Helsinki, Finland: Soil Scout has appointed Clint Payne to the role of Business Unit Director for the Americas.
Payne will initially focus on building Soil Scout’s presence in North America. Working closely with current distributors, he will also be tasked with identifying new partners and helping with developing global business partnerships.
Payne’s appointment followed an extensive and exhaustive recruitment process that identified his past experiences in the irrigation and golf sectors as leading factors in his suitability for this new role.
“We are really excited to welcome Clint to the Soil Scout family. He joins us with an extensive background and his experience complements our team just perfectly,” said Jalmari Talola, CEO at Soil Scout, an Associate Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
He added: “As a former golf course superintendent and irrigation systems expert, Clint brings much-needed knowledge and an extensive existing network to the company. His long experience in sales and sales management in the US will accelerate our expansion in the US golf, sports and agricultural sectors.
“This is an exciting time for Soil Scout in the US. We are experiencing high volumes of enquiries from the region and with this appointment following quickly after the successful recruitment of Christian Walter we are showing a real commitment and desire to further establish Soil Scout in the United States.”
Payne has a BS in Agronomy from North Carolina State as well as an MBA from Western Carolina University. He is an experienced sales and supply chain professional having previously held sales manager roles at Rivulis Irrigation, Hunter Industries and Triest Irrigation.
Prior to moving to his sales career, Payne’s golf course maintenance journey started at Lochmere Golf Club, then the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs and finally as an Assistant Superintendent at the Governors Club in Chapel Hill, NC.
Of his new job, Payne said: “Soil Scout has several differentiators from which we can uniquely go to market. There are many paths to success with this industry leading technology.
“Business development has always been a passion of mine and has been the driving force in my career thus far. This is a great opportunity to grow the company in a significant way.
“I am looking forward to meeting customers and showing them honesty and responsiveness. This mantra has served me well over my 19-year professional career.”
Of the Soil Scout solution, Payne said: “Soil Scout is a differentiator in that it is the only solution that gives continuous monitoring, wirelessly, for up to 20 years. You do not have to buy expensive wire, conduit, and it also mitigates lightning and rodent costs.
“Soil Scout is already proven on the largest turf venues in the world. This solution was founded in agriculture out of necessity, and I will be focusing on bringing it full circle back to its roots. I believe this solution will work well in nursery, greenhouse, and field crops.”
Payne is a family man, married with one son, and is a keen amateur sportsman, including a passion for playing golf. He also plays football and enjoys CrossFit workouts, racquet sports, kayaking, hiking and yard games.
“Life is about experiences and having fun. I can’t wait to continue this journey with Soil Scout,” he said.