Thomas & Thomas is delighted to announce that John Wolstenholme has joined the company in the unique position of Vice President of Business Development.
A native of South Africa, John holds more than 20 years of international experience in fly fishing sales and marketing, branding and product development. He cut his teeth at the famed Farlows Group, as the first manager of their Sportfish shop at 13 Pall Mall in London. From there, he became the group fishing buyer at the company’s Wales headquarters. Wolstenholme then moved to Hardy and Grey’s Ltd. as Brand Marketing Manager. In addition to helping oversee product development and design, he was instrumental in the launch and growth of the brands in the United States and Europe. John then joined Fulling Mill as Sales and Marketing Director in the U.K. and likewise brought the brand to the American market.
“We are excited to welcome John to the team. He’s a very knowledgeable and driven individual, plus, he holds a relationship with T&T dating back to his time at Farlows. His rich history in the Fly Fishing Industry, combined with a passion for excellence, will allow John to help us grow the company in all the right ways,” said Neville Orsmond, owner of T&T. “We’re building out our U.S. and international dealer structure in a big way and he’ll manage all those relationships. The brand has experienced exceptional growth and we’re preparing to keep our production and customer service top-notch while continuing to entirely manufacture our product within the U.S.”
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of T&T and its future growth initiatives. I’m passionate about brand integrity and have always admired T&T’s brand principles and exceptional quality,” said Wolstenholme. “I look forward to working closely with the team at T&T on their sales and marketing initiatives, as well as product development. Neville has truly reenergized T&T in North America and we want to do the same in the global market. There’s a lot of international interest outside the U.S. to tap whilst still remaining focused on the company’s success here.”
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