Our operations are supported by an experienced management and sales team. We also have the privilege of having an in-house agronomist to assist in everything related to the research and development, changes and care of our grounds.

 Team Members


Kenny Neel – Agronomist

Kenny is the Agronomist and Sod Manager at Sodmasters Turf Farm. Providing his extensive knowledge and background in the turf industry, he is in charge of the overall management of the farm, including every aspect of our production efforts. 

Kenny holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a focus on crop and soil sciences – turf grass option from Auburn University. Throughout the years, he has been part of different professional endeavors surrounding turf, including implementation, through golf course management; production and business development, through direct work with sod farms; as well as consulting services to businesses in the field located in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. 

The scientific nature of turf production and management is Kenny’s favorite part about working in the industry. He enjoys seeing the results of proper scientific methods being used in the development of turf grasses to provide customers with products of the best quality.


James Johnson – Farm Manager

Originally from Dublin, GA, James is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College with a B.S.  in Diversified Agriculture.  James attends church at South Poplar Springs Baptist Church of Dublin, and for fun he enjoys hunting, fishing, working with dogs, and spending time with his fiancé, Megan.  In the fields working since the age of six, Johnson has shown tenacity and an excellent work ethic. We’re so excited to have him join the SodMasters family as our new Farm Manager!




Tonia M. Slater  SodMasters Sales/Marketing Manager & Whitehall Plantation Hospitality

Montrose native Tonia is a mother of three boys. She spent ten years in the United States Navy, including communications at the Pentagon. Of all her vast experience she’s loved being a mother the most. Her nurturing side has made her the perfect fit for Whitehall Plantation and Bradbury Farms these last seven years. She oversees guest correspondence, meals,  lodging as well as upkeep of the properties. When the quail hunters depart for the season, however, Tonia also manages the Sod Sales & Marketing departments, playing an integral part in the day-to-day functions of what it takes to keep Bradbury Farms alive and running like those well-oiled ships she trained on. Tonia also loves traveling, outdoors, and kayaking with friends.