Carmel, IN –Roger Storey, Vice President, Turf & Ornamental Business (T&O), has announced his intent to retire from SePRO. Roger has set his final day of active employment with SePRO to be February 28, 2013. Roger is one of the original employees of SePRO Corporation and has been a loyal and dedicated leader for over 19 years. When SePRO opened for business on January 2, 1994 the T&O products SePRO offered consisted of only three products (A-Rest® Plant Growth Regulator, Pipron® Fungicide and Rubigan® E.C. Fungicide), which were sold primarily in the greenhouse/horticultural business.
Roger’s vision was to build a T&O business that was active in the golf, landscape and nursery businesses and that could be a substantial contributor to SePRO’s success. To make this vision a reality, Roger assumed the role of Director of Business Development for several years, searching for new products and technologies to license or acquire. The result of these efforts were the licensing and introduction of Akari® Miticide, Cutless® Turf Growth Regulator, Cutless® Granular Landscape Growth Regulator, Decree® Fungicide, Edgeless® Turf Growth Regulator, Galleon® Aquatic Herbicide, Hachi-Hachi® Insecticide, Legacy® Turf Growth Regulator, Musketeer® Turf Growth Regulator, Ornazin® Botanical Insecticide, Octane® Herbicide, Talus® Insecticide, Topflor® Liquid and Granular Ornamental Growth Regulator and most recently Preferal® Microbial Insecticide. Today the T&O business for SePRO has close to 40 products that it sells into the golf, nursery and landscape markets and is one of SePRO’s fastest growing business segments.
In addition to Roger’s role as Vice President, Turf & Ornamental Business, he has served ten years as a member of the SePRO Management Committee and has been responsible for all of SePRO’s International sales in Europe, Japan, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Kenya, Australia, Israel and Brazil.
"Roger has contributed significantly to the success of SePRO Corporation, his work as a member of management and his leadership in the T&O business will be missed. Roger has not only been a dedicated SePRO employee, he has been a friend to those who have worked with him. He has been a strong example of hard work, commitment and loyalty, and has demonstrated the high ethical values we wish to exhibit at SePRO. On behalf of the Board of Directors and Management Committee I would like to sincerely thank Roger for his strong contributions to SePRO and wish he and his family well as they pursue new life opportunities," states Bill Culpepper, President & CEO. Roger and his wife Cindy plan to spend more quality time together, support their daughter Megan in her college pursuits and pursue other personal and business opportunities and interests.
When Roger announced his desire to retire from SePRO, the SePRO Board of Directors began a process that resulted in the identification and hiring of Troy Bettner to lead and further develop the SePRO T&O business. Therefore, SePRO is pleased to announce the promotion of Troy Bettner to the position of Director, Turf & Ornamental Business effective March 1, 2013.
Troy joined SePRO in November 2012 after more than 18 years of experience in sales and marketing management at companies such as Dow Agrosciences, Elanco Division of Eli Lilly & Co., Makhteshim Agan and NuFarm. Mr. Culpepper stated, "We are excited to have Troy on the SePRO team. We believe his demonstrated leadership and insight will bring value not only to SePRO, but to its customers and to the T&O industry."
SePRO Corporation is a research based Life Sciences Company, focused on the Specialty Chemical and Pharmaceutical industries. SePRO is recognized as an industry leader in providing the highest level of technical service to customers who operate in specialty niche markets. SePRO’s key business segments include the U.S. Aquatics Industry, Greenhouse/Nursery markets, Professional Turf/Landscape Management and operates as ParaPRO, LLC in Pharmaceutical markets.