Definition of rainmaker
1 : a person who produces or attempts to produce rain by artificial means
2 : a person (such as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business; also : a person whose influence can initiate progress or ensure success
rainmakingplay \-ˌmā-kiŋ\ noun
Recent Examples of rainmaker from the Web
With much turnover in the Louisiana congressional delegation in recent years, and with a Democratic governor at the helm, Mr. Scalise is widely viewed as his party’s biggest elected star in the state, and a rainmaker for other lawmakers.
Prior to moving to Apple, Saint John was a music-industry rainmaker who helped engineer Beyonce’s 2013 Super Bowl appearance and promotional deal with PepsiCo, at which Saint John served as head of music and entertainment marketing.
This storm could be a big rainmaker from Washington to Boston.
Boutros isn't shy about describing his rise from outpost generalist for Morgan Stanley to tech-world rainmaker.
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Financial Definition of RAINMAKER
What It Is
A rainmaker is a successful salesperson or other individual who generates significant revenue for a company.
How It Works
Let's say John Doe is a salesman for Company XYZ. He has a lead on a potential customer, Company ABC, which he has been cultivating for six months. John's sales methods involve calling on potential customers at certain times, providing product information in a certain format, and making sure to form a bond with the right vice presidents. He also has significant travel and entertainment expenses to wine and dine potential clients. As a result of these methods and planning, John's sales numbers are twice that of the other salespeople in the organization, and he brought in 20% of Company XYZ's revenue last year. John is a rainmaker.
Why It Matters
Rainmakers are valuable employees. They often make much more than other employees, both because they receive a percentage of their sales in commissions and because their companies want to keep them around.
Being a rainmaker means being willing to work long hours, dealing with a lot of rejection, being persistent, being educated and being a leader.
Legal Definition of rainmaker
: a person (as a partner in a law firm) who brings in new business
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