Mike McGraw has over 35 years in the synthetic turf industry. Mike began his career in 1979 with Monsanto Company as a Regional Sales Manager in the Astroturf® Division, after graduating from Columbia University where he earned a degree in Economics and was selected a co-captain of the football team. Mike’s career with Monsanto exposed him to all facets of the synthetic turf business, including sales, project management, installation, product development and senior management. His role as Director of Sales at the time of the sale of the Astroturf® division to Balsam AG eventually led him to the Presidency of the Balsam Turf Division, a combination of industry leaders at that time, including Astroturf®, All-Pro Turf and OmniTurf. In 1993 Mike was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Balsam Corporation, and in 1994 he became President & CEO of Balsam’s North American operations, a $70M sports surfacing group with a product lineup including synthetic turf, track, wood and urethane sports flooring and polyurethane/latex production. During the unexpected bankruptcy of parent company Balsam AG, McGraw served as the Federal Court appointed Responsible Officer for the North American operations, eventually selling all Balsam companies in the course of reorganization. In late 1995, McGraw began development of 1st Turf and a knitted nylon turf system. 1st Turf has successful installations on every level of play from professional to collegiate, municipal and scholastic. 1st Turf has focused on the installation of the new generation of in-fill turf systems since 2001 with notable installations such as the University of Colorado, Gulliver Prep, Miami Country Day School and the University of Denver.
Teddy Ginter is viewed by his peers as a highly experienced craftsmen with a proven track record of flawless on-time installations of a wide variety of synthetic turf systems. Teddy has over 30 years of experience in the installation of synthetic turf after establishing himself as an master installer of both residential commercial floor coverings of all types Beginning in 1988 Teddy quickly developed into an elite turf installation technician skilled in both conventional and in-fill turf systems. His natural skills and abilities quickly led him to project and installation management of synthetic turf systems on all levels of play, from scholastic to professional facilities. Teddy joined the 1st Turf team in 1997, and is a key reason why 1st Turf installations are delivered on-time and with unequalled attention to quality and detail in workmanship. Teddy’s crew of installation personnel is made up of a team of skilled turf installation craftsmen, with the commitment and equipment to deliver the highest quality turf installations available.