St. Paul, Minnesota
Derek Fredrickson | Golf
Derek joined Tessman in 2018 and has over 16 years of experience managing turf, at the highest level. He was the Assistant Superintendent at Troy Burne Golf Club for 11 years. From there he went to Riverwood National Golf Club, where he was the Head Superintendent for over 5 years. His knowledge, passion, and work ethic were pivotal in the overall success of both golf clubs. Derek specializes in turf pathology and plant fertility.
Why Tessman? “My passion is turf. Working for Tessman allows me to share that passion with others.”
When Derek isn’t working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hockey.
He services most of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.
Scottie Hines, CGCS | Inside Sales & Customer Service
A 1993 graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Agronomy (Turfgrass) Scottie Hines has been working in the golf world in some manner for over 35 years. Having been at several top private golf clubs including Laurel Valley Golf Club, Oakmont Country Club, Baltusrol Golf Club and, most recently, Windsong Farm Golf Club.
He was an assistant golf course superintendent for three U.S. Opens (’89 Senior, ’92 women’s and ’94 Open) and a superintendent for the 2000 U.S. Amateur.
Why Tessman? “Tessman provides quality goods, materials and services. We stand by our products and are happy to help in any way we can. My passion has always been golf and golf courses. This change in career will allow me the opportunity to continue my passion in a different light and still keep me close to my passion.”
When not on the greens, you can find him at the local curling club, cheering his children on to victories while wearing his kilt.
Scottie joined Tessman Company as an inside sales person in 2018.
He services Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Sam Janicki | Greenhouse & Nursery
Sam started with Tessman in 2015 and brings 9 years of experience in Organic production, beneficial insects, and different fertilizer applications. He believes in the ongoing learning process understanding resources and technology can change over time. Sam’s passion is problem solving with his customers to give them the best possible results.
Jeff Jensen | Turf & Landscape
Jeff joined Tessman in 2002 and has over 35 years of experience in the turf market, including sports field, golf course, parks, residential, commercial and landscape. His strengths include tailoring turf programs to fit his customers’ specific needs. He serves the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Why Tessman? “We will help you solve your problems not just sell you a product. Plus, I get to wear shorts 8-9 months a year. I love my job!”
When not working, Jeff is an avid fisherman, enjoys golfing, hiking, business and raising his three great kids with wife, Rosie.
David Rott | General Manager
Dave began at Tessman in 2014 as our Director of Finance, and eventually took on the role of General Manager as well. He is a results driven leader with a distinguishing career developing organizational management teams, while significantly improving operational and financial performance. Additionally, Dave is highly skilled in managing the efforts & activities of people, capital, financial, and service resources to reduce costs and enhance operating efficiencies. His specialties are finance, management, leadership, and human resources (briefly–only from 9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m, on Thursdays)
Dave thinks Tessman is a great place because the salespeople are honest and the prices are fair. Plus, they are great people passionate about a fascinating industry.
When not working Dave is an avid camper and enjoys coaching hockey, his family, the opera, and downhill skiing (all with an adult beverage).
Tom Thul | Turf, Landscape, & Golf
Tom Thul has been with Tessman since 2001 first working at the will call desk and then in outside sales. Throughout his career Tom has learned every aspect of Tessman including the warehouse, inside sales, customer service, and outside sales. His thorough knowledge of our business ensures the best client interactions and relationships.
Tom began his green career in high school with a family-owned company laying sod, and moved on to a production job at another green company.
However his greatest asset is his experience as a U.S. Army Reservist and his knowledge gained over his 20 years of service to our country.
Tom believes in Mark Twain’s quote: Find a job you enjoy and you will never have to work a day in your life.” He has his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State Mankato, (formerly Mankato State University).
When not working, Tom enjoys the company of his wife and two grown daughters.
Tom serves Minnesota and Wisconsin
Wolf Weber | Golf
Wolf began at Tessman in 2007 and specializes in the golf industry. He brings knowledge from years of working personally with golf superintendents helping to create the most beautiful fairways in the upper Midwest.
Wolf works in Minnesota and Wisconsin
Mike Zwisler | Landscape
Mike Zwisler joined Tessman in 2018, and brings over 20 years of experience in his field of golf turf and landscape products. With his educational background in applied science with an emphasis in turf management, Mike grew from a seasonal employee to an Assistant Superintendent. This has helped him to transition his passion and knowledge to give the best service to Tessman customers.