Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt

Kim Schmidt is the Executive Editor of Farm Equipment and the host of Ag Equipment Intelligence’s On The Record. An award-winning writer, she worked 7 years in business-to-business trade media before joining Farm Equipment in 2012. She is a journalism graduate of Marquette University.

Contact: kschmidt@lessitermedia.com

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Customer Satisfaction Drives Metrics for Riechmann Bros.

For 100 years, Riechmann Bros. has been serving customers in Southern Illinois, and the dealership’s focus on customer satisfaction has led to success for the 4-store dealership.
For 100 years, some combination of Riechmann brothers has been serving Okawville, Ill., and the surrounding communities. Today, the third and fourth generations are working in the business and make up the dealership’s board.
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Diversification & Expansion Help Fill Market Gaps

First Choice Farm & Lawn, co-owned and operated by brothers Ron and Don Parks, has grown from 1 store to 6 in the 10 years since they bought the dealership.
Upon graduating from the Univ. Tennessee at Martin in 2009, Ron Parks got a job working for Danny Montgomery, who owned a Kubota dealership in Union City, Tenn. Starting off in the parts department, Ron quickly worked his way up into a sales and management role.
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Q&A with TE Connectivity’s Sebastien Dupre

TE Connectivity’s product management lead for Hybrid ad Electric Mobility shares details on the company’s role in the advancement of electric powered farm equipment.
Connectivity is a $14 billion industry leader that provides a broad portfolio of rugged sensors, terminals, connectors and relays for agricultural equipment (and other vehicles). Those solutions are particularly engineered to withstand the harsh conditions in the agricultural industry, providing the durability and reliability that operators require.
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Checking in on Dealers’ Employee Development

The Western Equipment Dealers Assn. and Farm Equipment surveyed dealers across North America to gauge their biggest needs for training and developing future leaders.
Workforce and leadership development is a critical need for the future growth of a dealership’s business. That development must extend beyond training on the tasks needed to do one’s job.
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Precision Farming Dealer Summit 2022 Recap

3 Precision Managers Share Their Keys to Success

Managers from Precision Farming Dealer’s last 3 Most Valuable Dealerships explain how they’ve adjusted their management approaches to achieve continued growth and revenue success.

What it takes to run a successful precision department or precision dealership today is different from what was required in the past — and is likely far different from what it will take to be successful in the future. Over the last 10 years, Precision Farming Dealer has recognized dealerships that have demonstrated excellence in precision sales and service as part of the Most Valuable Dealership (MVD) program.


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Executive Q&A

Leading by Empowering

Chris Werner, CEO of 4 entities located under the BCP Equipment Ownership Group, says giving each store and its employees the autonomy, authority and accountability to make decisions instills an entrepreneurial spirit across the organization.

Chris Werner views how the BCP Equipment Dealership Network, which includes BCP Equipment, Sunset Kubota, Valley Kubota and Cache Equipment, operates as an upside-down triangle.


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