Articles by Mike Lessiter

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Conversations in Ag

Research: Can It Be a Dealership’s Business?

An on-farm researcher and iron dealership agronomist share what areas of opportunity exist for machinery dealers to prove out methods of independent seed and chemical sales.
Marion Calmer and Mark Truster sat down during the National No-Tillage Conference to discuss the natural intersection — and blurred lines — between agronomic research and equipment sales, along with opportunities for today's evolving machinery dealer to reduce the risk of assumption based investments by farm customers.
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Conversations in Ag

Early Experience & Advantage in European Brands

Recorded during a 3-hour bus ride between LeMans and Paris, France, two dealer representatives explain the how’s & whys of their decisions to get early starts in selling and servicing European farm machinery and technology such as Claas, Horsch and JCB.
Recorded during a 3-hour bus ride between LeMans and Paris, France, two dealer representatives explain the how’s & whys of their decisions to get early starts in selling and servicing European farm machinery and technology such as Claas, Horsch and JCB.
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Dealer Structures: Europe, North America a World Apart

European dealers differ vastly from their counterparts in many ways, particularly in the concentration of dealers and sizes of the farms they serve. This meeting with a European dealer-principal and a manufacturing exec from a large multinational company showed how data challenge debates exist everywhere, and that dealer-manufacturer relations remain critical, and remain more art that science.
On Day 2 of Farm Equipment’s trip to Agritechnica, Erik Hogervorst, owner of Wout Hogervorst V.O.F.. dealership in the Netherlands, and president of CLIMMAR (European dealer association) and Eric Raby, president/GM-Sales of Claas North America gathered in Hall 9.
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A New-Era Contract

A New-Era ‘Contract’

This year (2019) marks 15 years since our company (Lessiter Media) acquired Farm Equipment magazine (along with two other titles we rebranded as Ag Equipment Intelligence and Farm Innovations For Today’s Top Farm Operator). The last 15 years have brought highs and lows, but never boredom! We’re forever grateful for an acquisition that introduced us to so many outstanding people — both personally and professionally — that comprise you, the North America’s farm equipment industry.
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H&R Agri-Power’s Sales Comp Plan

Ryan Polete, sales manager at H&R Agri-Power made a profound opening statement about sales compensation and motivations. “What I’m showing is really not a compensation plan that motivates people, but it will push their direction in the right way. That’s about all we can hope for on that. Money,” he says, “should motivate our sales force.”
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To the Point: Onboarding Salespeople: Calibrate Your Current Sales Force, Too

The highest rated panel of the 2019 Farm Equipment Dealership Minds Summit featured two Dealership of the Year Alumni. It was no surprise that dealers learned so much from RDO Equipment and Stotz Equipment. We’ve visited them on numerous occasions and continue to be amazed by their home-grown systems that cultivate the exact results they want.
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