Petta Joins Valent Professional Products as Aquatics Territory Manager

July 1, 2010

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—Valent Professional Products announced that Jim Petta will be joining the company as territory manager for its new aquatics business.

Based in Corpus Christi, Texas, Petta will oversee the sales strategy and outreach of the company’s expanding portfolio of aquatic brands, including Clipper™ and Tradewind™ Herbicides, which are both pending federal registration from the Environmental Protection Agency.

With over 20 years of experience in the aquatics, crop, turf and ornamental businesses, Petta comes to Valent Professional Products after working with a number of leading industry companies. Petta most recently served at Syngenta, where he was station manager in Chile. In addition, Petta has worked at Zeneca and ICI.

“Jim has extensive experience in aquatics, and he has served on several industry boards. He also is very familiar with distribution networks, key influencers and end-users,” said Valent Professional Products national sales manager John Johnson. “His professional experience, skill set and educational background make him an ideal fit to lead Valent’s growing portfolio of best-in-class solutions for the aquatics markets.”

On his decision to join Valent, Petta said he was motivated by the company’s direction, its people and its exciting portfolio of products currently in development.

As aquatics territory manager, Petta says his focus will be on “gaining support for products through our channel partners and end-users and on providing solutions that create value for each participant in the transaction.”

Petta graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in entomology. He has a master's degree in science from California State University.

About Valent U.S.A. Corporation
Valent, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, develops and markets products in the United States and Canada that protect turf and crops, enhance crop yields, improve food quality, beautify the environment and safeguard public health. Valent products include a well-known line of quality herbicide, insecticide, fungicide and plant growth regulator products for professional and agricultural use. It differentiates itself from its competitors as a leader in marketing and sales of both biorational and traditional chemical products.

For more information about Valent Professional Products, Valent U.S.A. Corporation or our full product line, please call 800-89-VALENT (898-2536), or visit the Valent Professional Products Web site at www.valentpro.com.