Andy Symes has joined T H WHITE as Case IH Sales Manager reporting to Case IH Dealer Principal and head of our Agriculture Division, David Rapkins. Based at Stockbridge – a dedicated Case IH branch for T H WHITE – Andy will combine team management with sales and business development championing the Case IH brand together with its associated franchises (Pöttinger, Manitou and McConnel). He will be responsible for his own sales territory while also managing the sales team day to day. He will also support the service workshop and parts function based at the branch.
Andy studied agricultural engineering and brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Starting out as an agricultural engineer in Salisbury, Andy gained early experience with Massey Ferguson, Fiat and Renault tractors along with Claas combines. He trained in electronics and hydraulics and quickly learned all about tractor systems. He then spent 13 years in pig farming followed by a short spell maintaining large cargo and passenger aircraft before moving back into the agricultural sector as an engineer for the Peter Noble dealership at Ringwood. Here, he demonstrated equipment and got the sales bug, before moving on to territory sales management for a Claas dealer business.
Before joining T H WHITE, Andy worked at New Holland UK as Area Sales Manager and then as Harvester Sales Area Manager for South West England and Wales, where he was successful in increasing the company’s combine harvester market share. Being from the local area, when the position was advertised Andy recognised there is much opportunity to grow the business while working closer with customers and the product. David welcomes Andy to the team commenting that he brings not only valuable and relevant harvest product experience, but also a culture of creating positive relationships and an attitude to deliver a first-class customer experience – values the team at T H WHITE also share.