Executive changes at Thompson Pump

John Farrell, Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Co’s vice president of sales and marketing, is retiring after a 38-year career with the company.

John Farrell, who is retiring after a 38-year career with Thompson Pump.
John Farrell, who is retiring after a 38-year career with Thompson Pump.

With Farrell’s retirement, the US pump company has promoted Bobby Zitzka to vice president of sales and marketing and Pat Broderick to national sales manager.

Hired originally as a purchasing agent, Farrell rose through the Thompson Pump ranks to purchasing manager and then regional sales manager. In 2002 he was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing. While at Thompson Pump, Farrell helped establish and grow partnerships with national rental companies, distributors and vendors. He also travelled the world meeting customers, attending tradeshows and growing Thompson Pump’s international and municipal business as well as its dealer and distributor network.

“I am humbled and proud to have been such an integral part of the Thompson Pump team … to have helped this company exceed all expectations and grow to be the industry leader it is,” said Farrell.

“John is and always will be a friend to coworkers, customers and competitors across the globe, and to us. We wouldn’t be where we are today without him and we are forever grateful,” said Chris Thompson, president of Thompson Pump and Manufacturing Co. “I know the team is in very capable hands with Bobby and we are looking forward to seeing just how far he can take us.”

Zitzka joined Thompson Pump in 2002 as the branch manager for the company’s owned rental branch in Orlando, Florida. He was named national sales manager in 2013, and then moved to Thompson Pump’s corporate headquarters where he spent time with Farrell learning about the distribution network and national accounts and helped close the largest sale in company history.

Broderick, Thompson Pump’s new national sales manager, has been with the company for almost 20 years. Initially hired as a sales and rental territory manager in the Midwest, he helped expand Thompson Pump’s reach beyond the East Coast and Gulf areas by starting the company’s owned Kansas City Branch in his barn. He then grew the branch to a proper rental facility serving a large portion of the Midwest. In 2005 he was promoted to regional manager for the entire Midwest and West Coast regions.