Tom Irwin Team:


A message from Paul Skafas Vice President, Tom Irwin, Inc.

Few things in our business remain constant. Considering the relentless evolution of golfer and athlete expectations, playability standards, products and regulations, today’s turf grass professional must be prepared to manage in changing times. Tom Irwin has been helping turf professionals succeed since 1960. Our product lines, expertise, professional development initiatives and continuing educational opportunities are just a few of the ways we offer to help you reach your goals.

Times may change, our team’s commitment to you will not.

The Tom Irwin team celebrating its 50th anniversary at Hotel Blue, Plum Island MA.
With Tom Irwin, you’re not alone.

Chris Petersen President, Sales in Greater Boston

Chris joined the Tom Irwin sales team in 1988 where he worked with his father, company co-founder Jack Petersen. Together, Jack and Chris continued to build a strong company culture centered around a unique collaborative, customer care value structure. The knowledge and experience Chris gained were put to good use when he was named President of Tom Irwin in 2002. Under his leadership, Tom Irwin, Inc. has continued to grow and prosper and in 2008 successfully expanded its operations into the sports turf market. Chris is a member and past president of the Independent Turf & Ornamental Distributors Association (ITODA) and Chairman of the Board of ProKoz.

Paul Skafas Vice President, Sales in Northeastern MA, NH, VT

For more than 30 years, Paul has exemplified the Tom Irwin collaborative approach to helping clients succeed. He has an unmatched record of industry accomplishments, a unique grasp of plant, soil, and water sciences, and a comprehensive understanding of industry chemistries. After successfully growing and leading the sales team, Paul was named Vice President of Tom Irwin Inc. in 2002. In 2016, he has also been named Director of Business Development at Tom Irwin Advisors. He has a rare dedication to finding practical solutions to the ever-changing challenges facing today’s golf course superintendents and sports turf managers.

Joseph Szymanowski Chief Financial Officer

Joe has been the Chief Financial Officer for Tom Irwin Inc. for more than 15 years. He has an extensive financial and operations background, having previously held the positions of Corporate Controller for Digital Software Services, Manager of International Accounting Operations for Itek Graphic products, and CPA with Coopers & Lybrand. Joe earned a BS in Accounting from LeMoyne College and a MBA from American International College.

Greg Tower Business Operations Manager

Greg joined the team in 2017 with an extensive background in the turf grass industry. His journey began in 1993 when he joined the grounds crew at Sterling National Country Club. He became superintendent in 2000 and spent 10 successful years there. After his time at Sterling, he found success as superintendent at both Ipswich Country Club and Renaissance. Greg holds a BS in Communications from Salem State College and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Winter School for Turf managers. When he is not working, Greg enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children.

Rob Larson Sales Manager, Sales in Central and Western MA, Northeastern CT

Rob joined the Tom Irwin team in 2001. His extensive turf grass experience was gained working as a Golf Course Superintendent in Central Massachusetts for 15 years. He served on the Board of Directors for the Golf Course Superintendents of New England Association and is a graduate of the Turf Management program at the University Of Massachusetts,  Stockbridge School Of Agriculture.

Greg Misodoulakis Sales in Southeastern MA, Cape Cod, RI

Greg’s work experience in the golf industry spans more than 35 years, including 16 years as a Golf Course Superintendent and 11 years as a turf grass industry sales professional. He is an alumnus of the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture and has served on the boards of directors for the Northeastern Golf Course Superintendents Association (NEGCSA), and the New Hampshire Golf Course Superintendents Association (NHGCSA) where he was editor for the industry publication Turf Talk.

Mike DeForge Sales in Maine and New Hampshire

Since joining Tom Irwin in 2004, Mike has worked closely with clients to help them achieve their personal and professional goals. He has spent many years in the turf business and has participated in construction and grow-in as well as two PGA tournaments. Mike received his BS in Business from Framingham State University.

Jeff Houde Sales in Central and Southern CT, Westchester County

Before joining the Tom Irwin team, Jeff spent more than 20 years working on New England golf courses, including 10 years as a Superintendent and General Manager. Jeff received his degree in Plant and Soil Science from Essex Agricultural Institute.

Greg Cormier Sales in Greater Boston

Greg is the former Director of Golf Course Operations at Nashawtuc Country Club, an 18-hole private golf course in Concord, Massachusetts. Earlier in his career, Cormier was Superintendent of the West Course at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science-Turfgrass Management from the State University of New York at Cobleskill.

Brian Luccini Sales in Athletic Turf and Grounds, Eastern MA, RI, NH, ME

Brian is dedicated to supporting Tom Irwin clients at schools, municipalities, professional sports facilities, and private estates across eastern New England. He’s been involved in fine turf and grounds maintenance literally since birth, having been born and raised on Franklin Country Club, in Franklin, Massachusetts. After a successful career in golf course management, Brian joined the Tom Irwin team in 2005. In addition to over 25 years of industry experience, Brian is a graduate of the Rutgers University Golf Turf Management program, as well as the University of Massachusetts Winter School for Turf managers.

Chris Kneale Sales in Athletic Turf and Grounds, CT, Western MA, VT

A 2003 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in Turf Management, Chris joined the Tom Irwin sales team, Sports Turf Division, in March of 2010. Earlier in his career, he served as the Athletic Turf Manager at Wellesley College and the Grounds Manager at Bentley University. Chris is a member of the Sports Turf Manager Association (STMA), CPA, CPRA and a member and past board member of NESTMA.

Harris Schnare Client Relations Manager

Harris is responsible for making sure that all of our clients are well cared for when they call the office with a question or concern. Before joining the Tom Irwin team in 2016, Harris was the Superintendent at Wayland Country Club. Harris holds an Associate’s Degree in Turf Management from The Stockbridge School of Agriculture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Plant, Soil and Insect Sciences from The University of Massachusetts. Harris is also a Francis Ouimet Alumni and a proud husband and father.

Sue Dube IT and Office Manager

Sue has been with Tom Irwin for over 15 years and oversees all of the technical programming, IT management and office logistics. Sue is an avid gardener and she enjoys creating floral design.

Kathy Halko Customer Assistance and Administrative Services

Kathy has been with Tom Irwin for over 13 years. She is an integral member of the office team. Kathy helps with orders, accounts payable and inventory control. Kathy is a devoted mother of two boys.

Andy Noone Warehouse Manager

Andy started with Tom Irwin as a Delivery Specialist in 1999. In 2009, he was promoted to the position of Warehouse Manager where he keeps things running smoothly by overseeing transportation, distribution, our physical plant and fleet maintenance. Andy is a graduate of Northeastern University and is married with 3 children, aged 16, 14 and 8.

Mike Bailey Delivery Specialist

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Bob Ronci Delivery Specialist

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