About Us

 

At Clesens, we're here to help you provide your clientele with the ultimate experience or product.  Whether you are a golf course superintendent, maintain residential or commercial properties or manage athletic facilities, our team of agronomic advisors can assist you with developing fertility and plant protection plans with products that work for you. Ultimately, the result will be a superior playing surface or beautiful green space while optimizing your budget and maximizing profitability.

For over 50 years, Clesens has been a provider of turf and ornamental supplies to the green industry in the midwest. Clesens is dedicated and committed to providing our Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin customers with the most diverse and innovative product portfolio in the industry, a remarkably experienced agronomic/irrigation sales staff and unrivaled customer service.

 

Our locations are open daily and stocked with our full line of products.  We provide prompt deliveries, are open for customer pick-ups and have knowledgeable agronomic and irrigation specialists on staff to answer your questions and provide solutions tailored to your specific needs.   

 

Clesens is committed to putting the customer first.  

Our Team

 

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NICK BANNACH

Turf Sales Representative

Nick Bannach started working on the grounds crew in highschool and throughout college at Rock River Hills in Horicon, WI. Realizing his passion for turf, he pursued an education attending the Rutgers Two Year Turfgrass Program. While at Rutgers he interned at Galloway National Golf Club for 2 seasons, while they hosted the USGA State Men’s tournament.  Nick Came Back to Rock River Hills in 2013 to become the Superintendent. After 2 seasons there, he went to Green Bay Country Club as the Assistant Superintendent, ultimately leading to his most recent position as GM and GC Superintendent at Oshkosh Country Club.

Email    NBannach@clesens.com

Cell   (847) 561-3139

Twitter     @NickBannach

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LYDIA BRACE

Customer Care Specialist

Accounts Receivables

Lydia is from the Western Suburbs of Chicago and has a degree in Accounting from Colorado Technical University.  She proudly served her country in the United States Navy for four years, has worked in the accounting field for several fortune 500 companies for over 10 years and is a registered tax preparer.   She is excited to work with all of our customers and support the entire Clesens team.

Email    lbrace@clesens.com

Cell   (847) 941-9015

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BOB CRANE

Branch Manager - Mokena, IL

Sales Representative

Bob is fortunate enough to have worked in the green industry for over 40 years, mostly as a superintendent in Indiana.  He's worked with the PGA Tour, the PGA of America and the USGA mostly alongside his mentor, Mickey Powell, of the Golf Club of Indiana.  Bob also built two golf courses and renovated two others.  He is happily working with Arthur Clesen as the Mokena Branch Manager.

Email    bcrane@clesens.com

Cell    (847) 941-9032

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Zac Houfek

Irrigation Purchaser

Branch Manager - Germantown

Golf Sales

Zac brings over 20 years of expertise in the green industry to Clesens. Zac earned his associates degree in Ornamental horticulture and Sports Turf from Kishwaukee College in Dekalb, Illinois.  He started his career interning at Westmoor Country Club, and landed his first job at Milwaukee Country Club as 2nd Assistant Superintendent. He then joined the team at Wisconsin Club where he worked for four years as the Assistant Superintendent. After 10 years in the golf industry Zac transitioned to sales providing turf and ornamental supplies to Milwaukee area Landscape Contractors and golf courses.

Email    zhoufek@clesens.com

Cell    (262) 278-7055

Twitter    @zhoufek

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MATT KINNARD

Director of Sales

​Matt graduated with a bachelors degree in horticulture from UW-River Falls.  After graduation, Matt took the position of superintendant at Rock River Hills Golf Club in Horicon, WI. In the winter of 2008, Matt joined DHD and became a trusted advisor to his clients.  In 2014, Matt started PROturf Solutions, a turf distribution company.  A year later PROturf Solutions and Arthur Clesen Inc merged to become Clesens.  Matt is an owner in the company.

Email    mkinnard@clesens.com

Cell    (262) 720-0251

Twitter    @clesen_mk

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JOHN LAMKIN

Regional Sales Representative

John is a 1992 graduate of Danville Area Community College with a degree in Ornamental Horticulture.  Upon graduation, John continued his work at Olympia Fields Country Club where he held the position of assistant superintendent for 11 of his 14 years there.  During that time, John had the opportunity to work both a Senior Open and a U.S. Open.  Since 2005, John has been working with superintendents in the Chicago south suburbs and NW Indiana selling agronomic products at Arthur Clesen.

Email    jlamkin@clesens.com

 

Cell    (708) 259-4354

Twitter    @jlamkin68

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ADAM LESMEISTER

Golf & Irrigation Sales Representative - Minnesota

Adam was born and raised in West Central Minnesota, where he was dropped off at the golf course in the morning, and picked up late in the afternoon. Naturally, he worked on the grounds crew, as well as behind the counter through high school. From there, he attended North Dakota State University receiving a degree in Sports and Urban Turfgrass Management.  In addition, Adam also received an associates degree in Business, Sales and Marketing.  After college he landed an internship in East Texas at Hollytree Country Club, and was offered the Assistant Superintendent position in 2010. In 2013, Adam and his wife moved back home to Minnesota. He joined Prestwick GC in Woodbury, MN where he spent 6 years as the 1st Assistant Superintendent. Adam is excited to continue to serve the industry that he loves as a trusted sales representative at Clesens. 

Email    alesmeister@clesens.com

Cell    (320) 287-1720

Twitter    @AdamLesmeister

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DUSTIN PETERSON

Golf & Irrigation Sales Representative - Wisconsin & NW Illinois

Dustin has worked in the golf industry for over 20 years and started on a small 9 hole golf course in Northern Illinois during high school. After college and after working 5 years at TPC Deere Run, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent. After 8 years as an Assistant at TPC Deere Run, he was promoted to Superintendent at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. In 2014, Dustin joined Rain Bird as the RBI-S Sales Specialist job for the North-West Illinois and Wisconsin market.   Dustin is a graduate from Michigan State University. 

Email    dpeterson@clesens.com

Cell    (309) 314-1937

Twitter    @dustinWpeterson

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MARK SIMON

Landscape, Arborist, Lawn Care Sales; Purchaser

Email    msimon@clesens.com

Cell   (815) 997-6665

Twitter      @Simonsez0420

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LISA TOMSHECK

President

Lisa Tomsheck is the President of Clesens, a third-generation family business.  Clesens is certified by the City of Chicago & State of Illinois as a WBE - woman business enterprise since 2008.  She joined Clesens in 1985.  Lisa is an active Board member of the Entrepreneur and Family Business Council since 2011 and has served as Forum Chair of Chairs, Forum Moderator and as a member of the Marketing and Membership Advisory Panel.  She has a passion for continuing to evolve EFBC’s protocols to ensure members get the most value out of the Forum experience.

 

Lisa graduated from Northern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.  While attending NMU she was inducted into NMU Hall of Fame in 2019, finished second in the nation as a junior for 1 meter springboard diving and was crowned National Champion as a senior.  Lisa is an avid runner and snowboarder.

Email    ltomsheck@clesens.com

Twitter    @Ltomsheck

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ROB WASSER

Regional Sales Representative

Rob is a graduate of Northwestern College and has over 30 years of experience in the golf industry.  He began his career at Abbey Springs while attending college, and then took his first Assistant Superintendents job at Big Foot Country Club after he graduated.  For the last 21 years he has worked in various roles for LESCO and John Deere Landscapes selling agronomic products in southern Wisconsin.

Email    rwasser@clesens.com

Cell    (262) 221-5524

Twitter    @robertrwasser

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STEVE WASSER

Regional Sales Representative

Steve has 30 years in the golf business and is a graduate of Northwestern College. He began his golf career at Abbey Springs where he worked for seven year, then 3 years at Prairie du Chien CC as the Superintendent.  For the last 21 years Steve has been selling agronomic products to golf courses and lawn care companies throughout northern WI and the U.P. of Michiagn as a sales agronomist for Lesco and John Deere Landscapes. 

Email    swasser@clesens.com

Cell    (920) 225-9658

Twitter    @clesen_sw

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KEVIN WEST

Golf & Irrigation Sales Representative - Chicago

​Kevin graduated in 1980 from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Ornamental Horticulture. After graduation Kevin worked as superintendent at Golfmohr Golf Course in the Quad Cities. In 1986 he took the assistant superintendent position at Kankakee Country Club. After two years at Kankakee, Kevin went to Olympia Fields Country Club as an assistant eventually moving up to second superintendent in 1989. He went on to work 16 years at Olympia Fields which during that time hosted the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and the 2003 U.S. Open. In 2004 Kevin went to work for Hydrologic in Rain Bird golf sales eventually ending up working for Rain Bird Services in 2010 when they took over golf irrigation sales in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin market. Kevin joins Arthur Clesen in 2017 as an irrigation and turf sales specialist working in northeast and central Illinois.

Email    kwest@clesens.com

Cell    (708) 341-1687

Twitter    @west_westgolf