Tea, South Dakota

James Cooper | Greenhouse & Nursery

James has been involved in sales, serving various positions for over 35 years, joining Tessman in 2011. He thoroughly enjoys selling and marketing products that will help his customers become successful as well as profitable. James has been in the wholesale distribution side of sales here in the Midwest for over 25 years.

James feels his combinations of drive and experience will provide The Tessman Company and my customers with an invaluable resource.

His sales expertise is in the greenhouse, garden center, & nursery area and his territory includes states of South Dakota, Nebraska, Eastern half of Iowa and Southwest corner of Minnesota.

When he isn’t working, James enjoys his vacations – especially those that are tropical.

Stacy Hotchkin | Customer Service

Stacy joined Tessman in 2017 and has over 35 years working in the green industry. During these years she has worked in the family business doing lawn and landscape maintenance, landscape installation and design. Stacy earned her AAS degree in horticulture from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. After graduation, she was hired as a horticulture specialist at Southeast Tech where she managed the greenhouse and assisted with various classes.

Why Tessman? “I have always enjoyed horticulture and now I can assist others with getting products that will help their business to be successful. Tessman has great customer service.”

When not working at Tessman, Stacy enjoys gardening, camping, and spending time with her family.


Bill Newberg | Landscape

Bill has been with Tessman since 2012 and brings over 32 years of experience in landscaping beginning in junior high planting and caring for trees to sell. After graduating with his degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design, Bill joined Cliff Avenue Greenhouse and worked first installing landscapes, and then for 16 years as a landscape designer. His specialty is design and installation of landscaping as well as knowledge of any materials needed to complete them, incorporating low voltage lighting in landscapes, hardscaping materials and the many options, fabrics, and tools.

Why Tessman? “I have always loved the finished product in landscape design. To make a outdoor living space that demands you to spend time outside is awesome. We not only sell products they need, but have used them and understand the best way to utilize them. We always strive to find the latest greatest products.”

In Bill’s personal time, he enjoys RC airplanes, drones and cars, coaching his daughters in volleyball, drag racing, and he makes his own homemade salsa. Bill is also a low voltage outdoor lighting animation expert. You can check out his videos on YouTube here.

Eric Nielson | Golf

Eric began at Tessman in 2010 and has over 20 years of experience in golf & turf, including research & golf course superintendent roles. His passion for the turf industry has helped many golf courses, lawn care operators, and municipalities succeed. Eric continues to provide agronomic solutions that challenge his customers to think outside the box to provide economical and excellent solutions to various challenges.

Why Tessman? “I enjoy offering solutions for the challenges that our customers face on a daily basis. If I can solve a problem with a product or service, we’ve succeeded together. Tessman provides great customer service with economical solutions for all of your needs.”

In his free time, Eric enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife, Shannon, and his two children, Emersen & William.