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GTE announces promotions, hiring

(SAN ANTONIO, Fla.)Global Turf Equipment (GTE) – the world’s largest independent seller and exporter of pre-owned golf course equipment – has promoted Walt McMahon to executive vice president.

After previously serving as GTE’s vice president of domestic sales for the past three years, McMahon will now be responsible for operations, sales and service. The 38-year golf-industry veteran has received numerous awards and accolades over the course of his career, including being named Jacobsen’s Dealer of Year (2010), Helena’s Company’s Commission Agent of the Year (1998-2013) and Grigg Brothers’ Top Sales Recipient for North America (2010-13). McMahon has also been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for more than 30 years and was president of the Palm Beach Golf Course Superintendents Association in 1992.

“We’re thrilled to announce Walt’s promotion to executive vice president of Global Turf and excited to see his leadership abilities flourish in this new role,” says Jim Sartain, Chief Executive Officer of GTE. “We are also expanding our operations and service departments to handle the growth opportunities we have had in the last few years and know Walt will excel is this position.” 

In a move to bolster Global Turf’s growing and successful service team, Erin Hermann has been hired as director of service. Hermann joins GTE after working for Jacobsen as their technical service manager for the past eight years. Through insightful leadership and attention to detail, Hermann will be a valued member of the Global Turf team.

Additionally, Christian Batts was recently promoted to facilities manager at GTE. Batts will oversee Global Turf warehouse facilities, incoming equipment and outbound shipping. Throughout his eight-year tenure at GTE, Batts continues to exceed expectations in all areas. 

Based outside Tampa, GTE showcases 400-600 “like new” machines across several warehouses totaling more than 35,000 sq. ft. Offering savings of up to 50% on products from brand leaders like Toro, John Deere, Jacobsen and Club Car, its inventory includes fairway green and rough mowers; top dressers and spreaders; trim mowers; turf aerators, sprayers, vacuums and blowers; utility vehicles and more.

Servicing golf facilities in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, GTE is proud to carry high quality, low hour, off-lease equipment. All machines purchased from GTE have received a thorough inspection of the engine, drive train, electrical system, hydraulic system and cutting units. They also come with a minimum of 50% of reel and tire life remaining, as well as new oil and oil filters, fuel and fuel filters, spark plugs, hydraulic fluid and hydraulic filters, rotary blades, bedknives, and more.

More information about GTE: / 866.588.3092

About Global Turf Equipment

Global Turf Equipment is the world’s largest independent seller and exporter of pre-owned golf course machinery, and a fiscally prudent alternative to buying new products. Founded in 2003, GTE purchases mowers, grinders, green rollers and more from short-term leases in partnership with major US financial lending firms. A 35,000-sq. ft. warehouse space serves private club, resort and daily-fee golf course clients in all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide. Featured brands include Toro, Jacobsen, John Deere and Club Car.


Andy Tabor