Brian Mitalo joined Tournesol in 2004 after several years working at Rain Bird in the Residential/Commercial group. He has been instrumental in the success of a number of challenging projects at Tournesol, including 1K Fulton in Chicago, IL, and Camperdown Plaza and Streetscape in Greenville, SC. Brian shared he is “very thankful to work with so many talented and creative people, within Tournesol and our customers too. I am constantly amazed at the spaces they create.”
Brian is inspired by problem-solving; “It’s not so much about the solution as it is the mental challenge and what I learn along the way.” He also uses problem-solving in his home and yard remodeling projects to figure out dimensions and designs. In his spare time, Brian loves to cook at home and will prepare “just about anything on the grill come rain, snow, or sunshine - I always have a spare propane tank at the ready.”
Melissa Zepeda has recently joined the Advisor team. She spent the last year on our Custom team growing her experience and capabilities, gaining trust as a knowledge leader, and prior two years on our sales team. Melissa’s creative background lends itself well to working with designers and landscape architects on projects from inception to completion and seeing the designer's vision come to life while knowing she helped to complete that design. Some successful projects include Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, CA, The Park at Park Place in Irvine, CA, and many others in the Southwestern region of the U.S.
In her personal life, Melissa carries her enjoyment of learning with her as she travels with her family to visit new places. She says, “I’ve worked hard to provide myself with new memories as an adult. I’m grateful for the time to create experiences, and I hope to have many more.”
Midwest, South Central
Troy Parsons joined the Advisor team after honing his knowledge and expertise on the sales team for the last three years. Before Tournesol, Troy sold commercial landscape products, including Tournesol’s, within the distribution industry for 24 years. As a result, he has a broad range of product knowledge and has been a critical player in the success of many large projects in the Pacific Northwest and the Southeastern region of the U.S.
Troy enjoys collaborating with landscape designers and architects to help create their vision, and in his free time, his vision is for travel. He loves traveling on adventures with his wife and exploring new places and environments. One experience was a 2 ½ week photo-safari in the Serengeti. He shared, “It was the trip of a lifetime and something I will never forget.”
Henry Lyon is from the Bay Area in California and grew up around the Tournesol business. He spent several summers working in the Union City facility as an intern in the operations department. Henry graduated from Boston College, studying Psychology and Linguistics. For fun, he enjoy playing rugby, also played it in college, and his other hobbies include fishing, golf, and chess.
Northwest and Southwest
Ransom has been with Greenscreen® since 2007 and is now Tournesol's Greenscreen expert. He has used his knowledge of Green Facades and Green Wall installations and experience for many years. Ransom is also a LEED"' Green Associate and completed the landscape architecture program at UCLA Extension and worked for a design-build firm before joining Greenscreen.
Ransom is a native of Los Angeles. He attended the University of Southern California (USC) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He worked for 15 years at various arts organizations, including MOCA and Track 16 Gallery at Bergamot Station. When he's not working, Ransom enjoys going to the Hollywood Bowl for an occasional show. He's also known for his love of travel, having lived in London for a year after graduating from USC.
Texas, Colorado, South Central
John Solberg is based in Austin, Texas, and joined Tournesol after demonstrating his expertise by collaborating with architects and interior designers for three years to secure specifications for Kuberit USA products (a global manufacturer of innovative profile solutions for floor and wall coverings). John’s experience and regional location positions him to excel in projects spanning multi-family residences, hospitality, and healthcare industries.
When he is not working with specifiers, John enjoys a range of interests like golfing, exploring the depths through scuba diving, playing pickleball, and spending quality time with family and friends. An intriguing tidbit about John that may surprise you is that he spent his college summer breaks on the island of Guam - an undoubtedly enriching and unique experience.