In this episode of Farm Equipment's Thought Leader Series, Associate Editor Ben Thorpe sits down with Eric Raby, Claas Senior Vice President – Americas.

Raby details the story of his rise through the ranks of the ag equipment industry, including his beginnings as a dealership technician. Raby has held several positions in dealerships in addition to his time working at AGCO and Claas. 

Raby says his time working in the dealership before transitioning to the manufacturers gave him “an understanding and an appreciation for what our dealers and their personnel are going through. I value that very, very much.”

The Thought Leader video series is brought to you by Laforge.


Laforge branded front 3-point hitch systems have been available since 1979. Laforge Systems was established in 1991 as the first step in a carefully planned expansion to support Laforge’s growing number of dealers and customers throughout North America. The company quickly became a world leader in technology related to tractor-implement interaction, tractor ballasting and weight transfer.

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