~ Meet Our Team ~
Although we are located in the Southeast, we service accounts nationwide.
Biosketch for Austin Childers
Austin Childers is President, Partner, and Territory Manger for Earth & Turf Reps. He has over 25 years of experience in agriculture, turfgrass, and the erosion and sediment control industry. Childers holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Clemson University in Agriculture Economics. He is a member of IECA and has completed sediment and erosion courses in the states of South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee; including TN-EPSC, and FL-Stormwater Management Advanced Inspector course. Childers has been a vendor, volunteer and attendee at Muddy Water Blues, NCSU Sediment and Erosion Control Field Days, UCF Stormwater Management Academy’s H20 Erosion Control Workshops, SC-IECA and IECA.
Biosketch for Glen Ballinger, CPESC
Glen Ballinger is Vice President, Partner, and Director of Special Projects for Earth & Turf Reps. He has 25 plus years of experience in retail, erosion and sediment control, and turfgrass management. He has written several technical articles in industry trade publications.
Ballinger holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College and has attained the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) designation. He is a member of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and has been providing erosion control and turf management solutions on challenging projects on the East Coast of the US from Florida to Maine for more than 18 years. Ballinger has been a volunteer instructor at numerous industry events including the IECA’s Muddy Water Blues, NCSU’s Erosion Control Field Days, & UCF’s Stormwater Management Academy’s H2O & Erosion Control Workshop.
Biosketch for Carla Velasquez
Carla Velasquez is the National Retail Sales Director for Earth & Turf Reps. With nearly 20 years experience in sales, management, customer service, and administration, Carla manages the Retail Lawn & Garden division of ETR. Fully dedicated to the success of our manufacturers, she manages their sales within the Independent , Key Account, National, Big Box Retailers, and eCommerce channels. Her priority and focus is meeting and exceeding the expectations of our manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in a way that’s visible through their profitability.