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.


Nomination Qualifications

  • 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

Rob Starr

Strategic Technologies
Tel: (951) 785-3515
E-Mail: Robert.starr@toro.com


Rob has over 37 years of experience in advanced engineering / manufacturing technology and operations management.


During his career, he has developed various intelligent weather-based controllers and other high-tech products for both the irrigation and electronics industries. Prior to joining Toro, Rob was the VP/General Manager of Aqua Conserve Inc., a manufacture of irrigation controllers and related ancillary products. And, with the Emerson Electric Company for 14 years serving in different capacities such as Director of Operations (Astec Power division) and Director – Systems Integration Group (Emerson Process Management division).


As a representative of The Toro Company he is the host of the award-winning NBC News Radio show “the Water Zone”. Rob is a member of the Board of Directors for the Building Industry Association (BIA), Rob also serves as a member of the Green Living Counsel for the Community Association Institute (CAI) and a member of the NAHB Green Standards Committee for Water Efficiency. In addition, he is a Board member of the Riverside Chambers of Commerce and also participates on the Strategic Advisory Board for California Baptist University – School of Engineering and El Camino Community College District’s Natural Sciences Advisory Panel.


Rob earned his B.S Electronic Engineering and MS-Physics degrees at California State University – Northridge. He posesses a commercial FCC Radio-Telephone license and is also an amateur radio enthusiast, KJ6MVG.