Meet the Staff

Jerry Rode - Owner

Jerry Rode

Owner
Mechanically inclined and 12+ years of corporate business experience with Lockheed Martin and Rolls-Royce has enabled me to enthusiastically take on ownership of Premier Outdoor Power Equipment. Since purchasing the business in March of 2014 many changes have been made and improved on and we strive to continue to improve as we mature as a business. I'm only as good as the team around me, so let me introduce those that are responsible for helping Premier Outdoor become THE lawn equipment business in Franklin, IN and surrounding communities.
Derek Orlaska - Store Manager

Derek Orlaska

Store Manager
Serving in multiple management positions over the past ~10 years has helped Derek step in to Premier Outdoor with an 'outsiders' point of view and help make a positive impact to the business. He has worked as an assistant manager for Cracker Barrel and most recently as a store manager for Jason's Deli on the North side of Indianapolis. Hired in Jan 2016, Derek is focused on continually building his mechanical aptitude and has been attending multiple courses to further his knowledge base.
Earnie Blackwell - Service Manager

Earnie Blackwell

Service Manager
Earnie was hired in when Premier Outdoor started in March of 2014. He has 30+ years of experience in various mechanical roles, from servicing factory assembly line equipment, to general contracting, and now to managing the service department for Premier Outdoor. He enjoys turning wrenches and we enjoy giving him a hard time!
Mike Harrison - Small Engine Mechanic

Mike Harrison

Small Engine Mechanic
Mike brings some good experience to Premier Outdoor from Caterpillar. Joining us in the summer of 2017 to be a small engine mechanic he has picked up the nuances of both the 2 cycle and the 4 cycle engines very well. So whether you bring us a commercial lawn mower, a chainsaw, or a snowblower, chances are Mike will be involved to make sure it meets your satisfaction on the repair.