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, 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. Olson currently serves on the board of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, the board of The Toro Foundation and the Carlson School Board of Overseers.
Jody Christy was appointed vice president, BOSS, in November 2018. Prior to that, he served as general manager, BOSS, from June 2016 to November 2018. Christy joined the Toro Company as Director, Engineering, 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 was elected vice president, human resources and distributor development in December 2016, and in January 2020 was elected to the additional positions of General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Previously, she was vice president, human resources from March 2015 to December 2016. Prior to that, she served as managing director, corporate communications and investor relations from June 2013 to March 2015.
Dahl joined The Toro Company in 2007 as corporate counsel and served in various legal roles, 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 Toro’s product integrity team. From 2012 to 2014 she served as chair of the committee responsible for planning Toro’s centennial celebration.
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 currently serves on the board for The Toro Foundation.
Blake Grams was elected vice president, global operations in June 2013. He has responsibility for all activities in operations globally, including engineering test services, procurement, manufacturing, order services, transportation and logistics.
Grams joined The Toro Company in 1998 from KPMG, LLP as manager, external reporting. He has held a number of critical finance roles, including director, corporate finance, and was named corporate controller in 2006. Grams was appointed vice president, corporate controller in 2008.
Grams graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Clare 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. Previously he served as vice president, commercial from October 2016 through October 2017. In April 2015 he was named general manager, commercial. He also served as managing director of distributor development and financial services from June 2014 to March 2015, as director, distributor development from March 2012 to April 2014, and as director, 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.
Renee Peterson joined The Toro Company as vice president, finance and CFO in 2011 from Eaton Corporation. Her background also includes extensive work experience with Honeywell International. She was appointed Treasurer in July 2013.
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, business development and facilities.
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 currently serves on the boards of directors of Franklin Electric Co., Inc., the Greater Twin Cities United Way 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, international, in March 2015, a role he previously held from December 2008 to July 2010. He served as vice president, 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, marketing commercial and irrigation products; and director, 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 Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
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.
Kurt Svendsen was appointed vice president, information services in May 2013. He is responsible for all aspects of the Company’s global information services, including strategy and delivery of enterprise applications, business intelligence, communications and computing infrastructure, and information security to meet company goals.
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, including director, systems development, and senior director, enterprise applications. Starting in 2007, he spent six years in business roles as a director in Toro’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.