WWJ Closeup, August 2021

Published On: July 15, 2021By Categories: Irrigation, Pumps and Water Systems, WWJ Closeup

SCOTT SHIMER
Sales Senior Manager
Professional Distribution Channel, North America
Pentair Residential and Irrigation Flow
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED?
You spend too much time in life working not to love what you do; so, find something you love, be passionate about it, and have fun. If you have these three ingredients, you will be successful—personally and professionally.

MOST SATISFYING PART OF YOUR JOB?
Spending time with customers is the most satisfying part of my job. Meeting with them, understanding their needs, and then working to solve their problems with our products, programs, and services is fulfilling and enjoyable.

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL SELF?
I would have gotten an engineering degree. I’ve worked in sales, product management, and marketing and love the product side of our business. I am technical to a point but lack the detail an engineer has and feel this would have helped me more in my career. 

BEST GREEN TECHNOLOGY FOR PUMPS?
A combination of pump efficiency, variable speed, and constant pressure is not only green but creates an opportunity to offer pump technology that makes life easier for people. It also opens the market to more than just the water well market.

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING MOST FROM YOUR CUSTOMERS?
“What new products do you have?” Customers are asking more and more about what is new and how are we pushing the envelope. We are finding the next generation of pump installers are embracing technology faster and faster, which makes it challenging and fun.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LATEST ADVANCEMENTS IN PUMP TECHNOLOGY?
I think it’s great. I think it raises the bar for all manufacturers and pushes them to develop newer products faster and not rely on the same old, same old.

GREATEST CHALLENGE FACING MANUFACTURERS OF PUMP SYSTEMS?
We need to train installers and contractors about the latest technology, so they feel comfortable moving away from the old technology. It is not easy to accept a new technology when the old ones have worked so well; so, continuing to educate is the key.

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