Hall Of Fame Inductees
The individuals nominated should have made a significant impact or positive influence that assures the future of our industry in the lives of generations to come.
Once nominated, an individual’s biography and photo are updated on the site, and he or she is placed in the polls for voting. At the end of the year the committee takes into consideration the votes and decides which candidates are inducted.
Those with a star (*) next to their name below were either inducted posthumously or have passed away since being inducted.
- Person with integrity and passion
- Minimum 20 years in industry
- Someone who has developed or invented new technology
- Has made contributions that resulted in change
- Contributed to mankind’s needs in his field
- Provided education and encouragement with self-sacrifice
- Changed the industry
After receiving a BS degree in business administration from Cal State LA in 1971, Richard worked in the insurance industry until January, 1981 at which time he joined Superior Controls Co, manufacturer of irrigation valves and controllers. Superior Controls was founded in 1949 by brothers Powell and Allen Greenland. Powell is Richard’s father.
Richard began his career with Superior Controls as sales representative for Northern California and Western Nevada calling on irrigation distributors, designers, and public agencies. In 1985, Richard relocated to Southern California and assumed the position of Marketing Director.
After Powell Greenland retired in 1988, Richard became involved in other aspects of the company including sales management, product development, technical support including on-site troubleshooting, and various administrative duties such as insurance procurement.
After Allen Greenland retired in 2002, Richard became Vice President and General Manager of the company until August, 2006 when Superior Controls Co was acquired by Storm Industries located in Torrance, CA. Superior became part of Storm Manufacturing Group, a division of Storm Industries. Prior to acquiring Superior Controls Co, Storm acquired Buckner Irrigation in 2000. The irrigation brand of Storm Manufacturing Group became known as Buckner/Superior.
Richard, thinking he would stay on board with Storm Manufacturing Group for two or three years, actually stayed for sixteen years as Technical Service and Training Manager. He retired in May 2022.