The Sports Force Team

The most important element to determining the success of your venture, be it a single field or an entire sports complex, is the team of players assigned to your project. Just like in sports, you can’t tell the players without the program and our program is incredibly impressive, from the coaches to the major players to the rest of the team. Our value proposition sets us apart, only because our team sets us apart. It’s made up of the all-stars in the business.

Fundamental to the success of The Sports Force has been the dedicated staff of professionals who have years of experience in providing professional services in the sports industry.

Key to this success is the playbook developed by Brian F. Storm. Brian set the groundwork for this revolutionary new offering in the sports fields industry, lending credibility and integrity to this venture while selecting a first-class team to provide The Sports Force clients with the very best the industry has to offer.

The Line-up

Here is the team of dedicated professionals who are the major players in The Sports Force organization. These individuals have over 125 years of expertise in all facets of the business. They serve as executives, department heads and key players within the company and function as your primary sources of contact throughout your project. They work as a team, and a ready flow of communication takes place between them as they move your project down the field toward a successful outcome.
Brian Storm
Brian F. Storm | President and CEO

Having been in the design and construction fields for over 30 years, Brian has managed projects from $250,000 to $15,000,000 and is nationally recognized as an expert in the sports field construction and sports field design industries.

Brian also serves as President and CEO of Sports Fields, Inc., the premier builders of athletic fields and sports complexes in the country. He has performed work for the NFL, MLB, MLS and other professional sports organizations, as well as many major colleges and universities. He holds a number of patents for field heating and field cooling and is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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Jim Arnold
Jim Arnold | Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Jim’s major responsibilities include future business opportunities, managing relationships with key clients and creating strategic partnerships throughout the industry for The Sports Force.

Before joining The Sports Force, Jim spent 10 years leading Ripken Management & Design, the design and development arm of Ripken Baseball. Jim now oversees all new project development for The Sports Force. Throughout his career, Jim has headed up a variety of projects that have broken new ground in youth and professional sports facility design as well as on projects that have preserved some of the most famous fields and stadiums in baseball history. Jim received his MBA from St. Bonaventure University.

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Mark Stalnaker
Mark Stalnaker | Vice President

Mark also serves as VP of Sports Fields, Inc. (FIELDS). Prior to The Sports Force and FIELDS, Mark worked for ValleyCrest Landscape Development as the Atlanta Regional Pre-Construction Services Manager and Chief Estimator. Mark serves as chief estimator and purchasing agent for The Sports Force and FIELDS. He is also responsible for project budgets, contract administration and information technology.

Mark also serves on the Board of Directors and is involved in all aspects of strategic business planning for both The Sports Force and FIELDS. With over 30 years in the industry, Mark has a professional degree in horticulture from the University of Georgia.

Rob Ryan
Rob Ryan | ASLA, PLA, Director of Design

A registered landscape architect, Rob is the Director of Design for The Sports Force. He is responsible for managing the design department, including interfacing with clients and dealing with regulatory, permitting and government agencies. Prior to his joining The Sports Force, Rob was a principal and owner of Hughes, Good, O’Leary & Ryan Inc. (HGOR), a landscape architecture and land planning firm in Atlanta. A graduate of Michigan State University, Rob is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council

He is responsible for many projects including Franklin Ranch Community Park, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation projects throughout the United States, and the University of Georgia Reed Plaza at Sanford Stadium, as well as corporate headquarters projects for Turner Entertainment, Time Warner Cable, United Parcel Service (UPS), Lowes, First Citizens, and BC/BS of Tennessee.

Dan Haubenstricker
Dan Haubenstricker | RLA, Senior Estimator

Dan is a registered landscape architect and a senior designer estimator with The Sports Force. Prior to joining The Sports Force, he was a designer landscape architect with Designscapes, Inc. Dan has a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Ball State University and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

He has been involved with multi-field park projects such as Franklin Ranch Community Park and The Ripken Experience at Pigeon Forge, as well as individual sports fields for clients such as the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.

Patrick Farno
Patrick Farno | Project Analyst

Patrick manages the creation of feasibility and economic impact studies, market analyses, programming and facility operating model development, highest and best use analyses, financial feasibility, and facility renovation assessment and planning. His experience runs the gamut from single field renovation to youth sports complexes to minor and major league baseball stadiums.

Patrick works closely with public and private clients to develop projects and facilities that operate efficiently and provide substantial impact to the local community. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

The Rest of the Team….The Sports Force

Dozens of individuals, all with various professional talents, make up the teams of The Sports Force and Sports Fields, Inc. (FIELDS). These teams work closely together to provide total client solutions that are not just based on theory but also on the considerations of economical and efficient construction methods.

Having individuals from both organizations readily available for consultations with each other not only provides a unique advantage to our clients but also ensures they have solutions that are best of the best from both the design perspective and the potential build perspective.

This unified team becomes even more successful because of experienced staff in every stage of a project, from market analysis, design and construction, to sales, marketing operations and maintenance.

With hundreds of years of combined design, construction, operational and maintenance experience, The Sports Force is a force to be reckoned with. To learn more about how our team can help you with your project, contact us today!