Meet Weed Man’s Regional Franchisors

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At Weed Man, out team of regional franchisors is comprised by some of the biggest names in the green industry. When you become a Weed Man franchisee, your personal franchisor is always ready to help, providing you with expert advice and guidance as your company takes off. With the support of our franchisors and corporate team, you will have access to local support, regular business planning meetings, ongoing training and weekly teleconferences to make sure you’re on the right track; and it doesn’t stop there – when you become a Weed Man franchisee, you are becoming a part of the extended Weed Man family. Feel comfortable knowing you can rely on other franchisees for mutual support and advice. Meet our proven, successful Weed Man consultants!

Steve and Chuck Russell
MN, IN, KY, TN & Southern IL

Steve has over 15 years of experience as an active advocate for the green industry and small businesses, while his brother Chuck has thorough industry experience, as well as a high level of expertise when it comes to small business. Together, they provide direct support to local Weed Man franchises. Their varied experience have allowed them to offer franchisees exceptional support in all areas of the business.

Read more about their experience in the industry HERE.

Ken Heltemes

Ken has an extensive background in the green industry, having ran a large, multi-unit franchise operation with Barefoot Lawn Care. With years of small business management experience under his belt, along with his education in Agricultural Economics, Ken is able to provide exceptional support to local franchisees in every aspect of the Weed Man system.

Read more about his experience in the industry HERE.

Terry and Andy Kurth
WI, MN, ND, SD & Northern IL

Terry’s resume boasts a long history both of lawn care operations and franchising. He has extensive experience as a gold course superintendent and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy. His son, Andy, has been involved with Weed Man since his college years, where he graduated with a degree in Soil Science, specializing in Turf Management and Agribusiness. His advanced technical and managerial experience has allowed him to set a prime example for fellow Weed Man franchise owners and mangers.

Read more about their experience in the industry HERE.

John Sanders
NJ, Eastern NY & Eastern PA

John  has been known as a green industry entrepreneur since he was a teen. Later, during his years spent studying at Yale University, he started his own lawn care company, which grew to over 2,500 customers prior to merging with ServiceMaster (the parent company of TruGreen Chemlawn). With his green industry experience and educational background, John is able to support local franchisees through the various stages of their business.

Read more about his experience in the industry HERE.

Phil Fogarty
OH, Western NY & Western PA

With over 30 years of industry experience, Phil is able to share his vast industry knowledge with Weed Man franchisees across the country. He established the first Weed Man franchise in the U.S. in early 2000, making a great foundation for the rest of the company to grow. Then and now, he offers franchisees his unparalleled team building and management skills, which have earned him repute across various industry channels throughout the country.

Read more about his experience in the industry HERE.

Bruce and Brandon Sheppard
VA, WV, MD, DC, DE, SC, LA, MS, AL & Northern FL

Bruce started with Weed Man as a supplier early on, and eventually went on to help launch the company into the U.S. market. His educational background in Agricultural Science, experience in the industry and current owner of the highly successful Weed Man Winchester franchise, he has been a sounding board for new franchisees everywhere. His son, Brandon, joined Weed Man full-time in 2004 after receiving his Juris Doctorate from the West Virginia University College of Lawn. He plays an instrumental part in developing Weed Man’s brand strategy and promoting the company within his markets. Together, Bruce and Brandon provide all-around support to local franchisees.

Read more about their experience in the industry HERE.

Jon Cundiff
MO, KS, IA, NE, AR, OK & Northern TX

Jon has over 30 years of experience, actively participating in every aspect of running a lawn care business. Since joining Weed Man in 2001, he is an excellent advocate for the company, providing dedicated support to Weed Man owners in his area. Being a member of the Mid America Green Industry Council for over 20 years, he effectively mentors franchisees on leadership, customer service, business management and staff development.

Read more about his experience in the industry HERE.

Jennifer Lemcke and Turf Holdings, Inc.
WA, OR, UT, CO, MY, WY, Southern TX, Southern FL, MA, VT, NH, RI & CT

Jennifer is highly regarded in the lawn care industry, both in Canada and the U.S. With over 20 years experience in the industry and currently Chief Operating Officer for Weed Man USA, she is responsible for training and supporting all of Weed Man’s sub-franchisors. She has worked in every position within the company, from marketing to administration to field technician, providing her with the insight required in order to run some of the largest Weed Man Lawn Care operations to date, which she has done.

Read more about her experience in the industry HERE.

If you’re interested in learning more about franchising with Weed Man, visit us online at or call 1-888-321-9333.

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