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Albrecht Knigge – ETP President – CEO Rasenland, Germany. Albrecht Knigge grew up on an arable estate near Hanover, Germany. After graduating at Seale Hayne, University of Plymouth in England  he joined his fathers newly started turf enterprise in 1996. Since then Albrecht has developed the business and taken the position of Owner/Director and set up further turf farms under the Brand name of “Rasenland”. He was a founding member and the first President of the German Turfgrass Association. He is married to Caroline, they have three children and  in his free time he enjoys microlighting, shooting and skiing.



Pierluigi Strada ETP Secretary – Pierluigi after a law degree, and a master in Agri-food Business, established Plantec, with his sister Ada, in 2000, introducing turf production besides traditional vegetables production in their family farm. Presently Plantec is specialized in supporting  landscapers, beyond sod production (cool season and several warm season varieties in production) also with  Hydroseeding, Stolonizations, and Hydrostolonizations.


Christiaan-ArendsChristiaan ArendsBoard Member – Head of Sales and Marketing at Barenbrug. He is active in the turf industry since 2000. He has worked in both USA and Europe for Barenbrug.





Michele Bindi – Board Member– Owner and Director of Bindi farms in Italy.







Rafael Castro – Board Member – CEO Novogreen Turf – Spain. Graduate in Economics and Business Administration, he started his professional career as auditor. In 1988 he took over the Financial Direction of Valderrama Golf Club. Today, Rafael is the CEO of Novogreen and one of the major shareholders of the Company, founded in 2005, and the leading turfgrass producer in Spain.



Maria Cremades – Board Member – Owner and Director of Tapiz Verde farms in Spain.






Arnaud Dugast – Board Member – A founder and key figure in important French concerns, first Sitoflor, now Cover Garden (Bordeaux), Arnaud can boast a unique mix of experience and innovation spirit in the marketing of green area and turfgrass sod products in France and all over Europe.

Per FimmerstadBoard Member – Owner and manager of Malaturf farms in Sweden.



pvmPeter van MispelaarBoard Member – Owner and sales Director at Vanmac. As a mechanical engineer graduated from the University of Amersfoort. And first class mechanic in agricultural machinery graduated on the University of Houten. I have skills and knowledge essential in grass management. Born on a dairy farm, with 25 year experience in grass machinery engineering, grass management on dairy farms, turf farms and airports.