Management / Sales / Marketing
John B. Giraud
With 48 years in the international supply of silica sands and concrete products, John is widely recognized as the industry expert for synthetic turf infill for sports field and residential and commercial markets.
As a former co-owner of the Target Group of Companies (now members of the QUIKRETE® Group) John travelled the world buying and selling quality sand products. John became involved at the inception of the synthetic turf wave in the 60’s as it swept across North America and Europe. John was instrumental in the development of the original (& still most widely used) silica sand infill spec for synthetic turf. In 2002 he established Target Technologies and over the years grew the company to be the leader in synthetic turf infill products. A dynamic and genuine person, John has received government certificates for his work in protecting the environment. John has been instrumental in the development of our environmental products which include a world-wide synthetic turf recycling program.
John was elected Chairman of the Board of the Synthetic Turf Council in 2010, and re-elected for a second term in 2011. John will be the longest standing member on the board. Click below for John’s full profile.
After a Business Administration program Nadia joined Target Technologies in 2003. She is a dedicated professional having more than 30 years experience in various administration and management roles. Nadia works closely alongside the Managing Director in making key decisions for the betterment of the company and our customers. Nadia composes all outbound media, designs promotional material and manages website arrangement. Her experience brings a broad level of leadership and strategic expertise to our staff.
Lauralee has over 30 years’ experience in customer service working for a major forestry company, credit unions and in retail. She also has a background in accounting and started working with the Target Group of companies in 2001 doing payroll and accounts payable. In 2013, Lauralee joined the TTII team and takes great pride in providing the best service she possibly can to meet our client’s specific needs. Lauralee possesses an extensive amount of knowledge of our many products and freight services. This, combined with a strong customer relations background and exceptional work ethic, enables Lauralee to handle any last moment requests, order revisions or logistical dilemmas to get the job done.
Chris has an in-depth knowledge of customer service principles and has a strong accounting background. She has 25+ years’ experience of providing outstanding administrative, managerial, A/P, A/R, customer service, and sales support skills. Past experience includes the role of Credit/Accounts Receivable Supervisor at a major Canadian forestry company. She started with Target Products Ltd in 2008 and moved over to Target Technologies Int’l in 2014. An achievement driven employee and dedicated team member, Chris is able to take care of challenging and deadline oriented orders. Her high work ethic ensures the best possible service to ensure that our clients get what they need, when they need it.
Roberta has a background in human resources and customer relations. She holds a Business Diploma at Capilano University and a Psychology degree at PUC (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). A dedicated team member, combining her strong people relations background with a can-do attitude to ensure that our customers’ expectations are exceeded.
Angela Hill joined the TTII team in 2018. She brings an outstanding Sales and Customer Service background to TTII, with over 17 years working in administrative and management roles. A former Operations Coordinator in the manufacturing industry, Angela draws from her wealth of experience ranging from AR & AP, Purchasing, Vendor and Customer Account Management, Project Management and Operations Management. Dedicated to continuous improvement, she strives to ensure our client’s needs are always met.
Account Management Department
Satnam (Simon) Gill joined the Quikrete Canada family in 2018 with over 10 years of experience in the manufacturing industry and in-depth knowledge of accounting principles and functions. This, combined with a Bachelors of Business in Accounting and a CMA, CPA designation, Simon is a dedicated team member and strong Controller for Quikrete Canada and TTII. His positive work ethic, professionalism and knack for thinking outside-the-box continues to help drive the business to become more streamlined and cost-effective.
Tetyana has over 15 years of experience working with customers and vendors in a variety of industries.
She has an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in financial management.
Her strong analytical skills and detailed focus helps her to identify issues and solve them.
She has a positive attitude which has helped her develop great relationships with customers.
Danae started with Target in 2015 departing from a full-time career in the horse industry. Danae manages the Quality Control department overseeing all divisions including sport sands, the golf sector, as well as the aggregate and ready mix concrete sector. Danae routinely tests all sands that TTII supplies into the synthetic sportsfield industry to ensure high-quality, consistently graded sands.
Merv received his B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Alberta in 1973 and completed the Management Development program, through the Faculty of Business, at the University of Alberta, graduating with Distinction in 1998.
Previous employment involved mineral exploration with the Alberta Geological Survey and coal exploration and development in Western North America with Luscar Ltd. Since 1987, he has been involved in the assessment and marketing of sand and industrial minerals with several specialty sand companies and has been marketing manager, in Canada, with Target Products Ltd. since 1994. As a geologist with the parent company, Quikrete, he provides geological expertise and support to TTII in their geological requirements.
He is registered as a Professional Geologist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). He is also registered as a Professional Manager with the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM).
Michael joined the Target Group of companies in 2002 and now manages IT for all of its Canadian locations. He has worked extensively with a wide range of technologies including Microsoft, Linux, Cisco, mobile, VOIP, and virtualization to name a few. He is currently responsible for all aspects of the IT lifecycle and works closely with management to ensure alignment with corporate goals. His expertise in scripting and web development was a great asset in launching a number of initiatives over the years to automate and streamline company systems and processes. Michael aims to set a high standard in IT and ensures all systems function at top levels to keep TTII running smoothly and efficiently.
Betti, our Director Human Resources joined Target Technologies in 2005. Betti is also Director, H.R. for all the Quikrete companies in Canada. She has a BA and a Master’s in Organizational Psychology. Betti is a dedicated professional having more than 35 years-experience in Human Resources in both the public and private sectors – in Canada and the U.S. Betti is a true business partner and works alongside the Managing Director in making key decisions with the main focus being staffing, training, employee relations and retention. Betti’s education, experience and networking expertise brings a broad level of HR leadership and strategy expertise to our organization.
Lindsay joined Target Technologies in July 2005 and also supports the Quikrete Companies across Canada in the administration of H.R. She is a dedicated Human Resource professional having more than 20 years-experience in various administration, management and human resources roles. Lindsay works closely with the Managing Director in full cycle recruiting, benefits administration, employee relations and reward and recognition. She is a valuable resource and contributor to the TTII team.