The 2023 TPF Award of Merit was presented to Kevin Wasilewski (Syngenta) for his outstanding service as an Advisory Member to the TPF Board of Directors as well as for his ongoing service to Florida’s turf industries. The award was presented at the Annual Meeting by outgoing president and 2022 recipient Travis Council (Council Growers).
Wasilewski has been a supplier to the turf grass, ornamental, and aquatic industry in the southeastern United States since 1987. He began his career in distribution with V-J Growers supply in 1987 as a sales representative and in 1996, joined Terra Industries as a sales manager. He moved to the manufacturing side of the business in 1999, first as a Sales Manager with The Scotts Company and later becoming a Territory Manager for Syngenta. He has been with Syngenta for over seventeen years.
In addition to his advisory role to the TPF board, Kevin has served on the board of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association’s Action Chapter, the Florida Turfgrass Association (FTGA) board of directors, the Stetson University Alumni Board, and the Allied Board of Directors for The Scotts Company. He has also served on the Central Florida Golf Course Superintendent’s Association (GCSAA) Board and is on the Executive Commission at his church.
Kevin has been married to his wife Page since 1986 and has two daughters, Shannon and Lauren. Kevin and Page reside in Lakeland and are both graduates of Stetson University.