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Turf Solutions Group LLC Brief Profile

Turf Solutions Group LLC ("TSG") is an Illinois LLC. TSG provides recreational land design, project management, and construction services for sports field complexes, athletic fields, athletic facilities, golf courses, golf practice facilities and military site improvements, since 2005.

While our roots come from golf design and construction, we’ve become a recognized company and brand in the design/build market for sports facilities of all types. Since formation, TSG has completed projects more than 40 states from coast to coast and 8 countries.

We design and build multi-sport facilities consisting of:

  • Synthetic turf
  • Natural turf
  • Lighting
  • Parking
  • Concessions
  • Game viewing areas
  • Maintenance & more

The partners and staff of TSG bring a variety of talents to the company. The mix of specialties offered allows TSG to provide a turn key approach from design, business planning, construction planning and construction within the recreational land development market.

Key Management

Jason Payne - Turf Solutions Group Founder PartnerJason Payne – Jason is one of the founding partners of TSG. Jason is responsible for the marketing of TSG and business planning for clients. Jason is an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word having been a business owner for most of his career. He owned a technology business in Peoria that developed software applications for the transportation and logistics industry before selling it to a public company, and Jason also is a partner in a business advisory company that specializes in the sale of niche businesses to private equity firms.

Bill Phillips - Turf Solutions Group Founding PartnerBill Phillips – Bill is one of the founding partners of TSG. Bill is a landscape architect and land planner and directs all design activity performed by the company. He has spent more than 25 years designing recreational facilities for municipal governments, park districts and private clients in the United States, South America and Asia. Bill has spent the past 10+ years designing many championship golf courses throughout the United States, Central America and Asia. Bill and the TSG design and planning staff have worked with many of the top names in the golf industry.

Scott Pierce - Turf Solutions Group Founding PartnerScott Pierce – Scott is one of the founding partners of TSG. Scott has more than 20 years of experience in the construction of recreational facilities with a specialty in golf facility construction. Scott coordinates all phases of construction for TSG. Scott has been the project manager of more than 50 projects during his career ranging from private estate projects to championship level golf courses. He has completed projects in the United States, Europe, Mexico and Costa Rica.

Mead Babcock - Turf Solutions Group PresidentMead Babcock – Mead joined the partnership group as an owner in January 2007. Mead serves as President and General Manager of TSG and is responsible for the daily operations of TSG and overseeing administrative functions of accounting, contract development and human resources. He is a Certified Public Accountant and spent most of his career in executive management roles within a publicly traded utility holding company based in Illinois. Mead also has experience in leading new business launches, successfully starting a fiber optics network business that was later sold to a regional company yielding a high rate of return for the corporate investor.

Mike Ryan - Turf Solutions Group Sports Field and Golf Course Project ManagerMike Ryan – Mike is a project manager for TSG responsible for client work in golf and athletics. Mike has a 20+ year history in construction with an emphasis on sports fields and golf over the last 10 years. Mike has worked on everything from championship golf courses to professional sports fields during his career. Mike has experience in warm and cool season grasses. Mike has provided construction management in every phase of athletic fields, and in most phases of golf construction. Mike is a good team leader with years of managing crews as large as 25.

Mike Taylor - Turf Solutions Group Sports Field and Golf Course Project ManagerMike Taylor – Mike is a project manager for TSG specializing in synthetic turf for athletic fields and golf applications. He has worked in the sports surface industry since 2004. Mike has managed installations and maintenance on many fields including at the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. Mike stays well informed on the ever-evolving synthetic turf products and installation techniques.

Don Zanzie - Turf Solutions Group Athletics and Golf Course Project Estimator and ManagerDon Zanzie – Don is an estimator and project manager for TSG. Don provides estimating for golf and athletics, and he and the support staff work with our materials suppliers everywhere that we’ve worked. Don has 20+ years in the recreational land development industry with an emphasis in golf. Don has been responsible for golf construction, golf grow-in, and daily maintenance management for some of the top golf courses in the Midwest. Don has experience in warm and cool season grasses. Don has managed crews as large as 40.

Jake Northrup - Turf Solutions Group Athletics and Golf Course Project EstimatorJake Northrup – Jake is responsible for the supply chain, logistics, and assisting in operations and project estimation in both synthetic and natural turf projects. Jake received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and Administration, and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Bradley University in 2015. Before coming on board full time, Jake worked with TSG as an intern, learning the ropes of the natural and synthetic turf industry.

Jerry Snyder - Turf Solutions Group Athletics and Golf Course Project EstimatorJerry Snyder – Jerry is a synthetic and natural turf sports field estimator at TSG. Jerry is a graduate of Western Illinois University. Before joining TSG, he was employed in the construction industry for over 30 years. He is experienced as an estimator, field superintendent and project manager on Commercial, Industrial, Institutional and Governmental projects.