Meet The Friendly Team at The Grounds Guys of East Wichita
Jeff is a Kansas certified backflow tester through the “Kansas Heat and Plumbing Association”. Jeff is also a certified pesticide applicator with the “State of Kansas Department of Agriculture”.
Jeff has specialty training in artificial turf installation, snow and ice management, and has hosted irrigation training for other irrigation technicians in other states including Canada.
When it comes to his employees, Jeff believes that very few things produce a greater return on investment than the no-cost act of recognizing and showing value in his team. Jeff is also of the opinion that culture he has worked hard to instill: work ethic, integrity, and a dedication to customer satisfaction, combined with The Grounds Guys Code of Care, are just a few of the reasons The Grounds Guys of East Wichita has become so successful.
Jeff has also been recognized in The Grounds Guys brand for Excellence in Leadership in 2018 and 2021,Builder of the Year in 2016 and 2017, Shining Star Brand Champion in 2016, Top Gun in 2017, 2019 and 2021 for being in the top 10% of all locations in revenue, received a Personal Achievement Award in 2018, the President's Choice Award in 2020,and the Pioneer Award in 2021.
Abi is from the state of Oaxaca Mexico and has been working for The Grounds Guys of East Wichita since 2017. He has worked on our mowing crew and is now a key part of our irrigation installation team both as a driver and a technician. Abi is married and loves to play basketball. He always has a smile on his face and in a good mood.
Juan started on our mowing crew and has worked for several years on our project and irrigation installation crew. He has a reputation for being a man of few words but having an amazing work ethic. You can count on him to complete anything asked of him. Juan is married and has a daughter.
Desirae joined The Grounds Guys 2 years ago to take our administrative side of the business to the next level. In just under two years, she has received training in bookkeeping through QuickBooks, and handles all of our accounts payable, receivable, payroll, and other duties involving the business side of our operation. In 2022, Desirae received the Office Professional of the Year award brand wide. She has also completed the owner's business training week at our home office in Waco, Tx. She is a perfectionist, and enjoys a great relationship with vendors and customers due to her attention to detail. Desirae is married and has nine children which keeps her busy with many extra-curricular activities. She spends her off time investing in their many sports and school related events.
Andrew has been with The Grounds Guys of East Wichita for 3 years. He has been a lead on our project crew and our irrigation crew. He is a Kansas certified backflow tester through the “Kansas Heat and Plumbing Association”. Andrew has completed formal training with both Rain Bird and Hunter Industries. As the account manager, he is responsible for overseeing the projects from start to finish, including meeting with the customer, sending estimates, making sure customer needs are being met and that the project is understood by each crew involved. He ensures customers are experiencing a positive customer-company relationship. Andrew attended John Brown University and received a Bachelor's Degree in History. Andrew enjoys the outdoors and playing games with friends.
Charlie is a Kansas certified backflow tester through the “Kansas Heat and Plumbing Association”. He is certified to install, repair, rebuild, and certify backflows for all types of sprinkler systems. Charlie works independently diagnosing, troubleshooting and repairing customers' irrigation systems. He is a quick learner who brings a high-quality service to our customers. Charlie has completed formal training with both Rain Bird and Hunter Industries including traveling to Hunter Industries Headquarters in San Marcos California to complete manufacturer irrigation design training and continues to train multiple times throughout the year. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors.
Samantha joined our team this past year and handles the administrative responsibilities of the production side of the business. Samantha works with our general manager and accounts manager to ensure utility locates are up to date, materials are ordered, and customers are informed of when we are coming. Samantha is usually the first voice you will hear when you contact our office. On a day-to-day basis she is the "logistics manager" behind our operation. She is detail oriented and an important part of our team. She is married with five children who keep her extremely busy in her off time.
Wade has been with The Grounds Guys for 6 years and was recently promoted from Production Manager to General Manager. Wade handles all of the day-to-day operations of The Grounds Guys and oversees all office, production, and operational responsibilities of the business.
Wade has seasoned experience in irrigation installation including well supplied irrigation systems, and a deep construction background.
Wade is married with 2 children. He enjoys spending time with his family. He can often be found outdoors hunting, fishing or camping.
Wade, was recognized franchise wide as the 2019 Sales Professional of the Year and was selected out of over 220 locations nationwide.
Tristyn is a Kansas certified backflow tester through the “Kansas Heat and Plumbing Association”. He is certified to install, repair, rebuild, and certify backflows for all types of sprinkler systems.
Tristyn has specialized training in trouble shooting all types of irrigation systems to include the electrical, hydraulic and overall functions. He has completed formal training with both Rain Bird and Hunter Industries including traveling to Hunter Industries Headquarters in San Marcos California to complete manufacturer irrigation design training and continues to train multiple times throughout the year. Tristyn is married and enjoys a very positive reputation amongst customers and vendors.
Fernando works on our irrigation installation team. He is a hard worker and makes great use of his time. Fernando follows instructions very well and is a fast learner. One of his hobbies is working on the ranch in Oaxaca Mexico.