Fargo, North Dakota

Dave Cox | Golf

Dave joined Tessman in 2018, and has been working in the golf industry for 27 years. Starting out as range attendant at the age of 14 to working as a starter and ranger through high school helped to shape his love for the game of golf. He began working on the maintenance staff during the summers of his college years. This helped him realize his dreams of becoming a golf course superintendent. He worked at a high end Jack Nicklaus signature club in Scottsdale, the home of the first two Skins Games in ’83, ’84. His first superintendent opportunity came at public course that saw nearly 70,000 rounds yearly for 18 holes. When the chance to get his family back to the Midwest and continue working alongside people in the turf industry arose with the Tessman Company, it was *another perfect opportunity.

What Dave says: “Being able to connect with others in the turf industry and learning from them and what they experience is key. Plus being able to pass that knowledge on so people can succeed wherever they are.”

Why Tessman, Dave? “Tessman is a locally owned company that prides itself on quality service to its customers.”

When not visiting with his customers, Dave enjoys spending time with family, golf, college football and anything outdoors.

He currently services North Dakota.


Lisa Dewey | Director of Grower Services | Greenhouse & Nursery

Lisa started working for The Tessman Company in 2019. She brings over 25 years of experience and knowledge to the team as our Director of Grower Services. While Lisa specializes as a bedding plant grower, she also has experience as a certified organic grower using biological insects with a focus on pest control. Lisa brings extensive knowledge on containerized trees, shrubs, perennials and can I.D. almost any tree, shrub, perennial, and native plant in zones 3 and 4 and diagnose pest and disease issues.

What inspires Lisa? “Horticulture is always changing. Every year, there are new plant introductions, new insect and disease control, and it’s always exciting for me to learn about new methods of growing.”

Why Tessman? “It’s the next step in my horticulture career. [Coming from previous experience at a greenhouse] Tessman has been the best distributor to work with and really seems to care about their customers and their customers’ success.”


Alexis Peltier | Greenhouse Purchasing & Logistics Coordinator

Alexis came to Tessman in 2018. She has 16 years of design, estimating, and project management experience. After focusing on landscape, Alexis found her true calling that includes outdoor escapes and aesthetically pleasing landscapes that enhance a customers well being at their home or office. Her passion to be involved in the whole process drives Alexis to help her customers attain everything they are looking for. She specializes in grading, lawn care, pavers/block, and lighting.

Why Tessman? “Tessman is all about taking care of our customers. We have knowledgeable employees in multiple fields and we strive to find solutions to make their projects run smoothly.”

When not working, Alexis spends her time with family. “We spend a lot of time outdoors and I like to capture the moments on camera as much as possible. A few favorites: trap shooting, shooting bow, hunting, fishing, biking, attending rodeos, skating (when it’s not -37), our 3 crazy Labradors & lastly there’s our horse that the kids tend to see more time on him than we do. Eventually we would all like have our own & be able to trail ride together…perhaps a 10 year plan!”

Alexis services North Dakota and western Minnesota.


Ruthie Strauss | Marketing & Project Management

Ruthie developed her love of plants while growing up on a farm in North Dakota. After graduating from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she began her career in the green industry. She brings a strong passion for project management, garden maintenance, and floral design to the team.

Why do you love your job at Tessman? “I grew up on a farm growing and arranging flowers and feel like I have finally found an industry that I can share my passion with others who are just as excited as I am.”

Why Tessman? “Customer Service is top priority.”

When Ruthie isn’t working, she’s still enjoys anything to do with flowers, painting, drawing, and crafting.


Scott Wavrin | Landscape

Prior to joining Tessman in 2005, Scott was a foreman at a local landscape company. He has been involved in all areas of sales at Tessman and has well-rounded knowledge in our product line and market necessities.
Scott’s strength is creating business partnerships with our customers that are mutually beneficial.

Why Tessman? “I care about my customers’ business and am invested in each landscape project they do. I loved the creative side of landscape and landscape design and now I get to bring customers new products and ideas and see how they can integrate them into their businesses. It’s exciting to see the finished product of our working together.”

In Scott’s spare time he enjoys watching and coaching his kids in various sports like basketball, swimming, and track & field.
When not at kid activities, he loves fishing and being at a lake with his family.

Scott specializes in landscape sales, and his territory includes all of ND , Northern and Western MN


Bryce Saiger | Customer Service

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Bryce is a native to Bemidji, Minnesota, it is here where he found his love of fishing, hunting and all things outdoors. In 2018 Bryce was accepted into the Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering program at North Dakota State University. Bryce began working for The Tessman Company part-time in 2020 as he finished his final semesters at NDSU. Shortly after graduation he joined the team as a full-time Customer Service Representative, focused on warehouse operations and inventory management.

Why Tessman Bryce? “I chose to stick with Tessman because of the small company feel, yet we have the success of a larger corporation.”

When Bryce isn’t at the warehouse, he is most likely in the bay of a lake fishing or off the grid in a hunting shack. AKA: Lost in the Northwoods of Minnesota somewhere…


Dylan Johnson | Customer Service

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Dylan grew up in Roseau, Minnesota and began working on cars and tinkering on projects at a young age. In 2018 he moved to Fargo, ND and was accepted into the Industrial Engineering program at North Dakota State University. Dylan began working for The Tessman Company part-time while finishing his engineering degree. Upon graduation in 2021, Dylan accepted a full time position with the Tessman team as a Customer Service Representative specializing in order management, fulfillment and logistics.

Why Tessman Dylan? “I started here with a part time position during college, but quickly fell in love with the people and company. The opportunities for growth within the organization kept me here.”

When Dylan isn’t in the office, he is likely pulling something apart to put back together or working on his 1996 Tacoma.

Tea, South Dakota

Stacy Hotchkin | Customer Service

Stacy joined Tessman in 2017 and has over 35 years working in the green industry. During these years she has worked in the family business doing lawn and landscape maintenance, landscape installation and design. Stacy earned her AAS degree in horticulture from Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls, SD. After graduation, she was hired as a horticulture specialist at Southeast Tech where she managed the greenhouse and assisted with various classes.

Why Tessman? “I have always enjoyed horticulture and now I can assist others with getting products that will help their business to be successful. Tessman has great customer service.”

When not working at Tessman, Stacy enjoys gardening, camping, and spending time with her family.



Steve Jones | Greenhouse & Nursery

Steve joined Tessman in 2016. Along with a BS in Horticulture and a BS Business Economics from South Dakota State University, Steve has over 20 years experience in greenhouse production, sales and consulting. He has worked in small mom and pop greenhouses all the way up to 50 plus acre wholesale greenhouses. He prides himself on finding new ways to improve production practices.

Why Tessman? “I want growers to do business with us because we are the easiest to do business with. We have what they want when they need it and we understand greenhouse/nursery production. We can offer advice based off of actual greenhouse work experience. I love my job because I truly enjoy the science behind greenhouse production. It is rewarding to help growers find better more efficient methods to produce high quality bedding plants.”

When not working, Steve enjoys pheasant and grouse hunting and home improvement projects.

Steve specializes in spring bedding plant production, and his Tessman territory is western Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, western Iowa, and Montana.


Bill Newberg | Landscape

Bill has been with Tessman since 2012 and brings over 32 years of experience in landscaping beginning in junior high planting and caring for trees to sell. After graduating with his degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design, Bill joined Cliff Avenue Greenhouse and worked first installing landscapes, and then for 16 years as a landscape designer. His specialty is design and installation of landscaping as well as knowledge of any materials needed to complete them, incorporating low voltage lighting in landscapes, hardscaping materials and the many options, fabrics, and tools.

Why Tessman? “I have always loved the finished product in landscape design. To make a outdoor living space that demands you to spend time outside is awesome. We not only sell products they need, but have used them and understand the best way to utilize them. We always strive to find the latest greatest products.”

In Bill’s personal time, he enjoys RC airplanes, drones and cars, coaching his daughters in volleyball, drag racing, and he makes his own homemade salsa. Bill is also a low voltage outdoor lighting animation expert. You can check out his videos on YouTube here.


Eric Nielsen | Golf

Eric began at Tessman in 2010 and has over 20 years of experience in golf & turf, including research & golf course superintendent roles. His passion for the turf industry has helped many golf courses, lawn care operators, and municipalities succeed. Eric continues to provide agronomic solutions that challenge his customers to think outside the box to provide economical and excellent solutions to various challenges.

Why Tessman? “I enjoy offering solutions for the challenges that our customers face on a daily basis. If I can solve a problem with a product or service, we’ve succeeded together. Tessman provides great customer service with economical solutions for all of your needs.”

In his free time, Eric enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife, Shannon, and his two children, Emersen & William.

St. Paul, Minnesota

Derek Fredrickson | Golf

Derek joined Tessman in 2018 and has over 16 years of experience managing turf, at the highest level. He was the Assistant Superintendent at Troy Burne Golf Club for 11 years. From there he went to Riverwood National Golf Club, where he was the Head Superintendent for over 5 years. His knowledge, passion, and work ethic were pivotal in the overall success of both golf clubs. Derek specializes in turf pathology and plant fertility.

Why Tessman? “My passion is turf. Working for Tessman allows me to share that passion with others.”

When Derek isn’t working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and hockey.

He services most of Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.


Scottie Hines, CGCS | Inside Sales & Customer Service

A 1993 graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Agronomy (Turfgrass) Scottie Hines has been working in the golf world in some manner for over 35 years. Having been at several top private golf clubs including Laurel Valley Golf Club, Oakmont Country Club, Baltusrol Golf Club and, most recently, Windsong Farm Golf Club.

He was an assistant golf course superintendent for three U.S. Opens (’89 Senior, ’92 women’s and ’94 Open) and a superintendent for the 2000 U.S. Amateur.

Why Tessman? “Tessman provides quality goods, materials and services. We stand by our products and are happy to help in any way we can. My passion has always been golf and golf courses. This change in career will allow me the opportunity to continue my passion in a different light and still keep me close to my passion.”

When not on the greens, you can find him at the local curling club, cheering his children on to victories while wearing his kilt.

Scottie joined Tessman Company as an inside sales person in 2018.

He services Minnesota and Wisconsin.



Jeff Jensen | Turf & Landscape

Jeff joined Tessman in 2002 and has over 35 years of experience in the turf market, including sports field, golf course, parks, residential, commercial and landscape. His strengths include tailoring turf programs to fit his customers’ specific needs. He serves the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Why Tessman? “We will help you solve your problems not just sell you a product. Plus, I get to wear shorts 8-9 months a year. I love my job!”

When not working, Jeff is an avid fisherman, enjoys golfing, hiking, business and raising his three great kids with wife, Rosie.


Tom Thul | Turf, Landscape, & Golf

Tom Thul has been with Tessman since 2001 first working at the will call desk and then in outside sales. Throughout his career Tom has learned every aspect of Tessman including the warehouse, inside sales, customer service, and outside sales. His thorough knowledge of our business ensures the best client interactions and relationships.

Tom began his green career in high school with a family-owned company laying sod, and moved on to a production job at another green company.

However his greatest asset is his experience as a U.S. Army Reservist and his knowledge gained over his 20 years of service to our country.


Tom believes in Mark Twain’s quote: Find a job you enjoy and you will never have to work a day in your life.” He has his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Minnesota State Mankato, (formerly Mankato State University).


When not working, Tom enjoys the company of his wife and two grown daughters.

Tom serves Minnesota and Wisconsin


Wolf Weber | Golf

Wolf began at Tessman in 2007 and specializes in the golf industry. He brings knowledge from years of working personally with golf superintendents helping to create the most beautiful fairways in the upper Midwest.

Wolf works in Minnesota and Wisconsin



Mike Zwisler | Turf, Landscape, & Golf

Mike Zwisler joined Tessman in 2018, and brings over 20 years of experience in his field of golf turf and landscape products. With his educational background in applied science with an emphasis in turf management, Mike grew from a seasonal employee to an Assistant Superintendent. This has helped him to transition his passion and knowledge to give the best service to Tessman customers.


Jacob Fritz | Horticulture / Greenhouse Sales

A recent graduate of Colorado State University with a BS in Horticulture and Entomology, The Tessman Company is excited to welcome Jacob Fritz as our newest greenhouse sales representative and “Bug Man”!

Growing up with the U of M Arboretum in his backyard, Jacob quickly found a passion for all things outdoors, plants, and bugs. He began his horticulture career working for Bachman’s. Following college graduation Jacob worked in greenhouse production, landscape design and maintenance, hydroponics and specialized in Integrated Pest Management. Being able to learn from growers and discuss innovative ideas is a passion for Jacob. He finds creative problem solving with colleagues intriguing and is excited to share his knowledge and experience with other growers so they can succeed.

Why Tessman? “The Tessman Company genuinely cares about the people they work with and strives to see their customers succeed. Everything one would need to be a good grower is sourced through their warehouses; I don’t know of any other company in horticulture sales I would want to work with besides Tessman.”

In Jacob’s downtime he enjoys going to the cabin on Mille Lacs Lake with family, mountain biking, skiing, camping, carrying a melody on a piano or finding a tune on his guitar.