PBI-Gordon Promotes 2 – Lawn and Landscape


The employee-owners of PBI-Gordon Corporation announced the promotion of Eric Smith to Vice President of Regulatory, Formulation and GLP. Most recently, Smith served as Senior Director of Regulatory, Formulation and GLP.

Eric Smith

After holding regulatory and research roles at United Industries Corporation and Incyte Genomics, Smith joined PBI-Gordon in 2014 as Federal Records Manager – responsible for managing all FIFRA-related regulatory actions at the supporting the registration and sale of PBI-Gordon products.

Since then, Smith’s duties have expanded to include overseeing the company’s laboratory services team, overseeing state and federal regulatory affairs, developing and executing strategic and tactical plans, and staff mentoring.

“Since joining the company eight years ago, Eric’s leadership skills, ideas, values ​​and focus have become a tremendous asset to PBI-Gordon, our employee-owners and ultimately account, our customers and business partners,” said Neil Cleveland, senior vice president of PBI-Gordon Corporation. “It’s a well-deserved promotion, and we wish him all the best for continued success.”

Smith is a graduate of Milliken University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology.

The company also announced the promotion of Jason Manz to the newly created position of Vice President, Strategic Marketing and New Business Development.

jason manz

In his new role, Manz will lead PBI-Gordon’s planning process to develop, enhance and implement strategic marketing and operations plans. He will also lead the company’s subsidiaries in the areas of acquisitions, technology licensing, third-party negotiations and the pursuit of new business opportunities that support PBI-Gordon’s overall growth strategy.

Manz joined PBI-Gordon in 2020 as Senior Director of National Accounts and will retain his responsibilities as he transitions to his new role. Prior to joining PBI-Gordon, he held product management and sales positions at BASF and Bayer Crop Science.

Manz holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Studies from Iowa State University and an MBA from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.

“Jason has been a great coach and mentor to many employee-owners on and off our team,” Cleveland said. “His attitude, values ​​and willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve great results will serve him well in his new role. This is a well-deserved promotion for Jason.


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