Personnel from Rain Bird are set to share their water management expertise at the only major conference in Europe devoted to golf club management. Members of the Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) will meet from 21-23 November at the Wyboston Lakes Resort in Bedfordshire, UK, for their annual conference and awards ceremony. A line-up of
A few minutes from Mannheim city centre, Mannheim Viernheim Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Germany, located in the middle of the Rhine Neckar metropolitan region. The backdrop of the Käfertal Forest and 100-year-old trees for 40 fairway and green bunkers provides the perfect setting for a picturesque 18-hole course. This is
Two informative events for Italian golf clubs were held at Argentario Golf Club and Riviera Golf Resort in late September and early October, attracting attendees from several clubs in Emilia, Tuscany, Lazio and other Italian regions. Both days were jointly organised with a John Deere branch and golf dealers. Rain Bird combined forces with Italian
“Whether they are big or small, young or old, all dogs have a place in the underdog calendar — that’s what makes it so special and why Rain Bird loves being a part of it,” said Matthew Corentin, golf specification manager, Eastern U.S., Rain Bird Corp. “It might not be the first dog calendar, but it’ll definitely be the best!”
Since joining Rain Bird in 2020 as Regional Sales Manager for Central and Eastern Europe Tina has been developing business relationships in her territory and recruiting new staff to boost the experienced team that spans Europe. Reporting directly to Tina, Sven Weinberger has significant greenkeeping and irrigation experience gained at Fürth and Lauterhofen Golf Clubs, Schmidmühlen Golf and Country Club as well as project management at architectural and development firm BTT Bauteam Tretzel.
Five staff from Hoiana Shores Golf Club and seven from Rain Bird’s Vietnam Distributor Hoang Tram attended the three-day training program designed to ensure that staff installing and commissioning the Rain Bird IC System are factory trained and certified.
“We are extremely pleased to add Rob to our team,” said Mark Donohue, Rain Bird’s regional manager for Southeast Asia. “He has a strong background in irrigation operating systems combined with valuable product and field knowledge that will help us continue to build Rain Bird’s brand presence in this part of the world.” A native of Brisbane, Australia, Weiks has over three decades of experience in the horticulture industry, including extensive knowledge of nursery, landscape, and turfgrass maintenance. Over the years, Weiks has traveled throughout Southeast Asia, building and maintaining courses in Dubai, China, Azerbaijan, and Vietnam.
This month sees Shaun Anderson join Rain Bird Europe as Golf Sales Specialist for the UK, Ireland, and Iceland. Hailing from ‘The Home of Golf’, St Andrews, Shaun steps into his new role following Alastair Higgs’ recent promotion to Europe Service Manager. Before joining Rain Bird Shaun’s previous roles at Piperdam Golf and Leisure Resort
Mark Donohue is Rain Bird’s new regional manager for the company’s Southeast Asia market. In his new role, Donohue will manage the development of Rain Bird’s sales organization in Southeast Asia, and he will be tasked with growing Rain Bird’s Golf, Landscape and Agriculture businesses in all Southeast Asian territories, excluding Japan and Korea. Donohue
Tony Whelan has returned to Rain Bird’s Golf Division as its new international sales manager. In his new role, Whelan will use his significant sales and distribution experience to work closely with Rain Bird Golf’s international business managers and sales managers to grow golf sales in international markets outside of Europe and Canada.
Alastair Higgs has been promoted to the role of Europe Service Manager. In this new position, working from Rain Bird Europe’s office in France, Alastair’s responsibilities will include developing and driving forward service activities for Rain Bird across Europe. Antonio Farina has joined the Rain Bird Europe Golf Team as Area Sales Manager Golf. Gundars Vietnieks has joined the Rain Bird Europe Golf Team as Area Sales Manager Golf for Eastern Europe.
Rain Bird Golf has named Links Turf Equipment, Ltd. as its golf product distributor covering all of Thailand. Links Turf Equipment provides an extensive range of golf products and services for golf courses, including consultation, construction, maintenance and renovation. “Thailand is a re-emerging market in the golf course industry,” said Mark Donohue, Rain Bird Golf’s
Rain Bird Joins Forces with Golf & Irrigation to Provide Golf Irrigation Solutions Throughout New Zealand
Rain Bird has appointed Golf & Irrigation of Christchurch, New Zealand as its exclusive distribution partner for the full range of Rain Bird Golf irrigation products for golf courses, contractors, and turf managers. Golf & Irrigation is a new company with warehouses in Christchurch & Auckland, formed specifically to provide Rain Bird Golf products and solutions throughout the entire New Zealand market.
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America reports that only 2% of its approximately 16,000 members are female. Building diversity in the golf maintenance profession is important. Many of the male volunteers invited were from local courses and could travel to the site easily. To get more females, they would have to be brought to the course from some distance. Most likely the female volunteers could get the time off of work, but the cost to travel to the event would be prohibitive. After receiving the list of volunteers from The Olympic Club, Rain Bird arranged the flights of the female volunteers traveling from as far away as Florida and the northeast. Here are some of their stories.
“This industry is built on relationships, and Green Start Academy provides the perfect platform for attendees, as well as the mentors and hosts, to support the next generation of this industry,” said Rain Bird national sales manager, Jeffrey Lawson. “We are excited to join John Deere and Bayer for this year’s event and look forward to meeting the 2021 class in North Carolina.”