PBI-Gordon hires Salois and Segars, promotes Strano
PBI-Gordon announced that Dan Salois has joined the company’s sales team as regional sales representative for the Pacific Northwest. Chrissie Segars, Ph.D. has joined the research and development team as western research scientist. Sal Strano was promoted to marketing product manager.
“We are delighted to add fantastic new talent to our organization and leverage Sal Strano’s expertise and experience by promoting him to a new role,” said Neil Cleveland, senior vice president and general manager of PBI-Gordon Corporation. “The skills and industry experience these individuals bring will be a huge asset as we continue to serve our customers, develop innovative solutions, and drive our marketing strategy.”
As regional sales representative for the Pacific Northwest, Dan Salois will be based in Washington and have responsibility for PBI-Gordon product sales to golf course and turfgrass management customers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii, Utah and Alaska.
Salois brings more than 20 years of experience in the turf, ornamental and agricultural industries including as a sales professional, supplier representative, and golf course superintendent. Most recently, he worked as senior account manager of agriculture and turf for Milliken and Company. Prior to that, Salois served as territory manager for Planet Turf.
In addition to his professional experience, Salois has been involved in several turf industry organizations over the years. He recently served as Northwest Turf Association president and currently serves on the board. Salois earned his bachelor’s degree in crop science from Washington State University.
Chrissie Segars, Ph.D.
As western research scientist, Chrissie Segars, Ph.D., will be based in Oregon and conduct her research in the western region of the country. She will primarily focus on product development and research related to sod production and sports turf product applications.
Prior to joining PBI-Gordon, Segars was an assistant professor and extension turfgrass specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension located in Dallas, Texas.
Segars earned her Ph.D. in crop science with an emphasis in turfgrass science from Oklahoma State University. She also holds a Master of Science in kinesiology from Louisiana State University, Master of Science in horticulture from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural education from Clemson University.
In his new role as marketing product manager, Sal Strano will develop and communicate product strategy for PBI-Gordon’s portfolio of herbicide products. Strano joined PBI-Gordon in May of 2020 as a National Key Account Manager. Prior to PBI-Gordon, Strano spent ten years as a turf and ornamental product manager for Gowan Company. Strano’s experience in the turf industry also includes previous roles as regional sales manager, account manager, and territory sales representative.
Strano earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Studies from State University of New York.