Indianapolis, IN–Dow AgroSciences announces several changes to its turf and ornamental business division. Raymond Miller has been named the specialist for the nursery and greenhouse markets. Ryan Messner and Brian Dockery have joined the group as sales representatives, providing support to distributors and customers in the lawn care, nursery and golf industries. Kerry Avirett has been named national account manager.

In his new role as nursery specialist, Raymond Miller will be dedicated to providing training and technical support to nursery and greenhouse customers. He will work closely with Dow AgroSciences Turf and Ornamental sales representatives and account managers to promote the full portfolio of products that includes Dimension 2EW, Gallery, Snapshot and Showcase specialty herbicides, and Conserve specialty insecticide. Miller will relocate to Fort Worth, Texas, from Orlando, Fla.

Miller most recently served as a Turf and Ornamental sales specialist for western Florida. He joined Dow AgroSciences in 2001 when it acquired Rohm & Haas. He has more than 20 years of sales experience. Miller graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, and a master’s degree in agronomy, specializing in chemical weed control.

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Kerry Avirett has been named a national account manager with responsibilities for end users, distributors and formulators in both the turf and ornamental, and pest management markets. He assumes these responsibilities from Mark Neterer, who has been named district sales manager for the Midwest pest management and turf and ornamental sales region. Avirett most recently served as the T&O sales representative for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. He joined Dow AgroSciences in July 2001 as part of the Rohm & Haas acquisition, where he had worked for 21 years in multiple markets. Avirett earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology from Texas A&M University. He will continue to reside in the Houston area.

Ryan Messner rejoins Dow AgroSciences as a sales representative serving lawn care, nursery and golf customers in western Florida. He replaces Raymond Miller. Messner began his career with Dow AgroSciences in 2004 after earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing from St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Ind. He most recently served as a senior sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline and was previously a sales representative for Dow AgroSciences in Memphis, Tenn. Messner will be based in Tampa, Fla.

Brian Dockery has been named the sales representative for Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, replacing Kerry Avirett. Dockery earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, N.C. Dockery’s experience has included sales for PhytoGen® cottonseed and small grains herbicides, and marketing positions for the coastal crops, range and pasture, and industrial vegetation management markets. Dockery will relocate to Dallas.

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