Our Story

Who we are and what we do

We are golf course superintendents and greenkeepers. We understand the challenges and what it takes to maintain a great golf course. Everything we have developed gets tested on the golf course, in real-life situations, over and over again, and we work with some of the most advanced laboratories in the world to develop the best and most effective solutions to everyday challenges.

          Capillary Bunkers were first installed in 2010 in Scandinavia in a very tough climate with severe winter ground freezing conditions. The product was invented and developed by Founder Martin Sternberg, CGCS, as a means of finally resolving all bunker problems in even the most severe golf course locations. Today, thousands of bunkers have been built or renovated with Capillary Bunkers all across the world, from Australia, Japan, Africa to the USA and Europe. Capillary Bunkers is available throughout the world, in every major golf market through local distributors. Capillary Bunkers is an international company and is owned in part by Martin Sternberg, among others. The Board of Directors is made up of some very experienced turf professionals, including Stig Persson, former Chairman of the Swedish Greenkeepers Association, FEGGA (European Greenkeepers Assoc.); and Martin Sternberg, CGCS. We also are fortunate to have a very competent administrative team in offices in Celebration, Florida.

The Team

Martin Sternberg , CGCS

CEO & Founder

Martin Sternberg is the chief innovator and entrepreneur behind Capillary Concrete. He brings decades of experience with the game of golf and in golf course management and construction to bear in guiding the development of Capillary Concrete’s products. He is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), became a pro and member of the PGA at 19 years old, and was one of only six players selected by the Swedish Golf Federation in 1987 for specialized training in the Swedish Military Golf Team. 

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He also studied golf course operations management at the San Diego Golf Academy Martin has built or renovated more than 25 golf courses across the world, including Hills Golf Club, designed by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest and the Oslo Golf Club, which today is Scandinavia’s most technically advanced golf course. Committed to finding new and better solutions to golf course problems throughout his career, Martin installed the first Penn A4 greens in Scandinavia after working with Dr. Duich at Penn State University. Martin developed Capillary ConcreteTM after many years of research and testing with support from investment firm Almi Innovationsbron. Martin absolutely loves the game of golf – both the strategy of the game and how it is affected by the golf course and nature. He comes from a long line of golf geeks and entrepreneurs and lives in Sweden and the US with his wife and daughters.

Johan Setteryd

Chief Operating Officer

Brad Funk

Business Controller

Greg Nichols

National Sales & Installation Manager U.S.

Hunter Smith

Operations Manager

Scott Grego

Sales & Installation Manager U.S.

Kneale Diamond

European Sales Manager

Drew Kahn

Staff Accountant

Stig Persson

Honorary Chair

Cory Blair

Sales and Business Development Manager

David Hardesty

Sales and Installations Manager, Midwest U.S.

Kneale Diamond

European Sales Manager

Kneale Diamond is our European Sales Manager and is based in the UK. Kneale started out in the golf industry as a greenskeeper at Ramsey Golf Club in the Isle of Man at the age of 15 and spent over 16 years in the industry working at The London Golf Club and Marriott Hanbury Manor Golf & Country Club where he was Course & Estates manager. After he left the greenskeeping industry he worked in the Irrigation industry for over 13 years where he supported golf clubs and sports facilities all over Europe and he is currently a qualified irrigation auditor and has vast experience of the golf industry. Kneale supports our European distributor network with his product expertise and experience.

Drew Kahn

Staff Accountant

Drew joined the Capillary Concrete Team in December 2019 as a Staff Accountant. She brings more than 10 years worth of experience in all facets of corporate accounting, finance and administration. During her years of service Drew had opportunity to work with Fortune 500 companies such as Fortunoff and Henry Schein in New York. Her background in construction accounting with her former employer IA Construction Management brings new perspective to Capillary Concrete accounting strategies. Drew holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Finance from Baker’s University in Kansas. Drew moved from New York in 2019  and currently resides in Florida.

Per Kjellander

Board Member

          Per Kjellander is managing director of Egmont Publishing in Sweden and Eastern Europe. Before Per joined Egmont, he was the managing director of Wennergren & Williams Information Service (1999-2004), and previously held various positions on the Modern Times Group (1996-1999), including as business development manager at Viasat and sales manager at ZTV. Per is also chairman of four of Egmont’s jointly owned companies. Per has a bachelor in Economics from Uppsala University and has also completed executive education at London Business School and the Institute of Management (IFL). He lives in Saltsjöbaden, outside of Stockholm.

Travis Chivers

Business Director of Golf

Travis has more than 15 years experience in the golf industry as General Manager and PGA Professional at clubs in Georgia and Florida. He has consulted for more than 25 golf courses within the Southeast region regarding daily operations and operational risk and was formerly the CEO of a company in New York City and traveled internationally consulting for numerous companies. Travis played professional golf on the PGA as well as mini-tours. He lives in Orlando, Florida and has four children of which one daughter who is a nationally ranked junior golfer. Travis enjoys traveling and going to LPGA events alongside his daughter.