How it started

It took Nico six years before he landed his first customer with SGL. He shared a desk together with his first employee Frank van Beusekom (then student, now Managing Director), and amongst the two of them they ran the business from Product Development to Sales and everything in between. Now, twenty years later, the company has grown into an international team of over forty people. Each with their own area of expertise. And don’t worry, their own desk. Let’s meet the team!

Nico van Vuuren, Founder of SGL

“Looking back on how it all started, it’s impressive to see how the company has developed over twenty years. We’ve faced many challenges, but also celebrated many successes. Of course the technology is important, but it’s our people who make the difference.”

Photo of CEO & Founder of SGL, Nico van Vuuren at the Phillips Stadion in Einhoven.

Meet our team

Remco van Adrichem
Remco van Adrichem
Agronomist
Luke van Arnhem
Luke van Arnhem
Accounting Assistant
Karin Baardman
Karin Baardman
Administrative Assistant Service
Ante Barac SGL Technical Product Manager
Ante Barac
Technical Product Manager
David Benavides
David Benavides
Service Engineer
Frank van Beusekom
Frank van Beusekom
Managing Director
Staff photo - Peggy Blom - Office Manager
Peggy Blom
Office Manager
Danial Bridges
Danial Bridges
Area Manager Asia Pacific
Accounting Assistant Karen Perez Cardenas
Karen Perez Cardenas
Accounting Assistant
Staff photo - Bart Cartigny
Bart Cartigny
Operations and Sales Support
Tom Grafen
Tom Grafen
Area Manager UK & Ireland
Simon Gumbrill
Simon Gumbrill
Global Key Accounts

From sharing a screen, to setting the scene

“To be able to connect with people, share the passion, and together strive for the best possible results is what makes my job the best in the world.”

– Frank van Beusekom, Managing Director

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SGL sales director Frank van Beusekom
Khola Hayder Research officer agronomy
Khola Hayder
Research Officer
Samantha Horstink Head of Finance
Samantha Horstink
Head of Finance
Arno Hovenga
Arno Hovenga
Operations and Sales Support
Arnaud Hulskes
Arnaud Hulskes
Agronomist
Arjan Knottnerus SGL Manager SGL Assist
Arjan Knottnerus
Manager SGL Assist
Content Marketeer Jesse de Koning
Jesse de Koning
Content Marketeer
Noortje van Loo
Noortje van Loo
Business Innovation Manager
Patrick Martina
Patrick Martina
Service Engineer
Robin van den Nieuwendijk
Robin van den Nieuwendijk
Controller
Jonty Norton
Jonty Norton
Technical Sales Engineer
Marnix den Ouden Creative Marketeer
Marnix den Ouden
Creative Marketeer
Roy Overbeek
Roy Overbeek
Service Engineer
Stavros Pappas SGL Agronomist
Stravros Pappas
Agronomist
Derk Pelle
Derk Pelle
Marketing Manager
Luke Pountley SGL Service Engineer
Luke Pountley
Service Engineer

From maintaining the neighbourhood lawns, to travelling salesman

“I knew from the start that I wasn’t a typical salesperson. I had to rely on my knowledge of grass, my passion for sports, and my ability to build relationships with other groundsmen.”

– Danial Bridges, Area Manager Asia-Pacific

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SGL Area manager Danial Bridges (on the left) with colleagues Arno Hovenga and Tom Grafen at Molineux Stadium.
Anne Schipper SGL Service Coordinator
Anne Schipper
Service Manager
Stefan Staijen
Stefan Staijen
Service Engineer
Event Manager Lieke Suijk
Lieke Suijk
Event Manager
Vinny Tarbox SGL Area Manager UK
Vinny Tarbox
Area Manager
Joel Thornton SGL Technical Sales Engineer USA
Joel Thornton
Technical Sales Engineer
Xavi Tordera
Xavi Tordera
Area Manager Southern Europe & Latin America
Niels Veldhoven
Niels Veldhoven
Operations and Sales Support
Frank Vissers
Frank Vissers
Creative Marketeer
Irene Vroegop
Irene Vroegop
Agronomist

From winning six cups in a row, to helping others grow

“With the experience and knowledge I have gained at FC Barcelona, as a consultant to FIFA, but also from other groundsmen, I think I can help clubs anywhere in the world.”

– Xavi Tordera, Area Manager Southern Europe & Latin America

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SGL Area Manager Xavier Tordera shows the group of showcase attendees how an LED440 grow lighting unit works.
Senna van Vuuren
Senna van Vuuren
Office Dog
Ingrid Warnaar-Bloemer SGL HR Consultant
Ingrid Warnaar-Bloemer
HR Consultant
Reinoud Weller Business Innovation Manager SGL
Reinoud Weller
Business Innovation Manager
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Technical Sales Engineer
Daan van Willigen
Daan van Willigen
Sales Coordinator
Mark Wubben
Mark Wubben
Area Manager Benelux & France
Maximilian Wuttge
Maximilian Wuttge
Area Manager DACH
Weichen Xu
Weichen Xu
Agronomist
Marc Zeestraten
Marc Zeestraten
Special Projects and Operations Manager
Paul Zwerus
Paul Zwerus
Area Manager Eastern Europe & Scandinavia

From mowing grass once in a while, to helping others with a smile

“Growing grass is a science, it’s like molecular gastronomy. You have a hundred ingredients and you have to make a five-star meal out of it for thousands of people every week.”

– Mark Wubben, Area Manager Benelux & France

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Mark Wubben SGL Area Manager with New York Red Bull grounds team

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