Great Lakes Athletic Fields provides effective solutions for athletic departments, building and grounds managers, architects and construction companies for all aspects of native soil, modified soil and sand-based natural grass sports fields.

With more than 60 years of combined award-winning experience, our team of highly-trained professionals can help provide hard-to-find answers and assist with the development of a plan for all phases of field management.

Great Lakes Athletic Fields is fully insured and bonded and serves the Great Lakes Region.

Our Mission
At Great Lakes Athletic Fields, we foster partnerships with our clients, vendors and employees that allow us to deliver high-quality, cost-effective projects that meet or exceed our clients’ expectations.

We value the importance of fair and true dealings with all employees, vendors, partners and clients, who count on our dependability, our drive and our integrity. We take great pride in our accomplishments and build on them every day.

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James E. Hornung Sr.
Owner
James E. Hornung Jr.
Owner/President
Alan R. Dungey, CSFM
Sales Manager
Robert P. Sanderson
Project Superintendent

James E. Hornung Sr.
Owner

Jim Hornung, Sr. has more than 35 years of experience in athletic field maintenance and management. After earning his AAS degree in Landscape and Nursery Management from SUNY at Alfred and serving in the Army National Guard, Jim started his career at Elbers Landscape Service. In 1980, Jim and his wife, Beth Ann, purchased the business. Jim was head groundskeeper at Dunn Tire Park in Buffalo for 16 seasons. In 2003, he became head groundskeeper for the City of Buffalo Parks Department and, in 2008, became Erie County Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, a position he held until 2011. Jim has been a sports field consultant for World University Games; Marco Clay Products; Erie Seawolves and SUNY Fredonia. He and his son, Jim Jr., started Great Lakes Athletic Fields in 2003.

In 1997, Jim was presented with the American Association Groundskeeper of the Year Award by Major League Baseball. In 2000 he received the Unity Award from Bayer Corporation and in 2007 he received the Citation of Merit Award from the New York State Turfgrass Association.

James E. Hornung Jr.
Owner/President

As president of Great Lakes Athletic Fields, Jim Hornung Jr. is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business he started with his father, Jim Hornung Sr., in 2003. In addition, Jim Jr. is president of Elbers Landscape Service. A graduate of Canisius College and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Jim was named Volunteer of the Year in 2008 by the Snow & Ice Management Association, where he currently serves as president.

Jim also belongs to the New York State Nursery & Landscape Association; the Western New York State Nursery & Landscape Association; the New York State Turfgrass Association (where he serves on the board); Sports Turf Managers Association; Planet (Professional Landcare Network); Main-Amherst Business and Resident Association (where he serves as board treasurer); the Cherry Hill Club and The Buffalo Club. Jim is also a board member for Hasek’s Heroes.

Alan R. Dungey, CSFM
Sales and Operations Manager

As sales and operations manager, Alan Dungey is responsible for sales, customer support and oversight of current company projects. Alan brings 25 years of athletic field management experience to Great Lakes Athletic Fields. Previously, he was director of facility operations for Frontier Field in Rochester NY, home stadium for the Rochester Rhinos (1996-2005) and Rochester Red Wings, and director of horticulture and grounds facilities at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. Alan also served as head groundskeeper for the Ottawa Lynx baseball club in Ottawa, ON, Canada, where he was the recipient of the 1994 and 1995 International League Groundskeeper of the Year award. The Club also received the 1997 Professional Baseball Field of the Year award during Alan’s tenure. He is a member of the New York State Turfgrass Association, Sports Turf Managers Association (where he obtained Certified Sports Field Manager status) and Sports Turf Managers of New York. Alan currently resides in Webster, NY with his wife and two children.

Robert P. Sanderson
Project Superintendent

As project superintendent for Great Lakes Athletic Fields (GLAF), Bob Sanderson is responsible for the oversight of all current GLAF projects. Based in Rochester, NY, Bob previously served as grounds and landscape manager for Sodexo Campus Services at Nazareth College for nearly 20 years, where he oversaw the installation of a $6.7 million athletic field and complex. He also spearheaded an initiative that called for recycled cooking oil to be converted to bio-diesel fuel used for grounds equipment, making Nazareth just the 18th college in the country to do so. Before that, Bob served as Nazareth’s grounds supervisor. He is a member of the board of directors of the New York State Turfgrass Association (NYSTA), where he also serves on the Executive and Education Committees. A hockey player for more than 24 years, Bob has also served as a youth hockey coach, managed a local ice arena and been a Zamboni driver. He resides in Henrietta, NY.

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