Thursday, June 26, 2014

Australia and New Zealand Dealers Share Ideas | by Martin Porter

Valmont Irrigation Australia entertained a few dealers on the Gold Coast in early June. It is the first time in many years that the dealers from Australia and New Zealand got together to swap ideas and meet those from different areas.

We talked about new products, competitive advantages, and dealer development, which we will be rolling out in the next few months. Guest speakers from Nelson Irrigation and Valley Finance shared information about their products as well.

After the hard work in the rooms of the Hilton on the Gold Coast, it was time to let our hair down at the Outback Spectacular. Unfortunately, not all the dealers that attended the training could join us due to meetings and Irrigation Conference commitments. The dealers that did go were impressed with the show put on that night, including a Tribute to Phar Lap, a great Australian race horse from back in Australia’s racing history.

The Irrigation Conference, June 4-5, had good attendance from the irrigation industry. At the Valley stand, we promoted Variable Rate Irrigation, GPS Guidance, BaseStation3™, and all our other products. There was much interest in BaseStation3 from dealers and farmers alike. We look forward to the roll out of this product over the next few months.

Martin Porter
Territory Sales Manager, Valmont Irrigation Australia

Martin has been involved with pumps since 1986 and irrigation since 1994. In 2003, he realized the future was efficiency in water movement and application, which led to his eventual position with Valmont. He has also worked in power generation, project management, total quality management, and real estate. In his spare time, Martin enjoys water sports, particularly sailing. He is a yachting instructor and trains up-and-coming Naval cadets.