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The Motz Group Continues Its Tradition of Professional Growth for Its Employee Owners Through the Promotions of Chris Larbes and Allen Verdin

The Motz Group, one of the most recognized and highly respected synthetic turf and high-performance natural grass sports field system professionals in the world, has announced two employee promotions. Chris Larbes has been named Director of Sales and Allen Verdin Director of Project Management, as a result of their dedication and commitment to the Company’s continued growth. Chris and Allen are the newest members of a ten-person leadership team that helps guide the strategic direction of the organization. 

Guided by the purpose statement, “Motz Moves People to Better Lives,” the Company places priority on employee-owners and existing partnerships, rather than simply the bottom line. Motz was recognized by the Forbes “Small Giants” list in 2018 for valuing greatness over fast growth. Striving to cultivate long-term employee relationships, while being a partner in each employee owner’s career advancement with an emphasis on promoting from within. 

Chris Larbes, a licensed professional engineer, joined Motz’ products team in 2010. For the last decade, Chris has served as a Field Consultant, responsible for fostering relationships and business development to field owners, end users, field designers, and other athletic field stakeholders. He began his career in the synthetic turf industry in 2004 as a Civil Engineer responsible for the design of sports field systems. 

After 10 years, I’m more energized than ever to continue cultivating business and enriching partnerships. I look forward to leading this incredible team of individuals that are passionate about what we represent – capitalizing on our founder’s mission to be an Evergreen company by always doing the right thing.


Allen Verdin has worked in the landscaping industry for more than 25 years and joined The Motz Group almost nine years ago as a Project Manager. Some of his key projects include managing complex field construction projects for the Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Braves, and Cleveland Browns. He’s a Certified Field Builder with the American Sports Builder Association (ASBA), a member of the ASBA Technical Meeting Planning committee, and has served as a charter review committee member for the 2017 & 2020 Field’s Construction Book. 

“I’m excited about this new role and the opportunity to further my leadership skills, as well as to mentor and assist other Project Managers within our organization,” said Allen Verdin, Director of Project Management for The Motz Group. 

President of The Motz Group, Zach Burns shared, “Both Chris and Allen have been key Motz contributors for many years. Their hard work, leadership among peers, and dedication to delivering remarkable client experiences has led our team to new heights. As they step into these new roles, I’m confident their positive impact to our customers, our team, and our industry will continue to grow.”

Through these two leaders and their respective employee-owner teams, The Motz Group will continue to grow the business by delivering reliable, responsive, and remarkable customer experiences.

About The Motz Group

For over 43 years, The Motz Group has been committed to leaving a lasting legacy with every field created. As synthetic turf and high-performance natural grass specialists, this team of employee owners focus on sports field design, construction, removal, replacement, maintenance and management. Motz has made a trusted name by designing innovative and comprehensive performance-based sports field systems, tailored to the customer’s specific needs and performance expectations. The Motz team builds fields from inception to completion with pride, dignity, and integrity. With quality craftsmanship and proven safety in mind, Motz is committed to partnering with field owners from groundbreaking to replacement, guiding them every step of the way.

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