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The State of Tennessee awards Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation State Contract

MEMPHIS, TN (June 3, 2015) – The State of Tennessee has awarded Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation a State contract for Toro Commercial and Residential Landscape Contractor equipment, as well as ECHO power equipment, throughout Tennessee. “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the many municipalities and State entities within Tennessee, providing them a wide selection of quality Toro and ECHO products designed to meet their everyday landscaping needs,” said Jerry Pate.

About Jerry Pate Company

The Jerry Pate Company was founded in 1985 by PGA Tour golf professional and United States Open Golf Champion, Jerry Pate. The company brings best in class landscape and golf course design, equipment, parts and service to commercial, governmental, recreational and residential customers. The company represents the Toro, Echo, Shindaiwa, Club Car and Subaru equipment brands, offering both new and pre–owned products. In 2013, they garnered Distributor of the Year honors from the Toro Company and more recently Distributor of the Year from Club Car for 2014. The Jerry Pate Company is headquartered in Pensacola, Florida and serves the Southeast region from locations in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. For more information on Jerry Pate Company, visit www.jerrypate.com.

About The Toro Company

The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf, snow and ground engaging equipment, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $2.2 billion in fiscal 2014, Toro’s global presence extends to more than 90 countries. Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and integrity, Toro and its family of brands have built a legacy of excellence by helping customers care for golf courses, landscapes, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural fields. For more information, visit www.toro.com.

About ECHO Incorporated

For more than 40 years, ECHO Incorporated has been a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of professional–grade, hand–held outdoor power equipment for both the commercial and homeowner markets. Today the company sells its products in North America through ten distributors managing 6,600 independent dealers. An additional 24 Latin American distributors sell ECHO products through a variety of channels. The company prides itself on setting the industry standard with its dedication to new technology, quality products and its strong distribution infrastructure. From establishing technological advancements in premium tools for landscaping and arborist professionals, to expanding its capabilities to meet industrial and consumer demand, ECHO has a heritage rich of accomplishment. For more information visit www.echo–usa.com.



Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation Appoints New Account Executive for Arkansas

May 26, 2015 – Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is proud to announce David McLawhorn as their new C.I.G (Commercial, Irrigation & Golf) account executive for the State of Arkansas. David has over 20 years of account executive sales experience and lives in Sherwood, Arkansas. David will be handling customer’s day to day irrigation and equipment needs. With his wife Korrina, and their four children, the McLawhorn’s love to travel and fish. “David brings to us a wealth of sales experience and knowledge, and we’re confident he will provide top quality service and product solutions to meet our customers’ needs.” said owner Jerry Pate. “We are very happy to have David as part of our team and look forward to seeing him continue his successful career as a top account executive.”



Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation’s Chris Christensen Receives the Master Salesman Award From The Toro Company


May 18, 2015 – The Toro Company announced its 2014 distributor sales award recipients. These awards recognize distributor personnel for customer–focused sales programs in the turf equipment market. Chris Christensen, of Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation received the prestigious Master Salesman Award for his accomplishments in equipment sales. This special distinction is bestowed upon a previous Regional Blazer Award winner who continues to excel, providing leadership for his/her entire distributorship’s sales efforts. Sales excellence in the 2014 selling season, including new dealer sign–ups and value added activities that warrant high dealer loyalty, will reinforce why this individual continues to be exceptional amongst their peers.

“Chris is a tremendous asset, not only for Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation and Toro, but his customers. Chris works hard each and every day to help his customers succeed. This focus on his customers, and the results that follow, is the foundation for his success” said Scott Wozniak, Director of RLC Dealer Sales.

“We are very proud of Chris for winning this very prestigious award, and for all of the hard work he has put in to earn it” said Jerry Pate. “Chris has grown his territory tremendously and we look forward to his continued success.”



Jerry Pate Company Account Executive Jason Gattina Receives Prestigious Toro Award


March 11, 2015 – Jerry Pate Company Northern Alabama Account Executive Jason Gattina recently received the prestigious Green Blazer Award for his accomplishments in Toro equipment sales.

The Toro Company announced its 2014 distributor sales award recipients at the annual Toro awards presentation held in San Antonio, Texas. The Toro awards recognize distributor personnel for customer–focused sales programs in the turf equipment market. The Green Blazer award is given to a sales representative who has a minimum of three years’ experience in selling Toro products and brings enhanced knowledge to their customers.

“Jason is a person of solid character with great people skills and outstanding product knowledge,” said Jim Heinze, CSE, Director of Commercial Sales, North America for Toro’s commercial business. “He is a true resource to his customers.”

“We are proud to have Jason on our team. He is a wonderful asset and the Toro Green Blazer award is a testament to his hard work and dedication to building and maintaining excellent customer relationships,” said Jerry Pate, Chairman of Jerry Pate Company.



Jerry Pate Company named Club Car National Distributor of the Year


March 9, 2015 – Jerry Pate Company was named the Club Car distributor of the year for overall superior performance during the annual awards ceremony held at the 2015 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Texas. Jerry Pate Company also received the prestigious Club Car Black & Gold designation for 2015, recognizing their exemplary business performance and customer service.

The Distributor of the Year award is recognition for the company’s sales growth, commitment to employee training development, customer service and overall operational excellence.

“We are seeing a growing interest in golf cars from both our commercial and residential customers, and we believe Club Car’s outstanding product of quality and technology line exceeds our customers’ needs,” said Jerry Pate, Chairman of Jerry Pate Company. “Over the last several years we have worked hard to develop our Golf Car business. We are happy Club Car recognized the hard work our team has put into serving our customers.”

Jerry Pate has been a Club Car distributor since 2011. Club Car’s golf, utility and transportation vehicles are recognized as industry leaders in efficiency and long–lasting value. The Jerry Pate Company offers more than 40 base Club Car models with applications in golf course, grounds maintenance, industrial, commercial and recreational markets are available.

“At Club Car, we vowed long ago to be an essential contributor to our customers’ success and we couldn’t do this without our distribution partners,” said Tom Marble, North American director of distribution, Club Car. “We’re honored to recognize these outstanding distributors and award recipients who represent the best of Club Car.”



Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation Expands Subaru Industrial Power Products Territory

February 2, 2012 – Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is proud to announce an expansion of their Subaru small engines and parts distribution territory. In addition to Alabama, Georgia and Northwest Florida, the territory now includes the state of Tennessee along with North Mississippi. “We have enjoyed our first full year of partnership with Subaru and we are extremely pleased to continue the opportunity to grow their engine and parts market share. Subaru represents the highest standards in engine technologies and quality,” said owner Jerry Pate.



Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation Wins Toro's Top Honor


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The Toro Company—a global provider of turf maintenance products, landscape equipment and irrigation solutions for golf courses, sports fields, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agriculture fields recognized Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation with its top honor—The Distributor of Excellence Award. The award is based on outstanding achievements in market share performance, financial health, customer care and customer satisfaction. The Distributor of Excellence Award is presented each year to only one company in four geographic areas: United States, Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia Pacific, and Canada/Latin America.

First introduced in 1984, The Toro Company Partners in Excellence Awards recognize the highest performers among its distributors, which includes approximately 50 domestic and 100 foreign distributors in 90 countries.

"This is a tremendous honor for our company and a true tribute to our great team," says Jerry Pate, founder of Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation. "The United States represents 70 percent of Toro's worldwide business, so this is an important award for all of the Toro distributor partners."

Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation was also awarded its fifth consecutive Best in Division Award for the Residential Landscape Contractors Division a record no other company has achieved in Toro's 100-year history. "No distributor has won back-to-back RLC Divisional awards. For our folks to win that award for 5 straight years, is something very special," says Jerry Pate.

Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation is the premier provider of outdoor beautification products in the South. Since 1997, the company has built a reputation for providing superior service and premium brand products to landscape contractors, golf courses, government and municipalities, educational institutions, sports and recreational complexes and private industries throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Northwest Florida. The Pensacola, Florida based company has offices in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Memphis. More information is available at JerryPate.com.



JERRY PATE TURF & IRRIGATION TEAMS WITH SUBARU INDUSTRIAL POWER PRODUCTS

February 24, 2014 – Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is proud to announce their appointment as Subaru's small engines and parts distributor in Alabama, Georgia and northwest Florida. “We are extremely excited to partner with Subaru and recognize that our philosophies parallel to provide products with advanced technology with the highest level of customer satisfaction. We look forward to growing our Subaru customer base and to a bright future ahead with Subaru,” said Owner Jerry Pate.

Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is an industry-leading distributor of Toro commercial, industrial equipment and irrigation along with Echo, Shindaiwa, Bear Cat, Club Car and Rain Bird.



THE TORO COMPANY KICKS OFF CENTENNIAL YEAR CELEBRATION

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (January 27, 2014) – On July 10, 2014, The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) will celebrate a rare business milestone – achieving 100 years in business. According to Michael J. Hoffman, Toro's chairman and chief executive officer, Toro attributes its remarkable longevity to, “the character of our people and channel partners, and their relentless commitment to serving our customers and building market leadership through innovation.”

Toro's yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary provides an opportunity not only to look back on the company's notable achievements, but also to recognize the ingenuity and dedication of its employees – and to thank its channel partners and end-user customers around the world for their loyalty and trust in The Toro Company.

As Hoffman put it, “These same values that have been core through our first 100 years form the foundation for continued success into our next century.”

A Legacy of Excellence
From the start, Toro built its legacy by understanding the needs of its customers and developing products and services to help them succeed. This commitment to innovation is reflected in the more than 1,500 patents its employees around the world have earned over the years.

In addition, Toro has developed strong networks of professional distributor, dealer and retailer partners across industries in more than 90 countries to provide local, expert, professional customer service. For example, in 1922, Toro created the golf industry's first national distributor network. And, in 1934 as the business grew, Toro encouraged its distributors to establish dealers in areas the distributors' staff could not effectively cover, providing local customer service that proved to be a competitive advantage.

This commitment to customer service has been instrumental in Toro's development of long-term relationships with golf courses, homeowners, professional contractors, agricultural growers, construction and rental companies, government and educational institutions – in addition to many premier sporting events, venues and historic sites around the world.

People Make the Difference
For decades, customers have counted on Toro because of the company's reputation for reliability, quality and standing behind its products. When Toro celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1939, the company's first president and co-founder John Samuel Clapper noted that the loyal service of Toro's employees and distributors was the customers' guarantee of a high-quality product. As Hoffman summarized, “What was true 75 years ago when Mr. Clapper made his statement about Toro remains true today-the loyal service of our employees and channel partners is critical to our company's success.”

Explore Toro Innovations
From developing new technologies to expanding into new markets, a timeline of the company's many innovations and achievements is available at www.toro.com/100.



Toro Announces Service Advisor Award Recipients

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (January 2014) - The Toro Company recognizes recent recipients of the Toro Service Advisor certification award.

The following people from Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation, Inc., in Pensacola, FL, have received the award for achieving the status of Toro Service Advisor.

  • Dustin Cofer
  • Paul Cole
  • Bruce Dowling
  • Brian Golden
  • Jeremy Jarman
  • Michael Killingsworth
  • Joey Largin
  • Keith Milstead
  • Tomnmy Pike
  • Glenn Riley
  • Robert Sienko
  • Michael Smith

Individuals who earn this certification must demonstrate a high level of expertise, a strong commitment to professional development, superior professionalism, and excellence in customer service.

Brad Nagel, Director of customer care for Toro's Commercial Business states: "We thank these participants for their continued commitment to the Toro customer, and for the time and effort they have put forth to further their professional development. This accomplishment is one of the employee and the distributor should be very proud to have achieved."



MR. GOLF: Jerry Pate enjoying success as a business man


Jerry Pate, a former University of Alabama golfer and 1976
U.S. Open winner, has slowed down a bit on the golf course,
but has been going full speed in the business world
By Ian Thompson
Golf Writer
Published: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 9:00 p.m.

University of Alabama golfing great Jerry Pate is slowing down on the course, but far from it in business.

Last week, a fit and, as always, energetic Pate was present as the brand new Alabama headquarters of the Jerry Pate Company was unveiled in downtown Birmingham.

His overall business HQ is based in his longtime hometown of Pensacola, Fla., but he was ready to expand his Alabama operations from a facility in Pelham.

"I'd been looking, off and on, for many years for the right location, the right piece of land, the right building. That it was downtown Birmingham is a great central location. This is so much better for us logistically as it puts us very close to major highways and is very convenient for a lot of our customers."

His business has grown into a large concern, chiefly selling, leasing, installing and maintaining Club Car and Toro equipment, plus some other lines, in numerous Southeastern states.

"I still love to compete (on the golf course), but I'm 60 now and have to face the fact that my golf career is slowing down. I expect to play in half a dozen tournaments on the Champions Tour, including, hopefully, the Regions Tradition (at Shoal Creek, May 15-18).

"Physically I'm OK, but I'm not dedicating myself to my golf in the way that I once did. I enjoy this business (Toro, Club Car, etc.). I've grown this company from employing 40 to 140 people since I bought it in 1998. We've grown at least six-fold since then."

His Birmingham location is a 22,000 square foot facility which will be run by his brother Scott Pate, along with director of sales for Alabama and Northwest Florida, Andy Cook, and branch manager, Robbie Duncan.

Pate is the most storied golfer ever to come out of UA. Most of his golf story is well known: U.S. Amateur champion in 1974; U.S. Open champion in 1976; Tournament Players Championship winner in 1982; but what of him since repeated shoulder problems in the mid-'80s made him look beyond playing golf to make a living?

Some background first though.

Pate was born in September 1953 in Macon, Ga., but moved to Anniston as an infant. His father, Pat Pate, worked in various businesses in the Anniston area including for a hardware store, Sunny King Ford and the Coca Cola bottling plant. It was through Coca Cola that he moved his family to Pensacola.

Jerry grew up the fourth of six children — two girls and four boys. Golf was in their blood, learning the game at Anniston Country Club.

"I ended up at (the University of) Alabama because of Coach Conrad Rehling. I'd always liked their football team and had known Conrad since he had given me some lessons at Scenic Hills (in Pensacola). He thought I had some potential and offered me some fatherly advice."

In 1974 he had quite the summer winning the Florida Amateur, was third in the Southern Amateur and won the U.S. Amateur.

"Monday morning I got back to campus and they told me that Coach Bryant wanted to see me right away. That was the first time I'd ever been in his office. 'Son,' he said. 'You've made everyone proud. You must be a winner and I like winners.'"

Move forward two years and he was now on the PGA Tour.

His first win as pro was as big as it gets: the U.S. Open, which was at the Atlanta Athletic Club in 1976, and that story has been well told.

His second finest hour in professional golf, behind his U.S. Open win, would come in 1982, but injuries were starting to mount up, and this would be an injury so severe that he would never again play golf to the same high level as before.

Pate is as remembered for diving in the lake next to No. 18 and for playing an orange golf ball, as he is for actually winning the 1982 Players Championship.

"At this point (later in 1982) I was the leading money winner on tour for the year, but it was all downhill from then on (after a serious shoulder injury).

So what to do? He had career earnings of more than $1.5 million, but his regular tour playing career was effectively over and he was only in his early thirties.

Course design beckoned and he has made a strong career out of it including collaborations with Tom Fazio (Old Overton, Dancing Rabbit)and Bob Cupp (Old Waverly),amongst others, and a list of strong solo designs including in Alabama alone: Kiva Dunes,Steelwood, Brewton,Limestone Springs,Timberlineand Ol' Colony.

He has also done TV work with ABC, CBS and the BBC.

For many years now his main business ventures have been under the umbrella of Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation.

In 1998 he bought a Toro distributorship which sold to over 1600 golf courses at that time in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and North Florida and has grown exponentially since then.

When some people might be thinking about retiring, Pate has 140 employees in all facets of the business based in offices in Atlanta, Birmingham and Memphis, as well as Pensacola.

Their customers include golf courses, turf equipment dealers, sports facilities, schools, universities, municipalities, irrigation contractors and government agencies.

They provide and service all sorts of equipment such as fairway mowers, reel mowers, greens mowers, rotary mowers, utility vehicles, sprayers, grinders and spreaders.

Plus their parts business is very significant.

They run educational seminars and service schools (over 50 a year; some onsite, some off), have a call center for technical advice, offer JP online as the main way to order the aforementioned parts, resell equipment, refurbish equipment, etc.

Irrigation is in the company's name and is also a significant part of their business.

Along the way, Pate also found time to return to the University of Alabama to complete his Bachelor of Administrative Science degree, with he and his daughter, Jenni, receiving their degrees at the same graduation ceremony in 2001. Son Wesley graduated from the Capstone in 2004 and is in the insurance business in Pensacola and youngest son Jamie graduated from Florida State in 2006 and works for his father's business.

Life is indeed good for Jerry and his wife Soozi.

"I think I've found the right balance in my life. I have my faith, family and work."

Ian Thompson has been writing about golf in Alabama for over 20 years. His weekly "Mr. Golf" column concentrates on golfers, golf events and people associated with the sport of interest to the Tuscaloosa and Birmingham areas. Reach him with story ideas at ian@thompsonteesoff.com.



JERRY PATE TURF & IRRIGATION AUTHORIZED CLUB CAR DISTRIBUTOR

February 18, 2013 - Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is proud to announce their appointment to distribute Club Car Golf Cars to customers in Alabama and N.W. Florida. "I have enjoyed riding in a Club Car for more than 35 years as a professional golfer and now our company is excited to sell the finest golf car product in the industry," said Owner Jerry Pate. Jerry Pate Turf &Irrigation will now sell and lease fleet cars while continuing to provide parts and service along with commercial and industrial Club Car products. Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is an industry leader distributing Toro commercial, industrial equipment and irrigation along with Echo, Shindaiwa, Bear Cat and Rain Bird.



JERRY PATE TURF & IRRIGATION AWARDED FOURTH STRAIGHT TORO DEALER DISTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR

February 11, 2013 - The Toro Company awards Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation "Dealer Distributor of the Year" for the fourth consecutive year. In The Toro Company's history, no company has ever won this award back-to-back. The award recognizes achievements in customer service, sales, service support, equipment, parts fill rates and market share of Toro products to over 400 dealers.

With over 120 associates, Jerry Pate Turf &Irrigation distributes Toro and other premium brand products to landscape contractors, golf courses, government and municipalities, educational institutions, sports recreational complexes and private industries throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, West Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Northwest Florida.