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ProGrass, LLC Appoints Robert W. Thomas as President of Company

Pittsburgh-based artificial turf firm promotes industry executive to continue company growth

Pittsburgh, PA, June 21, 2011 --( ProGrass, LLC is pleased to announce Robert W. Thomas as its new President. Mr. Thomas previously held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Along with his new duties as company President, Thomas will also continue to ensure the success of those departments in the interim.

S. Kent Rockwell, ProGrass CEO and Chairman, said, “The growth of ProGrass over the past year and looking forward to the future requires that the company establish new organizational processes to best enable ProGrass to maintain the quality of performance our customers have come to expect. In this respect, I am pleased to announce that Bob Thomas will become the President of ProGrass and William E. Gadd will become the company Chief Operating Officer (COO). These individuals have provided great support to our past performance and will benefit our abilities to meet our future goals as we expand the business domestically." S. Kent Rockwell will remain as CEO and Chairman.

Robert Thomas said, “It is with great enthusiasm and passion that I begin my next chapter here at ProGrass. I have been blessed to be associated with ProGrass since the beginning and have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with all of our ProGrass employees throughout the years. I look forward to the challenge of taking ProGrass to new levels in the synthetic turf industry and with hard work and dedication, the sky is the limit. As I shared with the staff, this is not about me individually it is about ProGrass and all involved. As individuals we have limitations, however, as a team we have none.”

ProGrass will continue to provide ProGrass customers with superior installation quality, product knowledge and a world class product. It is known to be a cutting edge provider of synthetic turf.

Robert Thomas is a graduate of Hiram College where he received a BA in Education; he later attended Kent State University where he completed his MBA in sports administration.

Always interested in sports, Thomas’ first job was that of a Physical Education teacher at his alma mater Liberty Local schools located in Ohio. Not only did he teach, but coach football, track, basketball and head coach of the swim team. His dedication to youth and sports led him to take the position as assistant football coach and director of intramurals at Hiram College. Thomas proved to be such an asset to the institution that in 1992 he became the youngest head football in OAC history. Proving to be a leader he was elevated to athletic director. He led the Terriers until 2001.

In 2001 Thomas began working for ProGrass, LLC where he quickly moved up the professional ladder from regional sales representative to VP of Sales and Marketing. He is considered one of the leading authorities on synthetic turf. His dedication and knowledge has led to a science based product with the emphasis on the performance and safety of synthetic surfaces. Thomas also sits on the Synthetic Turf Council as a task force member focusing on the performance of synthetic turf products.

S. Kent Rockwell holds a MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics from Lafayette College. Rockwell has over 25 years of experience in executive management of industrial and commercial businesses. Rockwell has also restored health to ailing companies and delivered value to its stockholders.

Under the same majority ownership since day one, ProGrass, LLC is a Limited Liability Company, based in the United States, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has emerged as one of the preeminent names in the synthetic turf industry. ProGrass, LLC installations are located from Connecticut to California and Hidalgo, Texas to Barrow, Alaska. More information on ProGrass, LLC and their products can be found at

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