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Tony Whelan Returns To Rain Bird Golf As International Sales Manager

Tony Whelan has returned to Rain Bird’s Golf Division as its new international sales manager.

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.  

Whelan first joined Rain Bird International in Canada in 1997 and worked in a variety of positions in that country, eventually becoming a regional manager for Rain Bird’s Canadian Landscape Division. Whelan and his family relocated to Rain Bird’s Tucson, Arizona offices in 2005 where he worked with Landscape Division teams to grow international sales. In 2008, he joined the Golf Division as a golf specification manager.

Whelan left Rain Bird in 2012 but stayed in the golf industry in a leadership role with Jacobsen mowers. He also led channel expansion and development initiatives with MTD Products, focusing on outdoor power equipment dealerships and the landscape contractor market.

“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Tony back to the Rain Bird family,” said Stuart Hackwell, director of Rain Bird’s Golf Strategic Business Unit. “We’re already familiar with his many strengths and his in-depth knowledge of the golf market, and he’s only increased his expertise over the past few years. We expect him to be a great addition to our team as we expand Rain Bird Golf’s presence worldwide.”

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Based in Azusa, Calif., Rain Bird Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since its beginnings in 1933, Rain Bird has offered the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for farms, golf courses, sports arenas, commercial developments, and homes in more than 130 countries around the globe. Rain Bird has been awarded more than 450 patents worldwide, including the first in 1935 for the impact sprinkler. Rain Bird and The Intelligent Use of Water™ are about using water wisely. Its commitment extends beyond products to education, training, and services for the industry and the community. Rain Bird maintains state-of-the-art manufacturing assembly facilities in the United States, China, and Mexico.

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