Our Team

Charles Harris

charris@buysod.com

An owner of Sandhill Turf in Candor, NC and co-founder of Buy Sod, Inc., Charles Harris has served as Buy Sod’s president since its establishment in 2002.  After graduating from college in 1993, Harris began working in sales for Sandhill Turf.  In 1996, he moved to Pinehurst and became general manager of the family business and led the company through an expansion from 150 acres to over 800 acres of certified turfgrass production.  In 2002, Harris co-founded Buy Sod, Inc., which now has ten company farms and more than 30 retail partner growers distributing sod to thousands of big box retail locations throughout the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest United States.

He has served as president of the North Carolina Sod Producers Association (NCSPA), board member of Turfgrass Council of North Carolina (TCNC) and president and board member of the North Carolina Crop Improvement Association.

Harris is a 1993 graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications.

David McCart

dmccart@buysod.com

After working as a golf course superintendent for five years in Virginia, Buy Sod co-founder David McCart established Piedmont Turf Farm in 1998 in Maiden, NC. He served as president of the NC Sod Producers Association from 2002 to 2004 and as a TCNC board member from 2004 to 2006 and from 2009 to 2012. He was named an Outstanding Contributor to Agriculture in Catawba County in 2001, and since 2009, he has served as a member of the Catawba County Agricultural Advisory Board.

McCart is a 1983 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Agronomy.

Clark Wooten

cwooten@buysod.com

A co-founder of Buy Sod, Clark Wooten is president of Tri-State Turf Farm, a family-owned sod production farm operating since 1985 in Newton Grove, NC. In He served as president of the NC Crop Improvement Association and president of the NC Sod Producers Association, and he is a former TCNC (Turfgrass Council of North Carolina) board member. In 2003, he also served on the Industry Advisory Board for North Carolina State University’s Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education.

A 1984 graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, with a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Wooten completed North Carolina State University’s Turfgrass Short Course in 1999.

Brad Price, C.P.A.

Chief Financial Officer

bprice@buysod.com

Brad joined Buy Sod in January 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. Along with the supervision of Buy Sod’s human resources, information technology, accounting and administration functions, Brad’s objective is to help guide the company to achieve scalable growth through strategic structure, systems and human-capital investment.

Brad attended the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. Upon graduation, Brad received his CPA and has since served in various financial-management roles in the construction, distribution and manufacturing industries. With experience in both public and private entities, Brad has found that the challenge of working with emerging entities such as Buy Sod provides the most fulfillment to his professional life.

A native of Charlotte, NC, Brad is married to his sweetheart of 30 years, Angela. His pride and joy are his children, Abigail and Ryan, who have both recently graduated from college and have begun their professional careers in the Charlotte area. Brad and Angela have recently relocated to Whispering Pines where they are roommates with Kona (a Boykin spaniel) and Laney (a Corgi rescue).

JP Hayes

Director of Operations

jphayes@buysod.com

JP joined Buy Sod in 2004, and he is currently the Director of Operations. He grew up in his family’s small retail business, where he learned the importance of hard work and making sure that the customer is happy. JP appreciates the challenges of the turf industry and values the friendships he has made with those at Buy Sod and within the industry.

JP is a 2004 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business Management.

JP enjoys watching movies and grilling with his family.

Landon Ray

Regional Sales Manager – Western Carolinas

lray@busyod.com

Landon joined Buy Sod in February 2013 in Customer Service, and by June 2013, he was promoted to Western NC Regional Sales Manager. Landon takes pride in never telling the customer “no.” Instead, he wants his customers to know that he genuinely cares for them and their success.

Landon graduated from Clemson in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Recreation Tourism Management and a minor in Business.

Landon was born and raised in Lebanon, TN, and enjoys Tennessee and Clemson football, golf, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Dixon Albritton

Regional Sales Manager – Central Carolina

dalbritton@buysod.com

Dixon joined Buy Sod in April 2014 and was quickly promoted to Central NC Regional Sales Manager in August 2014. Dixon’s territories include the Triangle, Triad and Sandhills. Dixon takes pride in making sure that the customer is a priority; he will do anything he can to get the sod on site, on time, every time.

Dixon graduated from North Carolina State University in December 2013 with a degree in Agricultural Business Management. Dixon was born and raised in Raleigh and is the youngest of four boys.

He enjoys attending NC State football and basketball games with friends and family. During the summer, he enjoys going to the beach and the lake.

Phil Hunter

Regional Sales Manager – Eastern NC and Virginia

phunter@buysod.com

Phil joined Buy Sod in 2005 and is the Regional Sales Manager for the coastal Carolinas and Virginia. He grew up in eastern North Carolina and has worked and played throughout the Carolinas during his tenure at Belk Department stores and Sports Authority. Phil enjoys partnering with his customers and the friendships he has made in the landscape industry.

Hunter is a 1977 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.

On the weekend, Phil can be found on the golf course or on a boat.

Clay Strickland

Regional Sales Manager – Atlanta Metro

cstickland@buysod.com

Clay Strickland has been with Buy Sod since May 2016; he is the Atlanta Region Sales Manager. Prior to coming to Buy Sod, he was with The Scotts Miracle-Gro company for 14 years. He has an extensive background in horticulture and customer service. He completed his undergraduate degree in Business Management in 2008 from Kennesaw St. University.

Clay has a wife and one son. His hobbies include football (watching college and pro games), golf (both playing and watching) and spending time with his family.

Sherrie Perry

Executive Administrator

sperry@buysod.com

Sherrie joined the Buy Sod team in 2006 and is currently the Executive Administrator.

Sherrie has served in many capacities over the 10-year period. She began as a staff accountant, and as the company grew, she became the Controller for several years, training other staff for the new positions needed. Sherrie also served as the IT contact, HR manager and payroll support, and she wore many other hats as required. She is confident that Buy Sod and its grower partners are the best places ever to work. She hopes to work for them many more years.

Ashley Bruton, MSHR, PHR, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

abruton@buysod.com

Ashley joined Buy Sod in April 2016 as the Director of Human Resources. In this role, she makes sure that Buy Sod’s broad spectrum of human-resources programs and services support the company’s business operations and are fully aligned with the company’s strategies and objectives.

She manages all aspects of human resources, including staffing, compensation and benefits, employee relations, employment policies and compliance with federal and state regulations, risk management, training and development, and HR information systems. She is an accomplished HR professional with more than 10 years of experience in both the non-profit and private sectors. Prior to joining Buy Sod,  she worked in human resources in both the healthcare and chemical manufacturing industries.

Ashley has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business from Meredith College and a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources from Western Carolina University. She is a Certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and is also a Society of Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Moore County Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Executive Association.

Holly Roberts

Controller

hroberts@buysod.com

Holly joined the Buy Sod team in October 2008 as an accounts payable clerk. In 2010, she was promoted to Accounts Receivable Staff Accountant, and by 2013, she was managing both the accounts payable and accounts receivable functions. In August 2016, she was promoted to Controller. She looks forward to assisting in the growth of the company and continuing to learn from those around her.

Holly earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Richmond Community College in 2008 and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Gardner-Webb University in 2010.

Amy Koscielniak

Transportation Safety & Compliance Manager

akoscielniak@buysod.com

Amy joined Buy Sod in August 2016 in the Logistics department. She was promoted to Transportation Safety & Compliance Manager in December 2016. With 20+ years of manufacturing experience, Amy has a proven track record of continuous improvement and superior customer service with both internal and external customers, and she is committed to safety.

Amy is an avid walker. She loves to garden and spend time with her two Jack Russell terriers (Harley and Scooter).

Van Loftis

IT Manager

vloftis@buysod.com

Van joined Buy Sod in September 2016 as the Information Technology Manager and is responsible for delivering the short- and long-term vision of the company’s technology needs and goals. His primary duties are to ensure a reliable, safe and secure network infrastructure that adheres to the company’s information-security policy and to ensure a timely and consistent response to the various system and device issues that arise.

Van has more than five years of experience working in the IT environment, ranging from helpdesk support to managing communication systems, server farms and business application support for companies large and small.

Van earned his bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in 2010.

Bill Lowder

Southeastern Regional Farm Manager

blowder@buysod.com

Bill joined Buy Sod in February 2010 and is currently the Southeastern Regional Farm Manger. He is responsible for the oversight and accountability of multiple farm locations across the Southeast, including Kingstree, SC; Leggett, NC; Tryon, NC; Maiden, NC; and Soperton, GA. Bill understands the company vision and successfully manages change across the Southeastern farm locations to help to drive continuous improvement. In coordination with each location’s farm manager, he trains, teaches and coaches associates on a daily basis to ensure the consistent implementation of best practices that drive productivity and optimize efficiency, resulting in the production of top-quality sod for customers.

Bill holds a Turfgrass degree from Horry Georgetown Tech in Conway, SC. After earning his degree in 2000, he spent 10 years working on golf courses; 8 of those years were as the assistant golf superintendent at Wildwood Green in Raleigh, NC.

Outside of work, Bill enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, hunting and fishing on their family farm.