Brian started in the industry in 1970, working for FH Brunning Pty Ltd, designing irrigations systems.
Advanced Seed as it is today started in August 2000. Brian saw a need for a quality seed supplier to the retail and commercial markets and the business has grown to become one of the three major players in the industry in Australia. With former colleagues Rick and Mick joining the team it’s been a successful team for nearly two decades.
After meeting his wife in New Zealand in 1968 and following her to Australia he’s still a mad keen rugby union supporter of the Melbourne Rebels and the Canterbury Crusaders (in that order).
Mick Ahearn - Sales Director
Mick commenced his working life in turf management as an apprentice groundsman at South Melbourne’s lake oval preparing cricket wickets and sports fields. Following this practical aspect of working in the turf industry Mick proceeded down the sales path securing a job with Turf & Irrigation a company servicing the commercial turf market with products such as seed, fertiliser, chemicals,irrigation and machinery. Through his 15 years at Turf & Irrigation he filled roles from sales representative to national sales manager as the company expanded nationally.
From 2002 to now Mick has been part of the Advanced Seed commencing as sales manager through to his current role as Sales Director. Mick has over 35 years experience in the industry and is an active part of the Australian Seed Federation the industry's peak body.
He enjoys being part of a successful team , enjoys building relationships with colleagues and customers alike. In his spare time he enjoys AFL football, cricket and horse racing.
Rick Pullman - Territory Manager
Following studies at Burnley College in Melbourne, Rick began his association with the Turf Industry in 1983. His first position was as a Sales Representative for Turf and Irrigation P/L being responsible for sales of turf products into the Turf market.
In 1995 be became National Sales Manager. His role encompassed budgeting, staffing and reporting to management.From 1998 to 2003 his responsibilities increased as he became Manager of Turf and Irrigation P/L (Turf Division)
He joined Advanced Seed in 2003 in a new role as a Territory Representative. Over the next 12 years he was responsible for seed sales into the Commercial and Retail market. Rick then became National Sales Manager in 2014.
Over the 35 years in the Turf Industry Rick has built up an extensive knowledge of all facets of the Turf Industry. He enjoys good repoire with his customer base. Rick enjoys Cricket, AFL Football, gardening and music.
Tim Stephens - Sales Representative
Tim began turf laying and turf wicket curating at the age of 18, enjoying the opportunity to work on the Windy Hill and Arden Street wickets during that time. He then worked at Caulfield Racecourse in the grounds and gardens department before moving towards landscaping and starting his own business.
In 2014 Tim took up a cricketing opportunity in Manchester and rates Old Trafford football ground as his favourite stadium. In 2016 Tim began working at Advanced Seed and enjoys meeting industry leaders and the various sporting grounds he gets to see close up.
Outside of work Tim enjoys cricket, the Essendon Bombers, fishing and horse racing
Sarah Murphy - Accounts
Sarah joined Advanced Seed in 2013 and manages payroll, accounts and general company-wide organisation.
She works part time.
Vanessa Sutherland - Marketing
Vanessa became part of the Advanced Seed team in 2015 working on the Great Aussie Lawns side of the business. She manages online sales, digital advertising, social media and writing for the web.
Vanessa works part time alongside raising two young children.
Advanced Seed’s production team runs a smooth operation in our warehouse. Working towards a number of Key Performance Indicators daily they ensure the accuracy of product, labelling to strict standards and most importantly getting good out to our customers in the time required.
With years of experience, Merita, Ray and the rest of the team ensure Advanced Seed customer satisfaction.
Linda Bravo - Customer and Sales Support
Linda joined Advanced Seed in September 2018 on a Full Time basis. She manages all Internal Sales and Customer Support.
Linda enjoys watching Football (Barcelona and Spain) and spending time with her 2 dogs.