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Agrimarketing : Agribusiness Employer Guide 2008
“Services and Solutions for Successful Equipment Retailers.” home to pursue an exciting career in a dynamic business serving agricultural interests. Even though Mom,Dad and the school counselor advised going to the “big city”to find success and a satisfying future,this excellent student has found fulfillment in a rural community away from traffic congestion and high prices. Could this be a scene from the “Twilight Zone”? In fact,this is happening every YOU CAN GO HOME A recent college graduate returns to a community near her childhood The most successful equipment day in communities throughout the country — in agriculture equipment dealerships.Gone are the quaint shops that served the local farmcommunity in the past — replaced by multi-store operations employing hundreds of peo- ple. These companies are in need of bright,capable people with degrees in general business,education,marketing, agribusiness management and other related fields. A farmbackground and an understanding of rural economics is a plus when being considered for a dealership position. According to Keith Thomas, HR Director for a three-store dealership headquartered in Beloit,KS, “Today’s youth IS the future of our rural commu- nities and the agriculture industry. Ag equipment dealers are now offering new incentives (signing bonus,tuition reimbursement,and company paid benefits) to staff our business and keep our local graduates close to home.” dealerships are known for providing great service to their customers, treat- ing clients and employees with honesty and integrity, and enabling their team to growwith the company. Dealer- ships offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits,many offering the potential for increased earnings through commissions,profit sharing and stock ownership opportunities. If small-town values with big city benefits appeal to you,explore the opportunities available through equip- ment dealerships. Many advertise their positions on AgCareers.com through their affiliation with the SouthWestern Association,a regional trade association serving more than 600 agricultural and heavy-equipment dealers in Kansas,Mis- souri, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico, representing manufacturers of all brands. Aaron Lee,partner in a seven-store dealership headquartered in Plainview, TX,told us, “There are extremely good opportunities available in today’s Ag dealerships and they’re great places to work. The money is good and the atmosphere is much more laid back than “cor- porate America” today. Our employees are empowered to make decisions that impact the relationship we have with our customers, rather than run ideas up the chain of corporate command for a decision while the customer waits. Because of dealer- FAST FACTS Founded: 1889 Members: More than 600 companies Headquarters: 638 W.39th St.(64111) PO Box 419264 Kansas City,MO 64141-6264 800/762-5616 www.swassn.com Member Profile: Association members are retail dealers selling agriculture equip- ment, construction equipment and outdoor power equipment in Kansas,Missouri,New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Positions Available: For a complete listing of positions currently available,visit www. agcareers.com and search keyword “SouthWestern.” ship consolidation,many positions are specialized. With new technology con- stantly finding its way to the Ag equip- ment industry there are always new opportunities to differentiate yourself from the others by your early adoption of these new concepts.” If you are talented,passionate and committed to a future in agriculture, and you believe support for agriculture business services is vital to our nation’s economy,you owe it to yourself to con- sider a position in an agricultural equip- ment dealership.Like so many others, the agricultural equipment industry is rapidly changing — computer technol- ogy is a part of the equipment,and pre- cision agriculture,relying on GPS,yield monitoring systems and other high- tech solutions,is becoming an increas- ing part of the landscape. 37
May 2008 Supplement
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