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Technical Team2018-04-24T21:24:04+00:00

TECHNICAL TEAM

CHARLES DAWSON

CEO, Chairman of Advisory Board
Charles is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Geo-Surfaces. He also serves as the Chairman of the Advisory Board. He has designed, coordinated, managed and/or installed more than 24,000,000 square feet of artificial turf and the installation of more than 5,000 sports lighting fixtures.

Charles is a voting member of the ASTM and a member of the American Sports Builders Association. He was recognized in 2011 as the first CERTIFIED MASTER INSTALLER of the GeoFlo dynamic drainage blanket and shock pad. Charles’ installations include such high profile projects as the NFL Challenge Field in the Cayman Islands, LSU’s Alex Box Stadium and Tiger Park, the indoor practice facility for the UCLA Bruins, Louisiana Tech University’s baseball and softball fields. Red Wolf Stadium, home of the Arkansas State University Red Wolves, McNeese State University’s Cowboy Stadium and Cowboy Diamond, the University of San Diego, the baseball field, the football field as well as the softball field at the University of Central Arkansas, Vanderbilt University’s baseball field, Delta State University’s football field and Henderson State University’s football, baseball, softball and multi-purpose fields. Charles was also a member of the design team that developed the first synthetic turf running track in the world, GeoTrax, and handled the first North American Installation at Zachary (LA) High School. Additionally, he advanced the technology of the PATENTED GeoFlo drainage blanket and continues to work as a valuable consultant to the manufacturers of the GeoFlo dynamic drainage blanket.

PAUL RAINWATER

CSO, Vice Chair of Advisory Board
Paul became the Chief Strategic Officer for Geo-Surfaces in 2014. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, he most recently held the title as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Chief of Staff. He resigned in February of 2014 to pursue a career in the private sector. Prior to his latest position, Paul held the title of Commissioner of Administration, serving as the chief financial officer / chief operating officer for the state of Louisiana presiding over a $29 billion dollar budget. Before that, he served as Governor Jindal’s Deputy Chief of Staff, where he was responsible for managing policy and the Louisiana Executive over the administration and execution of the BP oil spill clean up. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). On multiple occasions, Governor Jindal tasked Paul with managing evacuation and clean up of large scale disasters including Hurricanes Gustav, Ike, Isaac.

In addition to his public service duties, Rainwater also served as a Colonel in the Joint Director of Military Support for Disaster Response Unit. He has served two tours in the Global War on Terrorism , serving in Kuwait , Iraq and Afghanistan , and also previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Congressional Liaison Office of the Louisiana Army National Guard. For his military service, Rainwater has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal and the Combat Action Badge.

Rainwater earned a bachelor’s degree in government from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, a master’s degree in international relations from Salve Regina University in Rhode Island, and is certified as a local government manager by Louisiana State University.

RAYMOND FRITZ

Chief Operating Officer
Raymond is one of the original members of the Geo-Surfaces team and holds a seat on the Advisory Board. He has installed more vertical-to-horizontal draining fields than just about anyone in the world. He has worked on such high profile projects as LSU’s Tiger Stadium, Alex Box Stadium and Tiger Park as well as Louisiana Tech University’s JC Love Field at Pat Patterson Park. He was the lead installer at the NFL Challenge Field as well as the projects at UCLA, Arkansas State, Delta State, Vanderbilt, University of North Carolina, and “the Stripes” at the University of Central Arkansas. Raymond has installed millions of square feet of the GeoGreen, GeoTrax and GeoFlo shock pad/drainage blanket. Raymond was awarded the prestigious title of CERTIFIED MASTER INSTALLER of the GeoFlo product by the manufacturer in 2011.

MARK ROUSSEL

Vice President of Construction Services
Mark is an original member of the Geo-Surfaces team. He has constructed over 16,000,000 square feet of projects including facilities at LSU, Louisiana Tech University, Arkansas State University, UCLA and the NFL Challenge Field. He is a base construction specialist and oversees all of the construction processes necessary for the installation of the artificial turf or track surfaces. Mark is a Master Machine Operator and has constructed bases all over the United States.

ANGIE LEBLANC

Vice President of Project Management
Angie brings over 14 years of experience in the building industry and was the Sr. Project Manager and Estimator on the three largest athletic complex projects ever built in the State of Louisiana at Youngsville, Broussard and Ruston. A graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s School of Architecture and Design, Angie has successfully managed the installation of millions of square feet of artificial surfaces and thousands of sports lighting fixtures. As our Vice President for Project Management, she is not only increasing our capabilities but also introducing expanded design concept technologies to our client base.

DONNY SLIGAR

Vice President of Operations
Donny joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2016 and leads the purchasing and logistics department. Donny has extensive experience in logistical services that includes serving as a National Account Representative with Graebel Vanlines. He managed local, regional and OTR transportation and logistics for the Batesville Casket Company and served as the Chief Operation Officer for Loadrangers, Inc., an OTR logistics provider from 2009-2016. Donny is a 1999 graduate of Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO.

JESSE SIMPSON

Vice President of Business Development
Jesse joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2018 and brings both business and athletic experience. Upon graduating with a business degree from the College of Charleston, Jesse was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played 4 seasons in the Cardinals farm system, finishing with their Double A team in 2012. He then began his professional career in the Oil and Gas industry in Houston, TX, before returning home to Louisiana to work in the petrochemical industry. Jesse will be based out of our St. Gabriel, LA facility and lead the Geo-Surfaces’ Landscape Services (GeoScape) division while also developing relationships on the East Coast in both the sport surfacing and sport lighting divisions.

DAN O’CONNELL

Professional Engineer
Dan has been a part of the Geo-Surfaces team for over eight years and has over 20 years experience as a Professional Engineer. Dan is a civil engineer and certified soil specialist. He performs all aspects of design, including site planning, drainage design and analysis, and can perform roadway, sewer design, traffic analysis, and subsurface disposal system design on any project site with these needs. Dan is also experienced in preparing plans and applications for wetlands permits. Dan’s expertise also includes percolation tests, soil profile tests, and site evaluations. He provides construction supervision, inspection, and layout services and will be the on staff engineer that would present projects at regulatory meetings and public hearings. Dan has performed athletic facility design, from conceptual layout to final design and prepares all of the Geo-Surfaces manufacturing control plans for our GeoGreen artificial turf materials and our GeoTrax running tracks.

BRIAN “BOOMER” BROWN

Operations Manager, Turf Services
Boomer joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2017 and has already had a hand in the installation of multiple sports complexes in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. A State Championship winning football coach in Arkansas, Boomer was the defensive coordinator on back-to-back-to back 4A title teams and was a part of the coaching staff that accomplished one of Arkansas’ longest consecutive game winning streaks. A native of Hope, AR and graduate of Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Boomer will lead one of Geo-Surfaces highly skilled turf installation teams.

DAVID GUIDRY

Planning and Logistics, Professional Pilot
David joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2016. His duties will include the management of planning and logistics as it relates to the coordination of travel and mobilization for the Geo-Surfaces team to and from project sites. David received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and shortly after began to pursue his dream of becoming a pilot. Over the past 8 years he has gained multiple type ratings as a pilot including a Multi-Engine rating, Instrument and Commercial ratings, and also his Single Engine Sea license. David has flown over 2,000 hours for charter and private fixed-wing operations across the continental United States and Central America, including exotic locations such as Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

ALLEN WOODRUFF

Senior Project Manager, Turf & Construction Services
Allen joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2010. From the beginning he has managed full design layouts for drainage and artificial turf projects. Allen was an essential part of the team when Geo-Surfaces was selected to replace the playing surface at LSU’s Tiger Stadium, Alex Box Stadium and was also an integral part of the renovation to Tiger Park, home of LSU Softball. Allen has installed over 2,000,000 square feet of concrete bases utilized on smaller artificial turf installations across the region including over 175,000 square feet on the construction and installation of the baseball and softball facilities at Louisiana Tech University. Allen’s resume includes multiple NCAA installations and dozens of municipal and school projects.

SHANE WEEMS

Service and Maintenance Manager, Turf Services
Shane is retired from the United States Army as well as being a law enforcement veteran. He will lead a talented group of service personnel who duties include warranty work, logo installation and small service projects such as home plate circles, bullpens, batting cages and our GeoScape landscape products.

STEVE SMETANA

Project Manager, Turf Services
Steve has been a member of the team since 2005. He was a nominee for the Golden Spikes award as a senior outfielder at Kent State University. After a career on the mound in professional baseball, Steve joined Geo-Surfaces as an area project manager. For almost a decade, Steve specialized in the logistics and installation of indoor arenas with an area of less than 30,000 square feet. He has great expertise in all installation and construction aspects of artificial turf projects and has managed and installed over 2,000,000 square feet of synthetic surfaces. Steve also heads up the maintenance and service team and is the lead contact for coordination of all warranty work related to artificial turf.

ISIAIS TORRES

Service Crew Leader, Turf Services
Isiais joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2016 and leads a team of service personnel. Isiais’ and crew offer warranty repair work, service detail, grooming, G-Max testing and other installation facets to keep your surface looking fresh and new. Isiais is also a skilled technician in the logo and custom marking installation process.

BRADY LAWRENCE

Crew Leader, Turf Services
Brady joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2015 and has over seven years of experience in the construction industry. Brady has a Construction Management degree from Kent State University and has been working in artificial turf services in the midwest region for over three years. He is a highly skilled turf and logo installer and has worked on projects that include Louisiana Tech University and two of the largest municipal projects in Louisiana history at Youngsville and Broussard, LA. Unfortunately, Brady is an Ohio State Buckeye fan but despite this transgression is still allowed to work with our Louisiana construction and installation teams.

CODY SCHLEMMER

Construction Supervisor, Lead Installer
Cody joined the Geo-Surfaces team in 2007 and has quickly moved up the corporate ladder. With the completion of 70 projects on his resume, Cody serves as the construction supervisor and handles the scheduling and transportation of the on site construction crew as well as field set up and layout. Cody also has expertise in the installation of the patented GeoFlo dynamic drainage blanket as well as being a specialist in custom seaming and shearing work needed to layout and install custom logos, lettering and other markings. Cody is a skilled machine operator and has the experience to complete both the construction and installation of most projects.

LARRY FRITZ

Crew Leader, Turf Services
Larry joined the Geo-Surfaces team full time in 2014 after part time stints dating back to 2009. Larry is a skilled turf technician capable of running a full installation crew. He has been a part of high profile installation that include LSU, Louisiana Tech University, Arkansas State University and multiple high school and municipal projects.

JOSE MAZIER

Accounting Supervisor
Jose joined the Geo-Surfaces team to lead the accounting department. He is a graduate of LSU’s Ourso College of Business with a degree in Accounting. Jose is the manager of job costing, accounts payable, accounts receivable and project reports. His athletic claim to fame is a game winning field goal in high school to defeat a rival school that featured LSU All American Leonard Fournette and All Pro defensive back and LSU great Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu. A native of New Orleans, Jose is fluent in both English and Spanish.

MARK MATHENY

Shop Foreman
Mark handles all of the in-house service and maintenance for the Geo-Surfaces equipment. He has over 25-years experience in mechanical, welding and electrical services. A military veteran, Mark has worked offshore and is also an experienced OTR Driver.

ANDREW DAWSON

Engineering Intern
Andrew has worked with the Geo-Surfaces team since 2009. He is a currently a full time student at LSU. He assist with surveying, grading plans, seaming plans, CAD design and layout and has also worked as an installer of many of the Geo-Surfaces products and technologies. He has been a part of projects in multiple states and has long term plans to specialize in civil and structural engineering including playing surface and sports lighting foundation designs.

KELLI LYNN

Office Manager, Accounts
Kelli is one of the original team members for Global Synthetics Environmental. She handles all accounts payable, receivable and travel schedules for the Geo-Surfaces team. Kelli handles material production orders and logistics. She is also involved in contracts and handles all IT for the company.