Darren Siekman has been promoted to president of Behlen Country, the nation’s leading manufacturer of farm and ranch equipment.

Siekman previously held the position of General Manager for Behlen Country and prior to that was Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In his new role, he will serve as team leader for all Behlen Country operations including sales, marketing, engineering, and manufacturing.

Siekman said his goal is to “Improve as a leader, focus on faster delivery to our customers, and respond to market challenges.” He added that he plans to “Listen to customers and bring their wants and needs back to Behlen Partners in Progress (employees).” To achieve this, he said “I will make sure we are learning from our rural lifestyle, farmer, and rancher end user customers and our retail dealers.”

Siekman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association, and the Vice President of the Bennington Board of Education, previously serving as President and Treasurer.

He and his wife, LeAnn, have been married 23 years. She teaches science at DC West Middle School in Waterloo. They have two children, Allison, a sophomore at UNL majoring in agronomy with an emphasis in research, and Grant, a junior at Bennington High School.

Siekman, originally from Central City, has run four full marathons, many half marathons and road races.