Mike Hamilton’s career in agronomy started practically at birth – he inherited it. Some of his earliest memories are of sitting on his grandfather’s lap while plowing fields or operating a corn combine. At the age of 14 Mike discovered golf courses. Not only did he enjoy the game of golf, but he realized that on the golf course he could actually get paid for working, unlike on the family farm.
Mike’s first job in the golf industry was at Palm River Country Club in Naples Florida where the Superintendent, Dick Bessire, encouraged Mike to attend Lake City Community College’s School of Golf Course Operations. After graduating from Lake City at 21, he wasted no time and walked into the pro shop at Cypress Links Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida. He said to the Golf Pro, “I heard you were looking for a Superintendent,” which the Pro affirmed and Mike’s immediate response was, “Well, I’m the best in the business.” Mike became a Superintendent that day, and the rest, as they say, is “turf history.”
After 6 years at Cypress Links, Mike moved to Cumming Georgia to take the job of Golf Course Superintendent at Lanier Golf Club for 6 years, and then the Harbor Club in Greensboro, Georgia for 3 years. Mike’s last two jobs as a Superintendent were in Naples, Florida at Grey Oaks Country Club and Foxfire Country Club for 6 years each. Mike is a lifer in the industry who also knows well the politics and unreasonable expectations that Turf Managers are asked to sustain 24/7/365.
Funneling all his course experience into sales, Mike spent 4 years with Florida Turf Support selling Floratine, and 2 years with Pathway Biologic. Being in the field for this season of his career, Mike learned more about turf anatomy, soil microbiology, and fertilizer from some of the most brilliant people in their fields. He realized that for all his years as a Superintendent he had been forced to wear hundreds of hats that left him only a small percentage of time committed to comprehensively understanding the in-depth science of plant growth and soil science.
Once Mike discovered the true science of plant health, Mike earned his Certified Crop Advisors status and the inspiration to start Turf Dietitian was born. Witnessing firsthand the level of efficiency necessary for farmers to maximize crop yield made Mike realize there was a need for the same sample efficiency in turf. Turf Dietitian’s ability to dial-in the nutrient prescription for turf managers globally is changing the way courses are managed.
Mike has worn and carried every title that matters when it comes to super turf and plants and now loves the opportunity to help more and more professionals experience improved outcomes with less waste and maximized efficiency.
Turf is in his DNA. Since he was a teenager, Charles Dayton knew he wanted to be a “grass man” and has spent his entire education and career focusing on refining his craft of horticulture and agronomy.
Charles graduated in 1992 from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in turfgrass management. After college, he spent a year conducting research on the salinity tolerance of turf grasses, working under Dr. Milton Engelke with the Texas A&M University System in Dallas, Texas. In the fall of 1994, Charles took his research and education to the course, working at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, as the spray technician. He knew his turf and quickly moved up the ladder to 1st Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. He then accepted the position of Golf Course Superintendent at Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, in the fall of 2004. Leaving his Golf Course Superintendent position in the spring of 2012, Charles began working for Turf Dietitian, enriching all the technical insights and measurable progress with his keen analysis of what healthy plants actually need in the full spectrum of climates and environmental factors.
From one Super to another, Charles enjoys the opportunity to help make a number of courses across the country the very best they can be.
Tyler got his start in the grass industry with Turf Dietitian slowly, but surely. Being brought onto the team as a part-time lab technician, he eventually was able to bring and utilize other skills to the table that makes giving him one job title a job within itself.
As a full-time position was offered, Tyler left his job in the shipping industry where those skills made it possible to streamline a major part of our business model here at Turf Dietitian. Without shipping, we wouldn’t be able to get products to and from our customers. Being able to utilize various talents has aided Tyler in many ways, eventually leading to diversifying his roles within the company.
He now leads our marketing team, utilizing previous experience, knowledge, and skills in the arts. This has led to a growth in our online presence and branding for Turf Dietitian. Opening up the door for a whole new way to find potential clients, and expanding on the products we offer. Not only do we pride ourselves on cultivating beautiful golf courses, but we are also now excited to start offering these same award-winning tactics for homeowners, and beyond.
Tyler focuses on how we can better serve our current accounts while finding new and creative ways to target fresh clientele. Social media and online marketing isn’t a two-way street, but Tyler continues to work alongside our team to continue expanding on the number one brand in the turf industry! He is excited for the next step in his ever-evolving role with us and plans to take on new responsibilities as an account representative. As we grow, we’re proud to acknowledge and expand upon his growth.