Our Key Staff
Turf & Soil Diagnostics has branches located in Linwood, KS and Trumansburg, NY.
Please stop by when you are in the area. We are happy to arrange lab tours for interested customers.
Turf & Soil Diagnostics -NY
35 King Street
Trumansburg, NY 14886 USA
Sam Ferro - President
Sam is responsible for the overall direction of the company. He is our technical manager, with duties including reporting, data review and evaluation. He provides client consulting related to soils, growing media, turf, materials testing, and soil drainage issues. He is responsible for research and development of new laboratory methods and techniques. He also assists with laboratory quality and safety issues. In addition, he is responsible for overseeing the administrative and business activities of the firm.
Mr. Ferro has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Missouri and an Masters of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He started working for Turf Diagnostics & Design in 1998, and he has worked in laboratories at scientist and management levels since 1983.
Sam has made numerous contributions to industry publications, including Grounds Maintenance, Sports Turf, Golf Course Management, Living Architecture Monitor, and others. Mr. Ferro is also a frequent speaker at landscape and turf functions.
Duane Otto - Vice President
Duane oversees is the quality manager for our laboratories. Mr. Otto has considerable experience with sports turf design and evaluation. He provides our customers with assistance & guidance regarding their golf and sports turf projects. His expertise includes field testing, new construction specifications, and diagnostics of failed turf systems.
Mr. Otto joined Turf Diagnostics & Design as a full-time consulting agronomist and soil scientist in 1996. He performs most of our site visits and on-site work. He has performed GMax (field hardness) testing on sports fields throughout the country, and he is a leading expert in the evaluation of synthetic turf fields.
Duane received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Agribusiness from Mid America Nazarene College while working as a laboratory technician for Turf Diagnostics & Design. He also performed graduate studies in Soil and Water Science at the University of Arizona. His thesis work involved the statistical evaluation of mathematical evapo-transpiration models.
Turf & Soil Diagnostics - KS.
613 E. 1st Street
Linwood, KS 66052 USA
Mike Tollner- New York Branch Supervisor
Mike is responsible for managing the daily operations of the New York branch, as well as handling customer relations and overseeing lab/client relationships.
TSD is excited to team Tollner’s field experience with the lab’s unique testing capabilities. This combination of field and lab experience adds insight and gives the company greater ability to assist customers with the challenges that come with design, construction and maintenance of quality sports turf and landscapes.
Mike brings over 20 years of green-industry maintenance and management experience to the NY lab. He was most recently the golf course superintendent at Radisson Greens Golf Club in Baldwinsville, NY. In his tenure at Radisson Greens, Tollner was responsible for overseeing a major bunker renovation that helped return Radisson Greens to its status as a premier semi private club. Prior to that, he was the assistant superintendent at the prestigious Apawamis Club. He is a graduate of SUNY Delhi’s turf management program.