SCG Fields

Our Team

D. Michael Sherman
Chief Executive Officer

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

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.

Paul Franks

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.

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.

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.

Nancy Gammalo
Chief Financial Officer

Direct Line: 440.397.4922

Nancy joined SCG in November of 2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baldwin Wallace University. Nancy is no stranger to the construction industry, she brings 6 years’ experience working for a land developer. Prior to her arrival at SCGfields, Nancy spent five years as a Chief Financial Officer for an air distribution company. She brings over 25+ years’ experience in accounting with her.

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 Black Labrador Retriever, Bear.

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.

Lauren Markus, LEED AP BD+C
Project Manager

Direct Line: 440.397.4946

Lauren came from an architecture and construction background before joining SCG in June of 2014. She graduated from Miami University with a BA in Architecture, and proceeded to work as an Assistant Architect for an architecture firm for 3 years before attending graduate school. She received her Masters in Public Administration with Graduate Certificates in Municipal Administration and Nonprofit Management from University of Toledo. Lauren also spent multiple years with a heavy utilities construction company as an Executive Assistant and Architectural Consultant. She enjoys yoga, dark chocolate, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Andrea Elder
Project Manager / Field Coordinator Assistant

Direct Line: 440.546.1200

Andrea joined the SCG team in November of 2014 as an Assistant Project Manager. She has a long background in the construction industry, working her way up from a Field Secretary to a Project Coordinator. She assisted with complex projects including work on the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals. With over 17 years’ experience, Andrea contributes to her team by assisting Project Managers from the bidding process through completion of the project.

Jeff Podolsky
Assistant Project Manager

Direct Line: 440.409.4397

Jeff joined SCGfields in May of 2015.  He comes from Ohio Northern University where he played football and graduated with an undergraduate degree in construction management.  He brings his OSHA 30 certification, and his time working with ODOT, where he gained experience in base work, equipment and lasers. Jeff currently coordinates between the field and the office for various projects. He works on site with our crew, assisting with project management, labor, and helping to ensure that the project runs smoothly.

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.