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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Facing Reality: Dealers Must Develop Their Own Home-Grown Talent

Whether your dealership has 1 store or 21 stores, developing your next generation of leaders at all levels is critical for the future success of the business. 


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To the Point: Seller Beware — Fraud Can Happen to Anyone

If a fraudulent check came across your desk, would you know it? If you did recognize that the check was no good, would you know what to do? 


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Fennig Equipment Finds its Niche as Shortline Only Dealer

Gary Fennig, co-owner of the 2-store shortline-only dealership in Ohio, started Fennig Equipment in 2011 after a meeting with Yetter Farm Equipment during a farm show in Fort Wayne, Ind.
After 21 years working as a parts manager for an AGCO dealership, Gary Fennig left the dealership to go help with the family’s crop insurance business. But he didn’t stay away from selling equipment long, starting Fennig Equipment along with brothers Mike, Todd and Ryan, just a year later in 2011.
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Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners Recognized as 2021 Dealership of the Year

Formed in 2020 through the merger of Sydenstricker Implement and Wm. Nobbe, SN Partners is well positioned for continued growth following its ‘Blueprint for the Decade.’
Bringing two strong family businesses together can be messy. Trying to unite two cultures and two ways of operating the business into one isn’t without its challenges. But, for Sydenstricker Nobbe Partners, year one of the merger proved not only to be a success but the team got there with little to no drama.
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Department Management: Parts

Young’s Equipment Finds Depth in its Parts Department

Doug Pascoe, corporate parts manager for the Case IH dealership, says as the dealership has grown, adding a corporate level to the parts department was necessary. The dealership has put a large focus on recruiting young talent and training its rising stars in the parts department.
As the corporate parts manager, Doug Pascoe’s job — simply put — is to ensure the parts departments at Young’s Equipment’s 9 locations remain profitable. 


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Business Technology Special Report

Taking CRM to the Next Level

When used consistently, a customer relationship management system can help improve lead generation, feed marketing automation and increase sales.
Customer relationship management — or CRM — software isn’t new and has been covered in the pages of Farm Equipment several times over the years. But the benefits bear repeating, and the system is only as good as the information you put into it — garbage in, garbage out as the saying goes.
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