Greg Hunter has been promoted to chief operating officer of Hunter Industries. In this expanded role, he is responsible for executing company strategy and optimizing the day-to-day operations for all Hunter business units. He will also oversee the Hunter Executive Leadership Team that maintains a core focus on quality, innovation and responsible resource management. Hunter assumes this role having held leadership positions within several key departments at Hunter including engineering, product management, information systems and marketing. He is also a member of the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors and is involved with a number of other associations and non-profit groups. Hunter is an engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.

Gene Smith, Hunter’s current director of marketing for commercial and residential irrigation, has been selected to replace Hunter as the company’s new vice president of marketing. Smith assumes the position after 12 years at Hunter, in which he has held leadership positions in engineering, product management and marketing. In addition to his vast experience in the irrigation industry, Gene holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in engineering from the University of California, San Diego, as well as an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from California State University, San Marcos. In his new role, Smith will lead the marketing efforts for all Hunter business units including residential, commercial and golf irrigation, FX Luminaire landscape lighting, and Hunter Custom Molding.

Photos: Top, Greg Hunter; Bottom, Gene Smith