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P. Howard Barnes  President/Owner

Howard and JW Thomas started Quality Grassing & Services on November 23, 1982. With over 43 years of experience in management and sales, Howard started QGS because he was highly motivated to fulfill his entrepreneurial dreams and wanted to build a future for his family. When Howard initially started QGS as a grassing company, his intentions were to be the best and most trusted company in the industry. Since its beginning, QGS has progressed into a full service golf course, site development, and grassing company. QGS won the 1997 Best Small Builder and 2002 and 2003 Best Large Builder awards from Golf Course News Magazine. QGS is also a member of the Golf Course Builders Association of America, Florida Turf Grass Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Suncoast Underground Contractor's Association, National Underground Contractor's Association and the Tampa Bay Business Association. Today, Howard is amazed at the progress QGS has made and is very happy to see the company flourish and hopes that the company will continue to grow and diversify.

Born and raised in Lithia, Florida, Howard is an honest, straight forward, outgoing, and fun loving family man with a driving desire to achieve goals. He is married with four children and four grandchildren. Howard is a member of the Alafia Baptist Church, a Life Member of the NRA, and a member of the Tuteen Hunt Club. In his spare time, he coached Little League Football and Baseball and now enjoys woodworking, gardening, hunting, fishing, and sporting clays.


Donald Thomas  Secretary/Treasurer

Originally from Plant City, FL, Donald has over 27 years of experience in the construction industry. He started with QGS in 1983 as a laborer and worked his way up through supervision and management to his current position. Donald is a member of the Florida Turf Grass Association and the Florida Sod Growers Cooperative. An honest, hardworking, and strong leader is the best way to describe Donald.

In his spare time, Donald enjoys participating in the Sunshine Swampers, a 4x4 wheel drive club. Sunshine Swampers is a non-profit family oriented organization that does benefits for charities for families and children in need. He is married with one child and one grandchild and enjoys mud racing, boating, fishing, and hunting.


Thomas H. Barnes 

Vice President of Site

Originally from Lithia, Florida, Thomas grew up in this business. He joined QGS Development in 1990 and has held every position including laborer, estimator, pipe foreman, equipment operator, job foreman, project superintendent, division manager, and is now the Vice President of Site Development. Thomas started at the bottom and worked his way up to the top learning all facets of the business as he rose through the ranks. He holds the Certified General Contractor and the Certified Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor License for the company.


Jim Armstrong 

Vice President of Golf


Larry Woody  

Assistant Vice President


Gregory D. Fowler, Sr.  

Chief Financial Officer

Greg joined QGS Development in January of 2006 as the Corporate Controller. He advanced to Chief Financial Officer in 2016 and now serves on the Board of Directors.

Greg has an MBA and over 35 years of accounting and business management experience. He has held various Accounting positions over the years. His first experience with the construction industry was as a Senior Accountant with a company that built and repaired ships and barges.

Greg's repertoire includes extensive experience in Contracts, Agreement Negotiations as well as Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions. His various experience in different accounting environments has provided him with an extra insight into business modeling and analysis. He also has experience in several accounting systems which give him the ability to adapt accounting procedures to enhance reporting and streamline office functions.

Greg has been married to his high school sweetheart for 43 years and they share a son. Greg enjoys spending time with his wife Dorothy traveling and hiking nature trails.


Paul Cope 

Irrigation Manager

Paul has 42 years of experience in the golf course construction industry. He started out in high school working part time for a landscape and irrigation company. He has worked out in the field as a laborer and also owned his own golf course construction company for 15 years. He has traveled all over the world working on golf courses including Asia, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Paul started with QGS in 2003 as our irrigation foreman and is currently our Irrigation Project Manager as well as our Representative for Golf Construction in the United States and abroad. He is an Authorized 30 Hour OSHA Instructor, and a member of the Texas Turfgrass Association.

Originally from Possum Trot Kentucky, Paul has been a resident of Texas for the past 35 years. Although he works all over the world on golf courses with QGS, Texas is where he still hangs his hat. Paul has been married for 23 years and has three children and eight grandchildren. Paul enjoys country music and taking his wife out dancing. In his spare time he also enjoys traveling with his wife and grandchildren.


Joe Rodi

Operations Manager

Born in Staten Island, NY, Joe moved to Florida in 1984. In 1988 he started working for the Pasco County Government in the Utilities Department. Within a few years he moved through the ranks to become one of the County's Utilities Inspectors. Joe spent 16 years there before moving on to a Civil Engineering firm where he was a CEI Manager and then a Land Development firm where he was a Project Manager.

Joe received an Associate's Degree in Computer Programming from Tampa Technical Institute in 2003 and his Bachelor's Degree in Operations Management from Remington College in 2004. Joe is also an FDEP Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector, an OSHA Authorized Construction Outreach Trainer, and holds a Certified Underground Utility Excavation License, a Fire Protection System Contractor V License, a Certified Plumbing Contractor License, and is Certified to test backflow prevention devices.

In August of 2007, Joe came to QGS Development as our Marketing Manager and within a year took on Business Development then was our Safety Director and now holds the title of Operations Manager. A jack of all trades, Joe brought with him a huge amount of experience as well as a positive attitude and a driving desire to succeed.


James Maxwell

Estimating Manager

James was born and raised in Plant City, Florida, He graduated from Plant City High School in 1989. He started working in construction over 10 years ago with QGS. He has held various positions including loader operator, surveyor, assistant project manager, project scheduler, construction manager, estimator and estimating manager.

Before coming to work for QGS, he spent over 13 years in the production and warehousing industry working for Publix and Plastipak, Inc. Working his way through the ranks to management at both companies.

James' family has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. His father was part owner and co-founder of Specialty Maintenance and Construction, Inc. in Lakeland, Florida. One of their first contracts was with NASA working on the launch pads for the Space Shuttle Program. His father was a welder and pipe fitter by trade before starting SMCI and other companies. His father past away in 1996 after a long battle with cancer. James' mother has also held key support positions in those companies and others, including QGS which she still currently works for. He credits his father and mother as role models for his dedication and work ethic to his career and always willing to strive to be better and achieve more.

James is an avid fisherman and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He enjoys traveling and finding new places to go. He also spends time studying history and following politics.


Patricia Price 

Estimating Administrator

Patricia has gained comprehensive experience in multiple aspects of the construction industry working with general contractors over the past 26 years. She has worked with several of Florida’s top-ranked general contractors; one GC for over 17 years starting in the Estimating Department and promoted to Contracts Administrator/ Special Projects Director and Office Manager.

She gained extensive experience in preparing proposals, reading/ reviewing, annotating and assisting in the negotiation of various types of Contracts. Patricia has utilized her knowledge and skills to develop databases and other methods to increase work productivity and reduce errors. She believes respect for others, teamwork, willingness to help others and working diligently with a positive attitude are key aspects in the growth and longevity of any company.

Patricia firmly believes in letting her faith in the Lord guide her in daily life. She enjoys spending time with her Husband and family.


Glenda Booker 

Corporate Operations Manager

Glenda has been with QGS since 1998. She has held positions as an Administrative Assistant and Field Support Coordinator, Office Manager and is now the Corporate Operations Manager. She is very detail oriented, organized, honest, and dedicated.

Glenda has lived in Florida her entire life and loves it here. In her spare time she loves to spend time with her family, watch movies, and listen to music. She also enjoys photography, cooking, and researching her family genealogy. She is an independent, strong, determined, and caring person who likes to have fun and enjoy life.


Jacqui Gardner 

Executive Director of Contract Billing and Accounts Receivable

Over the past 29 years, Jacqui has gained extensive experience and knowledge in multiple facets of construction and contract management through her positions with homebuilders, general contractors, and developers. In 2007, Jacqui joined QGS as the Contract Administrator. She is honest, efficient, and tenacious. She prides herself on being well rounded in the construction industry, very flexible, and a leader in getting the job done to the satisfaction of the customer. Jacqui was previously voted as employee of the year by her peers for her expertise and quality assistance.

Originally from the Brandon area of Florida, Jacqui is an active member of Providence Baptist Church and has one child.


Kellie Barnes 

Human Resources Administrator

Kellie joined QGS in 2002 and is the company's Human Resource Administrator. She is responsible for the employee benefits as well as the day to day HR and payroll functions.

Kellie is a native Floridian and enjoys the Florida beaches. In her spare time she assists her husband of 16 years in coaching their daughter in little league softball. Kellie and her family are members of Cork United Methodist Church in Plant City. 




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