 years to serving the green industry and supporting the Syngenta technical and sales teams.”

  • New technical services representative: Lisa Beirn, Ph.D.
  • New territory managers: Tommy Hewitt, Madelyn Tappan, Matt Drayton, Chris Marra, Eric Schutman, Gina Zirkle and Wykle Greene, Ph.D. 
  • New key account managers: Gracee Hendrix and Jason Whitecliffe.

Lynx Franchising and Outdoor Living Brands Rebrand as Empower Brands

Lynx Franchising and Outdoor Living Brandsrebranded to form Empower Brands. The launch of Empower Brands comes amid rapid growth experienced across its portfolio of brands following Lynx's September 2021 acquisition of Outdoor Living Brands. After months of integrating the two organizations, Lynx Franchising and Outdoor Living Brands decided the best way to continue moving these brands forward was to combine forces under one, unified name. Together as Empower Brands, the team can provide more experience and an even stronger commitment to providing franchisees with a winning playbook and the right resources to pursue their long-term goals.

“Ultimately, the creation of Empower Brands is meant to do exactly as our new namesake promises: To empower our franchise owners and champion their success,” said Empower Brands CEO Scott Zide. "We have seen tremendous growth over the past year thanks to the work of our franchise owners, support teams and partners. Now, we’re positioned to take the entire company to the next level.”

Action Lawn and Tree Service Merge With Weller Brothers Landscaping

Action Lawn and Tree Service has merged with Weller Brothers Landscaping.

“Our Action Lawn and Tree Service customers will continue to receive the same quality services from the same team,” said Ryan Myott, owner of Action Lawn and Tree Service. “Now, with Weller Brothers, we will be the one-stop-shop for the best outdoor living experience in Sioux Falls.”

Weller Brothers Landscaping is in its 21st year of business in the Sioux Falls area, and currently provides residential and commercial landscape design and maintenance services.

Action Lawn and Tree Service has specialized in lawn, tree, and pond care and pest control services since 2016. The company has 14 employees.

More than $250,000 Donated by Doosan Bobcat and its Employees During Fall Giving Campaign

Doosan Bobcat North America (Bobcat) employees recently wrapped-up their fall giving campaign, exceeding total donation goals, with more than than $250,000 in donations to local organizations in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Georgia focused on education, community prosperity and health resources.

“As an organization, our employees are passionate about giving back and improving the lives of those within our communities,” said Tina Amerman, director of talent experience at Bobcat. “By providing employees with the opportunity to support organizations that are close to their hearts, we can accomplish more through our efforts to make a positive social impact.” 

Bobcat’s fall charitable giving campaign took place over a two-week period in October, allowing employees to concentrate their efforts toward giving back to nonprofits working to cultivate local communities. In addition to the funds raised by employees, Doosan Bobcat matched nearly half of total employee donations to further amplify employee generosity.

New to this year’s campaign, employees could choose any organization with a 501(c)(3) status, rather than selecting from a set list of nonprofit organizations.

United Way remained a featured charity for the campaign, receiving strong employee and organization support in addition to more than 100 other nonprofit recipients selected by employees. Doosan Bobcat has been a partner to United Way for more than 20 years, supporting its mission of inspiring and activating communities to improve lives.