Meet Our Team

“Good people are hard to find.” That’s what they say, and there’s no doubt that there’s validity to that statement. But we at The Motz Group feel there is so much more to look for when choosing a teammate. It goes way beyond seeking “good”, it’s about digging deeper and getting to the root of someone’s passion, their drive. Do they have what it takes? What makes them tick? We evaluate our team members the very same way that you evaluate yours. And ultimately, the same way we hope you will evaluate us.

With that in mind, we invite you to meet the people that have helped build our legacy…

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

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Joe Motz

headshot_motz

Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

rachael

HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

TMG Website - Our People Template sam

Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

rachael

HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

TMG Website - Our People Template sam

Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

TMG Website - Our People Template sam

Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

TMG Website - Our People Template sam

Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

TMG Website - Our People Template sam

Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

Zach McGlone

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SMP Manager

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

TMG Website - Our People Template sam

Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

Zach McGlone

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

Zach McGlone

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

Zach McGlone

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

Zach McGlone

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

Zach McGlone

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

Chad Lavender

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Project Manager

Chad is known throughout TMG to be exceedingly reliable and hard working. He has a natural ability of leading by example, and strives to accomplish something great each day. Chad has been working on fields for 20 years, spending the last seven with The Motz Group. His specialties, within his role, are operating heavy equipment and grading.

One of Chad’s biggest passions outside of work is golf, although he wishes he could play more. He also enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his daughter, and catching any sporting event with his buddies. Chad is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds fan and works on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park, when his schedule allows. Despite his adoration for the Reds, Chad’s true love is the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Chad is also passionate about a Dayton organization called Shoes 4 the Shoeless, which he volunteers for with his daughter, Kinley.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

Chad Lavender

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Project Manager

Chad is known throughout TMG to be exceedingly reliable and hard working. He has a natural ability of leading by example, and strives to accomplish something great each day. Chad has been working on fields for 20 years, spending the last seven with The Motz Group. His specialties, within his role, are operating heavy equipment and grading.

One of Chad’s biggest passions outside of work is golf, although he wishes he could play more. He also enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his daughter, and catching any sporting event with his buddies. Chad is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds fan and works on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park, when his schedule allows. Despite his adoration for the Reds, Chad’s true love is the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Chad is also passionate about a Dayton organization called Shoes 4 the Shoeless, which he volunteers for with his daughter, Kinley.

Allen Verdin

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Project Manager

Allen is an idea man. He excels in his role by brainstorming constructive ideas to best complete the daily tasks at hand. Allen has been in the business for over 20 years and has been with TMG for the last three. In 2013, Allen put his expertise to the test and became an ASBA Certified Field Builder. He is very “hands-on” with the daily work on each project he is managing, but he is most excited or proud to see the completion of a field.

When he isn’t helping to build a field, Allen can be found on the sidelines coaching youth football and basketball. He really enjoys dinner with his family, which includes his wife, Jamie, and their three boys: Charlie, Gordy, and Tucker. They spend most of their time at the boys’ sporting events or at the family farm, camping in Indiana. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Allen is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Although he is most passionate about having a healthy and happy family and household, Allen is also a birthday cake enthusiast.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

Chad Lavender

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Project Manager

Chad is known throughout TMG to be exceedingly reliable and hard working. He has a natural ability of leading by example, and strives to accomplish something great each day. Chad has been working on fields for 20 years, spending the last seven with The Motz Group. His specialties, within his role, are operating heavy equipment and grading.

One of Chad’s biggest passions outside of work is golf, although he wishes he could play more. He also enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his daughter, and catching any sporting event with his buddies. Chad is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds fan and works on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park, when his schedule allows. Despite his adoration for the Reds, Chad’s true love is the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Chad is also passionate about a Dayton organization called Shoes 4 the Shoeless, which he volunteers for with his daughter, Kinley.

Allen Verdin

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Project Manager

Allen is an idea man. He excels in his role by brainstorming constructive ideas to best complete the daily tasks at hand. Allen has been in the business for over 20 years and has been with TMG for the last three. In 2013, Allen put his expertise to the test and became an ASBA Certified Field Builder. He is very “hands-on” with the daily work on each project he is managing, but he is most excited or proud to see the completion of a field.

When he isn’t helping to build a field, Allen can be found on the sidelines coaching youth football and basketball. He really enjoys dinner with his family, which includes his wife, Jamie, and their three boys: Charlie, Gordy, and Tucker. They spend most of their time at the boys’ sporting events or at the family farm, camping in Indiana. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Allen is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Although he is most passionate about having a healthy and happy family and household, Allen is also a birthday cake enthusiast.

Matt Rinas

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Project Manager

Matt is a problem solver. He is in his element as a project manager when he has the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to an issue, or innovate a new way of completing the task at hand. Matt loves to begin a project that is in need of repairs or reworking, and end with a field that truly “wows” the athletes, administration, and community that reap the benefits of a great facility. Matt has spent the last 13 years as a project manager and estimator in the turf industry.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt spends his free time playing with his kids. Whether it’s video games or riding bikes, he gets the most joy from watching his son and daughter have a good time. Most Sundays Matt can be found spending time with his wife and family, if he’s not in the garage working on his latest project.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

Chad Lavender

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Project Manager

Chad is known throughout TMG to be exceedingly reliable and hard working. He has a natural ability of leading by example, and strives to accomplish something great each day. Chad has been working on fields for 20 years, spending the last seven with The Motz Group. His specialties, within his role, are operating heavy equipment and grading.

One of Chad’s biggest passions outside of work is golf, although he wishes he could play more. He also enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his daughter, and catching any sporting event with his buddies. Chad is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds fan and works on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park, when his schedule allows. Despite his adoration for the Reds, Chad’s true love is the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Chad is also passionate about a Dayton organization called Shoes 4 the Shoeless, which he volunteers for with his daughter, Kinley.

Allen Verdin

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Project Manager

Allen is an idea man. He excels in his role by brainstorming constructive ideas to best complete the daily tasks at hand. Allen has been in the business for over 20 years and has been with TMG for the last three. In 2013, Allen put his expertise to the test and became an ASBA Certified Field Builder. He is very “hands-on” with the daily work on each project he is managing, but he is most excited or proud to see the completion of a field.

When he isn’t helping to build a field, Allen can be found on the sidelines coaching youth football and basketball. He really enjoys dinner with his family, which includes his wife, Jamie, and their three boys: Charlie, Gordy, and Tucker. They spend most of their time at the boys’ sporting events or at the family farm, camping in Indiana. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Allen is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Although he is most passionate about having a healthy and happy family and household, Allen is also a birthday cake enthusiast.

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Project Manager

Matt is a problem solver. He is in his element as a project manager when he has the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to an issue, or innovate a new way of completing the task at hand. Matt loves to begin a project that is in need of repairs or reworking, and end with a field that truly “wows” the athletes, administration, and community that reap the benefits of a great facility. Matt has spent the last 13 years as a project manager and estimator in the turf industry.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt spends his free time playing with his kids. Whether it’s video games or riding bikes, he gets the most joy from watching his son and daughter have a good time. Most Sundays Matt can be found spending time with his wife and family, if he’s not in the garage working on his latest project.

Keith Back

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Project Superintendent/SMP

Keith is a repair specialist. He loves being able to bring a field back to life after a tough season of cleats, rain, and wind. The smile on the client’s face when their field is returned to them, shiny and new, gives Keith the passion he needs to complete a job. He has been with the team for over 10 years.

Outside of his role in TMG, Keith spends most of his time being active outdoors. He enjoys cycling, hiking, and playing Volleyball with his wife, Kyra, and son, Tiernan. Keith has completed several M5150 Cycling Tours and one Horizontal Hundred Tour.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

Chad Lavender

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Project Manager

Chad is known throughout TMG to be exceedingly reliable and hard working. He has a natural ability of leading by example, and strives to accomplish something great each day. Chad has been working on fields for 20 years, spending the last seven with The Motz Group. His specialties, within his role, are operating heavy equipment and grading.

One of Chad’s biggest passions outside of work is golf, although he wishes he could play more. He also enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his daughter, and catching any sporting event with his buddies. Chad is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds fan and works on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park, when his schedule allows. Despite his adoration for the Reds, Chad’s true love is the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Chad is also passionate about a Dayton organization called Shoes 4 the Shoeless, which he volunteers for with his daughter, Kinley.

Allen Verdin

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Project Manager

Allen is an idea man. He excels in his role by brainstorming constructive ideas to best complete the daily tasks at hand. Allen has been in the business for over 20 years and has been with TMG for the last three. In 2013, Allen put his expertise to the test and became an ASBA Certified Field Builder. He is very “hands-on” with the daily work on each project he is managing, but he is most excited or proud to see the completion of a field.

When he isn’t helping to build a field, Allen can be found on the sidelines coaching youth football and basketball. He really enjoys dinner with his family, which includes his wife, Jamie, and their three boys: Charlie, Gordy, and Tucker. They spend most of their time at the boys’ sporting events or at the family farm, camping in Indiana. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Allen is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Although he is most passionate about having a healthy and happy family and household, Allen is also a birthday cake enthusiast.

Matt Rinas

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Project Manager

Matt is a problem solver. He is in his element as a project manager when he has the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to an issue, or innovate a new way of completing the task at hand. Matt loves to begin a project that is in need of repairs or reworking, and end with a field that truly “wows” the athletes, administration, and community that reap the benefits of a great facility. Matt has spent the last 13 years as a project manager and estimator in the turf industry.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt spends his free time playing with his kids. Whether it’s video games or riding bikes, he gets the most joy from watching his son and daughter have a good time. Most Sundays Matt can be found spending time with his wife and family, if he’s not in the garage working on his latest project.

Keith Back

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Project Superintendent/SMP

Keith is a repair specialist. He loves being able to bring a field back to life after a tough season of cleats, rain, and wind. The smile on the client’s face when their field is returned to them, shiny and new, gives Keith the passion he needs to complete a job. He has been with the team for over 10 years.

Outside of his role in TMG, Keith spends most of his time being active outdoors. He enjoys cycling, hiking, and playing Volleyball with his wife, Kyra, and son, Tiernan. Keith has completed several M5150 Cycling Tours and one Horizontal Hundred Tour.

Dan Veil

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Project Superintendent

Dan is known for his “can-do” attitude. He is great at communicating with the team to bring a field together, and he enjoys working directly with clients to keep them up to speed with the project at every stage. Dan’s favorite aspect of his role within TMG is knowing that everyone on the team is relying on the next person to contribute their best to the overall success of not only TMG but also the client. Dan started on the TMG team during college in the spring of 2007, and he immediately knew he didn’t want to work anywhere else. He has been a member of the installation crews, works very hard as a Project Superintendent, and even spent some time on the Sales side, coordinating the Synthetic Maintenance Program. Dan is also currently studying to become an ASBA Certified Field Builder.

Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, Dan is an avid and plugged-in fan of the Reds, and is a frequent visitor at Great American Ball Park with season tickets. He enjoys visiting Cincinnati restaurants when he isn’t in the field, but enjoys cooking more. Dan thoroughly enjoys spending time with his family and friends, but cannot go about his day-to-day without music. He can be found at numerous concerts or music festivals in his free time, or checking out anyone on a stage with a guitar. He is also one-half of the gold medal winning team from The Motz Group’s 1st (and only) Bocce Ball Tournament of 2010. He also won the 2012 Fantasy Football League within the company, which (he thinks) makes him “The Motz Group’s Most Decorated Athlete.”

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

Chad Lavender

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Project Manager

Chad is known throughout TMG to be exceedingly reliable and hard working. He has a natural ability of leading by example, and strives to accomplish something great each day. Chad has been working on fields for 20 years, spending the last seven with The Motz Group. His specialties, within his role, are operating heavy equipment and grading.

One of Chad’s biggest passions outside of work is golf, although he wishes he could play more. He also enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his daughter, and catching any sporting event with his buddies. Chad is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds fan and works on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park, when his schedule allows. Despite his adoration for the Reds, Chad’s true love is the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Chad is also passionate about a Dayton organization called Shoes 4 the Shoeless, which he volunteers for with his daughter, Kinley.

Allen Verdin

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Project Manager

Allen is an idea man. He excels in his role by brainstorming constructive ideas to best complete the daily tasks at hand. Allen has been in the business for over 20 years and has been with TMG for the last three. In 2013, Allen put his expertise to the test and became an ASBA Certified Field Builder. He is very “hands-on” with the daily work on each project he is managing, but he is most excited or proud to see the completion of a field.

When he isn’t helping to build a field, Allen can be found on the sidelines coaching youth football and basketball. He really enjoys dinner with his family, which includes his wife, Jamie, and their three boys: Charlie, Gordy, and Tucker. They spend most of their time at the boys’ sporting events or at the family farm, camping in Indiana. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Allen is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Although he is most passionate about having a healthy and happy family and household, Allen is also a birthday cake enthusiast.

Matt Rinas

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Project Manager

Matt is a problem solver. He is in his element as a project manager when he has the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to an issue, or innovate a new way of completing the task at hand. Matt loves to begin a project that is in need of repairs or reworking, and end with a field that truly “wows” the athletes, administration, and community that reap the benefits of a great facility. Matt has spent the last 13 years as a project manager and estimator in the turf industry.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt spends his free time playing with his kids. Whether it’s video games or riding bikes, he gets the most joy from watching his son and daughter have a good time. Most Sundays Matt can be found spending time with his wife and family, if he’s not in the garage working on his latest project.

Keith Back

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Project Superintendent/SMP

Keith is a repair specialist. He loves being able to bring a field back to life after a tough season of cleats, rain, and wind. The smile on the client’s face when their field is returned to them, shiny and new, gives Keith the passion he needs to complete a job. He has been with the team for over 10 years.

Outside of his role in TMG, Keith spends most of his time being active outdoors. He enjoys cycling, hiking, and playing Volleyball with his wife, Kyra, and son, Tiernan. Keith has completed several M5150 Cycling Tours and one Horizontal Hundred Tour.

Dan Veil

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Project Superintendent

Dan is known for his “can-do” attitude. He is great at communicating with the team to bring a field together, and he enjoys working directly with clients to keep them up to speed with the project at every stage. Dan’s favorite aspect of his role within TMG is knowing that everyone on the team is relying on the next person to contribute their best to the overall success of not only TMG but also the client. Dan started on the TMG team during college in the spring of 2007, and he immediately knew he didn’t want to work anywhere else. He has been a member of the installation crews, works very hard as a Project Superintendent, and even spent some time on the Sales side, coordinating the Synthetic Maintenance Program. Dan is also currently studying to become an ASBA Certified Field Builder.

Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, Dan is an avid and plugged-in fan of the Reds, and is a frequent visitor at Great American Ball Park with season tickets. He enjoys visiting Cincinnati restaurants when he isn’t in the field, but enjoys cooking more. Dan thoroughly enjoys spending time with his family and friends, but cannot go about his day-to-day without music. He can be found at numerous concerts or music festivals in his free time, or checking out anyone on a stage with a guitar. He is also one-half of the gold medal winning team from The Motz Group’s 1st (and only) Bocce Ball Tournament of 2010. He also won the 2012 Fantasy Football League within the company, which (he thinks) makes him “The Motz Group’s Most Decorated Athlete.”

Robert Elliott

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Project Superintendent

Bobby has an innate sense of leadership and hard work. He prides himself on his continued growth as a leader, and setting a great example for those around him. Bobby recognizes the importance of championship quality when it comes to the installation of a field, and he ensures that each owner receives the best service they can. He began his career in the athletic and golf industry in 2006, and joined the TMG team in early 2012 as a part-time employee. Since then, Bobby has proven himself to be a true leader and made his way to the role of Superintendent in a very short time.

During his free time, Bobby is extremely active. If it’s baseball season, Bobby can be found attending a Reds game or working on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park. During the fall and winter, he enjoys anything sports-related. Between Fantasy Football leagues and watching games with his friends, Bobby is usually active in the sports world. Born and raised in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, he also values the free time he can spend with his family.

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Joe Motz

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Chief Executive Officer

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Joe began his journey in this industry armed with a passion for landscape horticulture and an unstoppable entrepreneurial spirit. Starting out as a landscape maintenance and grounds care operation, the original company through the years became recognized globally as a highly respected provider of innovative turf solutions for the sports industry. With 40 years under his belt since the company’s inception, Joe has remained heavily involved in organizations dedicated to advancing the industry. A few of those include: Synthetic Turf Council (STC), Ohio Turfgrass Foundation (OTF), Ohio State University’s Presidents Club, Vistage International, Ownership Thinking, and many others. In addition to his extensive industry knowledge, Joe’s humble leadership style and devotion to his team are truly what sets him apart.

Joe was born and raised in Cincinnati, where he still resides with his wife, Jane. They are the proud parents of three grown children. Outside of his role within the company and his community volunteer work, Joe enjoys many outdoor activities including camping, kayaking, skiing, swimming, cycling, and running. In 2013 and 2014, Joe completed impressive feats: finishing two Ironman competitions!

Rachael Wiley

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HR Specialist

Rachael was born to fill her role here at The Motz Group. She spent most of her career in commercial real estate, but made the transition to Human Resources this year, as she is the true definition of a people person! She has a knack for relating to people. She is most passionate about helping others discover their best self, and to go after their dreams. Rachael loves “guiding” people outside of their comfort zone to new areas or ideas that they might not have even considered.  She joined the TMG team in January 2015, and is most looking forward to contributing to the vision of the company as it relates to internal growth and development.

When she isn’t working, Rachael can be found in numerous locations, keeping active. She is either working out, walking the family dogs, at home with her family, or at one of her various volunteering positions. She is a group leader at Life Success Seminars, and also volunteers at City Link Center – where she spends every Monday. Along with her involvement at Life Success Seminars, it would be impossible for Rachael to live without dark chocolate and Zumba. She also enjoys participating in 5k’s throughout Cincinnati, especially Girls on the Run in the spring and fall. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Rachael still resides in town with her husband, daughters, and menagerie of pets rescued from various organizations around town. She would like to be remembered by how she made others feel. “People may not remember what was said, but they’ll always remember how someone made them feel.”  Her legacy is to help people not be afraid to be themselves and show their true colors. “Find your passions and pursue them wholeheartedly.”

Sam Schulte

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Process Improvement Analyst and Designer

Sam is a true team player. He is passionate, not only about team work, but building and maintaining strong relationships with those around him. He began his career with The Motz Group in May 2014, as the Process Improvement Analyst and Designer. Sam is a lucrative part of process improvement and bringing fresh eyes to each situation. He thrives in that atmosphere, as he has a natural ability to manipulate complex situations and ask questions that go beyond the surface level symptoms, to drive for real sustainable solutions.

When he isn’t learning new skills and exploring a better way to do things at TMG, Sam can be found playing soccer, biking, running, or just spending time outside. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Okeana, Ohio, Sam loves to be around family and those that he loves. He and his wife, Megan, are happy parents to a beautiful little girl named Reese. He would like to be remembered as a person who was reliable, honest, hardworking, and passionate about the things he chose to do in life.

Russ Speigle

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General Manager

We welcomed Russ to our team in November of 2015, to serve as the General Manager. His passion for solving problems and discovering a solution that benefits the entire team is why he was the perfect candidate as GM for our crew. He has a natural knack for connecting with people, identifying their strengths and weaknesses, to help them achieve their goals and dreams. After graduating from Moeller High School and Miami University, Russ joined the Marine Corps. While on active duty in the Marines, he was the recipient of several individual and unit awards, specifically the Bronze Star for Valor during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.

Russ keeps himself quite busy outside of the office and he enjoys spending his days off involved in a multitude of activities. Included, but not limited to: completing projects around the house, watching football, helping his wife balance the schedules of three kids, and taking care of the animals that make up their mini-farm. He can also be found at various sporting events, between his daughter’s equestrian activities and his son’s lacrosse and football games; he also finds time to coach his oldest son in youth baseball. Aside from his family, his numerous activities, and his role at TMG, Russ is truly passionate about a good cup of coffee. One of his first additions to his office was a Keurig, to keep his thirst quenched throughout the day!

Tyce Rupert

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Field Consultant

Tyce Rupert joins the Motz sales team as a Field Consultant after spending over three years on the field installation side of the business. Gaining a vast amount of knowledge within in that role, he is excited to continue to learn in his new role, while providing communities with a beautiful field and giving owners The Motz Group experience. Most of all, Tyce appreciates the impact The Motz Group can have on the youth and their communities, which he experienced first hand during his time with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

An avid sports enthusiast, you can find Tyce enjoying a sporting event or participating in them outdoors with his family and friends. He is also a fan of the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Utah, he was raised in Wilmington, Ohio. Tyce currently resides in Columbus with his fiancee, and enjoys a good cup of morning coffee with a packed college football Saturday.

Alvaro Pasquel

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Market Research and Workforce Development

Alvaro Pasquel is a jack of all trades on The Motz Group marketing team. His natural knack for thinking critically and analytically allows him to ensure that our team has the necessary (and accurate) data to drive our marketing strategy. Alvaro is passionate about combining the business and social needs of our initiatives in order to create value for the communities we work in. Willing to jump head first into any task put in front of him, Alvaro has been able to work on many exciting, and new, projects for TMG.

Alvaro’s time spent outside of the office walls can easily described as full! He enjoys traveling to new places, reading, spending time with his family, playing different sports, and most importantly, eating a variety of food. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Mexico City for 7 years, Alvaro moved to the US at the age of 9. Ohio has been his home ever since, living in either Cincinnati or Columbus. Some could say he has no hometown, others could say he has many. One thing he could never give up, other than food, is apparently skateboarding. Despite the numerous injuries he has incurred (8 broken bones, a concussion or two, pulled tendons, enough bruises to be legally considered a grape), he keeps jumping back on that board.

Bill Schomburg

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Workforce Development Manager

Bill Schomburg is a Motz Group veteran, having been with the organization full-time since 2012 and serving as a project subcontractor prior to that beginning in 2005. Bill moved into his current role, one that suits him naturally, as the Workforce Development Manager. He oversees Project Superintendents and their teams, and ensures that The Motz Group standard of championship quality is being applied on every job site. A professional goal of Bill’s, which mirrors a goal in his personal life as well, is to help others succeed in life and achieve the goals they set out to accomplish. He takes pride in working for a synthetic turf industry leading organization, and leads his team with the focus of maintaining that position for years to come.

When he isn’t wearing a Motz shirt, Bill can be found volunteering in the community with his church, or shooting Sporting Clays competitively. His church and shooting sports are two subjects that he cannot stop talking about – other than his wife, Allison, and their grandchildren. A fun fact that some might not know about Bill? He was a professional horse trainer prior to his current career in synthetic turf, and he boasts seven World Champion titles! Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, made his way to Cincinnati by way of Springfield, Illinois, but still enjoys cheering on his University of Nebraska Huskers.

Ben Neff

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Project Estimator

Ben Neff has a natural knack for numbers. He enjoys compiling and sorting through data, particularly as it relates to construction work and company operations. That makes Ben’s addition to our team as the Project Estimator a no-brainer. Having been in estimating for over 11 years, Ben has a wealth of knowledge and experience, which will allow the team to try new ideas to ultimately keep customers happy from contract to the completion of the field. Ben is always looking to get a smile out of someone or see how he can help them when they need it. When asked what is one thing that would be impossible for him to give up, Ben replied that it would be the first hard hat he wore when he started in construction, that he sees it as a trophy of sorts.

Ben is extremely passionate about being a father and a husband. He has enjoyed navigating the day-today challenges that come with both of those responsibilities, and he and his wife are constantly discussing how they can improve their lives or be more efficient. Most of his free time is spent with his wife and 1 year old daughter doing as many different activities as they can fit in between a strict napping schedule. Visiting the zoo, going to the park and, going on exploration walks around our new neighborhood are just a few of their favorite activities. And in 2015, Ben completed the Spartan Beast Ohio race. Every year, Ben and his family volunteer for the Light the Night Walk in Cincinnati.

Heather Loux

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Cost Accountant

Heather Loux is a special piece of our “numbers team.” As the Cost Accountant for TMG, Heather is a natural when it comes to creating new processes and procedures within the accounting department to make everyone’s job, including her own, a little easier. She has been in the accounting world for over 15 years, which has allowed her to bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience, as well as some fresh perspective, onto the team. Heather is passionate about helping others, and coupled with her drive to continuously learn new things, both have made her an integral part of the TMG force.

When Heather isn’t in the office, she still keeps very busy! She spends her free time with her husband, four daughters, and grandson, going on adventures, camping, bike riding, and ice skating – just to name a few. That last activity keeps her occupied, as well, as she serves as an ice skating coach. She finds it incredibly rewarding to watch a child enter the rink, hesitant and nervous about putting their skates on and stepping onto the ice, and grow to have a passion and love the sport like she does. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Heather loves to go back to visit and spend time with her family and friends there. Her love of people and helping others has led her to jump in to volunteer wherever she is needed, throughout a multitude of organizations. You can always find Heather with a smile on her face, and she enjoys getting others around her to smile too.

Brian Royer

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Field Consultant

Brian Royer joined the dynamic sales team as a Field Consultant for The Motz Group in November of 2016. Brian came to us after spending over 15 years working with schools, local governments, and community colleges. Through that experience, he has found a passion in being able to build a lasting legacy through improvements for schools and communities. Brian understands the unique landscape that school districts operate in and will be able to help them navigate through the sometimes challenging decision making process of purchasing a synthetic turf field. He is also a firm believer in the transformative power of athletics. He knows from experience that high-quality sports fields can have an incredible effect on athletes, teams, schools, and communities. Brian is incredibly excited and motivated to be a part of the process that makes that happen.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Brian still resides in the area and remains an active member of the community. For the past 10 years, he has started as Fullback for the Cleveland St. Pat’s Gaelic Football Club, where he was a member of the national championship team in 2015. When he isn’t playing himself, he is coaching his son, Finn, on a number of athletic teams throughout the year. He is also an avid Cross-Fitter and enjoys his time at the gym.

Chelsea Gilman

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Communications Coordinator

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SMP Manager

Brittany Kramer

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Internal Operations Assistant

Brittany is enjoying her new role within TMG, as the Internal Operations Assistant. For almost three years, Brittany was known as “CAD Girl” around The Motz Group. She has an eye for detail when it comes to designing the layout of a field. Brittany’s favorite aspect of her role at TMG is being able to see something she helped design come to life. It’s a great feeling for her to know that so many kids will not only learn some of life’s lessons playing on these fields, but they will create many memories doing it. Brittany has been a member of the team since 2012 and became a Certified Professional in AutoCAD in 2013.

Brittany was born and raised in Northeast Ohio, in the town of Tiffin. She usually spends her weekends with family and friends, and in her spare time, she loves arts and crafts. Every year, she and her family volunteer and participate in Relay for Life to help raise awareness for cancer. Brittany also loves to dance, which she believes should count as a sport. Strawberries, or anything with strawberries in it, are the one thing that Brittany could not live without. When she isn’t working on drawings for The Motz Group, she enjoys drawing for fun. Brittany, and her husband Todd, are quite busy in their spare time, chasing around their active and playful twins, Addie and Evan!

Sarah Shewmaker

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Marketing Manager

Sarah is a natural-born creative with a passion for results-driven marketing. Since joining The Motz Group in late 2012, she continues to elevate our brand and leverage her strategic skill to increase the company’s exposure to the market. She’s always got a new idea up her sleeve and she prides herself on her ability to be what she calls “resourcefully creative”. Sarah loves the variety her role yields, whether she’s in design-mode, wearing her writer’s cap, or knee-deep in event planning, she’s sure to be found with a smile on her face.

Outside the office, Sarah is fashion-fixated and enjoys taking on new home improvement projects (like her new custom closet – a perfect combination of both hobbies!). In addition, she is a self-proclaimed homebody who never misses the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing evening with her husband, Ryan and their little girl, Lennon. Prior to officially planting roots in Cincinnati, this University of Cincinnati Bearcat spent eight years “California dreaming” in sunny San Diego.

Zach Burns

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President

Zach joined The Motz Group in early 2008 with a focus on sales and marketing. Prior to his current role behind a desk, he started in the trenches by gaining hands-on experience with the installation crews in the field. Proving to be a valued leader, Zach was named President of TMG in 2012. From project inception through construction and on-going maintenance, Zach and his capable team work closely with field owners to ensure an excellent overall experience. Zach currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Turf Council and is also actively involved with Vistage International. In addition, he is a strong supporter of the Ownership Thinking business model, which is often displayed in his exceptional leadership style.

Zach resides in his childhood hometown of Lebanon, Ohio with his wife Jennifer and their four children. During his free time, you can bet he’ll be catching a sporting event with his family or training for his next physical challenge! His love of sports has also helped him become an active coach for his kids’ athletic teams. In late 2012, Zach was inducted to Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for his incredible accomplishments on and off the football field. Notably, he was the first Brown football player to ever be named first team Associated Press All-American!

Mark Heinlein

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Director, Research & Development

Mark is an innovation machine. One of his specialties is being able to turn ideas and challenges into unique business opportunities. In his 23 years with The Motz Group, Mark has enjoyed watching the company grow and evolve, in part due to his dedication, knowledge, and leadership skills. Young, talented, and committed employees have been given the opportunity to make the most of themselves professionally and personally. It’s one of Mark’s favorite aspects of his role with TMG.

Mark has served on various boards within the industry, including president of the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation and Fields Division Director for the American Sports Builders Association. He put his extensive industry knowledge to the test when he became an ASBA Certified Field Builder in March 2011.

Mark was born and raised in a small town outside of Chicago and is a proud and dedicated graduate of The Ohio State University. Mark now enjoys his life in Cincinnati, with his wife Lauren. In his free time, Mark takes delight in getting his hands dirty in his gardens or sitting on the deck, grilling with friends and family. He also appreciates a good steak, something that he claims he could not live without.

Valerie Webster

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Chief Financial Officer

Valerie likes to think of herself as an innovative numbers person. Her passion is people. Realizing spreadsheets don’t motivate people, Valerie invests her time in getting to know people, learning what tools they need to get their work done while driving efficiencies throughout the organization. Valerie’s self-proclaimed mantra: “Find new and better ways.”

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Valerie has served as a CFO for over 17 years in several industries including construction, laboratory services, and manufacturing. She has called Cincinnati her home for nearly 15 years, where she and her husband, John, are raising their children, Taylor and Jack. When she is not at work, you can find Valerie with her family, working out, or spending time with community and friends. Pursuing her passion for numbers and people, Valerie is one of those people who can honestly say “I love what I do – always have.”

Bill Steimer

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Senior Controller

Bill is the numbers guy on the team. He oversees the strategic and operational financial analysis, interpretation, and reporting. His professional passion is providing timely and accurate financial information to make key strategic and operational decisions. A 20-year accounting veteran, Bill’s success can be attributed to his outstanding work ethic and his extreme love of coffee.

A University of Kentucky alumni (and the biggest Wildcat fan you’ll meet), Bill was born and raised in Northern Kentucky. He still lives in the area with his wife, Lisa, and their daughters, Sarah and Holly. When Bill isn’t handling TMG’s financials, he can be found attending his daughters’ sporting events and other extracurricular activities. He is also heavily involved with the Cincinnati Chapter of CFMA, acting as a board member, and serves as the secretary of a men’s organization at his parish called “The Boonedockers.”

Julie Shelton

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Staff Accountant

Julie is the organized mechanism that keeps TMG moving! She has been part of the team for almost 20 years and is an integral part of the day-to-day success of the company. Julie enjoys being a part of the project flow, which is where her outstanding knack of organization comes in very handy! Her role involves monitoring job costs and expenses, processing receivables billings to the customer and then following up on payment.

Julie was born and raised in the Mt. Washington area of Cincinnati. When not in the office, she can be found outdoors when it’s warm, in a Boot Camp class at her gym, or around a stage. Julie is heavily involved with local community theatre musical productions, either performing onstage or working behind the scenes. She also participates in an annual musical variety show that raises funds for Guardian Angels Parish. Julie is most passionate about her family and friends, as she spends most of her leisure time with them. She takes her commitments to those around her very seriously, and is an honest and loyal friend.

Cleo Montgomery

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Marketing Coordinator

Cleo is the Marketing Coordinator at TMG. She spends the majority of the work day assisting in the execution of the Marketing Department’s initiatives. Cleo is a people person, who enjoys interacting with customers, coworkers, and other visitors at TMG. The aspect of her role that she values the most is the constant education. From designing a synthetic turf field to designing a marketing piece, she appreciates being able to learn something new every day.

Cleo has two main passions in her personal life: the Cincinnati Reds and her alma mater, Ohio University. She visits Great American Ball Park as much as she can, and finds any excuse to return “home” to Athens on a regular basis. Born and raised in Springfield, Ohio, she is now taking her residency in Cincinnati very seriously, attempting to explore and experience as much of the Queen City as possible. Cleo’s home life went through an expansion period in 2014, as she gained a husband and a dog! Drew, Cleo, and MaeBelle are having a great time as a new family, and are enjoying their adventures in Cincinnati together.

Chris Larbes, PE, LEED AP

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Field Consultant

As part of developing our business, Chris is dedicated to establishing lasting relationships that are built on trust. Besides striving to be a valuable athletic field resource, the most exciting aspect of his role, for Chris, is the chance to interact with the communities and the teams that use the platform that we provide, and to witness their success on the field.

After graduating from Moeller High School, Chris attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering, and played golf on scholarship for four years. He spent six years as a civil engineer prior to joining The Motz Group, and earned his Professional Engineer’s license in Ohio. When he isn’t in the office or on the road strengthening our business relationships, Chris enjoys traveling and visiting new places with his wife, Jessica. He particularly enjoys trips to warmer climates where he can squeeze in a few rounds of golf. Spare time is minimal these days for Chris and Jessica, as they welcomed a baby girl into their family in 2014. He has spent the majority of his life in Cincinnati and is a die-hard fan of all things Cincinnati sports, although he recognizes an annual feeling of disappointment.

Matt Hogg

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Field Consultant

Matt’s natural knack within his role is helping field owners find the right turf for their purpose and helping owners decide how best to lay out their new turf field. His passion is being able to provide a top notch surface for athletes, and is known to do whatever it takes to make sure that surface is as close to perfect as possible. Matt has been in the turf industry for nine years.

Matt hails from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and for his impressive football career, was inducted into the Slippery Rock High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an All-American at Youngstown State in 1997, where he was also inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame and boasts three National Championships while under the tutelage of Coach Jim Tressel. These days, Matt enjoys the sidelines with his wife Carrie, as they watch their two athletes, Julia and Jon, participate in their own sporting events. Despite his size, Matt is an avid runner and has completed two marathons.

Ryan Margraf

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Internal Operations Manager

A part of The Motz Group since 2006, Ryan is the go-to person for all things TMG-related. His role within the team allows him to be involved in nearly every aspect of the business, from placing orders for synthetic turf to equipping the team with technology to complete their job more efficiently, and much, much more. Ryan is typically the last person to leave the TMG office on a daily basis, as he spends the majority of his day helping customers, vendors, and coworkers with a large array of tasks.

When he isn’t in the office (which isn’t very often), Ryan enjoys staying active. From swimming to biking to running, Ryan does it all. In 2013, he completed his first mini-triathlon, and is constantly setting and achieving any wellness goals he sets for himself. Ryan has also been able to stay active at home, as he and his wife, Stephanie, have two sons, Beckett and Callen. There is no doubt that his sons are already loyal and devoted Buckeye fans, based on the steadfast love Ryan has for The Ohio State University.

Brad Burns

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Project Manager

Brad has been an integral member of the Operations team, and has been able to get his hands dirty in many facets of TMG projects. He has the natural quality of organization and multitasking, which has proved to be very beneficial in his role at TMG. Brad enjoys seeing a project come together, especially after the hard work is put in by the entire team. He has been in the construction industry for over 10 years and served as a project manager before joining TMG.

When he isn’t in the office, Brad can be found working on his family’s farm or taking care of the animals that call it home. His favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon is taking rides around the farm with his wife, Jamie, and their four daughters, Olivia, Ava, Iyla, and Emma. Brad was born and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, and he loved it so much – he never left. Although he enjoys his time on the farm, unplugged, he could never give up his connection to the internet. Brad counts on it daily for news, the weather, or any other random information he might need.

Chad Lavender

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Project Manager

Chad is known throughout TMG to be exceedingly reliable and hard working. He has a natural ability of leading by example, and strives to accomplish something great each day. Chad has been working on fields for 20 years, spending the last seven with The Motz Group. His specialties, within his role, are operating heavy equipment and grading.

One of Chad’s biggest passions outside of work is golf, although he wishes he could play more. He also enjoys working in his yard, spending time with his daughter, and catching any sporting event with his buddies. Chad is a HUGE Cincinnati Reds fan and works on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park, when his schedule allows. Despite his adoration for the Reds, Chad’s true love is the combination of chocolate and peanut butter. Born and raised in Troy, Ohio, Chad is also passionate about a Dayton organization called Shoes 4 the Shoeless, which he volunteers for with his daughter, Kinley.

Allen Verdin

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Project Manager

Allen is an idea man. He excels in his role by brainstorming constructive ideas to best complete the daily tasks at hand. Allen has been in the business for over 20 years and has been with TMG for the last three. In 2013, Allen put his expertise to the test and became an ASBA Certified Field Builder. He is very “hands-on” with the daily work on each project he is managing, but he is most excited or proud to see the completion of a field.

When he isn’t helping to build a field, Allen can be found on the sidelines coaching youth football and basketball. He really enjoys dinner with his family, which includes his wife, Jamie, and their three boys: Charlie, Gordy, and Tucker. They spend most of their time at the boys’ sporting events or at the family farm, camping in Indiana. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Allen is an avid Cincinnati sports fan. Although he is most passionate about having a healthy and happy family and household, Allen is also a birthday cake enthusiast.

Matt Rinas

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Project Manager

Matt is a problem solver. He is in his element as a project manager when he has the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to an issue, or innovate a new way of completing the task at hand. Matt loves to begin a project that is in need of repairs or reworking, and end with a field that truly “wows” the athletes, administration, and community that reap the benefits of a great facility. Matt has spent the last 13 years as a project manager and estimator in the turf industry.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Matt spends his free time playing with his kids. Whether it’s video games or riding bikes, he gets the most joy from watching his son and daughter have a good time. Most Sundays Matt can be found spending time with his wife and family, if he’s not in the garage working on his latest project.

Keith Back

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Project Superintendent/SMP

Keith is a repair specialist. He loves being able to bring a field back to life after a tough season of cleats, rain, and wind. The smile on the client’s face when their field is returned to them, shiny and new, gives Keith the passion he needs to complete a job. He has been with the team for over 10 years.

Outside of his role in TMG, Keith spends most of his time being active outdoors. He enjoys cycling, hiking, and playing Volleyball with his wife, Kyra, and son, Tiernan. Keith has completed several M5150 Cycling Tours and one Horizontal Hundred Tour.

Dan Veil

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Project Superintendent

Dan is known for his “can-do” attitude. He is great at communicating with the team to bring a field together, and he enjoys working directly with clients to keep them up to speed with the project at every stage. Dan’s favorite aspect of his role within TMG is knowing that everyone on the team is relying on the next person to contribute their best to the overall success of not only TMG but also the client. Dan started on the TMG team during college in the spring of 2007, and he immediately knew he didn’t want to work anywhere else. He has been a member of the installation crews, works very hard as a Project Superintendent, and even spent some time on the Sales side, coordinating the Synthetic Maintenance Program. Dan is also currently studying to become an ASBA Certified Field Builder.

Born and raised in the Cincinnati area, Dan is an avid and plugged-in fan of the Reds, and is a frequent visitor at Great American Ball Park with season tickets. He enjoys visiting Cincinnati restaurants when he isn’t in the field, but enjoys cooking more. Dan thoroughly enjoys spending time with his family and friends, but cannot go about his day-to-day without music. He can be found at numerous concerts or music festivals in his free time, or checking out anyone on a stage with a guitar. He is also one-half of the gold medal winning team from The Motz Group’s 1st (and only) Bocce Ball Tournament of 2010. He also won the 2012 Fantasy Football League within the company, which (he thinks) makes him “The Motz Group’s Most Decorated Athlete.”

Robert Elliott

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Project Superintendent

Bobby has an innate sense of leadership and hard work. He prides himself on his continued growth as a leader, and setting a great example for those around him. Bobby recognizes the importance of championship quality when it comes to the installation of a field, and he ensures that each owner receives the best service they can. He began his career in the athletic and golf industry in 2006, and joined the TMG team in early 2012 as a part-time employee. Since then, Bobby has proven himself to be a true leader and made his way to the role of Superintendent in a very short time.

During his free time, Bobby is extremely active. If it’s baseball season, Bobby can be found attending a Reds game or working on the Grounds Crew at Great American Ball Park. During the fall and winter, he enjoys anything sports-related. Between Fantasy Football leagues and watching games with his friends, Bobby is usually active in the sports world. Born and raised in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, he also values the free time he can spend with his family.

Rick Barstow

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Project Superintendent

Rick is an extremely organized and hard-working individual. He is very detail-oriented, and takes great pride in the feeling of a completed project being enjoyed by others. Rick is known to set and accomplish realistic goals within his role, and believes heavily in leading by example. Rick has been in the athletic turf industry for the past 11 years, while spending the last 10 years specializing in golf courses.

When he isn’t working on a TMG field, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, Tami, and their two daughters. Rick’s Saturdays in the fall are dedicated to Ohio State football, as he is a die-hard fan. With his long background in golf, Rick is also an avid golfer when his schedule permits.