Rick Olson was elected Chairman of the Board in November, 2017, and as president and chief executive officer in November 2016. Previously, he was elected president and chief operating officer in September 2015 and to the board of directors of The Toro Company in January 2016. Prior to that, he was elected group vice president, international business, micro irrigation business and distributor development in June 2014, and was named vice president, international business in March 2013.
Olson joined Toro in 1986 as a manufacturing process engineer. He has held various positions in operations and engineering at five Toro locations—including manager of advanced manufacturing, commercial engineering program manager, director of Shakopee plant operations, and managing director of northern manufacturing operations. In 2010, he was named general manager of Exmark, and was appointed vice president of Exmark in 2012.
Olson earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. He serves on the boards of The Toro Foundation, and the Board of Overseers of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
Kevin Carpenter joined The Toro Company as vice president, global operations and integrated supply chain in December 2021 from Carrier Global Corporation. In his new role, he has responsibility for procurement, manufacturing, order services, transportation and logistics.
Carpenter previously served as vice president of operations for Residential and Light Commercial Systems at Carrier and held other leadership positions in the organization including vice president of quality and continuous improvement and vice president of advanced manufacturing. Prior to joining Carrier, Carpenter was vice president of manufacturing services at Rockwell Automation, Inc. He also held earlier engineering and operations roles at General Electric, Magna International, Nexxus Lighting and General Motors/Delphi.
Carpenter holds a Master of Business Administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve, a Master of Science in industrial engineering and engineering management from Youngstown State University, a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in general engineering, with a minor in mathematics, from Morehouse College. He also holds a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Ashland University.
Jody Christy was appointed vice president, BOSS, in November 2018. Prior to that, he served as general manager of BOSS from June 2016 to November 2018. Christy joined The Toro Company as director of Engineering at BOSS when the BOSS professional snow and ice management business was acquired in November 2014. Christy has overall responsibility for sales, marketing, product development, quality, and customer service within the BOSS division.
Christy earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University and attended the Kellogg School of Business Executive Development Program at Northwestern University.
Amy Dahl has served as vice president, human resources and general counsel since November 2020. Previously, she was vice president of human resources, distributor development and general counsel from January 2020 to November 2020. Prior to that, she was vice president of human resources and distributor development from December 2016 to January 2020, and vice president of human resources from March 2015 to December 2016. Dahl has also served as our corporate secretary since January 2020.
Dahl joined The Toro Company in 2007 as corporate counsel and served in various legal roles of increasing responsibility, including as assistant general counsel and assistant secretary until June 2013. She provided legal counsel primarily in the areas of securities law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law, and had oversight responsibility for the Company’s product integrity team. From 2012 to 2014 she served as chair of the committee responsible for planning the Company’s centennial celebration. She also served as managing director, corporate communications and investor relations from June 2013 to March 2015.
Dahl earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Juris Doctor, with distinction, from The University of North Dakota School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. She serves on the boards of the Greater Twin Cities United Way and The Toro Foundation.
Angie Drake was appointed vice president, construction in April 2020. Drake joined The Toro Company as senior managing director and integration co-lead when Charles Machine Works was acquired in April 2019. Drake has responsibility for the sales, marketing, product development, quality, and customer service for the construction business, including the Ditch Witch, American Augers, Trencor, Hammerhead Trenchless, Subsite Electronics, and Radius HDD brands as well as corporate-owned dealers. She also serves as site leader for the Perry, Oklahoma location.
Drake originally joined Charles Machine Works in September 1997 and subsequently held a series of staff and management accounting roles leading to her appointment as corporate controller and treasurer in 2007. She then was named CFO and secretary-treasurer of Charles Machine Works in 2011 and served in this role until 2019.
Drake earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma and is a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs. She serves on the board of directors of the First Bank & Trust Company and State Chamber of Oklahoma.
Blake Grams was appointed vice president, sustainability, business analytics and process improvement in December 2021. He previously served as vice president of global operations from June 2013 to December 2021 and as vice president, corporate controller from December 2008 to June 2013.
Grams joined The Toro Company in 1998 from KPMG, LLP as manager of external reporting. He has held a number of critical finance roles, including director of corporate finance, and was named corporate controller in 2006.
Grams graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. He currently serves on the boards of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation and The Toro Foundation.
Brad Hamilton was elected group vice president, commercial and international in November 2017, and added responsibility for irrigation, lighting and ag irrigation businesses in October 2018 and Venture Products in 2020 due to an acquisition. Previously, he served as vice president of commercial from October 2016 through October 2017. In April 2015, he was named general manager of commercial. He also served as managing director of distributor development and financial services from June 2014 to March 2015, as director of distributor development from March 2012 to April 2014, and as director of marketing in the international division from December 2006 to March 2012.
Hamilton first joined The Toro Company in 1988 as a marketing intern. The following year he joined the Company full-time and prior to December 2006 held various positions in sales and marketing.
Hamilton earned a bachelor’s degree in financial economics and biology from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. He serves on the board of directors of The Toro Foundation and the National Golf Foundation.
Greg Janey was appointed vice president, residential and landscape contractor businesses in December 2019. In November 2020, Greg expanded his leadership role to take responsibility for The Toro Company's Center for Technology, Research and Innovation (CTRI) and lead the newly established Technology Strategy Council. Previously, Janey served as general manager of residential and landscape contractor businesses from November 2017 to December 2019, and as director of marketing for the international business from March 2015 to November 2017. Janey has overall responsibility for sales, marketing, product development, quality, and customer service within the residential and landscape contractor businesses.
Janey joined The Toro Company in 2004 as a marketing associate in the commercial business and was named marketing manager in 2005. He subsequently held roles in commercial marketing until 2008 when he joined the international business as senior manager of marketing. In 2010, Janey moved to the residential mass sales team as national account manager. He was subsequently named director of residential mass sales and national accounts, where he served from December 2011 to March 2015.
Janey earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University, an MBA from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management and completed the Booth School of Business - Advanced Management Program at The University of Chicago.
Peter Moeller was appointed vice president, international in November 2020. He previously served as vice president of Sitework Systems from December 2019 through October 2020 and as general manager of Sitework Systems from November 2017 to December 2019. Prior to that, he served as managing director of business development and strategic planning from March 2015 to November 2017.
Moeller joined The Toro Company in 1998 in international marketing, and served in various roles, including senior manager of international, commercial and residential irrigation. In 2006, he was named director of sports fields and grounds and parts for the commercial business. In 2010, he was named director of marketing for the irrigation business in Riverside, California, and added the lighting business to his responsibilities in 2011. He returned to the Company's headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota, in 2015 in his role with the business development group and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for the Perrot and LT Rich acquisitions. Moeller also served as co-leader of the Integration Management Office for the integration of the Charles Machine Works acquisition in 2019.
Moeller earned a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Renee Peterson joined The Toro Company as vice president, finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2011 from Eaton Corporation. She also served as Treasurer from 2013 to 2020. Her background also includes extensive work experience with Honeywell International.
Peterson is responsible for all financial areas of the company, including tax, controllership, internal audit, corporate liability and risk management, banking relations and investor relations. She also has responsibility for information services technology.
Peterson earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting from Saint Cloud State University, and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management. She serves on the board of directors of Franklin Electric Co., Inc. and The Toro Foundation. Peterson also serves as the chair of the Advisory Council of the St. Cloud State University Herberger Business School.
Darren Redetzke was appointed vice president, strategic technologies in November 2020. He previously served as vice president of international from March 2015 through October 2020, a role he previously held from December 2008 to July 2010. He served as vice president of commercial business from July 2010 to March 2015.
Redetzke joined The Toro Company in 1988 as a senior design engineer for consumer power products. He served in multiple roles within the international group, including sales and marketing manager, consumer products; senior marketing manager, irrigation products; director of marketing for commercial and irrigation products; and director of marketing, golf commercial products in the United States. In 2006, he was promoted to managing director of Toro’s growing international business.
Redetzke received his Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota - Institute of Technology. He also holds an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Rick Rodier was elected group vice president, construction businesses in April 2019, assuming responsibility for overseeing the performance of The Toro Company’s enterprise-wide construction businesses and leading the integration of the newly acquired Charles Machine Works businesses. In May 2020, Rodier expanded his leadership role to include both the contractor and residential businesses. Previously, Rodier served as vice president of commercial from November 2017 through March 2019, and as vice president of Sitework Systems from October 2016 through October 2017. He was first named general manager of Sitework Systems in February 2009.
Rodier joined The Toro Company in 1987 as a manufacturing systems analyst. He has held various positions in the commercial marketing group and previously served as general manager of the Company’s landscape contractor business from 2004 to 2009.
Rodier earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He serves on the board of directors of The Toro Foundation.
Kurt Svendsen was appointed vice president, strategy, corporate and channel development in November 2020. He previously served as vice president of information services from May 2013 through October 2020. He is responsible for enterprise strategy development and planning, acquisitions and other investments, and portfolio management. He also leads the Company's distributor development function and strategic technologies group.
Svendsen served in multiple information technology roles at Andersen Consulting and Medtronic before joining The Toro Company in 1999, and held various information services management positions. Starting in 2007, he spent six years in business roles as a director in The Toro Company's strategy and business development group, and then managing director of investor relations, corporate communications and community relations efforts, before returning to lead the information services organization.
Svendsen holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison as well as an MBA from the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.
Daryn Walters was appointed vice president, Exmark in December 2021. Prior to that, he served as general manager of Exmark from November 2018 to December 2021. Walters joined The Toro Company in 2006 as director of marketing at Exmark. Walters has overall responsibilities for sales, marketing, product development, quality, and customer service within the Exmark division.
Prior to joining The Toro Company, Walters co-founded and served as vice president of marketing for XML Solutions, an international supply chain management company that was acquired by Vitria Technology. He also served as a senior product strategist at Platinum Technology, where he focused on enterprise software solutions.
Walters earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University.