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Blake Roder from Brookside Equipment’s Spring location instructs staff at Mercer Botanic Gardens on proper operation of their new John Deere.

Volunteers at Mercer Botanic Gardens are grateful for a new utility vehicle just in time to help prepare for Mercer’s largest plant sale of the year.

The Mercer Society (TMS) recently received the Metal to the Petal Utility Vehicle Grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust to replace a utility vehicle damaged during Hurricane Harvey.


“This grant will help us get back on track after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey damaged our tools, greenhouses, and plants,” said TMS President Maryanne Esser. “The new utility vehicle can hold up to 80 one-gallon pots, vastly improving transport time from our greenhouses to the plant sale area.”


After Hurricane Harvey devastated Mercer last year, volunteers were worried they would have to cancel March Mart, an annual plant sale benefitting Precinct 4’s Mercer Botanic Gardens. Instead, Mercer staff and volunteers rallied after the storm and recovered most of the TMS plant stock. With repairs at the park also progressing, TMS planned the plant sale to coincide with the reopening of Mercer Botanic Gardens’ East Side, which has been closed since late August due to significant damage.


The public is invited to shop at March Mart Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the East Side Gardens. Purchase a TMS membership to gain VIP early access to the sale Friday, March 16 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. orSaturday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Early shoppers have the best chance of taking home Mercer’s rarest plants not available at local nurseries. Visit or call 713-274-4107 to get a TMS membership or upgrade an existing membership for VIP early access.


With leadership from Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Mercer Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 Parks facility located one mile north of FM 1960 at 22306 Aldine Westfield Road in Humble, 77338. Harris County Precinct 4 programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, sex, religion, national origin, or physical ability. Anyone seeking additional information or requiring special assistance to participate in any program should contact Mercer at 713-274-4160 or online at ty/parks/mercer

JV Training Awards

Congratulations to these Brookside Team Members at the Jersey Village location for their advance training achievements. From left to right: 

STEVE MALEK - ADVANCED SALES REPRESENTATIVE Since 1984, Steve has been involved in Sales and the Store Manager at Jersey Village.  He has done an outstanding job in both applying his knowledge and skills, as well as mentoring the entire store team.

JOHN GILCHRIST - MASTER SERVICE TECHNICIAN Years of training and experience is what it takes to become a John Deere Master Service Technician.  March 2017, marks 18 years of John's dedication at Brookside.  He has capitalized on every opportunity to advance his personal development and training, which translates into his consistantly high work efficiency.

 LOUIS RANDO - ADVANCED SERVICE MANAGER Louis started his employment at the Jersey Village store in January 2000. With 17 years of leading the Service Department, he is one of the company's senior Service Managers and now has the sheepskin to go with it.  Before this, Louis has attained many other service training recognitions. Again, congratulations and many thanks to all three, who are an asset to both the Company and it's customers!



Employees from the Brookside Equipment Spring location donated Christmas toys for the TOY RUN benefiting Boys & Girls Country in Waller, TX.  The 37th annual TOY RUN was sponsored by the N.W. Houston San Jacinto High Rollers.  The toys were delivered by a police escorted motorcycle caravan to Boys & Girls Country on December 4th.   Justin Starrick, truck driver for the Spring location, is a member of the Montgomery County chapter of the San Jacinto High Rollers.

Service Technicians from all Brookside Equipment locations participated in
day long Factory Technical Training for Stihl Products, conducted by Derek
Monell of Stihl.  This in one way Brookside Equipment, a major distributor
and service center for Stihl, assures it customers get the best possible
performance from their equipment.

            With the development of new technology and high-performance systems for John Deere equipment, it is critically important that customers receive exceptional service from highly-trained product experts, technicians and aftermarket support personnel. Brookside Equipment Sales participates in a comprehensive training program with John Deere to help their employees reach the highest standards of expertise.

            Recently, John Freeman achieved Advanced level recognition for the position of Sales Representative.  This level of achievement was accomplished by completing extensive training in the John Deere University program.  He received a special plaque of recognition to honor this accomplishment.

            John Deere University credits are earned in various categories to ensure expertise in the sales, service, or parts departments of John Deere dealerships. The structure for this recognition is similar to achieving credit hours in a university.  This ongoing training program is just one of the tools used by Brookside Equipment Sales to improve overall support and service to customers in their trade area.

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Brookside Equipment is proud to announce that Doug Schmidt and Bernard Correll of our Katy location have reached a milestone in their training achievements through John Deere University.  Doug has achieved the status of John Deere Advanced Sales Manager and Bernard has achieved the status of John Deere Master Service Technician.  Brookside Equipment offers continued growth for its employees through John Deere University as they fulfill their dealership responsibilities.  We thank Doug and Bernard for their expertise and professionalism in their jobs and congratulate them on their accomplishments.

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The Sonny Dubose award was established to honor both the award’s namesake and a superintendent/affiliate of the South Texas Superintendent Association member who has made significant and continual contributions to the industry and the Chapter.  Brookside Equipment Sales is proud to announce the 2016 Sonny DuBose Award winner Mr. John Freeman.  

 Pictured with past recipients, Johnny Walker, Steven Chernosky, Doug Browne, Terry Gill.