Team

Mission Statement


Jim Zylstra

I am the Owner of Tuff Turf Molebusters. I live with my wife Vickie and sons: Nathan, Samuel, and Andrew. I graduated from Calvin College with a bachelors degree in accounting. I am certified in turf, ornamentals, right of way, general pest, mosquitoes, vertebrate animals, wood destroying organisms and aquatics. Email me at Jim@Tuffturfmolebusters.com.


Lawn Care Technicians:


Adam Lenartz

Adam is a long time lawn care industry employee. He came to us in 2013 from a competing company. Adam spends his evenings building custom fishing rods for his business “A&L Custom Rods”. He is married to Krissy and they have 2 kids, Kaylee who is 11 and Allie who is 7.



Bill Vandelune

Bill is currently celebrating his 5th year with Tuff Turf Molebusters. Prior to joining our team in 2009, he compiled years of experience applying lawn care products. His primary job is fertilizing lawns, but he also busts moles, mists mosquitoes, and sprays homes for insects. Bill is a huge Griffins fan.



Brian Christopher

Brian has 8 years of experience working at two top 100 gold courses in the U.S.A. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in crop and soil sciences with an emphasis on turfgrass. He grew up in Southwestern Michigan and spent a lot of time on Lake Michigan. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, power sports, MSU football and basketball, and back packing. Brian is our lawn care field supervisor.



Chelsea Wilson

Chelsea is our “Jack-of-All-Trades” tech. She does a little of everything for us. From fertilization and weed control, to mole control, to rolling and aerating. Chelsea came to us in 2012 with a few years of experience already.



Josh Yskes

Josh comes to us in 2014 from a competing lawn care company. Josh is just recently married and enjoys the outdoors. Some of his favorite activities include hunting and fishing.


Pest Control Technicians:


Carl Walters

Carl is currently going to school for bio-sciences. He started with us early in 2014 and has grown into a great mole technician.



Chad Zwyghuizen

Chad joins us in mid 2013 with 4 years in lawn care experience with an irrigation company previously. He is married to Kim, they have 5 kids. Chad enjoys hunting and fishing in his free time (however little that may be with 5 little ones).



Kyle Buist

Kyle started with us this year, but has been a long time acquaintance of Jim’s. They play basketball regularly in the mornings before work. Kyle also enjoys hunting/fishing and being outdoors.
He is a proud new homeowner.



Steve Heeres

Steve is the Mole Buster. He joined the team in February of 2010. He has 15 years of pest control experience with Griffin Pest Control. He and his wife Cheryl live in Hamilton. They have 4 children ranging from 13 – 20 years old. Steve likes to watch sports, especially U of M and all Detroit teams. He enjoys playing softball and basketball, camping, and sledding with his kids in the winter.



Trent Buist

Trent and his wife Michelle live in Jenison. They have been married for 10 years and have 2 daughters and a boy. He enjoys spending his time outdoors, working on his lawn, camping hiking, and spending time with his family and friends. He is a Jeff Gordon fan. He joins our team with 22 years of experience for a car wash.


Office Staff:


Darryl Warsen

Darryl has been with Tuff Turf since Fall of 2011. He spent many years in the field as a technician for another company. After a back injury was forced to move to the office. He is one of our lawn care consultants.



Jeff Skully

Jeff is our general operations manager. He joined the team in 2005 as a lead field tech and worked his way up. He has over 20 years of experience in the lawn care industry. He has been married for 30 years, this year, to his wife Julie. Jeff is also a brewery connoisseur. Email him at Jeff@Tuffturfmolebusters.com.



John VanDeusen

As our Tree & Shrub Specialist, John diagnoses landscape plants for insects, diseases, and nutritional problems. With over 40 years working in horticulture services, John has seen (and treated) just about everything that can happen to a plant. He’s also a horticulture teacher and writer, and in his spare time he’s a radio host. If you have a question about your landscape ornamental plants – ask John.



Jordan Goetz

Jordan joined Tuff Turf Molebusters in winter of 2013. He works in the office doing a plethora of tasks. He oversees the office projects, helps to compile reports and is also our IT department. Jordan works directly with Jeff and Jim. Email him at Jordan@Tuffturfmolebusters.com.



Richard Green

Richard joined Tuff Turf Molebusters in Winter of 2014. He transferred from a local Scott’s Lawncare branch. He has many years experience in lawn care and home construction. Richard is currently flipping a home in his free time. Richard is one of our Consultants.


Mascot:


Digger

Digger is the Tuff Turf Molebusters Mascot he can be found all around West Michigan during events throughout the year. He is probably the only mole you will ever see above ground!


My Family:


Vickie Zylstra

Vickie and I have been married since 1996. Vickie works part-time as an accountant for a local automotive components company. She also helps out in the Tuff Turf office.



Nathan Zylstra

Nathan is my 13 year old entrepreneur. He caught his first mole in the fall of 2006. He has started his own company called Antbusters, and he kills ants with his foot or a magnifying lens (he charges by the hour, so you have to watch him)! Nate helps to keep the grounds around the shop looking good. Also helps out by building some of our chipmunk traps.



Sam Zylstra

Sam is my 11 year old Mole-Buster-in-training. He loves to follow along with his dad and big brother. Sam helps out with many tasks around the office which include making posting signs, cleaning, making chipmunk traps and stuffing envelopes.



Andrew (Drew) Zylstra

My strong willed 8 year old who enjoys time with me hunting moles. Drew has an ongoing war with Jeff. The victor may never be decided.



Ruby (The Guard)

Our office and shop dog. She is always around to beg for attention and treats. She has the staff trained to keep treats in their drawers and on the work bench.


 
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