Fargo, North Dakota
Dave Cox | Golf
Dave joined Tessman in 2018, and has been working in the golf industry for 27 years. Starting out as range attendant at the age of 14 to working as a starter and ranger through high school helped to shape his love for the game of golf. He began working on the maintenance staff during the summers of his college years. This helped him realize his dreams of becoming a golf course superintendent. He worked at a high end Jack Nicklaus signature club in Scottsdale, the home of the first two Skins Games in ’83, ’84. His first superintendent opportunity came at public course that saw nearly 70,000 rounds yearly for 18 holes. When the chance to get his family back to the Midwest and continue working alongside people in the turf industry arose with the Tessman Company, it was *another perfect opportunity.
What Dave says: “Being able to connect with others in the turf industry and learning from them and what they experience is key. Plus being able to pass that knowledge on so people can succeed wherever they are.”
Why Tessman, Dave? “Tessman is a locally owned company that prides itself on quality service to its customers.”
When not visiting with his customers, Dave enjoys spending time with family, golf, college football and anything outdoors.
He currently services North Dakota.
Lisa Dewey | Director of Grower Services | Greenhouse & Nursery
While Lisa may be the newest team member, joining Tessman in 2019, she brings over 25 years of experience and knowledge as our Director of Grower Services. While Lisa specializes as a bedding plant grower, she also has experience as a certified organic grower using biological insects with a focus on pest control. Lisa brings extensive knowledge on containerized trees, shrubs, perennials and can I.D. almost any tree, shrub, perennial, and native plant in zones 3 and 4 and diagnose pest and disease issues.
What inspires Lisa? “Horticulture is always changing. Every year, there are new plant introductions, new insect and disease control, and it’s always exciting for me to learn about new methods of growing.”
Why Tessman? “It’s the next step in my horticulture career. [Coming from previous experience at a greenhouse] Tessman has been the best distributor to work with and really seems to care about their customers and their customers’ success.”
Steve Jones | Greenhouse & Nursery
Steve joined Tessman in 2016. Along with a BS in Horticulture and a BS Business Economics from South Dakota State University, Steve has over 20 years experience in greenhouse production, sales and consulting. He has worked in small mom and pop greenhouses all the way up to 50 plus acre wholesale greenhouses. He prides himself on finding new ways to improve production practices.
Why Tessman? “I want growers to do business with because we are the easiest to do business with. We have what they want when they need it and we understand greenhouse/nursery production. We can offer advice based off of actual greenhouse work experience. I love my job because I truly enjoy the science behind greenhouse production. It is rewarding to help growers find better more efficient methods to produce high quality bedding plants.”
When not working, Steve enjoys pheasant and grouse hunting and home improvement projects.
Steve specializes in spring bedding plant production, and his Tessman territory is Northern Minnesota and North Dakota.
Alexis Neppl | Customer Service
Alexis came to Tessman in 2018. She has 16 years of design, estimating, and project management experience. After focusing on landscape, Alexis found her true calling that includes outdoor escapes and aesthetically pleasing landscapes that enhance a customers well being at their home or office. Her passion to be involved in the whole process drives Alexis to help her customers attain everything they are looking for. She specializes in grading, lawn care, pavers/block, and lighting.
Why Tessman? “Tessman is all about taking care of our customers. We have knowledgeable employees in multiple fields and we strive to find solutions to make their projects run smoothly.”
When not working, Alexis spends her time with family. “We spend a lot of time outdoors and I like to capture the moments on camera as much as possible. A few favorites: trap shooting, shooting bow, hunting, fishing, biking, attending rodeos, skating (when it’s not -37), our 3 crazy Labradors & lastly there’s our horse that the kids tend to see more time on him than we do. Eventually we would all like have our own & be able to trail ride together…perhaps a 10 year plan!”
Alexis services North Dakota and western Minnesota.
A.J. Ouradnik | Golf & Landscape
A.J. Ouradnik began his career with Tessman in 2014.
A.J. has over 11 years of experience in the Green Industry. He started his career as a irrigation technician at a golf course in Arizona before moving to the distribution side, and specializes in sports field and landscaping. He enjoys developing relationships with customers by providing problem-solving solutions and outstanding customer service.
Why are you here? “I’ve been able to take my passion for golf and meeting new people and turn it into a rewarding career.”
Why Tessman? “We strive to be the most knowledgeable distributor in our industry. We want to be the first and only call you make.”
When not working, A.J. enjoys hanging out with his family, hockey, and golf.
A.J. services North Dakota and Western Minnesota
Ruthie Savageau | Customer Service
Ruthie has been at Tessman since 2017 and brings her strength of design with her. She graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Visualization and since has proven her acumen as project manager for Avant Gardens of Minnesota, garden maintenance, container and landscape install at Sarah’s Cottage Creations, event manager at Peterson Farms Seed, and is current owner and operator of Tiger Lily Floral Studio where she specializes in garden maintenance, container design, floristry, and fine art.
Why do you love your job at Tessman? “I grew up on a farm growing and arranging flowers and feel like I have finally found an industry that I can share my passion with others who are just as excited as I am.”
Why Tessman? “Customer Service is top priority.”
When Ruthie isn’t working, she’s still enjoys anything to do with flowers, painting, drawing, and crafting.
Scott Wavrin | Landscape
Prior to joining Tessman in 2015, Scott was a foreman at a local landscape company. He has been involved in all areas of sales at Tessman and has well-rounded knowledge in our product line and market necessities.
Scott’s strength is creating business partnerships with our customers that are mutually beneficial.
Why Tessman? “I care about my customers’ business and am invested in each landscape project they do. I loved the creative side of landscape and landscape design and now I get to bring customers new products and ideas and see how they can integrate them into their businesses. It’s exciting to see the finished product of our working together.”
In Scott’s spare time he enjoys watching and coaching his kids in various sports like basketball, swimming, and track & field.
When not at kid activities, he loves fishing and being at a lake with his family.
Scott specializes in landscape sales, and his territory includes all of ND , Northern and Western MN