SCG Fields

Our Team

D. Michael Sherman
CEO & President

Mike, is the majority owner of SCG fields, LLC,. Mike became familiar with the company when SCGfields was still S.W. Franks, and became a longtime friend and advisor to the Franks Family. He has a long history in the insurance industry - over 40 years’ experience. He received his B.A. from Alma College, and his M.B.A from Baldwin Wallace. He is currently a member of IIAA and CIAB, and a former President of the Insurance Board of Greater Cleveland. Mike is actively involved in management and strategic direction of the firm.

Joe Smith, Esq
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Direct Line: 440.397.4930

Joe has had over 30 years of experience as an accountant and a lawyer managing a variety of complex business situations. His experience range has been with small and large companies. He has worked with both for profit and not for profit entities. Over the years his client's have engaged his services as a trusted business partner that can also serve as a business "quarterback" operating and maneuvering their businesses through financial and legal challenges. Joe leads day to day operations of the firm striving for efficiency and profitable growth.

Chris Franks, CFB
EVP Construction Operations

Following in the footsteps of his father, Chris began working as a laborer for S.W. Franks Construction Co. then while in high school joined a traveling crew during the summer months. Chris earned degrees in Business Finance and Business Management from Loyola College in Maryland. He worked as a project engineer at Whiting-Turner Contracting Company in Baltimore, Maryland from 2007-2008. Rejoining the company in 2008, his experience in the construction industry has played a major role in the successful completion of multiple major projects, one of which being the New York Yankee’s new stadium where he was the project superintendent. Currently Chris is the EVP of Construction Operations and leads all construction and field operations. Chris is a member of the Sports Turf Management Association and is a Certified Field Builder recognized by the ASBA. Chris is a minority owner of the company.

Ed Berichon, CPA

Direct Line: 440.397.4922


Ed oversees all accounting items for SCGfields as well as all other DMS entities. He has a CPA and a BA from Kent State University and a contagious bubbly nature. He enjoys softball, wine, model airplanes and "other nerdy accountant type activities". Ed makes for a delightful and experienced addition our accounting team.

George Pfeffer, RA
EVP Estimating

Direct Line: 440.397.4911

George Pfeffer brings more than 35 years of design and construction related experience. He graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Architecture and has been a registered architect in the State of Ohio since 1981. Prior to joining the SCG family, George was a partner and president of Site Technology, Inc. He is also a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association. George has been actively involved in many of the high profile projects throughout the firm's transformation into a premier sports facility contractor and his duties include in-house design, estimating, and assisting with project management. George leads and manages all estimating responsibilities in the firm.

Paul Franks
Director of Sales - Great Lakes Region

Paul is known in the industry as the Godfather of turf. Paul has developed respect with all the key players in the industry because of his deep knowledge and valuable experience. He is called on by many firms to consult and render his opinion as to the intricacies in field installation and development. Paul is one of the pioneers in the sports field construction industry, working with elite sports organizations like the New York Yankees, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Ravens and many more. Paul heads up all Business Development, Marketing and Sales at SCG fields.

Tom Maloney
Surveyor / Estimator

Direct Line: 216.386.3126

Tom has been with SCGfields for over 7 years, and operates both as a survey engineer and estimator. As a surveyor he is responsible for the plan pulls and take off information necessary for all construction layout needs. As an estimator he assists the department in gathering information and putting together comprehensive estimates for any or all bids that come through the department. He brings to the table a degree of applied science in Forestry Technology, and over 30 years’ survey and construction experience.

Mike Swan

Direct Line: 216.310.1299

Mike joined SCG in December of 2015 after several years as an estimator and project manager for a Cleveland, Ohio based heavy highway contractor. In his early days, he had worked for and around a number of heavy equipment sales companies. Upon graduation from Kent State University with a BS in Business Management, he decided to delve further into the construction industry. In his time off, Mike enjoys the outdoors, sporting events, and travel with his wife and daughter.

Kevin Pfeffer
Project Manager

Direct Line: 440.397.4945

Kevin started working for SCG as a laborer and surveyor’s assistant during breaks from college at Bowling Green State University. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and Technology, he joined SCG full-time in 2006 as an estimator and project manager. Since then he has become an integral part of the estimating and project management team. Over the past several years Kevin has managed all estimating and project management for the synthetic turf division on SCG projects.

Janet Wixson
Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator

Direct Line: 440.397.4942

Janet joined SCG in March of 2014 as Accounts Payable and Payroll Coordinator. In November 2014 she took on a new role with SCG as our Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator. Janet has also been an intregal part of the development of a more efficient accounting department. Previous to her joining Sports Contracting Group, Janet worked as an Office Manager for a vending company. She brings with her 15 years’ experience in accounting and accounts payable and receivable.

Steve Hines
Assistant Controller

Direct Line: 440.397.4949


Coming to SCG in early 2017, Steve makes a strong addition to our accounting team. Boasting a BA in accounting from Bowling Green State University, as well as many years of experience in the field with organizations ranging from CPA firms, commercial property management and real estate development. Steve is responsible for project billings, accounts payable, and assisting with job costing and financial reporting. He enjoys music and is an avid outdoorsman participating in various activities including softball, hiking, biking and bowling.

Brittany Bradford
Marketing & Customer Relations Coordinator

Brittany joined SCG in June 2016, and comes with an AAS  from Ohio Technical College. Beginning her career in the hospitality industry, as well as banking, accounts for many years experience in sales and customer service. Brittany is responsible for design and development of all marketing and sales material, maintaining and updating the company website, managing all social media outlets and content curation, trade show coordination, and numerous activities that support day-to-day operations at the office, as well as various projects that assist the sales team. In her down time she enjoys running, biking, camping, hiking, yoga, photography and music.

Christopher McGill
Director of Sales & Operations, Southeast Region

Chris  came to SCG over 6 years ago,  with a strong construction and sports background, he began in sales and quickly progressed to Director of Florida Operations.  After 5 years in the United States Army in the Signal Corps, he owned and operated several businesses in Florida, including a residential and commercial Masonry company.  A father of 4 and married for 23 years, he operated two senior living facilities, constructed his own home, then moved into the Sports Industry, managing a Sports Academy and scouting for MLB and Division I baseball programs.  Securing relationships within the state of Florida colleges and universities, Chris became an integral leader in sales, construction and operations for SCG.  He and his team completed the Key West Air Base Sports Fields, Citrus Bowl, Ballparks of West Palm for the Astros and Nationals and several High School multi-purpose fields.  He is OSHA 30 certified.  Resourceful and results-driven, Chris’ brings value to his position, well-respected by his crew and works tirelessly until the job is done.

Joel Desguin
Florida Sales Manager

Jeff Podolsky
Project Manager & Estimator, Southeast Region

Direct Line: 440.409.4397

Jeff joined SCGfields in May of 2015. He comes from Ohio Northern University where he played 4 years of football and graduated with an undergraduate degree in construction management.  He brings his OSHA 30 certification and his time working with the Ohio Department of Transportation to the team. During his time with ODOT as a project intern, Jeff gained valuable experience in civil construction and scheduling. Jeff currently coordinates between the field and the office for various projects in NC, SC, GA, AL, MS, TN and FL. He works closely with our crews on site and handles project management, estimating and procurement to ensure the project runs smoothly and is completed on time. Since joining SCG, some of the projects Jeff has completed include: Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, Northwestern Univ. Field Hockey, Lynchburg Hillcats’ Calvin Falwell Field, The Ohio State Univ. Beekman Park: Field #9, Penn State Holuba Hall Indoor, Univ. of Miami (FL) Practice Fields, N. Miami Athletic Stadium and Central Michigan Univ. Lacrosse field.

Jim Henry
Sales Manager, Great Lakes Region

Keith Froelich
Michigan Sales Manager