Personnel

Meet the Brock Team!

These are the friendly folks who work day-in and day-out to help you create the safest and highest performing playing turf for your fields! You will always get a person when you call – not some A.I. robot voice that keeps mis-hearing your instructions.

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Concussions involves the head hitting the surface.– Concussion Legacy Foundation

Anders Houser

Sales Operations

After a little over two years working as a special-needs paraprofessional and working towards a firefighting career at the same time, Anders found home at Brock USA in early July 2018. He works under the title of Sales Operations.

Anders enjoys working at Brock USA and being a part of a real team that puts everyone’s interests ahead of the individuals. He believes this makes the work environment function quicker while keeping everyone happy and involved at the same time.

In his free time, Anders enjoys playing semi-pro indoor lacrosse, skiing, skateboarding, and has recently picked up fly fishing. He also enjoys spending time with his dog Peanut and takes the pup camping and mountain biking in the summer.

Amy Champion

Gulf States Region Vice President

Amy joined Brock USA in May of 2018. Before starting at Brock USA, Amy worked for Hellas Construction, based in Austin, TX, for a number of years. Amy’s sales territory includes Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Texas where she manages all the projects in that region.  She enjoys building strong relationships based on the trust customers have in the quality and safety of Brock products.

Amy spent 22 years in college athletics as a former collegiate basketball coach and director of athletics. She finished her career at the University of New Orleans. This wealth of sports knowledge helps Amy communicate effectively when talking to clients and understand their needs since she was in that position herself not too long ago.

In her free time, Amy can be found playing a round of golf at her local course or kicking back on the beach and catching some afternoon rays.

Danny Hiller

Senior Sales and Operations Specialist

Danny began working at Brock USA on the Customer Happiness Team in April of 2018. Prior to joining the Brock team, Danny worked for seven years at a cycling apparel company as the custom sales manager. Before starting his professional career, he studied communications and the business of sports at the University of Colorado Boulder (Sko Buffs), served as the president of the CU Cycling Team and raced competitively. As a former college cyclist, Danny understands how the sports world operates and how he can help better it with safer products.

In his current role at Brock USA, Danny provides customer service by supporting the sales team with logistics, forecasting, reporting, and quoting. He loves the team first mentality at Brock and enjoys spending time with his colleagues.

Danny spends his free time with his wife, Erin, friends, and his awesome pup, Pearl. He is an avid CU Basketball and Football fan, attending most home games. He still rips in when he gets a chance and enjoys exploring beautiful Colorado!

Max Troderman

Digital Marketing Intern

Max started as an intern in the summer of 2019. He is currently a student at the University of Colorado Boulder and is in his senior year studying Journalism and Sociology.

Max plans social media posts, writes blog articles, and assists with video production work as well as other marketing tasks.

In his free time, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding, photography, and playing ultimate frisbee. Max also loves to spend time with his Black lab/pointer mix dog named Quincy.

Scott Powers

Southeast Region Vice President

Scott joins Brock USA from Sports Turf Company, a specialty athletics construction company, where he worked with owners, specifiers, and construction managers to renovate and construct natural grass and artificial turf fields, and tracks. Scott will use his wealth of knowledge gained there when covering his territory of FL, SC, TN, GA, and AL for Brock. Prior to the turf industry, Scott’s background includes 10+ years with marketing agencies managing clients from the automotive and consumer products goods industries.

Scott is passionate about leading the athletics industry toward safer and better performing facilities. He believes Brock USA’s solutions, engineered to solve the three issues with artificial turf (impacts/stability/heat), focus on sustainability, and culture of stopping at nothing to take care of others, all make Brock USA an ideal company to work for and with which to do business.

Outside of work, Scott dabbles in carpentry and gardening. He is the proud father of two boys, Miles and Trent, whom he tries to get outside in the woods camping, hiking, and learning basic bushcraft skills together, as often as possible. Scott is also an active volunteer in his local community.

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Julie Trull

Rocky Mountain Region Vice President & Marketing Generalist

Julie, originally from Tennessee, joined the Brock team in 2017 after relocating from Texas to Colorado. Julie plans and manages seminars and company events, tradeshows, and company-wide partnerships. In addition to being part of the marketing team, she also offers sales support and campaign management to the national sales team as well as handling sales for the Rocky Mountain Region (MT, WY, CO, UT, NM, and AZ) territory . As a former Division 1 athlete, Julie loves working in the sports industry and promoting the safer sports message.

Julie enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and running in the mountains with her husband Jeff, their rescue dog, Hanna, and Siberian Husky, Jasper.

Mark Buckley

CFO and VP of Administration

Mark began working as a consultant for Brock USA in 2017, helping with financial forecasting and strategic managerial reporting. Mark’s background in manufacturing, distribution, and logistics made him a perfect fit for Brock USA, and he was brought on full-time as the CFO and VP of Administration in early 2018.

Mark enjoys skiing, traveling, and playing sports with his wife, Rachel, and two kids. He believes having a good sense of humor is key, and likes listening to podcasts and stand up comedy.

Derek Neill

Research and Development Engineer

Derek primarily deals with pad testing, infill testing, turf sample testing, and shipping. He joined Brock because the work environment was a good fit, and he felt his opinions, work, and independence would be valued.

Derek has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Aerospace, and a Minor in Math. His previous professional experience includes design, metalworking, and design invention firm work.

He enjoys reading, camping, and rock-climbing in his free time. In rock-climbing, there is a huge emphasis on safety and safety equipment, and Derek believes everyone should be able to be safe and do what they love. He feels passionately about improving surfaces to help protect young athletes.

Tom Murphy

Senior Materials Engineer

Tom joined Brock in 2018 after relocating from Houston, Texas. He has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, and prior professional experience in plastics engineering at Dow Chemical.

Tom likes the work environment at Brock, and is excited to help make safer surfaces for kids to play on. Having two daughters of his own makes this mission especially important to Tom.

In his free time, Tom enjoys woodworking, and looks forward to doing more outdoorsy activities now that he is in Colorado.

Matt Hogg

Ohio Valley Region Vice President

Matt joined the Brock team after years of working in the synthetic turf industry. As a coach of youth athletes, a parent of two athletes, and former athlete, he is aware how serious concussions can be. Matt was a member of 3 national championship football teams at Youngstown State University, and was a team captain and All-American in 1997. He spent time with 3 NFL teams, played 2 seasons for the Barcelona Dragons (NFL Europe) and 1 season for the Birmingham Thunderbolts (XFL).

Matt graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in Civil Engineering and worked professionally with 2 construction base turf providers. He was primarily responsible for sales, but he also ran jobs and occasionally worked on the civil side and installed turf. He is also on the board of Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation to help develop programs for at risk youth in 2nd and 3rd grade through literacy, personal development, and fitness.

In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling with his family. In the fall, Matt coaches youth football, and in the spring he coaches youth basketball.

 

Julie Teller

Accounting and Purchasing Associate

Julie joined Brock in 2017. She primarily deals with accounting, creating purchasing orders, and quotes. She was first intrigued by Brock because her daughter has suffered several concussions while playing soccer.

Julie enjoys working at Brock because she wants to spread the safer sports message, and likes the friendly office environment.

In her free time, Julie enjoys watching her daughters play soccer and softball. She also enjoys hanging out with her family and friends.

Kristin Kopera

Director of Customer Happiness

Kristin joined the Brock Team in 2007, passionate about elevating the Brock Customer Experience.  In her role as Director of Customer Happiness, Kristin and her team strive to make each customer interaction as smooth – and happy – as possible.

She initially joined Brock because she wanted to work for a ‘cool’ Boulder company that made an impact in the world, and she firmly believes in the products and the people in the organization. She wants everyone to consider the playing field (with a Brock shock pad beneath) as a piece of safety equipment, that can be an extension of any responsible safety program.

Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, she is an avid Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. In her free time she enjoys hiking and exploring all over Colorado, snow shoeing, skiing, child wrangling, watching shows at the Denver Center for Performing Arts, and sipping wine (not in that order).

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Christina Pulaski

Sales & Marketing Associate

Christina works on the PaverBase line of products from Brock and supports Menards, Home Depot, and Lowes so our customers can build their dream patios. She also assists in the software that makes the buying process easy and fulfills purchase orders ensuring the PaverBase products are available year-round.

Prior to working at Brock, Christina was a product manager at Trimble Navigation. That career took her all over the world and she simultaneously ran a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to high school and college students in Paraguay. Her caring nature doesn’t stop there. She is also involved in “P.E.O.,” a non-profit that provides scholarships to women in the U.S. and Canada.

Steve Sawyer

Southwest Region Vice President

Steve is a co-founder of Brock International and the creator of the PowerBase and PlayBase lines at Brock. He lives in southern California and manages the Brock business for the western part of the US and Canada. Prior to his move to the US, Steve managed all Brock business in Europe, and brings a wealth of technical knowledge regarding safety and performance standards to the US market. Steve is an avid surfer and environmentalist and a member of the Surfrider Foundation.

David Brown

Northwest Region Vice President

David has represented Brock since 2006 and possesses a wealth of sales and industry experience. A native of Northern California, Dave graduated with an engineering degree from San Jose State University and has over 30 years of sales and sales management experience. Dave has hands-on knowledge of the turf industry through his experiences as the owner/operator of a turf company and his time as a Project/Construction Manager on 20+ synthetic field projects.

Eric Hughes

Northeast Region Vice President

After 20 years in the sports surfacing world—including 12 years in synthetic turf, Eric joined the Brock team in 2015 to represent the Northeast region.  Even before his professional sales career, Eric grew up in and around sports, watching his father provide backyard recreational facilities to clients for over 15 years. This shaped Eric’s future in sales from early on. Brock has provided Eric the perfect platform to educate designers and end-users about safe field systems.  His two decades of experience in the industry allow him to provide hands-on customer service to each client.

Eric stays active playing soccer in his local “Old Man League,” as well as kayaking the lakes and ponds in the Northeast with his wife, daughter, and son.

Ronnie Pascale

National Director of Sales

Ronnie is a seasoned professional in the synthetic turf business with over 12 years in the industry.  His passion for the design and construction of state-of-the- art athletic fields comes from both his 14 years as a professional soccer player with the Richmond Kickers to his roll in developing the mid-Atlantic region for highly respected turf manufacturers. His experience covers the entire process from proper design and specifications to quality construction. His values are centered around what the customer wants, and being an educational resource in order for them to achieve their goals. Because of his “feet on” experience on all types of quality surfaces, he can help owners and designers understand how to get the most value and the best surface for their project. And as a father and a coach, he is very sensitive to the idea of field safety. Ronnie is married to wife Stacy, and they have two children, Tabatha and Brayden.

Jim Froslid

Central Region Vice President

Jim Froslid was recruited to Brock after more than 11 years in the artificial turf industry. He directed the North American commercial organization of GreenFields, one of the largest artificial turf companies in the worldHe was responsible for all strategic planning, financial management, staffing and customer relations related to sales. He also worked nine years as FieldTurf’s Director of Soccer Development.

Froslid has worked for the FIFA World Cup and the US Men’s National Soccer Team to integrate some of their largest corporate sponsorship strategies. Most recently, he served as Chicago venue director for the 2016 Copa America, one of the most profitable soccer events in US history.

Froslid grew up in St. Paul, Minn., graduating from Mounds View High in 1985. He went on to graduate from the UW-Madison with a BA Degree in Journalism. At Madison, he was a four-time letter winner in soccer, and played two seasons of junior varsity hockey for the Badgers. Froslid captained the soccer team his senior year, and was named the conference’s most valuable player in 1988. He remains among the top goal scorers all-time at Wisconsin. After college, he played professionally with San Ramon in the Costa Rican first division in 1989.

Froslid resides in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with his wife Heather, and three children.

Edgar Llamas

Regional Technical Services Manager

Edgar joined Brock in the summer of 2014. He is responsible for supervising and assisting system installations to ensure quality standards. Having been involved in the construction industry since a very young age, Edgar has a knack for understanding the technical process and how to keep installs moving smoothly. Mostly, he enjoys being a part of the overall Brock installation experience. He also runs the California Research Facility for Brock and performs field assessments for Brock customers.

When not out on a Brock field, he enjoys training Jiu Jitsu, creating graphic art, listening to a good book on audio, catching a movie, and most of all spending time with his wife and two kids.

John Shaffer

Director of Manufacturing and Design Services

The man behind Brock’s Eastern and central installs is John Shaffer. He supervises installations, assists in technical services, and is part of the design and research development side of Brock. John enjoys working at Brock and believes it’s a company built upon morals and ethics that actively works to advance regulations and standards to promote safer sports.

John was actually brought onboard to help extend the PaverBase product line, which was a natural fit having worked as a sales manager for Pavestone. In his downtime he loves getting out on the water to cast a line and reel in trophy fish. He also loves traveling with his wife and seeing the country outside of a sports field.

Steve Keyser

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President of Engineering

As the Chief Operating Officer, Steve Keyser is responsible for new product design and development, providing the technical interface with manufacturing, and leveraging Brock’s knowledge through outside technical resources. Steve holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Engineering from Cornell University and has over 40 years of product development and manufacturing experience in several industries including plastics, durable consumer goods, ag equipment, and medical devices.

Steve enjoys riding his motorcycle, golfing, and traveling with his wife, Becky, to see their four children and seven grandchildren.

Dan Santino

VP of Finance

Born and raised in NYC, Dan brings over thirty years of accounting and finance experience to Brock. After leaving the banking industry and moving to Colorado, he has successfully worked in the manufacturing industry as well as owning and selling small businesses.

Dan Sawyer

Founder & CEO

Dan Sawyer – Founder & CEO: Dan founded Brock in 1998 and has been the key creator and driver of many aspects of the company as it has grown exponentially throughout the years. He is a Boulder, Colorado native and a graduate of The University of Colorado. His professional experience includes entrepreneurial positions in several small businesses with a background in sales and marketing management.

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