Bob founded Sporting Valley Turf Farms in 1969 with a 5 acre plot on his parents potato farm in Manheim, PA. He started Hummer Turfgrass Systems, Inc. in 1972 as a specialty sports field contractor. He is a graduate of Penn State University in Agronomy and Turfgrass Management. He started his turf career on Lancaster area golf courses before founding Sporting Valley. He was a Sergeant 1st Class in the Army National Guard. He has been very active in numerous trade organizations, serving on the board of the trustees of the Turfgrass Producers International two times, PA Turfgrass Council, and the Cultivated Sod Growers Assocation of New Jersey. Always an innovator, Bob uses the latest technological university research, and his own designs and ideas to keep Sporting Valley and Hummer at the forefront of the industry. Bob has four children, Jon, Chris, Anton, and Megan.
Matt Wimer, President
A native of Lancaster County, Matt graduated from the University of Delaware in 2003 with a double major in plant science and landscape horticulture and a minor in plant biology. He was a four year letter winner as a catcher for the Blue Hens baseball team. He also worked on the athletic fields while at Delaware. After college Matt worked at Saucon Valley Country Club and Bent Creek Country Club as Assistant Superintendent. Matt brings both the knowledge of turf and the experience of a Division One athlete to each project. This allows him to not only look at the field from a turf managers point of view but also from that of a former athlete. Matt spends his free time at the beach with his lovely wife Allison.
Tyson Cain, Turfgrass Manager
A recent addition to the staff, Tyson has made a career change from golf course maintenance to sports turf maintenance with much success! He is originally from Bloomsburg, PA and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bloomsburg University and an Associate degree in Agronomy from Horry Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, SC. Tyson has accumulated over 12 years of experience in golf course management by working courses in South Carolina, Colorado and Pennsylvania. He most recently worked at Merion Golf Club (PA), Adam’s Mountain Country Club (CO) and West Shore Country Club (PA). Tyson has also been a longtime member of the Central Penn Golf Course Superintendents Association. In addition to all his professional successes he has the joy of being married to his lovely wife Andrea and they are the happy parents to their son River and Huckleberry the yellow lab.