The entire Weed Man organization is 100% dedicated to providing you with the best possible franchise opportunity available. We’ve used our years of experience to develop a support network that is proven to provide you and your family with a bright future in the growing green industry. When you become a Weed Man franchisee, you join the extended Weed Man family. We work together, all of us collectively, to ensure that you receive all of the support you need to excel in your new business.
Meet the Weed Man team!
Roger Mongeon – Chief Executive Officer, Turf Holdings Inc.
Roger is a chemical engineer by trade and has over 25 years of Green Industry experience. In 1987, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to purchase his first Weed Man franchise in Hull, Quebec. He expanded two years later with the purchase of seven Weed Man territories in Montreal. His continued and aggressive growth in the Canadian market quickly made him one of the leaders in the lawn care industry. Roger formed Turf Holdings Inc. in 1996 when he saw an opportunity to bring the Weed Man brand to the United States. His ability to grow a company from zero revenue to $30 million in 20 years gives him the expertise needed to lead the company’s U.S. franchise development.
Jennifer Lemcke – Chief Operating Officer, Turf Holdings Inc.
With over 20 years of experience, Jennifer is highly regarded in the lawn care industry in both Canada and the United States. During her first year with Weed Man, Jennifer worked in every position from marketing to administration to field technician. Since then, she has run some of the largest Weed Man Lawn Care operations to date, which has given her the unique ability to support franchisees from start up to million dollar operations. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer for Weed Man USA, Jennifer is responsible for training and supporting Weed Man’s U.S. subfranchisors and over 100 licensed dealers covering 400+ territories.
Steve Russell – Sub Franchisor (MI, IN, KY, TN, Southern IL)
For over 15 years, Steve has been an active advocate for the Green
Industry and small business through activities on various associations
and legislative committees. He is currently President and a member of
M.I.K Holding, L.L.C. and N.P.K. Holdings L.L.C. These firms provide direct
support to local Weed Man franchises. He is also Vice President and part owner of Eradico Services, Inc, a multi-million dollar service company. Steve’s varied experiences have allowed him to offer franchisees exceptional support in all areas of the business.
Chuck Russell – Sub Franchisor (MI, IN, KY, TN, Southern IL)
Chuck is Vice President and a member of M.I.K Holding, L.L.C. and
N.P.K. Holdings L.L.C. Alongside his brother, Chuck provides Weed Man
franchisees with direct support – from start up to day-to-day operations.
As President and part owner of Eradico Services, Inc, Chuck has thorough
industry experience and a high level of expertise when it comes to small business. He is former President of the Michigan Pest Control Association and an active member in committees with the National Pest Management Association.
Ken Heltemes – Sub Franchisor (NC, GA)
Prior to joining Weed Man as a sub franchisor in 2001, Ken Heltemes
ran a large, multi-unit franchise operation with Barefoot Lawn Care.
This, combined with his education in Agricultural Economics, has given
him unique insight and expertise when it comes to running a lawn care business. Ken has also represented the Green Industry as a board member of the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina and the Professional Landcare Network. With years of small business management experience under his belt, Ken is able to provide exceptional support to local franchisees in every aspect of the Weed Man system.
Terry Kurth – Sub Franchisor (WI, MN, ND, SD, Northern IL)
As a past owner of Barefoot Grass franchises in the Midwest, Terry’s resume features a long history of both lawn care operations and franchising. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy, Terry has extensive experience as a golf course superintendent, is a past president of the Professional Lawn Care Association of America, and is the recipient of an industry “Man of the Year” award. He currently works as Director of Development for Weed Man’s U.S. Operations and has ownership in the Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Rockford and Chicago Weed Man franchises.
Andy Kurth – Sub Franchisor (WI, MN, ND, SD, Northern IL)
Andy Kurth graduated from the UW-Madison with a degree in Soil
Science (specializing in Turf Management and Agribusiness). After
selling part time for Weed Man throughout his college years, Andy went on to become a technician, sales manager, and finally General Manager of the Madison, Milwaukee, Fox Valley, Rockford and Chicago Weed Man franchises. His advanced technical and managerial knowledge have allowed him to set a prime example for fellow Weed Man franchise owners and managers. He was recently voted one of the “Top 40 Under 40” by InBusiness magazine.
John Sanders – Sub Franchisor (NJ, Eastern NY, Eastern PA)
A Green Industry entrepreneur since his early teenage years and a
graduate of Yale University, John is the Founder and President of WM NJ PA, Inc., a sub franchisor firm for Weed Man USA. He began his own lawn care company, Verde Lawn & Shrub Care, during his university years. The company grew to over 2,500 customers before merging with ServiceMaster (the parent company of TruGreen Chemlawn). Recognized for his experience as a large independent lawn care operator, John is able to support local franchisees through the various stages of business planning and implementation.
Phil Fogarty – Sub Franchisor (OH, Western NY, Western PA)
Phil Fogarty has over 30 years of industry experience as both a lawn care provider and environmental advocate. In addition to purchasing Crowley’s Lawn Service in 1980, he established the initial Weed Man franchise in the Cleveland area in early 2000. His team building and management skills have earned him repute across various industry channels throughout the United States. As a Weed Man sub franchisor, Phil currently shares his vast industry knowledge with Weed Man franchisees across the country.
Bruce Sheppard – Sub Franchisor (VA, WV, MD, DC, DE, SC, LA, MS, AL, Northern FL)
Upon graduating with a degree in Agricultural Science, Bruce worked in Crop Protection before starting his own lawn care company, Weedbusters, in 1988. He came into contact with Weed Man early on as a supplier, and eventually went on to help launch the company into the U.S. market. As the current owner of the highly successful Weed Man Winchester franchise, Bruce has been a sounding board for new franchisees everywhere. His over 20 years of direct lawn care experience and familiarity with Weed Man’s systems make him an exemplary representative of the brand.
Brandon Sheppard – Sub Franchisor (VA, WV, MD, DC, DE, SC, LA,
MS, AL, Northern FL)
Brandon joined the Weed Man team full time in 2004 after receiving his Juris Doctorate from the West Virginia University College of Law. Since then, he has been instrumental in developing brand strategy for Weed Man and promoting the company within the Southeastern United States. As Weed Man sub franchisors, he and his father, Bruce, own Tara Holdings LLC and Acacia LLC. These firms currently provide all-around support to local franchisees.
Jon Cundiff – Sub Franchisor (MO, KS, IA, NE, AR, OK, Northern TX)
Jon Cundiff has over 30 years of Green Industry experience and has actively participated in every aspect of the lawn care business. After selling his own lawn care company, Jon joined the Weed Man organization in 2001. He is currently a sub franchisor for Northern Texas and the Midwest region of the U.S. Locally, Jon has been an active member of the Mid America Green Industry Council for over 20 years. An excellent advocate for Weed Man, Jon provides dedicated support to Weed Man franchisees in the areas of leadership, customer service, business management, and staff development.
Mike Richard – National Marketing Director, Turf Holdings Inc.
Prior to his role at head office, Mike became involved with Weed Man through his positions as lawn care technician, senior technician, sales manager, and eventually shareholder and general manager. He ran a very large, multi-unit operation in Canada for almost 10 years. Mike has helped franchisees grow exponentially in their marketing pursuits through the National Sales Analysis Program, which includes weekly conference calls, regular macro sales summaries, and franchise system benchmarks.
Chris Lemcke – National Technical Director, Turf Holdings Inc.
Chris manages vendor relations and product testing of all Weed Man materials. He has over 20 years of industry experience within the company, from operations to his current role at head office. He provides franchisees with dedicated technical support, regular product and vendor updates, and handles any issues relating to delivery or quality of products. He is also the company’s representative for proper product selection, application, and calibration on lawns.
Laurie Young – National Administrative Coordinator, Turf Holdings Inc.
Laurie has been with Weed Man for over 15 years in various aspects of
the business. She ran a large Canadian franchise before making the move to head office as the National Administrative Coordinator. She currently works directly with our software support company (Shaco) in order to provide franchisees with the best systems in the industry. Laurie provides daily training and support in accounting, computer systems, and day-to-day administrative operations.
Dan Mongeon – Online Marketing Coordinator, Turf Holdings Inc.
Prior to his position at head office, Dan worked in operations and
within the marketing department of the largest Weed Man franchise
in North America. He currently manages all online properties for
franchisees across the United States. His varied experiences, coupled with his educational and professional background, allow him to provide franchisees with exceptional support. His roles range from website training, social media management, SEO, and reputation/online directory management.
Erica Knapp – Content & Communications Coordinator, Turf Holdings Inc.
Erica Knapp holds a Master’s Degree in English and has been involved
with content marketing for a number of years. Before joining the Weed Man team, Erica worked for a digital publishing company and as a writer for a national online coupon website. Combining her education and experience, Erica manages both online and written content for all Weed Man franchisees. Additionally, she provides direct e-mail marketing support through the Get in Touch Online program and assists franchisees with advertising, design, and promotions.
Greg Cupples – Marketing Coordinator, Turf Holdings Inc.
Greg Cupples started with Weed Man in 2000 as a lawn care technician.
He was promoted to Senior Technician/Telemarketing Supervisor after just one year, and then again to Production Manager for Weed Man’s Scarborough office. His hard work ultimately led him to Vancouver, where he went into training to become a General Manager. During training, he found success as a Marketing/Sales Manager, helping the Vancouver office hit its sales targets and increase its renewal rate year over year. Greg joined the corporate team in early 2014 and currently provides comprehensive marketing support to Weed Man franchisees.
Cindy Code – Creative Director, Turf Holdings Inc.
Cindy Code is an award-winning journalist who spent 22 years with Lawn & Landscape magazine. In her role as editor, publisher and editorial director, she helped build and publish print and online tools that helped contractors nationwide expand their businesses. She is an active ambassador for the green industry as a founding member of Project EverGreen and the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association and also serves on the PLANET membership committee. Cindy’s key areas of expertise include: marketing and communications, social media, public relations, media training and research.
Scott Davis – Director of Franchise Sales
Scott graduated from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis with a
degree in Finance. He has over 15 years of franchise industry experience, from ownership of his own franchise to over 100 franchise sales. Scott is an ambassador of Weed Man and assists in guiding prospects through the franchise process, ensuring the potential franchisee has a comfort level with the Weed Man system and brand.
For lawn care franchise opportunity information, contact us today at 1-888-321-9333.